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[I need your help, instant pot folks] . Over the weekend, I got down and dirty with my very first instant pot dish, ribs. I can not describe how blown away my brain is that I made them 30 minutes and that they fell off the bone. Feeding my obsessive behavior with a kitchen gadget, I turned to aimless Pinterest searching. . “Oh my gosh, you can make a cheesecake!” “Whoa! Someone made a spaghetti squash in 7 minutes!” “Frozen Chicken takes 12 minutes, Mom!” “Is that... is that popcorn!?” . It WAS popcorn and it really wasn’t that exciting but it was in an Instant Pot so I had to be the 672,838th pinner! . This is where YOU come in. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE INSTANT POT RECIPES!? . What do you use it most for? I want to cook myself into I.P comfort by cooking through YOUR favorites! . To start, I am taking @apinchofpride’s recommendation and going for @WholeKitchenSink’s Cashew Chicken. . Don’t be shy, hit me! It’ll be like we’re eating together!
Calling all garlic lovers: This one is for you. . 40 Clove Chicken is a dinner party classic that never goes out of style. While the entire chicken makes for a pretty nice centerpiece, a gooey garlic delight ready in 30 minutes on a Wednesday is what I am talking about. . If you love garlic, meal prepping, and easy protein recipes, you’re going to want to check out the link in my bio for the easiest 40 clove chicken, ever!
[Tail between legs] Okay. Fine. I’m sold. For two and a half years, I have resisted, declined, and absolutely refused to get down with the instant pot. Why? I honestly don’t know. Maybe it’s the rebel in me, maybe it’s the sweet husband voice in my brain saying “another kitchen gadget?”, or maybe it’s just because I’m silly. . My Mother was gifted with an instant pot for Christmas and when we both fell to our immune systems last week, the grilling filled weekend my Dad planned didn’t make it past a link of sausage. . Knowing a slab of ribs patiently waited in their fridge for attention ate at me all week. So, this morning I did it. I let out an “ughhh”, accompanied with a VERY dramatic eye roll, and plugged it in. . Instant pot baby back ribs. They took 40 minutes, prep to serve, and truly fall off the bone. . Directions: -Remove membrane from the back of the slab. -Season with salt and pepper -Brush meat side with about 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce (New Primal or Tessemae's for W30) . Instant Pot: -Manual -Up arrow to 30 -Lid on with the release thingy to seal When finished: Natural release for about 10 minutes with manual release thereafter. . Oven finish: -BBQ sauce the meat and broil for 7 minutes. . What have you resisted to have/due, only to feel like a fool when you finally got “on board”? . More about me: I finally turn corners slowly after replacing tires every year and half for years. I’m honked at a lot but those rubber babes are 4 years old and still touch Lincoln’s hair!
It’s not my favorite pho joint but I had everything already in the fridge which means it was pretty much free, right? . Let’s talk pho. Once upon a time, Caleb attempted to introduce pho to me. He had a legit experience at a restaurant in Dallas one drill weekend where no one spoke English and the gentlemen he was with, ordered for the entire table. Apparently it was a beautiful moment for him because when he came back, he vetoed all of my Mexican and Chili’s recommendations. . We ended up at a local sushi place I love and low and behold, they not only knew what pho was, they had an assortment of flavors (🤷🏻♀️) to choose from! Well, he ordered, it came, and I watched him chow down on this dark beef noodle bowl slopping juice everywhere. Needless to say, I vowed never to partake. . Flash forward to being invited to lunch without doing my research beforehand and showing up to pho, pho, and more pho.. I finally took my first sip. While I haven’t grown brave yet, chicken is right where I dream of bathing. . When out, I like to order a large chicken pho without noodles. From there I pile in the basil, cilantro, jalapeños, and of course... that red pepper goodness. Every. Last. Bit. I’ll lick the bowl, I have zero shame. . Tonight, I boiled up this easy chicken pho using bone broth and chicken thighs that HAD to be cooked today. From there: Onion Garlic Coriander Salt Pepper A dash of cinnamon (I read this trick on a few sites) Red boat fish sauce Cilantro And of course, zucchini noodles . Never be afraid to play around with your spices. That’s the true art of cooking. Oh and if any of you have any say in the pho restaurant community- zucchini noodles are great! 😉
When my brother met my now SIL, Kara, she woke up my Cajun soul. I suppose a Tiger will do that to you. . My Paleo Crawfish Étouffée was the most popular recipe shared and viewed last year on my blog which had me thinking that maybe you’re ready for crawfish season. . You can easily swap out crawfish for shrimp, chicken, or any protein to your preference really. . Direct link to the recipe is in my profile with plenty of room here below for you to let me know how you like it! . Joie De Vivre, Cher! <— I googled that.
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