Instant Pot Lentils and Rice

Instant Pot Lentils and Rice

Apparently, I have been missing out on lentils and rice up until recently. I liked the idea of this recipe but wasn’t fully sold until I tried it a variety of ways. Going with the amounts of water I would have used for the lentils and rice separately, then of course adding some spices, it turned out to be really delish. After many attempts to perfect the flavor, even testing it out on my coworkers at a potluck, it is finally complete. Final thoughts: We found the spice level to be just perfect but of course, you can adjust it or omit the cayenne/Piri Piri if you wish. At 15 minutes, the lentils ended up “Al dente” and the rice sticky, which made for a nice combo. You can add a slight bit more or less water or adjust the time up/down to have them more to your texture preference. […]

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Fruit and Veggie smoothie

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

  *post contains affiliate links, read more about that and our medical disclaimers here* Recently I have been craving smoothies, which tends to happen as soon as the sun starts to come out each year. This winter was really cold and snowy, we loved it at first then it got old really quickly! The snow has now melted and we are seeing some beautiful sun most of the days, though it is only around 50 degrees at most, it feels warm! A fresh fruit and veggie smoothie is a great treat regardless of the weather-here is one I have been loving lately. I highly recommend that you use a high powered blender and if you don’t have one, either cut your produce up more or gently steam it (then refrigerate) before blending, otherwise it will just take a long time to get to the right consistency. You can alter this […]

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Instant Pot Root Veggie Soup

Instant Pot Root Veggie Soup

First things first: Please note that we utilize Amazon affiliate links and Sponsored Ads on our site, read more about that and our medical disclaimer here. ‘Tis The Season For… We are fully into winter over here, it is so windy and cold! The top menu item on my mind these days is… SOUP!!! Obviously the Instant Pot (or “IP”) is the #1 choice for preparing this versatile food around here. If you are a long time or experienced Instant Pot user, I am guessing this may not be your first time making soup, maybe not your first time referencing my blog for IP recipes. I would love if you would subscribe and share my free content with your friends! If you are brand new to the IP craze completely, or in using it to make soup, welcome to our blog and enjoy! We focus on healthy recipes and versatile […]

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Instant Pot Peanut Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot Peanut Vegetable Soup

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Back by popular demand this week is another Instant Pot recipe! I feel like as soon as school starts it is time for squash, baked goods and soup, and I know I am not the only one! This soup was inspired by a dish that my husband and mother in law make and uses peanut powder, which is not something I had heard of before. We usually make peanut powder at home by blending roasted peanuts on low in the blender, sifting, then repeating the process until you have enough. If you do this too fast it becomes peanut butter so it is important to blend on low in small amounts and sift often. My husband usually takes about ten minutes to get a 32 oz container full of peanut powder. If you aren’t patient enough for that, you can find peanut powder […]

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Noodles

*Post contains affiliate links, to read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* A simple Instant Pot recipe that has taken longer than I will admit to perfect. If you are an IP person, you know that trial and error is a big part of getting your groove on with this awesome appliance. I have been working on getting this recipe ready to share for the last few months. In this experience, I have had spaghetti squash turn to complete mush, then be far too under cooked the next time. Please note that depending on the size of your squash, the results can vary. The winning recipe was made with a small squash measuring about 8″ long and 5″ wide on the steamer rack using instructions below. Let us know how it goes for you! As always we hope you enjoy our recipes and please give your suggestions for what […]

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Spiced Paleo Porridge

Spiced Paleo Porridge

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* I have a squash obsession-it is true. There was no denying it any longer when I went through 8 winter squash in 5 days. Between eating them plain with a little sea salt and getting crazy with recipe development, it was easier than you may think. This recipe for Nut-Free Spiced Paleo Porridge is a result of me deciding to get a little more creative with these squash and (finally) remembering to record my measurements! I have always been a huge fan of oatmeal but avoid regularly eating grains these days as my system doesn’t always take kindly to them. I had been really wanting to make a nut-free spiced paleo porridge that doesn’t use a lot of ingredients and has a simple method. I am one of the many lovers of all things pumpkin spice but try […]

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Curried Carrot Fritters

Curried Carrot Fritters

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Hey there! We have a great recipe for you this week. We LOVE curry, chili powder and turmeric around here so if you do as well then you are in luck. I wanted to make a veggie something that was quick, delicious and healthy using simple ingredients that I tend to have on hand. So what came to mind immediately? Carrots, of course. I usually buy the huge 5 pound bag and start to run out of things to do with them by the time they are getting soft. We were at this point and I was feeling like having a savory pancake-y type of thing. The baby fell asleep, I rolled up my sleeves and it worked out! Side note-there is turmeric in this recipe and typically in almost all savory things we make-in case you haven’t […]

