Monday, January 7, 2019

Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry {Instant Pot}

After all the busy-ness of Christmas and New Year's, it's time to get into a good habit of planning healthy meals. For weeknights, my main three criteria are:

1) It must be delicious.
2) It must be fast.
3) It must be easy.

This recipe ticks all 3! Place all the ingredients in the IP, and let it cook away. Make some cauli or regular rice while it's cooking, and after it's done, stir in the coconut milk. You'll have a veggie packed, delicious curry and supper is ready!

I love all different kinds of curries (both red and green Thai varieties will appear here soon!) and while I usually make them on the stove top similar to a stir fry, I love how the IP cooks all these ingredients together with great success.

Amp up your mealtime with this great Sweet Potati and Chicken Curry. It's a Happy New Year all around!

Find more inspiration at Hearth and Soul, Fabulous, Let's Party and Full Plate.

Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry

2 tsp. coconut oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound chicken breast, cubed
1 sweet potato, cubed (about 2 cups)
1 red pepper, sliced or diced
2 cups green beans, trimmed
2/3 cup chicken broth
3 Tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk (use full fat)
Cashews and cilantro for garnish

Set your Instant pot to the saute setting. Add the coconut oil, onion, and garlic and saute until onions are translucent.

Add the chicken, sweet potatoes, red pepper, green beans, broth, curry, cumin, turmeric, cayenne and sea salt. Seal the instant pot and use the manual setting to set time for 12 minutes.

Once time is up, release the pressure by switching from seal to vent. Once pressure is released, remove lid and turn Instant Pot to saute setting. Stir in the coconut milk and let cook for an additional 2-3 minute or until the mixture is hot.

Serve over rice or cauliflower rice and top with cashews and fresh cilantro. Serves 4-6.

Recipe Source: The Real Food Dieticians

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Countdown to 2019: What I'll Make in the New Year

This is "wild card" day at the Countdown, and I always like to put together a list of the recipes I want to try in the New Year. Two soups, two desserts and two main dishes are what I'm "committing" to here; although sometimes my plans change just a few days in...There are so many great recipes to choose from, but I'm hoping to get to these this year. What are you making in 2019?

Upside Down Shepherd's Pie

Thai Burgers with Peanut Sauce

Tomato Basil Bisque with Italian Meatballs

Mexican Street Corn Chowder {Crock Pot}

Honey Nut Bars

Key Lime Pie with Macaroon Crust

Thanks to Elena Bltheh for hosting the Countdown again this year!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Countdown to 2019: Most Popular Recipes of 2018

Baked Brie with Balsamic Blackberries

This was the only appetizer I posted this year, but basically, you don't need another one. This is great for the SuperBowl or New Year's or any gathering that requires amazingly delicious cheese and berries. It's super easy to make and even easier to make disappear.

Baked Garlic Green Beans

Can you believe that a green vegetable made it into the most popular this year? It's true! This was one of the recipes with the most hits this year. It's easy to get in a vegetable "rut" so I love finding a new treatment for our favorite veggies. As I mentioned in the original post, this was the first time ever that we ran out of the vegetables at dinner - these garlicky green beans were a real favorite!

Thai Noodles with Peanut Sauce

This stir fry dish with noodles and a peanut sauce is definitely worth getting in your dinner rotation. You can use pork, chicken or beef, and any veggies that you like. I love how versatile it is, and how delicious.

What fun this has been to look back on the greatest recipes of 2018! Tomorrow I'll share what I'm hoping to make in the New Year.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Countdown to 2019: Best Instant Pot Recipes of 2018

I love using my instant pot. It's not always the fastest way to cook, (ironic since it's called the Instant Pot) but it does always produce wonderful results. Probably the best thing about it is that it dirties only one pot, so clean up is a breeze. Here are my three favorite IP recipes from the last year.

Chicken Tikka Masala

This was a VERY popular dish at our house. It has just the right amount of spice and coconut milk adds to the delicious flavor. I've heard there's a way to cook rice in the IP at the same time as the entree, which would make this even better, but I have not tried it for myself. This is equally good served over riced cauliflower, too.

