Thursday, August 17, 2017

Instant Pot: Our Favorite Pasta Recipes!

If you love carbs, this post is right up your alley! It's no surprise how comforting pasta is, so we gathered our favorite pasta dishes made in the Instant Pot. The following 14 recipes will satisfy any carb lover and it's easily made in a flash as a truly one pot dish! Click on the title of each dish to view the full recipe...

Step up your mac & cheese game with this version using Boursin cheese! 

Alfredo Chicken, Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna - A spinach artichoke mixture is mixed with creamy alfredo sauce and layered with shredded chicken, mozzarella cheese and noodles. 
Seriously, what's not to love about that combination?!

This Tortellini Alfredo is like an elegant mac & cheese!
The alfredo sauce is definitely what makes it amazing..

Skip rice tonight and make orzo instead! It's just as easy and oh so creamy...

Instant Pot: Swiss Mac & Cheese

Mix things up with this Swiss Mac & Cheese! Taking inspiration from fondue, this version has a creamy cheese sauce made with Swiss. Gruyere, white wine, lemon juice and a hint of mustard. 
Garnish with some crisp bacon and you just elevated your mac & cheese game!

IInstant Pot: Asian Sesame Noodle Salad with Peanuts

Summer is officially here... so kick it off with some Asian flair by making this 
Asian Sesame Noodle Salad! It's light, flavorful and refreshing!

Craving Italian night? I've got just the thing! This Tuscan Garlic Chicken 
is an adapted Olive Garden restaurant recipe! A garlicky, cheesy,
wine-kissed sauce pairs deliciously with chicken, bell peppers, spinach & farfalle pasta. 

Instant Pot Chili Cheese Macaroni brings together the spice of chili and the creaminess of cheese. 

Pasta Milano is a flavorful pasta dish that includes roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes,
chicken, with a little bacon and cream for some extra goodness!
(To make it healthier, use whole wheat pasta, turkey bacon & half & half.) 

Sorry Olive Garden, we're eating in tonight! This Chicken Scampi has a nice punch 
of garlic, a butter & white wine sauce and a melange of colorful bell peppers 
that make it a great meal perfect for a weeknight or even for guests! Here's the recipe I 
made in the IP using only the SAUTE Mode - no pressure cooking required!

What's better than plain mac & cheese? Cheesy Meaty Mac & Cheese that's 
studded with diced cheesy bratwurst! It's a true one pot wonder in our house! 

Buttermilk Ranch Mac & Cheese

Put a twist on your usual Mac & Cheese and give it a Ranch spin!

Spaghetti Bolognese

Get a taste of Italy with this meat filled sauce made in a fraction of the time

Here's a great version of chicken Marsala with pasta, all made easy in the IP

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Instant Pot: Our Favorite Seafood Recipes!

Summer and seafood go deliciously together! I was skeptical about pressure cooking seafood but after some trial and error, we've managed to enjoy some wonderful seafood dinners from our Instant Pot. Here's a collection of 7 seafood favorites to check out for something different from the usual chicken, beef and pork dishes...

Happy National Shrimp Day! To celebrate, I made Sweet & Sour Shrimp 
in the IP, served over crunchy noodles!

Make fish fun with some Old Bay Fish Tacos! This version uses the 
IP's steam function and steams the fish to lock in all that flavor.

It's peak Alaskan salmon season, so get your salmon on! After spending some time in Alaska a few years ago to work on a culinary assignment, I fell more in love with salmon. This dish takes me back to the beauty of the Cordova, home of Alaska's Copper River Salmon

Shrimp... It's finger lickin' good y'all! The IP makes a mighty good Low Country Boil 
with shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes for a quick & fun dinner!

Steamed Alaskan Crab Legs

Love seafood?! The IP makes it easy to enjoy Alaskan King Crab Legs! 
Steaming them takes minutes and the results are seaside perfection! 

Another "Take Out Fake Out" option with your IP - Indonesian Shrimp Fried Rice! Sweet and salty flavors came through while shrimp and vegetables studded this flavorful rice dish.

Looking for a 'One Pot Wonder'?! Look no more with this Shrimp Jambalaya that's a 
delicious meal in of itself with shrimp, sausage, the holy trinity and seasoned rice!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Summer Peach Salsa

It's peak season for stone fruits and we love taking advantage of it! Our friends at Washington State Stone Fruit Growers were so kind to send me a box of these gorgeous peaches and nectarines to play with... and one of our favorite ways we have enjoyed these stone fruits is in salsa form.

Salsas are commonly known to involve tomatoes but these stone fruits make a wonderful variation. I recently made a large batch of Peach Salsa and we loved how it's naturally sweetness complimented the heat of the jalapeno peppers. It starts off on a sweet, juicy note and ends with a slow heat that creeps up on you. You can substitute nectarines in place of the peaches as well. Once made, it keeps well (assuming you'll have leftovers) and they can be preserved or canned easily too.Sadly, the batch of salsa didn't last long so I'll need to prep another batch soon for canning so we can enjoy a taste of summer well into the winter months.

Summer Peach Salsa
Joelen recipe

1 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
1 medium red onion, finely diced
1 1/2 lbs ripe peaches, skinned and diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and toss.

Season to take with salt and pepper; serve with tortilla chips.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Instant Pot: Our Favorite Pork Recipes!

Pork - it's the other (tasty!) white meat! Pork is more than chops, tenderloins, ribs and sausage for us... and the Instant Pot has allowed me to expand from my comfort zone to prepare pork in various ways. Below is my collection of pork recipes made in our Instant Pot and I'm hopeful you'll find something that will inspired you to get pressure cooking!

Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Instant Pot: Our Favorite Beef Recipes!

Last week, we shared our favorite chicken recipes and it seemed only natural to continue on with our favorite beef recipes! I love how our Instant Pot has allowed us to cook so many different things while showing the versatility of it's capabilities. Unlike how slow cooker recipes tend to taste similarly or how proteins (like beef) has a common texture when cooked for hours, the Instant Pot really enhances the beef you're cooking - regardless of what cut you're using! So if you're wondering, 'Where's the beef?', look no further and scroll below for some awesome beef recipes! Just click the name of the recipe above each picture and you'll be directed to the full recipe & directions...