Archives for November 2016

You Just Bought an Instant Pot: Now What???

Instant Pot: Did you buy one? Are you wondering what to do with it?
You Just Bought an Instant Pot: Now What? How to start cooking and enjoying.

What is it about the Instant Pot? People are going crazy for it!

Of course they are.

The Instant Pot promises a home cooked meal in about 70% less time than traditional cooking methods. Not to mention, it has the ability to cook food from frozen.

No need to thaw your frozen meat before cooking it?

People, this is practically kitchen sorcery we are talking about here!

While there are so many pluses to an Instant Pot, many people are afraid to cook in them.

And rightly so.

A pressure cooker could blow up if not properly used and maintained. For that reason, you will actually need to read the instructions for your pressure cooker.

But if you will cast your fear aside, you will be rewarded with a quick and easy solution to the dinnertime dilemma. And the breakfast dilemma. And the snack dilemma. In fact, you will find you can make pretty much anything in your Instant Pot, including DOG FOOD!




The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals

This is the number one best seller and it includes recipes like Pulled Pork, Black Bean Soup, and Baby Back Ribs.

The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes

I am not a vegetarian. However, I try to add as many plants to my family’s daily diet as I can. This book came highly recommended for just that reason.


Great Food Fast Bob Warden’s Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes

What I like about this cookbook is it has a “lighter” section and it gives nutrition information on all the recipes.


There are more recipes and tips in these Facebook groups than you could ever get through in one day!

Here’s my helpful suggestion: If you choose to join an Instant Pot Facebook Group, you will want to turn off the group’s notifications. If you don’t, your newsfeed will be flooded with posts.

It is better to join the group, turn off notifications, then visit the group when looking for inspiration or help.

Listed below are the Facebook groups run by people I know that I have actually joined. However, there are tons of groups out there if you just do a quick Facebook search.

Instant Pot Community

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Meals

Real Food Instant Pot Recipes


Quite simply, I’ve rounded up the recipes I’ve seen referred to again and again.

Eat at Home, one of my favorite meal planning sites, has
a one week Instant Pot meal plan for FREE that includes her famous Mediterranean Chicken.

I’m a sucker for a good street taco so I’m excited to try these Korean Street Tacos.

Honey Bourbon Chicken sounds like a winner to me.

Butter, heavy cream, 2 kinds of cheeses… Yes, I believe this may be the Best Mac and Cheese.

This Greek yogurt recipe is the most referred to recipe in all my Facebook groups. It has great instructions.

I’m always in search of the perfect rice recipe – you know the kind – like you get in the restaurant.

Perfectly Hard Boiled Eggs – I gotta try it!

Don’t have your Instant Pot yet? What are you waiting for?

I Drank Cayenne Pepper Water For 7 Weeks and Here’s What Happened

What happened when I started drinking cayenne pepper water.

What happened when I drank cayenne pepper water for 7 weeks. Is it worth trying? What do I do now.

I’m going to start by saying I always thought drinking cayenne pepper water was completely bogus.

But I’ve since changed my mind.

Let me give you a little background.

In January 2016, I was asked by a friend if I wanted to join in on a one week clean eating challenge.

Like a good American, I had overeaten during the holidays. I wanted accountability to get back on track. So I joined the clean eating challenge.

We started the challenge on January 18th. We had a one week meal plan we were to follow.

The meal plan said we were to drink 8 ounces of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper every morning.

Is there anything on this planet that sounds grosser than warm cayenne pepper water? Particularly first thing in the morning?

But here’s the deal. It was a challenge. We were in a Facebook group. Apparently, I am uber competitive. I was going to be the one person on that challenge that followed the eating plan to a T.

Which meant I had to start my day with cayenne pepper water.

What happened when I drank cayenne pepper water for 7 weeks. Is it worth trying? What do I do now.

I completely surprised myself. I liked it! But I wasn’t sure if I like it because I had a cold and the warming sensation just felt really good, or if I really liked it.

I continued drinking it every day.

What led me to really like it was the fact that I lost 3 pounds in that week – mainly from my belly.

Yes, I was eating clean. But I have never, and I mean ever, lost 3 pounds in one week. Ever.

My body type is such that I carry all my extra weight in my belly. I’m the woman you always want to know if I am pregnant or not. Seriously. (and no I’m not pregnant!)

After the first week, I decided to start adding a half a lemon to my cayenne pepper water. If you haven’t tried lemon water first thing, here are all the reasons you should.

I drank cayenne pepper lemon water first thing in the morning for 7 weeks. My total weight loss was 5 pounds. During those 7 weeks, I only followed a clean eating plan for one of them.

If you do a little research, you’ll find science believes cayenne pepper and one of it’s components – capsaican – “could” assist in weight loss.

What happened when I drank cayenne pepper water for 7 weeks. Is it worth trying? What do I do now.

I would definitely say it helped me to lose weight and boosted my metabolism!

So why don’t I drink it daily? 

Crazy, right? But here’s the deal: I’m addicted to caffeine and the boost I get from my morning cup of coffee.

That’s right. I’d rather have coffee than a boosted metabolism.

While cayenne pepper water hasn’t remained a daily habit, if I ever get serious about trying to cut weight, I will use it, and my fat-flushing detox drink to aide my weight loss efforts. 

I’m convinced it had a positive effect on my weight loss and that you have nothing to lose by trying it.


Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe
A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.

Here’s a fun fact about me: I love cabbage. Love, love, love.

It definitely makes the top 10 list of ALL foods for me. And that is a list that also includes brownies.

Roasted cabbage happens to be one of my favorite ways to make it.

Luckily, it is also one of the most simple.

Here’s the trick to my roasted cabbage: I sprinkle it with finely chopped radishes.

Everyone thinks the cabbage is topped with bacon. Because after roasting, it looks like bacon bits.

A healthy roasted cabbage recipe. It's a simple recipe perfect for Paleo, Whole 30 or Vegetarian diets.


Of course, you could top the cabbage with chopped bacon if you want, but here’s why I don’t.

First (and best) reason: I don’t buy pork.

No great reason I don’t buy pork other than if I could have a pet teacup pig, I would. I’d rather be friends with a pig than eat one. (Conversely, I have no problems eating chicken and I want to own those too. It makes no sense, I know. This is where you might feel a little bit sorry for my husband who for 25 years has tried to figure out why I do what I do.)

Second reason to use radishes: It’s another veggie serving I can get my family to willingly eat. I try to serve as many fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Radishes have a peppery flavor that is just plain good with the cabbage. It lends it that little something-something extra to the wedges. Not to mention, pretty, right? Maybe perfect for a holiday meal?


Healthy Roasted Cabbage Recipe


  • 1 head cabbage, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped radishes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Lay cabbage slices on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Use a basting brush and brush olive oil on cabbage slices. Top with chopped radishes and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Roast for 20-25 minutes or to desired doneness.

Your hands on time in making this dish is maybe 10 minutes before you can just tuck it in the oven and let it do it’s thing. In my world, that makes it a perfect, easy weeknight side dish.

Cabbage is one of the healthiest foods, providing vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Plus it has very few calories. It’s a food everyone should be eating more of, so I hope you’ll try this recipe with your family.