Instant Pot: Chicken a’la Anything


One of my goals when I was off on medical leave was to play with my  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.  I got it shortly after Christmas and use it all the time but the things I use it for aren’t really recipes.  I use it all the time for baked sweet potatoes (totally awesome) and baked potatoes.  In only takes a short bit for them and they are so good.  I use it for dried bean recipes too.  I don’t often cook a complete meal in it though.

Today I just played and made up a recipe that turned out really good.


I’m calling it Chicken a’la Everything.  The reason why…I can see us eating this multiple different ways.  I can see Hubby wrapping it all up in a tortilla shell….I can see me eating it more like a hotdish and I can see my boys wanting some biscuits with it.  It very versatile.

Here’s what I did….
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Hoppin’ John


With my child care I am part of the “food program”.  I have to follow guidelines to prepare meals and have specific foods that must be included in each meal.  One the latest the pushes the guidelines are recommending is to include more beans in the meals we prepare.

I work to do my best to comply.  Right now we are asked to serve some sort of bean once a week.  The beans can be any sort of beans that can be dried….limas, kidney, butter, northern, black, etc.


I typically just serve chili or baked beans but honestly, I’m getting bored with them.  I decided to make some Hoppin’ John.  I personally love it.

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Mexican Corn Dip


Over the weekend the kids all came home.  It was an early Easter celebration for our family.  We often schedule things on “off days” so that the kids can celebrate with the “other” side of the family without getting stressed with too many places to be.

Anyway…Buck brought Mexican Corn Dip.  I loved it.  Actually everyone really liked it and it is so easy to make….just dump some ingredients together…no cooking…no nothing but opening cans, a little chopping, dumping and stirring.  We had it with corn chips.  It was actually made on Saturday and we ate it both Saturday and Sunday.  It refrigerated really well.

Here’s the recipe he gave me. [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Supreme


The kids were home this weekend for an early Easter celebration.  We don’t have any traditional desserts that I “always” make for Easter..not like pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.  With not feeling “A-okay” I had let things go a bit letting the kids do more of the work this year.  Then Friday night Kalissa asked what we were having for desserts.  I didn’t have a plan until Kelli piped up and said, “Make the blueberry cream cheese dessert so I can eat it.”  (Find the blueberry dessert here recipe here)  Then Kalissa piped up and said, “I’ll make my cheesecake”.  (Find her recipe here.)  Well I thought that was a good plan.

Then I was up early Saturday morning.  I made the blueberry dessert and had a craving for something chocolaty.  That’s when I remembered by Chocolate Peanut Supreme dessert and decided to make it too.


It’s so easy…here’s the recipe. [Read more...]