Ever just get that craving for something sweet late at night but you don’t want to spend the time making something (or eat so many calories late at night)? Me too! Some of you know that I love my Instapot, mostly for easy weeknight dinners, but as I have recently discovered it’s easy to make super awesome desserts in it too! My little family loves all things apples. Applesauce, apple slices, apple pie, all of it. So naturally I had to try out some Instant Pot Baked Apples! It’s the easy and fast way to make baked apples, and man-oh-man are they tasty. The best part? It takes 8 minutes to make 6 of them. (Yes, really). Continue reading
Does your family have different food allergies or sensitivities? Mine does, and it makes meal planning a bit difficult for me. My husband is allergic to gluten, and I have a kid who is allergic to dairy and another one that’s allergic to eggs. Honestly, it is quite hard to grocery shop and prepare meals because I have to be careful and make sure to consider the ingredients that I’m going to put in each recipe so that it will be safe for everyone to eat. Preparing individual meals for each is not an option because I don’t have the time and that will certainly be too expensive for our budget. So to make life easier, I made a list of Gluten Free Dairy Free Egg Free Recipes that I know my family will enjoy and that are easy for me to prepare especially during busy days.
This recipe for ugly dip is sometimes called Tennessee Ugly Dip, or shoe-peg corn dip, or even black bean corn dip. At our house we just call it ugly! Don’t worry, looks can definitely be deceiving as this is one of the most delicious dips you will ever make.
Every afternoon, I sink into my couch. I close my eyes, and I wonder what I have to do next? My living room floor looked like a camp dorm filled with random bags, shoes, and other people’s clutter. I deciphered that I needed a plan of attack.
I called my kids downstairs. I wrote a list full of chores and expectations. I set the timer, and I began scrolling through the Internet while they found the floor, counters, and the rest of the flat spaces that they covered in the remnants of their experiences.
I knew that was the moment that I needed to practice mindfulness.
I told my kids that would be in the dining room working on my summer learning goal to be more mindful in my actions and they asked if it is like when I say, “Mind your own business!”
Mindfulness is being aware of what is going on by paying attention and acting with a purpose in the present moment without judgment.
It is actually something you have to practice since we spend so much of our time thinking about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future, we often overlook the present.
I decided I wanted to be present. I was going to practice being in the moment by taking part in a mindful eating practice.
What is that?
It is when you really taste, savor, and enjoy your food. You only pay attention to what you are eating. You focus on the texture, smells, taste, and sensation of what you are eating. It is hard at first, but if you have the right food choice, it is easier.
I chose these Blue Diamond Almonds & Fruit varieties since they are easily accessible at Walmart, and their flavorful combinations are perfect for mindful eating.Continue reading
One of my favorite things about spring is getting together with family to enjoy the nice weather, each others company, and some sweet treats. While watching the news over the weekend I saw that our local berry farm was open for business and it was time to go pick some fresh berries! If you have one of these types of farms in your area I highly suggest you check it out. Nothing compares to the taste of a fresh berry right off the vine, trust me! And one of my favorite things to make with fresh berries is Weight Watchers Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake.
This Weight Watcher Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake Recipe is as sweet as a traditional cobbler while being weight watchers friendly. Can’t beat that right!? Plus its only 3 ingredients so it’s super easy to make. My daughter (who is 6) made the one below all by herself. If you love this recipe make sure to check out more of our favorite Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes with Points Plus.
Note: This recipe is for a precooked ham. I buy those all the time to save time. They still take about 2 hours to cook in the oven. That is a long time that you need to plan for before eating dinner. I never have two hours unless it is the weekend but I often crave ham so I figured out how to cook a ham in the pressure cooker.
It is actually very easy. You will need the following items.
Optional Potatoes and herbs if you want to cook your meal together.
1. If you are cooking your potatoes with your ham. The put in the potatoes first.
2. Pour in the 1 cup of water (Whether you have potatoes or veggies or not.)
3. Place a large sheet of foil on your counter (It must be big enough to wrap your ham)
4. Put your ham in the foil. Do not wrap the top. You will leave it open to pour in your sugar and pineapple mixture once it is in the pressure cooker.
5. Mix the packet ingredients or the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg with 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice from the can of pineapple. You can use the pineapples later or put them on the ham in the pressure cooker. Our kids like their pineapples not cooked with their ham. I like mine cooked so I do half and half.
7. Place the foil wrapped ham on top of the sling
8. Make sure the foil will contain the liquid you are about to add.
9. Pour in the liquid mixture.
10. Close the Foil
11. Shut the Pressure cooker
12. Turn it to 10 minutes for your pre-cooked ham that is 6-7 lbs
13. Let the pressure release when it is done
14. Use your mitts to take off the top
15. Unwrap your ham and let it cool
I do this during the week so I can use the ham to make other recipes. These are some of my favorite recipes with ham.
Easy Recipes Kids Can Make: Ham and Cheese Sushi Rolls
This is the ultimate one stop shop Instant pot pack
I use these all the time
Silicone starter pack
This is the pressure cooker I have.
I love my steamer basket
When I am trying to do an entire meal at once I love this
and everyone needs one of these make sure you look at the size of the unit before you buy this cake pan.
This is the best storage option I love my Rubbermaid containers you can microwave them and refrigerator food in them. They do not stain!
For more instant pot recipes check out these cookbooks
Try my Instant Pot Salmon Recipe
Did you know that you can make desserts in your instant pot? See my list of drool-worthy Best Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Desserts