Instant Pot Chili

We love our Instant Pot.  I think our biggest love comes when making bone broth.  I use to spend two days making bone broth in the crockpot every weekend, only to have the house smell up.  Needless to say, Instant Pot has taken the smell out of our house and for that, my husband is grateful!  The Instant Pot makes cooking easy and a lot more quick!  I have taken my husbands favorite meal and turned it into an Instant Pot meal.

This recipe will use two features on the Instant Pot.  First, I use the saute feature. This helps to cook down the onions, celery and beef.  Then, I switch it to low pressure on the soup options for a short time.  This short time helps to lock in the chili seasoning flavors and create an explosion in your mouth!

Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Chili

Ingredients

2 tbsp ghee

3 cups thinly chopped onion

2 cups thinly sliced celery

2 lbs ground beef

2 tbsp chili powder

1.5 cups chicken broth

26oz chopped tomatoes

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Chicken Pad Thai

Pad Thai has always been one of my favorite meals!  I love the combination of sour and salty.  My recipe is fast and easy!  We make it for a quick-lunch or a fast meal on a busy week night.  Be forewarned, your wok will be filled close to the top with this recipe.  However, it will only take a few minutes and next thing you know, it will all be gone!

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thigh (thinly sliced)

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 egg whisked

12 oz bean sprouts

8 oz purple cabbage (thinly sliced)

1/2 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)

1/2 cup thinly sliced onion

1/4 cup fish sauce

2 tbsp coconut aminos

1 tsp sriracha sauce (omit for no heat)

1/4 cup thinly sliced cilantro

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Cabbage and Egg Scramble

The blog has been quiet for a week because my husband and I took a trip to the Wisconsin Dells.  We had a great time hiking and riding the water slides!  We stayed at Chula Vista resorts because I wanted a kitchen to cook our food in.  We cooked breakfast and lunch daily and ended up eating out during the evening.  They have a TON of Paleo safe options there.  The key is to have them hold the cheese and in Wisconsin they put cheese on EVERYTHING!!  Prior to checking in, we made a stop at Whole Foods in Schamburg and Trader Joe’s in Madison to stock the fridge and drawer full of yummy food (see below).  We filled the fridge with vegetables, fruits, meat and coconut products.  The drawer was full of munchies (plantain chips, kale chips, apples, lemons, almond butter and the list goes on).

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Every morning I normally start with a protein shake; however, being on vacation we started every meal with eggs.  We love eggs sunny side up, poached and scrambled.  Growing up my father use to make scrambles every weekend.  He would mince up potatoes and slowly cook them and then add eggs.  Occasionally, I find myself doing this with sweet potatoes.  However, we replace potatoes with cabbage for breakfast items.  We make Paleo hash browns, which resemble potato hash browns.  This recipe takes shredded cabbage and eggs (two easy ingredients)!

Cabbage and Egg Scramble

Cabbage and Egg Scramble

Ingredients
1 lb of cabbage thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
6 eggs
2 tbsp coconut oil
salt & pepper to taste
 

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Pico De Gallo

We love pico de gallo on our tacos, fajitas, salads and omelets!  Pico de gallo has a great refreshing taste.  I love how the cilantro pulls the tomato and onions together!  If you are looking for a clean side or condiment, this recipe is for you!

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Pico De Gallo

Ingredients
3 large tomatoes
2 tbsp diced sweet onion
1/2 cup fresh cilantro 
3 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves minced
1 lime juiced
1 tsp Himalayan salt 
 
Directions
1. Dice up tomatoes into small squares and place in a bowl.
2.  Mince up cilantro and add to the tomatoes.
3.  Add remaining ingredients to the tomatoes and cilantro.
4.  Allow ingredients to flavor together.  I recommend letting it sit for an hour or two.
 

Spicy Chicken Meatballs

Recently, we purchased half a pig from Bear Foot Farm Natural Meats.  I’ve purchased from them locally at the farmers market, but the true savings come when you buy in bulk!  We are now stocked up on several sausage flavors, hocks, pork chops and ALL NATURAL BACON!!  All their meats are processed without MSG and I love how dedicated they are to their farm and the health of animals!  You can see below a picture of them supplying fresh water on a cold winter day!

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This recipe was made around their Spicy Pepper Sausage!  However, if you don’t buy directly from them, you can add 2 tablespoons of hot sauce to regular sausage.  The fat from the sausage gives them great texture and flavoring.  Without the pork sausage, these meatballs would be dry from the chicken.

When creating this recipe, I like the chicken and pork to flavor together.  I normally make the mixture early morning and let it set and marinate for about 5-6 hours in the fridge.  Then I pull it out and start baking!

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Ingredients
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 lb three pepper sausage (see above)
1 egg
 
Directions
1.  Place ground chicken, egg and sausage together in a bowl.  Using your hands, squeeze the mixture together until you can no longer tell what is chicken or pork.
2.  Place in fridge for 5-6 hours to marinate together.
3.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4.  Form your balls using a cookie scooper or tablespoon.  I prefer our meatballs to be 2 tablespoons in size.
5.  Place meatballs on a cookie sheet and then on top of a 9×13 pan.
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6.  Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes or an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Cabbage Spaghetti

I’ve create another quick and easy meal for the crock pot!  The crock pot has become my secret weapon to having hot meals ready after a long work day.  I love how easy it is to prep for a meal.  For cabbage spaghetti I pre-cut all the cabbage the night before and stored it in a gallon Ziploc bag in the fridge.  At 5 am I pulled it out and placed all the cabbage in the crock pot.  I then poured a jar of spaghetti sauce on top and mixed it into the cabbage.  Closed the crock pot lid and set the timer to cook for 10 hours!  It was simple and EASY!  Ten hours later…I have amazing spaghetti for my main meal!  At 10 hours, the cabbage is limp and tastes just like pasta, minus the gluten!  The cabbage takes on the spaghetti sauce flavor.

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Cabbage Spaghetti

Ingredients
1 head of cabbage
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 lb cooked beef
 
Directions
1.  Thinly slice the cabbage.  I cut around the center and then thinly slice the cabbage.  You want it to be thin like spaghetti/fettuccine

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2.  Place cabbage, spaghetti sauce and beef in the crock pot.  Mix all ingredients well.
3.  Place crock pot on low and cook for 10 hours.