Poached Chicken in the Instant Pot (GF, W30, DF)

As I stated in my Menu Planning blog post, I’m part of the launch party for Eat at Home’s newest cookbook.  (For more information about the cookbook, click here.)

Tonight Hubby and the boys are going to have the Memphis BBQ Chicken Tacos before heading to either work or our town’s block party.  The recipe calls for cooked chicken.  I used my Instant Pot to poach the chicken.

Since our area has a heat advisory, it was nice not having to warm up the kitchen in order to poach the chicken.

I used fresh chicken breasts today but you can use frozen chicken breasts instead.

What is needed for this recipe:

    • chicken breast or thighs, fresh or frozen
    • water or chicken broth
    • seasoning:  21 Seasoning Salute, Trader Joe’s seasoning salt, Everything but the bagel seasoning, or salt and pepper

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Poached Chicken

  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts or thights
  • 1 c. water or chicken broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp. to 1 Tbsp. seasoning (See What is needed for this recipe for ideas)

Directions

  1. Place chicken breasts in Instant Pot.
  2. Sprinkle with seasoning.
  3. Pour water or broth over the chicken.
  4. Manually set the Instant Pot for 10 minutes or 12 minutes.  (10 minutes for fresh, 12 minutes for frozen)
  5. Once cooked, allow the pressure to naturally release.
  6. Shred with forks or use your Kitchen Aid.
  7. Enjoy in your favorite recipe.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Sundried Tomato Garlic Noodles – A pantry meal (Vegetarian)

My aunt came into town and helped me rearrange my pantry. Once I knew what was in my pantry, it was easy to decide what to make for dinner.

I had some Pasta Roni’s Butter and Garlic noodles, sundried tomatoes, black olives, chickpeas, and canned chicken in the pantry. What could I make for dinner?

I cooked up one box of the butter and garlic noodles and added the drained chicken to the noodles.

Once I cooked up the other box of the noodles, I placed half of it in the other bowl. With the other half, I added sundried tomatoes, black olives, and drained chickpeas. YUM! It sort of reminded me of my favorite dish at Piada.

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Sundried Tomato Garlic Noodles

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 box of Pasta Roni, Butter and Garlic
  • ¼ c. sundried tomatoes
  • ¼ c. black olives or Kalamata olives
  • ¼ c. drained and rinsed chickpeas
  • 1 to 2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese, optional


Directions

  1. Make the Pasta Roni according to the directions on the box.
  2. Once the Pasta Roni is cooked, add the sundried tomatoes, olives, and chickpeas.
  3. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Enjoy!



Happy eating,
Traci

Roasted Veggie Meal Prep with Tahini Dressing

 

If I don’t prep my lunches, then I don’t eat well.  My body is not nourished because I’m not eating anything that is good for me.

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Italian Veggie Frittata (GF, V)

This could also be called “Clean Out My Fridge Frittata.”  We had a potluck breakfast at church on Easter morning.  I woke up that morning trying to decide what I wanted to bring to church.  Nothing like waiting until the last moment.

I thought about how I had spinach in the fridge.  It was at that moment I decided to make a frittata.  The rest of the ingredients were in my fridge or pantry so it was easy to put together.

You ca certainly add more ingredients to the fritatta instead of just spinach, mushroom, and onion.  It would be delicious with cubed zucchini (add with the rest of the veggies), cubed bell peppers (add with the rest of the  veggies), and olives (add with the Feta cheese).

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Italian Veggie Frittata

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. cubed mushrooms
  • 1/2 large onion or 1 small onion, cubed
  • 2 c. spinach
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 c. milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 c. Feta cheese
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley, to top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add the veggies.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the veggies are softened and the spinach is cooked down.
  4. While the veggies are cooking, combine the eggs, Italian seasoning, and milk in a medium bowl.
  5. Pour the milk mixture over the cooked veggies.  Sprinkle with Feta cheese.
  6. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until the edges are cooked.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.
  7. Place in preheated oven.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the center is cooked.
  8. Allow to cool.

Happy eating,
Traci

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My Easter potluck breakfast plate

 

Pesto Italian Grilled Cheese (GF, V)

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Pesto Italian Grilled Cheese

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. softened butter
  • 2 slices bread (You can use gluten free bread if you like.)
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 2 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat.
  2. Spread butter on one side of one a slice of bread and pesto on the other side of bread.
  3. Place in the skillet butter side down.
  4. Top with 2 slices of cheese.
  5. Spread butter on one side of the other slice of bread and pesto on the other side.  Place pesto side down on the cheeses.
  6. Allow to brown on one side.  (5 minutes or so)
  7. Flip.  Allow to brown on the other side.  (3 minutes or so)
  8. Remove from skillet to a plate.
  9. Enjoy with a salad or tomato soup.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Sauteed Mexican Spiced Kale (GF, V, DF, W30, Vegan)

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I love chopped up kale.  Aldi carries an already chopped up bag of kale for $3 or so which makes eating this powerhouse veggie so much easier.

So what is kale?  Kale is part of the cabbage family.

It has a lot of nutritional benefits. Here are some of the vitamins and minerals that kale contains.

  • vitamin K
  • vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Roboflavin
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Thiamin
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C

Kale is also anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, improves eye health, detoxifies your body, improves heart health, fortifies your bones, and lowers cancer risk.

 

Sauteed Mexican Spiced Kale

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 to 1 c. chopped kale
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, optional

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the kale.  Sprinkle the kale with spices and nutritional yeast.
  3. Allow to cook for about 8 minutes.
  4. Enjoy as a side dish!

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Cashew Cream (GF, V, DF, W30, Vegan)

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Cashew Cream

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. raw cashews
  • 3/4 c. filtered water
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Soak the cashews for 2 hours.  (Place the cashews in a bowl and then cover with water.)
  2. Drain.
  3. Add the cashews, filtered water, and salt to a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Store in the fridge.  Use within 4 to 5 days.

Happy eating,
Traci

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