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Paleo Peach Compote

Paleo Peach Compote

Peaches and Nectarines…   This was a big part of my life last weekend. Washing them, eating them, slicing them, flash freezing and storing them. Nearly 30 lbs worth of peaches and nectarines that needed my help to avoid the spoils of being forgotten and rotten. My mom is a really awesome lady who, like most people, loves a good deal. My mom and I don’t normally eat a ton of fruit but my husband and daughter eat a fruit a fair bit. So mom started giving us peaches and nectarines throughout the week and I eventually tried them… They were so delicious and juicy sweet! Like candy, my mom said. I ate more fruit in the last week and a half than I have all month with those drupes in the house. Haha, drupes. 😆 I had to, that word is awesome. I thought briefly that with the fruitful […]

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Instant Pot Chuck Steak

Banana Pumpkin Bread

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Here it is! Paleo banana pumpkin bread that is nut-free and pretty darn delicious! I find that using the combo of arrowroot or tapioca starch and coconut flour lends the best texture to paleo baked goods. If you are like most people I know who are not big fans of super egg-y baked goods, give this a try. I find it to be a nicer texture than the recipes using only coconut flour. Paleo baking is a tricky thing to master and I am enjoying on my journey of exploration with it. I am far from an expert but occasionally come up with some delicious wins worth sharing-like this paleo banana pumpkin bread! I like my bread to hold together without being too spongy. When making banana bread I find that it can sometimes be too wet or […]

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Coconut Protein Pancakes

Coconut Protein Pancakes

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Mmmm, pancakes. Coconut Protein Pancakes, to be precise. Fluffy, delicious, moist pancakes. Minus the gluten? I am sure you know that it is possible. Grain free? Nut free? Dairy free? Paleo? Protein packed? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes… Here we have created a recipe with these simple objectives in mind; Use up those pesky egg whites, don’t make them taste too coconut-ey, keep the fluff and moistness ratio in a good balance. Seems simple right? It was. Pancake batter is something we are familiar with the texture of so finding that perfect consistency wasn’t too difficult. These look like the pancake batter I remember from childhood, minus the clumps. They cook up like traditional pancakes too, medium low heat, oil the pan, once the bubbles start to form and pop they are ready to flip 😉 I […]

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Iced Gingerbread Cookies

Iced Gingerbread Cookies

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* I don’t know about you but I really love a good gingerbread cookie. It needs to have a fairly spicy bite to it and be pretty thin, adequately dense and perfectly chewy. The sweetness of a good icing ideally helps to balance the spiciness of the cookie. Oh yeah, and you must never be able to guess that they are healthy! I was looking for a (gluten-free) recipe to try online and couldn’t find one that didn’t use nut flour! So I had to make one that suited my tastes and was gluten free, dairy free and nut free. These iced gingerbread cookies fit the bill! Gluten free, vegan,allergy friendly and even paleo (if you’re “team white rice paleo!”) Here we have developed a cookie that is perfectly chewy, a tad crispy on the edges and keeps this texture […]

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Peanut Butter Jelly Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Jelly Ice Cream

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* This new fruit ice cream trend is really something! We are huge fans now that I have tried it and we feel really good giving this as a treat to the kids! The key that I have found is the banana to (other) fruit ratio. We have had the best results when using 2 parts banana to 1 part other fruit. We have played around with a lot of different “nice cream” recipes and this peanut butter and jelly ice cream is by far my favorite! It is like a creamy peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Feel free to use other nut butters if you would like and let us know how it goes in the comments! Print Recipe Peanut Butter Jelly Ice Cream Yum Delicious and healthy peanut butter and jelly ice cream made with just three […]

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Fudgy Blender Brownies

Fudgy Blender Brownies

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Fudgy blender brownies are possibly my laziest dessert recipe to date. They are even easier than the mug cake! Basically blend up your ingredients and bake. It’s about as easy as it gets! We use a Vitamix but a regular blender could work as well, likely you will need to stir it throughout the process and possibly melt your chocolate chips. The main ingredient here is plantain, which can be found at most grocery stores these days, typically near the bananas. You will want to use overripe or black plantains. They will literally be black on the outside, like an extremely overripe banana. This means they are good to go for this recipe, they are not rotten! If you haven’t used plantains before, here is a pretty awesome way to start. They work wonderfully in this application to sweeten and […]

