Monthly Archives: January 2021

Hearty Sausage & Spinach Tortellini Soup

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage & Spinach Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

1 lb ground Italian sausage

1 medium yellow onion chopped

3 large carrots chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

3 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 cups beef stock

1/4 cup cornstarch or flour

1/4 cup water

3 12 ounce cans evaporated milk

1 10 ounce packet fresh three cheese tortellini found in the refrigerated section of your grocer

2-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 cup regular milk whole, reduced fat, fat free, ect.

Directions

1. Turn Instant Pot onto saute. When hot, add sausage and garlic and cook until meat is browned. When sausage is browned, add carrots, onion, and celery, and cook until fragrant (about three-four minutes).

2. Turn Instant Pot off and add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, beef stock and tortellini. Turn Instant Pot on to manual high pressure for HALF the time it mentions on the back of the tortellini package. Mine said three minutes so I cooked it for 1 minute on manual high pressure.

3. When the timer is up, quick release the pressure. Turn Instant Pot off and then back onto saute. Add evaporated milk and regular milk, heat until boiling. While milk is heating, mix together cornstarch and water.

4. When milk comes to a boil, add cornstarch mixture and stir well. Cook for another minute then turn Instant Pot off. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Let soup sit for two-three minutes to thicken.

Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

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BUTTERY HERB INSTANT POT SALMON

Butter Herb Instant Pot Salmon

Ingredients

1 ½ lb salmon, fresh or frozen (can be cut into filets)

3 Tbsp. butter

¾ c water

2 garlic cloves, minced


½ tsp oregano (dried)

1 ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)


½ Tbsp. fresh dill (chopped, or 1/2 tsp dried dill)


½ tsp pepper


¼ tsp sea salt

lemon for serving (optional)

Directions

1. Pour water into pressure cooker and place steam rack in pot. Spray rack with cooking oil. Place salmon on top of rack. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs. Cut the butter into 1/4 in. pieces and spread on top of salmon.

2. Close Instant Pot and lock, set vent to sealing. Set to pressure cook on manual at five-six minutes for frozen or three-four minutes for fresh. 

3. When cooking cycle is done, do a quick release on your instant pot to release remaining pressure. Remove salmon and serve as desired with a squeeze of lemon! Refrigerate any leftovers.

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EASY Frozen Meatballs in Air Fryer

Frozen Meatballs in the Air Fryer

Ingredients

1 lb. pre-cooked frozen meatballs

Non-stick cooking spray (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the air fryer for three-five minutes at 400 F. If your air fryer doesn’t have a non-stick coating on the rack/basket, spray it with a light coating of cooking spray to keep the meatballs from sticking.

2. Spread the air fryer frozen meatballs out in a single layer on the air fryer rack or in a basket, depending on the type of air fryer you have.

3. Cook the meatballs in the air fryer for six minutes and then flip them or shake your air fryer basket. Continue cooking them for six-seven additional minutes until cooked through.

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Magically Moist Breaded Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Breasts (Magically Moist!)

Ingredients

1-2 lb chicken breasts, we used chicken breasts that were 7-8 oz each

1/4 C. mayonnaise (high quality!- Best Foods, Hellmann’s, Dukes, or homemade)

1/2 C. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

1/4 C. grated parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Remove the boneless skinless chicken breasts from the fridge 15-30 minutes before cooking, if you’re able to. Bringing meat up to room temperature for a safe amount of time helps cook the dish evenly and 

Preheat the air fryer to 360F for 3-5 minutes.

2. Brush the mayonnaise on both sides of the chicken breasts. In a gallon-size plastic bag add the chicken, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese. Shake the bag to make sure the chicken gets evenly coated with bread crumbs and cheese.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast Cook Time

3. Bake the breaded chicken breast in the air fryer for ten mins and then flip over for twelve- sixteen more minutes. You just want to cook the recipe until the chicken internal temperature reaches 160F. I highly recommend using an instant-read meat thermometer to help with that. Let the chicken rest three -five minutes before serving. Serve the chicken breast whole or slice it for a fancier presentation. This recipe serves 2+ people using just 2 8 oz chicken breasts. You can add more chicken breasts if desired.

Notes

Let the chicken breast sit out for thirty-fifteen minutes before cooking.  

Preheat the air fryer to get more consistent cooking.

Using a gallon-size bag, makes it easy to coat the breading on the chicken breasts, but you can also coat it by first adding the crumb mix to a low dish and pressing the chicken into the mix on both sides.

Cut the gluten or carbs by switching to gluten free or low carb breadcrumbs.

If your chicken breasts are smaller than 7-8 oz each, take a couple of minutes off of the cooking time.

Use a large air fryer if you want to cook more than 2 chicken breasts at a time. The crumb mix will coat up to 3-4 breasts.

Replace the mayo for olive oil if you don’t like or don’t have mayonnaise.

Swap plain breadcrumbs for seasoned and add your favorite seasoning instead.

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