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Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash For One

Ingredients


1 C. butternut squash , peeled and cubed

½ Tbsp. olive oil

⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon

⅛ tsp. ground ginger

⅛ tsp. turmeric

⅛ tsp. kosher salt

⅛ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 425° F (220° C).
Line a 9&13 baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Place the butternut squash cubes on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and spices. Bake for twenty minutes.

Source One Dish Kitchen

Instant Pot buttered cabbage

Instant Pot buttered cabbage

Ingredients


1 head green cabbage

1 C. vegetable stock

2 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. salt


¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

1. Wash the cabbage, and remove the core. Then cut into cubes and add to the Instant Pot. Using a wooden spoon or your hands, quickly break down the cabbage cubes to separate the leaves into individual pieces.

2. Add the butter, and season with salt and ground black pepper. Add a cup of vegetable stock, or use water. I strongly recommend that you use vegetable stock instead of water as it adds a great flavor to the cabbage.

3. Secure the lid and set the vent to SEALING. Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 4 minutes at high pressure.

4. The Instant Pot will take around 10 minutes to come to pressure and start cooking. When the cooking program ends, quickly release the steam and carefully remove the lid. Stir the cabbage to make sure that the butter and seasonings are evenly distributed, and serve. I recommend serving this cabbage with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Source Little Sunny Kitchen

The Best Seasoned Roasted Cauliflower

The Best Seasoned Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower

1/4 c. olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. salt

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or foil paper if desired. You can do it without parchment, I just think it makes cleaning up easier.
Rinse the cauliflower cut the florets off, placing them in a large bowl.

2. Drizzle the olive oil over the florets, and add the seasoning. Toss together with your hands or a spoon. Spread evenly over the prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for about thirty minutes or until the edges are browned and crisp. Stir once or twice during the cooking time. Season with more salt and pepper if desired

Source The Pretty Bee

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs chicken wings, thawed

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

BUFFALO SAUCE INGREDIENTS

1/2 C. butter, (1 stick)

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

2/3 C. Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce

Directions

1. Start by patting the wings dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. In a small bowl, mix the baking powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Then sprinkle the baking powder mixture over the chicken. Be sure to toss the chicken in the seasonings so that everything is evenly coated.

2. Add the chicken to the air fryer, and air fry for thirty-five minutes at 400 degrees flipping the chicken over halfway through cooking. (Note: Adjust the temperature to 390 degrees if using the Ninja Foodi.)

3. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. To make the sauce, add the Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce, butter. and garlic powder to a small pot over medium heat. Cook the sauce until the butter is completely melted, and the sauce begins to simmer. Reduce the heat to low, so that the sauce stays warm while the wings finish cooking.

4. Once the wings are finished cooking, add them to a medium bowl. Pour the buffalo sauce over the wings and toss them to ensure that they are evenly coated in the sauce.

5. Serve immediately with celery, and your favorite dipping sauce.

Sources Curbing Carbs

Pioneer Woman’s Instant Pot Sticky Pork Lettuce Wraps

Instant Pot Sticky Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

FOR THE PICKLED ONION:

1/2 c. rice vinegar (or other white vinegar)

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. kosher salt

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

FOR THE PORK AND SAUCE:

1/2 c. plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

2 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. five-spice powder

2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. mustard powder

1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into thirds

2 tbsp. olive oil

2/3 c. low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 c. hoisin sauce

1/4 c. soy sauce

3 tbsp. rice vinegar

2 tbsp. Thai sweet chili sauce

1 tbsp. Sriracha, or more to taste

1 tbsp. cornstarch

Bibb lettuce leaves, toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions, for serving

Directions

1. For the pickled onion: Bring the vinegar, sugar, salt, red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Put the red onion in a heatproof bowl and pour the vinegar mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. For the pork: Whisk 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the ginger, five-spice powder, salt, pepper and mustard powder in a large bowl. Add the pork, turning to coat in the rub. Add the olive oil to a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot and set to sauté. When hot, add the pork and brown 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate. Add the broth to the pot and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom. Whisk in the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce and Sriracha. Return the pork to the pot.