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Lemon Pepper Asparagus

Lemon Pepper Asparagus

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and before this I mostly enjoyed it steamed or roasted with a little salt, nothing fancy. If we were to get fancy, we would do bacon wrapped asparagus-because wrapping bacon around something is like insta-fancy, you know. This recipe kind of happened by accident; I was just messing around with a new way to make asparagus that would be quick and a little bit more exciting than our usual. So naturally I went for some of my favorite spices and added lemon, because duh! I love the combo of garlic, onion, salt, pepper and chili powder. Adding lemon just takes it to the next level! If you are feeling really crazy add the pinch of cayenne to it! When creating the recipe I initially made it using the frying pan and then […]

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Leftovers Frittata

Leftovers Frittata

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Have leftover egg whites? Have eggs? Ok, good. You need this frittata. This amazingly simple and delicious leftovers frittata… It all came together when I sparked an interest in creating some killer recipes for paleo ice cream. I was initially avoiding using egg yolks in my recipes. This was not because I have an egg intolerance or anything but simply because I didn’t want to separate the eggs… I know that sounds crazy. Maybe it is. Hang on, I will have an explanation for you. After many not so good batches of ice cream using all sorts of things to try and replace the egg yolks, I realized that I would just need to separate the yolks from the whites. It may seem simple to you but this was a very game-changing realization for me. I am grateful […]

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Banana Vanilla Ice Cream

Banana Vanilla Ice Cream

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Well, I said I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t be that real food blogger that constantly posts about treats. I told myself that I wanted to present as a realistic, day-to-day, easy recipe, family friendly, quick-ish real food type of blog. That is still the plan however my first post will be about banana vanilla ice cream… because this ice cream is just THAT GOOD! Seriously. Our daughter, the coconut flavor detective, had no idea this ice cream was made with a base of coconut cream… that was my exact intention! (recipe below post) So it began when my awesome sister decided to get one step closer to pursuing her next career venture and moved into an adorable inner city apartment with some roommates. She sold her car to lower her expenses and save money to move into […]

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Pumpkin Turmeric Soup

Pumpkin Turmeric Soup

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* ‘Tis (still) the season for…squash. This week I am changing my tune with a different kind of squash recipe-Pumpkin Turmeric Soup. In case you haven’t heard-I love pumpkin because it is a squash and I love squash. You probably know about my love of squash from my previous post, so I won’t elaborate further.  My favorite part of Halloween this year was eating the pumpkin we didn’t carve. Someone decorated her pumpkin with stickers and was perfectly happy with it that way. As soon as I saw that I realized I could eat it after Halloween… We were also not too upset to be missing out on the mess of pumpkin carving this year. We also did not object when she decided she was NOT going out to trick-or-treat in the rain. Ultimately she decided she didn’t even want […]

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Gluten Free Pie Crust

Gluten Free Pie Crust

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* After many test batches and tweaks to this recipe, we are (finally) ready to share it with you all! The coolest thing about this gluten free pie crust is that it can be used for two individual pies with a bottom layer crust for each or it can be used to make a top and bottom crust for one pie. I have used it both ways and prefer to use it for 2 separate pies, or for one pie and one other yummy custard-ey dessert that I will post for you soon-once I have a good name for it! I encourage you to experiment with this pie crust, I like to make it very thin (as pictured) and it ends slightly crispy on the edges and cracks a little in some areas. This does not bother us but can […]

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Banana Avocado Ice Cream

Banana Avocado Ice Cream

  *Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* It sounds weird, I know. Banana Avocado Ice Cream…. trust me, if you have not tried avocado in a sweet preparation, it is time you do. When Roy and I were making one of our first meals together, I put sliced avocado on the side and noticed he saved it until the end and sprinkled coconut sugar on it as a dessert. Of course I tried some of it too and was actually pretty impressed! I had previously tried a lovely chocolate mousse with avocado, coconut oil and milk as the base and LOVED IT.  I had assumed that the reason avocado was so delicious as a dessert could be attributed only to the fact that it was hidden with copious amounts of sweetener and chocolate in that particular recipe. I was very wrong-it is actually a […]

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Plantain Tortillas

Plantain Tortillas

*Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Hi friends! I have been out of the blogging game for a little while here and have been slacking on running final tests on recipes to post for you. My in laws are spoiling us and we have not been cooking as much lately, as they have been preparing amazing meals each day. I love to watch my mother in law cook, she knows exactly how much of everything to use and never measures or times anything. It is always just perfect. I can definitely see where Roy gets his cooking skills from! It has been so nice to have them here with us, I am still working on a way to convince them to stay forever, I will let you know how it works out… In the meantime, here is a recipe for a gluten free tortilla that […]

