Sunday, April 24, 2016

S'more Rice Krispies

My kids love s'mores and the other day I made these no fire involved, cold lunch compatible s'more creation. So not a lot of Rice Krispies here, much more "s'more" ingredients, but served like a rice Krispy treat. 

1 box Golden Grahams (12 oz)
1 bag mini marshmallows (16 oz)
1/4 cup butter
2 Hershey bars
1/4 cup of mini dried marshmallows
2 (ish) cups Rice Krispies

Melt butter in a large bowl.  Stir in marshmallows and coat the marshmallows with butter.  Microwave 2 minutes on power level 4.  Stir until smooth.  
Pour over Golden Grahams and Rice Krispies stir until all are coated. Mold in a buttered 9x13 pan. Gently press mini marshmallows and chocolate Hershey bar chunks on top. Cool completely and serve. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Copycat Chic-Fil-A Lemonade

This is my favorite lemonade, and it turns out it is quite easy to make at home. I used a bag of lemons from Costco and had enough juice for 3 batches.

1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar
5 cups water 

Mix all together until sugar is dissolved. Serve cold. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

I used my instant pot to make steel cut oats. They turned out perfect! This coconut almond flavored recipe turns them into a treat.

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 can coconut milk (around 3/4 cup)
1 tsp  vanilla
1/2 tsp coconut flavoring
1/4 cup agave or sugar (I used agave)

Add oil to pressure cooking pot, select Sauté.  When oil is melted add the oats and toast, stirring constantly, until they smell nutty, about 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

Select high pressure and set 10 minutes cook time.

When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
When valve drops carefully remove lid.

Stir oats. Cover and let sit five minutes until oats are desired thickness.

Top with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, sliced almonds, and splash of milk.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Copycat Chic-Fil-A Sauce

This sauce was a great copy of Chic-Fil-A sauce, but I need to try making copy cat chicken for a complete copy. 

1/2 cup Mayo
2 Tsp mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp smokey BBQ sauce (I used masterpiece)

Mix all together and serve.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spinach Pesto

Recipe from: Nate Berkus Show

2 C Fresh spinach
2 Roasted Garlic cloves
1/4 C Extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Sea salt to taste

1 teaspoon lemon zest to garnish
1. Cook pasta as directed on package, strain and stop the cooking process with cool water. Set aside.

2. Blend up your spinach pesto in a food processor. Adding in the spinach, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and season well with sea salt to taste.

3. In a large bowl, add the strained pasta. Toss in the spinach pesto, 2 cans of tuna with oil, sea salt and lemon zest. Toss well to coat, all of the pasta.

4. Garnish with lemon zest and serve up warm!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Instant Pot Applesauce

10 apples-peeled, cored, and sliced
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup apple juice 
1 tsp cinnamon

Put all ingredients in pot and stir. 
Set high pressure 5 minutes. Quick release. 
Mash with potato masher and serve warm or chill. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Instant Pot Broccoli Beef

The beef turned out so tender and the flavor was wonderful. We are looking forward eating leftovers!

Recipe adapted from Pressure Cooking Today 

  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, well trimmed and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth (I used 1 cup water with 1/2 Tbsp beef broth paste from Costco)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Put olive oil in the cooking pot and select browning. When oil begins to sizzle, brown meat in batches until all meat is browned - do not crowd. Transfer meat to a plate when brown. 
When all meat is browned select Saute and add chopped onion to the pot. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes until onion starts to soften. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more. 
Add beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes to the pot. Stir until sugar is dissolved. 
Add browned beef and any accumulated juices. Select High Pressure. Set timer for 12 minutes.  Let natural release. 

Cook broccoli until broccoli is tender. (I cooked on the stove)

In a cup combine cornstarch and water; stir until smooth. Add to pressure cooker pot. Stir well to combine. Select browning and stir until sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Add steam broccoli. 

Serve over hot, cooked rice.