3. Put on and lock the lid, making sure the steam valve is in the sealing position. Set to pressure-cook on high for 45 minutes. After the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then carefully turn the valve to the venting position to release the remaining pressure. Turn off the pot and remove the lid. Remove the pork to a baking sheet and shred with 2 forks.

4. Set the Instant Pot to sauté, then stir in the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar. Remove 3 tablespoons of the liquid from the pot to a small bowl; whisk in the cornstarch. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the pot and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes; season with salt. Return the pork to the pot and stir. Serve the pork in the lettuce leaves and top with the pickled onion, sesame seeds and scallions.

Source The Pioneer Woman

Million dollar Chicken

Million dollar Chicken

Ingredients

½ C. chicken broth (or ½ cup water and ½ tsp better than bouillon)

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenders (or boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced in half horizontally)

2 Tbsp. dry ranch dressing mix (I prefer Hidden Valley)

4 oz cream cheese

1–2 Tbsp. cornstarch

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise

5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 ½ C. shredded Colby jack cheese

½ C. diced green onions

Instant Pot Directions:

1. Pour in chicken broth into Instant Pot. Add chicken into Instant Pot. Sprinkle the chicken with ranch dressing mix. Dump the cream cheese on top.

2. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to five minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for five minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.

3. For this part it’s easiest if you remove the chicken and place it on a plate. Then turn Instant Pot to saute. Stir the cream cheese into the broth. Thicken with a cornstarch slurry. In a small bowl stir together one tablespoon of cornstarch with one-two tablespoons of water, until smooth. Then pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. The cornstarch mixture will thicken up contents of pot quickly. Stir in the mayo, cheese, bacon and green onions. 

4. Toss the chicken back into the Instant Pot and coat in the sauce. Serve chicken with sauce over cauliflower rice, rice, potatoes, noodles etc. 

Slow Cooker Directions:

1. Pour broth into slow cooker. Add chicken into slow cooker. Sprinkle the chicken with ranch dressing mix. Dump the cream cheese on top. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, or until chicken is cooked to 165° F. 

2. Stir the cream cheese into the broth. Thicken with a cornstarch slurry. In a small bowl stir together 1-2 Tbsp of cornstarch with 1-2 Tbsp of water, until smooth. Then pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Stir in the mayo, cheese, bacon and green onions. 

3. Cook on high for 15 more minutes, without the lid, or until sauce has thickened.

4. Serve chicken with sauce over cauliflower rice, rice, potatoes, noodles etc. 

Source 365 Days of Crockpot

Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken

Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken


4 chicken thighs skin-on, bone-in

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to season

4 cloves garlic finely chopped or minced

1 medium yellow onion diced

1.5 ounces or 40 grams bacon chopped


3 Tbsp. honey


3 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard


¾ C. chicken broth

1.5 tsp. paprika powder

1 tsp.cornstarch or flour

1-2 Tbsp. chopped parsley (to garnish)

Directions

1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in the Instant Pot on the ‘Saute’ mode for two-three minutes, (use this time to prepare the rest of the ingredients)

2. Once the oil has heated, season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and add them to the Instant Pot. Let the chicken cook on each side for three-four minutes until lightly browned. Once done, take them out and keep aside on a plate.

3. To the Instant Pot, add chopped-up bacon, diced onions, finely chopped or minced garlic cloves. Sauté for a minute. Add 3/4 cup chicken stock and make sure you deglaze the pot, picking up any browned bits that may have stuck to the bottom of the pot, with a spatula.

4. Whisk together three tablespoons of Dijon mustard and three tablespoons of honey and add it to the Instant Pot. Stir together to combine. Add 1.5 teaspoons paprika powder and stir to combine. Let the sauce simmer for a minute.Now add the browned chicken thighs back to the sauce.

5. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set it to ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’ function for five minutes. Once the cooking time is completed, press ‘Keep Warm/Cancel, so that the IP does not default to ‘Keep Warm’ mode. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then perform a quick release of pressure.