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Plantain Pizza Crust

Plantain Pizza Crust

  *Post contains affiliate links, read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* So here it {finally} is for you guys, after countless test batches and revisions. A legit plantain pizza crust that happens to be vegetarian, paleo-ish friendly and also gluten free, dairy free and nut free! This has been fully approved by Roy, my in laws and the kids, fyi. The 6 year old has never been more excited about vegetables than when I gave her the pizza pictured above! I prefer the blender method listed (we use a Vitamix) to prepare the batter, and find that using a rectangular metal baking sheet is best. When serving we found that cutting the crust into squares makes for the easiest consumption! Please feel free to try whatever toppings you prefer and let us know how it is! Our favorite toppings are classic red sauce, cheese and pepperoni plus some random veggies; I […]

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Double Chocolate Blender Muffins

Double Chocolate Blender Muffins

*Post contains affiliate links, read more about that and our medical disclaimer here* Brownies are my current obsession. I just want to make all of the brownies all of the time! I regularly get that sweet/chocolate craving and lately I have been going straight to the cabinet to start experimenting! Dirtying as few things as possible is the priority as well so I am really getting into making batters for treats in the blender! This recipe is one of my most recent successes and was a hit with the whole family at the Father’s Day BBQ we had this year. These Double Chocolate Blender Muffins are like a brownie in a muffin tin. I have found that the best way to ensure the recipe is ready to be shared on the blog (especially gluten free recipes) is by getting approval from my non gluten free people. My dad is one of the best people for this job and I […]

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Instant Pot Spiced Lentils

Instant Pot Spiced Lentils

Post contains affiliate links and ads-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here I love lentils! I also love our Instant Pot. I couldn’t tell you why but prior to this the only way I’d ever tried lentils is in soup. I saw them in a salad and thought it was the coolest thing so then was inspired to cook them on their own. These are not too spicy, require just a few ingredients and have such a nice flavor! Roy is not a fan of lentils so I ate the whole batch over the course of a few days in different dishes. Although lentils cook up easily on the stove-top, the Instant Pot is even more efficient. As with most of our pressure cooker recipes, put all the ingredients in the liner, stir, close and hit the button with the time you need. Come back up to 10 hours later […]

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Breakfast Tacos

  Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here OMG! Why did I never think of doing this before? I made these breakfast tacos and it seriously made my weekend… If you don’t know me then let me disclose… I sometimes eat tacos once and follow up with several days of wanting ALL THINGS TACO!!! This happened last week and I was able to come across as less obsessed than usual to my husband by changing up my taco game a smidge. Chipotle the first day, homemade the next, taco salad the next and then nachos… The next morning I was still feeling the taco vibe and went ahead with sneaking some salsa into the scrambled eggs we were making, then served them to my husband the way he normally likes and wound up making myself these lovely breakfast tacos!! I used some small corn tortillas this time but will be using plantain tortillas […]

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Post contains affiliate links and ads-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here Looking for a Yellow Split Pea Soup recipe??? Try this one using yellow split peas or check out our latest recipe for Yellow Split Pea Soup here I LOVE split pea soup. Seriously, almost as much as I love tacos… OK maybe just as much. Growing up my mom made split pea soup after having a ham for Christmas or just because! I would eat it for dinner and the next days for every meal until it was gone. No joke! This Christmas we were sent home with leftover ham from the Christmas Eve dinner and I naturally had to use it to develop a recipe for some awesome split pea soup! In the Instant Pot, of course! We have played around with this recipe and it is very delicious regardless of the combination of main ingredients […]

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Uber-Chocolate Mug Cake

  Post contains affiliate links-read more about that and our medical disclaimer here   Well hey there foodie friends! By popular demand we have decided to share the recipe for the Uber-Chocolate Mug Cake that you may have seen on Instagram! This recipe is nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten and grain-free and just the right amount of perfectly moist cake and melty chocolate chips! It is very very RICH with chocolate flavor-there is a reason we decided that it should be called Uber-Chocolate Mug Cake! Let me just point out that I love cake! Sometimes I feel like I just need a cake. Other times I feel like I need 10 cakes… Maybe you can relate. Lucky me-and lucky you-this mug cake isn’t too difficult to make, even if you don’t feel like cooking/baking but still want something chocolate cake-ey. I know that when chocolate cravings hit for me it tends to be […]

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