Bacon Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Risotto is my FAVORITE thing to make in the IP. It turns out beautifully every single time, with no need to stir. And there are so many different combinations to try with different proteins and veggies. I made up this recipe based on ingredients that needed to be used up, and they went really well together. Leftovers make a wonderful lunch the next day, too.

Creme Brulee Cheesecake

Dessert in the IP? Yep! And cheesecake turns out wonderfully. It is so creamy and delicious. This version relies on a quick toasting under the broiler to create the crisp, sugary top, like creme brulee. If you have a torch, that would work even better!

Tomorrow we'll feature the most popular recipes on this blog from 2018. See you then!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Countdown to 2019: Best Desserts of 2018

Ooh la la, it's dessert day! I'm featuring my three favorite desserts of this past year today, but tomorrow there will be another in the Instant Pot category. Dessert in the Instant Pot? Yes sir (or ma'am). But first, check out these amazing creations that use your oven.

Brownie Cake with Cookie Butter Frosting

If you've never tried cookie butter before, go out and get some today. That stuff is fantastic, especially on a brownie cake. This was another one of the recipes I promised I would make in 2018, and it was wonderful. I will probably make it again and again in 2019, too!

Oatmeal Dulce DeLeche Bars

I would put dulce deleche in anything, but it is especially good between layers of oatmeal. These bars are wonderful when they are chilled, and they are very sweet, so a little goes a long way.

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

One of my favorite bars of ALL TIME, these put two of the best ingredients together: chocolate and peanut butter, for an amazing taste sensation. This makes a big pan, too, so there's plenty to share.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the best Instant Pot recipes of 2018.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Countdown to 2019: Best Main Dishes of 2018

Today we're taking a look back at the best main dishes of this past year. I posted a lot of main dishes in 2018 and they were all fantastic! You will find some featured here, and some later this week in the best Instant Pot category, and one in the Most Popular category.

Let's not delay - you'll want to try each one of these this year!

Cuban Quesadillas

This was one the recipes I had tagged to "make in 2018" and so I made these amazing quesadillas right away in January. And I'm so glad I did. They have made many repeat appearances at our lunch and dinner table this year. Sometimes, I make carnitas for the express purpose of making these quesadillas (or for the tostadas featured yesterday! you'll have plenty for BOTH!)

Sausage, Shrimp and Vegetable Skillet

I love, love, love this recipe. It couldn't be simpler and it's super healthy, chock full of whatever veggies you want to use. The salty keilbasa makes a great partner to the shrimp, and the whole thing is just all kinds of wonderful.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

This is one of the most surprising recipes I tried this year. Surprising because of its simplicity in terms of method and ingredients, but complex in terms of texture and flavors. It is really, really good.

Tomorrow is the best desserts of 2018! The Countdown is hosted by Elena Bltheh at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Countdown to 2019: Best Breakfasts of 2018

I love the Countdown! I love looking back on things I've made and posted this year - oftentimes it's a good reminder to get these great recipes in the rotation, if they've fallen out for any reason. I had a bit of an unplanned hiatus from blogging this summer, so I have fewer recipes than usual to choose from, but if this first day is any indication, all my choices for the countdown are amazingly delicious things that I would make over and over again.

So, here you go - the best breakfasts of the past year.

Brunch Tostadas

So this might be one of my all time favorite recipes of the whole year - not just for breakfast. I had something similar at a restaurant on vacation and counted the days til I could recreate it at home. It was a huge hit at our house and with extended family. It makes a great dinner or breakfast or lunch or brunch - it's spectacular whenever you serve it!

Roasted Vegetable and Bacon Breakfast Bake

This is a great make ahead casserole, perfect for when you have overnight guests. I love the added flavor and robust-ness of the roasted vegetables. Just like the tostadas, this makes a great breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Triple Berry Streusel Muffins

I make muffins almost weekly for the kids' breakfast (easy for a quick grab on the way out the door!). The favorite is definitely banana with chocolate chips but sometimes I like to change it up with different fruits and topping. This version was a definite winner. They didn't even miss the chocolate chips (maybe).

Thanks to Elena Bltheh for hosting the Countdown, and stay tuned for best Main Dishes tomorrow!

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