Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

So I have dove into the use of my instant pot quite a lot lately! Although it’s wonderful for so many different types of dishes, I will have to admit my favorite thing for it is soup! Soup is just one of my favorite things, but soup doesn’t always feel pleasing unless it’s simmered a long time and blended all of its wonderful flavors together.

But with the instant pot, you don’t have to wait two hours for sumptious soup that tastes like its been stewing all day. You literally can pressure cook it for 7 minutes and it tastes like something you would get at a restaurant!

Now, one of my favorite soups of all time is vegetable soup. It just reminds me of home and always makes me feel cozy! It is storming here today, so I decided to whip some up for lunch! After tasting how glorious it is, I decided I would share it with you all!

Now this is a meatless version because honestly its so delicious I don’t think it needs it! It tastes like old fashioned, what your grandma would make you vegetable soup! However, it only takes 7 minutes to cook! You heard me, 7 minutes!

Lets get to it so you can get cooking!

Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

What you will need:

  • 2 cans of mix vegetables
  • 1 can seasoned lima beans
  • 1 can tomatoes, okra, and corn mix
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • 1 box of beef broth
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Dry seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed

Directions:

Drain all of your cans and pour inti instant pot. Dice celery and onion and add in. Toss in minced garlic, dry seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Stir everything well!

Put on instant pot lid and make sure to set to “SEAL”. If you do not seal, it won’t pressurize! Then hit manual mode for 7 minutes! It will take some time to pressurize and then you will see the cook time on the front screen!

Once it’s done, quick release the pressure and wait until all of the pressure is released! You will feel tension if its not complete! Omce finished, taste and adjust according to your personal taste! (It was perfect for us).

It’s best served with fresh cornbread, grilled cheeses, or good old fashioned saltine crackers! Now it may seem like an odd set of ingredients, but this is what I have gotten perfected over the last two years! It is the perfect vegetable soup! If you want to make it completely vegetarian, you can use vegetable stock instead! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Happy homemaking!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Mac ‘n’ Cheese (Gluten Free)

Got a new instant pot? Need an easy and delicious recipe for your family? Kids fighting between mac ‘n’ cheese or spaghetti for dinner? Well this easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese is the recipe for you!

So the holiday seasons have passed us by and many of us are (FINALLY) blessed to own the fabulous instant pot! If you’ve followed my posts before, you understand how I feel about the instant pot. It’s such a great tool to add to your kitchen, especially if you are a busy mom juggling tons of things like work, school, family, and keeping your sanity!

Many of my favorite recipes have come from days of a scarce kitchen, need to buy groceries, and having to piece together whatever I have left in the cabinets to make a delicious meal for my family. This recipe came from one of those nights of just not really knowing what to cook and wanting to use my instant pot for a quick dinner. Why you ask? Because my 9 month old baby is obsessed with me and can’t stand to be away from me for longer than 1 minute (please send help).

So if you love delicious, comforting pasta and creamy cheesiness, then you will love this easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese! Plus, your picky toddler will love it too (and you can even add some more veggies in to trick them). But let’s go ahead and get to the good part!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Mac ‘N’ Cheese (Gluten Free)

What you will need:

  • 1 lbs grass fed ground beef
  • 1/4 cup sausage crumbles
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (your choosing! We use Aldi brand)
  • 1 package of macaroni and cheese (shells with liquid cheese is best – ours is gluten free but you can use regular)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar (shredded)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup of water

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning

Directions:

Set your instant pot to sauté mode and add in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Throw in diced onion, bell pepper, minced garlic, sausage, and beef. Sauté everything until beef is almost done but not completely.

Add in jar of spaghetti sauce and stir everything together. Then add in dry seasonings. For the instant pot, in order for it to seal correctly you always need to add in extra liquid. Here you can add in a cup of water or what I do for more flavor is pour water into the spaghetti sauce jar after its been emptied, about 3/4 full, and then put the lid back on. Shake the jar to get all the remaining sauce off the sides and then pour into instant pot. This adds more flavor and makes sure you get all of the delicious sauce.

Once you’ve added in the water, stir everything very well. Then add the pasta shells into the pot but do not stir. Simply take a spoon and make sure the pasta is barely covered by the liquid. Then put on the instant pot lid and set to “SEAL”. If you do not seal it, it will not pressurize! Set to manual mode at 8 minutes and let it do it’s thing.

Once it’s done, quick release it and make sure all of the pressure as been released. My instant pot won’t let me take the lid off until it’s done so if you feel tension when trying to remove it, make sure it is fully released. Add in your cheese mixture from your mac ‘n’ cheese package and stir. Then add in 1/4 cup of mozzarella and cheddar cheese into the pot and stir! Then taste and adjust according to your taste and serve! We top ours with parmesan cheese!

This easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese is so delicious, comforting and perfect for your family! AND IT LITERALLY TAKES LIKE 20 MINUTES TO MAKE. You heard me correctly! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as mine does! Happy homemaking!

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

Yay! Christmas time is here! For me that means my husband gets to be off with us and we get to enjoy our favorite time together: mornings! We both love our coffee and a yummy breakfast. When I was pregnant we went every Sunday to Waffle House and I ate a pecan waffle, bacon, hashbrowns, and sometimes even a biscuit too… I can no longer eat so much!

Around Christmas time I like to make special breakfasts for us! This one is one of my favorites! Its packed full of veggies, protein, yumminess, AND to top everything off the colors of it look like Christmas!

This breakfast casserole is a wonderful family breakfast and a fantastic way to sneak vegetables in your kids diet (you’re welcome). So if you’re looking for some breakfast ideas for the holidays or have a brunch you need to bringing a dish to, this ones for you!

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

What you will need:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup ham (diced) (you could use ground sausage or diced bacon too)
  • 1/2 cup of cheese (1/4 for mix, 1/4 for topping)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp siracha
  • 2 stalks green onions (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 bag of frozen hashbrowns

Dry seasonings:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp creole seasoning (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a large mixing bowl, crack eggs and add in milk and siracha. Whisk mixture well and set aside. Dice all of your veggies and add to the bowl. Add in ham, hashbrowns, dry seasonings, hasbrowns, garlic, and 1/4 cup of cheese.

Spray a casserole dish with non stick spray and add in mixture. Make sure to spread out all the veggies and get everything in an even layer.

Bake for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!

This breakfast casserole is one of my favorite breakfast dishes! It’s also the recipe I use to meal plan for my husbands work meals! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Happy homemaking!

Cast Iron Skillet Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

So this year my husband and I found out that we both prefer chicken thighs over chicken breasts. Chicken thighs are the moistest, most flavorful cut of the chicken you can get! I always buy skinless and boneless because that’s how we prefer it, but to each its own.

This recipe was one of those “throw everything together and intohope it tastes good” kind of dinners that I often make at home! And now it is literally both my husband and I’s favorite dinner that I make! So I thought I would share it with you!

This cast iron honey garlic chicken is the perfect mix of sweet, savory, and delicious! I always serve mine with either mashed potatoes or oven roasted potatoes and broccoli! You could also serve it over some white or brown rice if you wanted! Either way I believe this honey garlic chicken recipe will make it on your dinner rotations! Let’s get started!

Cast Iron Honey Garlic Chicke. Thighs

What you will need:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In cast iron skillet, place chicken thighs with top side facing up. Sprinkle dry seasonings over top of chicken.

In a small bowl, mix together honey, garlic, soy sauce, olive oil, and mustard. Pour mixture over chicken and make sure to spoon sauce on any missed areas.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes. When 20 minutes is up, carefully spoon sauce from the bottom of the skillet over top the chicken thighs and place back in the oven on broil for 3-5 more minutes (be sure to check for color since ovens vary).

Then you are finished! That’s how easy it is! I hope you will love this recipe as much as I do! Happy homemaking!

The Easiest Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

It’s been soups galore here at our house! With some yuck going around, rain and cold weather, soup is what’s for dinner here a lot lately! It’s easy, delicious, and just gives a comfort you need during this time of the year. Today I was wanting some soup and decided I would try and make some broccoli cheddar soup for the first time! And y’all, it was so delicious I decided I would share it with you all!

This broccoli cheddar soup was made in the instant pot which is the best invention for your kitchen of all time. I cooked this soup in THREE MINUTES. Yeah you heard me, THREE MINUTES! Now the prep time in total was about 15 minutes including the cook time so yeah… a delicious soup in under 20 minutes!

I served mine with some yummy parmesan rosemary French bread from Costco. It’s so dreamy I could eat an entire loaf on my own! Now the soup itself is gluten free so if you are gluten free you can definitely get in on this! Serve yours up with a small side salad or gluten free sandwich! Your whole family will enjoy this soup AND you can sneak some more veggies in your family’s diet! Let’s get to it!

Easy Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What you will need:

  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup corn starch slurry
  • 4 cups of chicken broth

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning

Directions:

Set instant pot to sauté method. Drizzle in olive oil and throw in onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Soften all of the veggies. Then toss in frozen broccoli, chicken broth, and all dry seasonings. Cover instant pot with the lid and make sure you set to SEAL. Then hit the soup/stew mode and manually enter in 3 minutes. Remember it will take some time to pressurize!