Source Caramel Tinted Life

The Pioneer Woman’s BBQ Meatball Subs

BBQ Meatball Subs

Ingredients

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

Cooking spray

1 1/2 lb. ground beef

3/4 c. quick-cooking oats

1/2 c. milk

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/2 small onion, minced

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Black pepper, to taste

FOR THE SAUCE:

1 tbsp. salted butter 

1/2 small onion, minced 

1 c. ketchup

3 tbsp. distilled white vinegar

2 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Dash of hot sauce

FOR THE SUBS:

6 hero rolls, split

12 slices cheddar cheese

Pickle slices and potato chips, for serving

Directions

1. For the meatballs: Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Mix the beef, oats, milk, egg, onion, salt and plenty of pepper in a medium bowl with your hands. Roll into 18 meatballs (1/4 cup each). Arrange on the baking sheet.

2. Broil the meatballs for 6 minutes, then flip and broil until browned and firm to the touch, about 5 more minutes. Meanwhile, for the sauce: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes.

3. Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until bubbling and thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the meatballs to the sauce and toss to coat. Keep warm over low heat.

4. For the subs: Discard the foil from the baking sheet. Place the rolls on the pan. Lay 2 cheese slices in the center of each to cover the split. Broil until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Fill with the meatballs, sauce and a few pickle slices. Serve with potato chips.

Source The Pioneer Woman

Instant Pot Jambalaya

Instant Pot Jambalaya

Ingredients


2 Tbsp. Olive Oil


12 oz Andouille Sausage cut into ¼-inch-thick slices

1 medium Onion chopped

1 medium Green Bell Pepper seeded and chopped

1 medium stalk Celery chopped

3 Garlic Cloves diced

2 tsp. Cajun Seasoning

1/4 tsp ground Thyme

1 C. Long-Grain White Rice regular NOT instant rice

1 14.5-ounce can Diced Tomatoes undrained

1 1/2 C Low-Sodium Chicken Stock

1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

12 oz medium-size Cooked Shrimp (41-60 count)

4 Scallions thinly sliced

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in the inner pot at on Sauté. Add the sausage slices, and cook until browned, about two minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. 

2. Next, add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, approximately three minutes. 

3.  Add the Cajun seasoning, thyme, and rice, and stir until the rice is well coated in the oil. Press Cancel to stop the cooking. 

4. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the stock, and salt. Stir with a spatula freeing any food particles sticking to the bottom of the Instant Pot insert. 

5. Lock the lid. Cook on Manual High Pressure for eight minutes, then allow a Natural Pressure Release for five minutes followed by manual release of the remaining pressure. 

6. Stir the rice mixture, then stir in the shrimp, scallions, and reserved sausage. Replace the Instant Pot lid and allow the ingredients to heat through for five minutes in the residual heat.

Source Boulder Locavore

Easy Mediterranean Instant Pot Chicken And Potatoes

Easy Mediterranean Instant Pot Chicken And Potatoes

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. ground allspice (pimento)

1 tsp. smoked paprika

6 large chicken thighs bone in and skin on

1 C. (237mL) chicken broth or stock

1 tsp garlic purée

juice of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp honey

1 pound (453g) new potatoes halved

1 tsp. of fresh oregano

Directions

1. In a bowl, combine one tablespoon of the olive oil with salt, smoked paprika and allspice. Add in chicken thighs and coat well.

2. Heat the other one tablespoon of oil in the Instant Pot insert using the sauté mode, then add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides, for about six minutes total.

3. Switch off the Instant Pot and remove any excess oil. Pour in the chicken stock and deglaze the Instant Pot insert. Add in the rest of the ingredients, place on the lid, lock it and set the valve to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to manual pressure, high pressure for eight minutes.

4. When done, allow for a five minutes natural pressure release. Then perform a quick pressure release to remove any remaining pressure.

MAKE IT WITH GRAVY (OPTIONAL):

1. Remove all ingredients from the Instant Pot and set it to sauté mode. Make a paste of one tablespoon each cornstarch and water, and add to the Instant Pot.

2. Cook on sauté mode until it thickens, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Source Recipes from a pantry

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