Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Last month, I picked up an Instant Pot during the Prime Day sale on Amazon. I’ve been eyeing one and it was finally time to bite the bullet and get one. I’ve used it sporadically¬†over the last month and I’m really going to use it once school starts next week and my dinner prep time gets cut in half on nights I coach cheerleading.

I was a little hesitant to use the IP for the first time since I had never cooked with a pressure cooker before….but there was nothing to be scared of! It was easy to use and I have loved everything I’ve made it in so far. I never thought about making pasta in a pressure cooker, it came out great! Even my picky kid gobbled it up!

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Peach Breakfast Crumble – Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal with you. I’ve stalked this blog for years just waiting until the day I opened my email to see my assignment was Mangia! I immediately started searching for a recipe to make and stumbled across Chelsy’s recipe for Peach Breakfast Crumble. I knew it would be delicious and I loved the twist on a traditional crumble, plus it’s peach season. The original list of recipes I wanted to try started with over 20, so I needed to narrow it down and my kids helped make the decision. Don’t worry, I know I’ll be back this week to make another recipe.

The one thing I love about all the recipes Chelsy shares is that they’re unique and so different from how I’m use to cooking and baking. She has gluten-free, paleo, vegan and so many other recipes that has me ready to experiment in the kitchen. I know I’ll be able to find something that will work for me now that I’m doing low carb for the next 75 days or so.

Back to the crumble…. it was so delicious. The crumble is make with cashews and dates, it’s the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch. My daughter ate almost the entire container and keeps asking me to make it again for her. She topped her with a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt. It’s definitely going to be my new go-to fruit crumble. I bet it will be delicious with apples in the fall!¬†Peach Breakfast Crumble | Join Us, Pull up a Chair

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Summer Corn Chowder

The one thing I love about summer is all the fresh vegetables – corn, tomatoes, squash, cukes and more – plus you can’t forget about all the stone fruit. YUM! There’s a little farm stand I buy corn from and it’s so good. It’s super sweet and they pick it fresh every morning and even better it’s local.

This chowder was really good, its creamy but not too heavy. I loved that it was full of corn flavor and could whip it together on a weeknight.

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Loaded Cauliflower Mash

I bought a head of cauliflower last week when I saw this recipe as I was killing time on Pinterest. It looked so good and I knew it would perfectly for dinner one night especially since I’m back on the LCHF (low carb, high fat) wagon. It looked so good and I knew it would help squash my cravings for carbs. It definitely did that and I loved it! The mash is super easy to make and went along with burgers (of course, bunless for me). I would have loved a little green onion in it, but I forgot to grab a bunch when I was grocery shopping.

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Greek Cucumber Salad

My garden is overflowing with cucumbers right now and I’m looking for new recipes to use them up. I love cucumbers and this salad was so refreshing especially with this heat wave we’re stuck in. I made it for dinner one night with grilled chicken and it was so good. Madeline ate three bowls of it! It would be great for a picnic too. You could prep all the ingredients and then mix it up right before your ready to eat.

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Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites

I’m on the hunt for new snacks for my kids. We’ve really slacked on eating healthy this summer and I know I’m paying for it now. So…needless to say, I’m on the mission to clean up our pantry again and try to minimize our the prepackaged foods in our house, especially with school starting in about a month.

I saw this recipe in the May 2015 Rachel Ray Magazine and knew Madeline would love it and she would be able to make it by herself. I did a trial run first and she’ll be making the next batch since it’s so easy. Just throw some ingredients into a food processor, add some mix-ins and roll in coconut. Super easy! I sampled one and it was really good, full of peanut butter flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness. Next time, I want to try making them with almond butter.

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Zucchini Lasagna

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself with way more zucchini than you know what do with. This recipe will take care of that problem for you! I loved the combination of zucchini and spinach, plus it’s a twist without the pasta. I swapped ground turkey in place of ground beef to make it even more healthy. I might add some mushrooms next time and I’ll definitely use a mandolin to slice the zucchini thinner.

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BLT Puff Pastry Pizza – Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to July’s Secret Recipe Club reveal for Group C. I’m excited to share this recipe since it was such a big hit at our table! My assignment this month was Lynsey Lou’s Making Your Days Delicious. Lynsey and I have a few things in common – we both use our time in the kitchen to relax and we both checked out the “What’s Cooking” board on the Nest. I wonder if we ever chatted about recipes back in the day! She’s married and has a super cute son too.

After looking through Lynsey’s recipes, I finally chose the recipe for BLT Puff Pastry Pizza. I knew it would be a quick and easy dinner to through together for our busy Monday nights. My daughter started a lacrosse clinic that’s about 35 minutes away and I’m always looking for something that I can quickly throw together and have enough time to eat before she needs to be there. This was the perfect recipe! It was really good and I didn’t change a thing. We will definitely be making this recipe again and again!

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Black Bean Salsa

This has become my new favorite snack in the summer! It is so refreshing and I love that I can use so many fresh veggies straight from the local farm or from my backyard. It has a little heat from the jalapeno, but you could always leave them out if you don’t want the spice. I have been eating it lately with tortilla chips – it would go great over grilled chicken!

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Pickled Beets

This is the first year I’m attempting to grow beets and I can’t wait to see what we get. I love beets, always have. My daughter also loves beets and we have them quite often. Until my beets are ready, I’ve picked up a couple bunches so I can make pickled beets. This recipe is super easy and there’s no canning required.

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