Once finished, quick release (be careful) the pressure and wait until all of the steam has stopped releasing! Remove the lid and then set the instant pot back to sauté mode. Make 1/2 cup of cornstarch slurry! To do this just mix two tbsp of corn starch with 1/2 cup of water. Mix until everything is dissolved and add into the soup mixture. You will want to bring everything to a boil for it to thicken up. Also add in heavy cream and cheese. Let everything melt and come together. Here is a great place to taste the soup and adjust any seasonings to your taste!

Once finished, serve with some shredded cheese on top! It is so delicious and soothing! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Below I will attach a link to an instant pot that you can purchase if you don’t have one yet! Trust me, it is so worth it! You can read my blog, Instant Pot vs. Slow Cooker, to find out more!

Hope you enjoy and Happy Homemaking!

Instant Pot Duo 60 321 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-QT, Stainless Steel/Black

Easy Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

It’s cookie season! Now we have all the excuses to bake all the cookies! But this season often we run short on time. These easy cake mix cookies are THE best texture, super delicious, and most importantly, EASY.

My husband hates cake. Loathes it! He took one bite on our wedding day, just for me, and then went to the cookie bar and had his party. Cookies are his favorite thing and Santa’s favorite thing too! So Christmas and cookies are pretty much a perfect match! Now that we are finally into December, I am going to try and bake a batch of cookies every week. Just to start a family tradition!

I had a box of leftover funfetti cake mix from my sister’s birthday, and had heard about a cookie recipe using cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs! I tried it and it is the best thing ever!

There is a whole world of cookie options open now! Red velvet with cream cheese icing, german chocolate cookies, lemon cookies… the choices never end! I am going to share with you the basic recipe for a cake mix cookie, and then you can edit it the way you want! Add sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, whatever you want! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

What you will need:

  • 1 package of cake mix (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • THAT’S IT! Yes, I’m serious.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl add cake mix of choice (I used funfetti), oil, and eggs. Mix well and the mix will be a thick consistency (perfect for scooping)!

To my mix I added some lemon extract and lemon juice! Just for a pop of flavor. Once you’ve added everything you want, scoop about a tbsp worth of cookie dough on a parchment paper lined cookie tray.

I put mine about 1 inch apart! Bake from anywhere between 11-13 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your cookies.

My husband likes his cookies a little on the crunchier side and I prefer mine soft and chewy! I cooked my batch at 12 minutes and his at 13 and we both thought they were perfect!

That’s it! That’s how easy this is. There are really so many options with this recipes to play around with and it’s a great idea for kids to get started in baking too! I hope you have fun with this recipe! Share with me your ideas and recipes too! Happy homemaking!

Easy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Creamy, warm, filling…. just what you want in a soup this Winter season! This Easy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana recipe is the perfect recipe for you!

It’s my most favorite time of the year! With the weather getting chilly, I have the perfect excuse to make lots of soup! Soup is one of my favorite meals! It’s easy, delicious, and it can last for a couple of days! It stretches a long way, so soup is always a perfect meal for times when the budget needs stretching a bit (like Christmas season)!

You have probably seen Zuppa Toscana on the menu at Olive Garden! It’s a hearty soup with tons of creamy, warm tones that makes you feel satisfied, even with just soup! My husband is not much a soup man. He likes things that fill him up after a long day of work! He loves this soup and so will you!

I use my instant pot for this recipe! I have said it before, and I will say it many more times, BUY AN INSTANT POT!!! It is one of the most necessary kitchen tools for the modern kitchen! You can use a regular soup pot on the stove but I cooked this meal in about a total of 25 minutes so…. you understand.

Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6-QT, Stainless Steel/Black

Let’s get started so you can get eating!

Easy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

What you will need:

  • 1 lbs ground Italian sausage
  • 4 medium sized red potatoes (cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup bacon (diced)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions:

Set your instant pot to sauté mode. Toss in 1 tbsp olive oil and diced onion. Stir around until soft. Then add in your ground sausage and break up into small pieces with spoon/spatula. Once browned, add in minced garlic, bacon, and dry seasonings. Stir well and then add in potatoes. Mix everything together and deglaze the bottom of your instant pot with a small amount of chicken broth (this gets all of the flavor off of the bottom! DO NOT SKIP).

Add in the rest of your chicken broth and close instant pot lid. Make sure to set to “SEAL” and either do “manual mode” at 5 minutes OR soup mode at 5 minutes. Either works!

Once you release the pressure, remove the lid and set to sauté mode again. Add in kale and cover with lid. Let the kale cook down for about 2-3 minutes. Remove the lid and add in heavy cream (you can substitute half and half or evaporated milk if needed). Continue to cook until everything is well mixed and combined. Taste and add more salt/pepper if needed!

I like to serve this soup with some French bread! If serving for supper, you can add a side salad and have a perfect meal!

This soup is so delicious and so easy to make in your instant pot! You don’t feel like poo after eating it and you finish feeling satisfied! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Happy homemaking and happy soup season!

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: The Best Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten Free)

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I’m just going to say it… I hate marshmallows. I particularly hate them on sweet potato casserole (I understand I may be lynched for this). But seriously, I am team pecan streusel topping all day long! So if you are a marshmallow fan, you can use the sweet potato part of this recipe and top with marshmallows… but you are seriously missing out.

So I have been told this is the best sweet potato casserole someone has ever had. That made me feel pretty good about myself, not going to lie. So I decided to share it with you all so that you can have it in you arsenal for the upcoming Holiday season!

On top of how delicious it is, it is also gluten free! As I have eaten gluten free I realized a lot of my Holiday favorites were off limits. So this one I just replaced the flour in the topping with a gluten free alternative, and wall-ah! It’s amazing! I hope you love it too.

Let’s get started so you can get this in your mouth ASAP!

The Best Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

What you will need:

For the Mixture:

  • 5 sweet potatoes (small) or 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the Topping:

  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • 5 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare the sweet potatoes by either baking in oven for approximately 60 minutes OR what I do is use steam bags (which you can purchase) and steam them in the microwave for about 7 minutes. They peal so easily and are very tender! Then once prepared and pealed, mash in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add butter, milk, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon, and mix well.

In another small bowl, combine brown sugar, melted butter, pecans, flour, salt and cinnamon. Mix well until everything is combined.

Spread sweet potato mixture into casserole dish evenly and top with pecan mixture. Then you will want to bake for about 20 minutes until the topping is golden delicious.

This is THE best sweet potato casserole ever and it is gluten free! This will definitely be a new family favorite! Happy homemaking and happy thanksgiving!

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: The Most Delicious Green Bean Casserole

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So I am not known for many things in life, but one thing I am known for: my green bean casserole. It is a staple this time of year for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. It is so delicious, comforting, and a must have at your dinner table! But what it also is… is so easy!

I thought hard about sharing this recipe because it is kind of like my baby… I am very proud of it. But I would feel guilty from holding this recipe captive any longer! So let’s get started and prepare yourself for foodgasm!

Delicious Green Bean Casserole

What you will need:

  • 3 cans of green beans
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package of onion dip mix
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (1/2 for mixture, 1/2 for topping)
  • One large can of crispy fried onions

Dried seasonings:

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together green beans, cream of mushroom soup, onion dip mix, bacon bits, garlic, 1/2 cup of cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix together well! Then add in all of the dry seasonings listed above and mix well again.

In a casserole dish (ceramic, glass, or foil) dump the green bean mix and smooth into an even layer. Top mixture with remaining cheese and fried crispy onions. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Serve immediately!

If you are doing like I am, I prepared this the night before! If you choose to do this, don’t add the fried onions until before you put it in the oven. They will get soggy in the fridge overnight!

This will be a family favorite and WARNING, you will be asked to bring this from now on! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Happy homemaking and Happy Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Cashew Salad

With the Holidays coming up, heavy food is definitely on the radar! Sometimes for lunch you may want to take it light in preparation, or just to give your stomach a break!

This salad is my FAVORITE salad of all time. My husband does not like salads and loved this one. I made this recipe based off of a salad I tried at a restaurant that was so expensive. So I wanted to try to make it myself, and I did so successfully!

It has yummy dried cranberries, cashews, sweet peppers, and my favorite, havarti cheese! All topped with a homemade ranch dressing that is easy and delicious!

Cranberry Cashew Salad

What you will need:

  • Greens (I love spring salad mix)
  • 1/4 cup of havarti cheese (diced)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup of cashew halves

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp ranch (any kind)
  • 1/2 milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed

Directions:

Mix in a larger bowl your greens, cheese, cranberries, cashews, and bell pepper.

In a small mason jar (or bowl) add in all of the dressing ingredients wnd shake well (or stir well).

Serve and you’re done! It’s that easy.

This is so delicious I promise! You can use another dressing if you please, however the thin ranch just gives it the flavor that it needs. So try it, I promise!

I also would serve for an appetizer the cranberries, cashews, cheese and peppers dredged in the dressing as like a cold salad! It would be so delicious and has festive colors too!

I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does! Let me know what you think! Happy homemaking!