Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

One of our favorite holiday side dishes is mashed potatoes. As much as I love them, it’s one thing I have always kind of dreaded making because it takes too long. At least it did until I started using the Instant Pot! It makes making mashed potatoes easier than you would ever realize! Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are now my favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 Cups broth
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • ⅓ Cup sour cream
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • ½ Tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tsp onion powder
  • ¼ Tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the potatoes in the Instant Pot and cover with the broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Close the lid and vent and set on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Manually release steam and open the valve and lid. Drain the potatoes, discarding the stock and keeping the potatoes in the Instant Pot.

  4. Add the rest on the ingredients and mash until everything is combined and the mashed potatoes are creamy, viola! Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes!

Notes:

  • You can double or triple this recipe so it’s a great recipe to feed a large family.
  • You can substitute the butter for ghee and the sour cream for Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative.
  • You can also use vegan butter, yogurt and almond milk for a vegan twist.

 

 

 

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Thai Crispy Chicken

I always like to try new recipes, and when I found this Thai Crispy Chicken, I had to give it my own twist. This is now a family favorite (especially with my teens). This is a quick and easy weeknight meal – and its great for leftovers for lunch at work the next day! For a family I would recommend doubling the recipe listed below.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Egg
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Cup flour
  • ½ Cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tsp ginger powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp broth
  • 1 Tsp ginger
  • ½ Tsp cumin
  • Pinch of turmeric

Directions:

  1. Prepare the sauce: In a small bowl combine the peanut butter with the soy sauce, broth, ginger, cumin and turmeric. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the chicken: In a bowl beat the egg with the lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour with the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, ginger and salt and pepper.
  4. Dip the chicken into the egg and then transfer to the fliru mixture. Toss to coat evenly with flour.
  5. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown.

  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook for 3 more minutes stirring so the chicken gets evenly coated with the sauce.
  7. Serve over rice with chopped pepper, mint or basil sprigs and a lime wedge.

Notes:

  • I love to cut the chicken as tiny as possible so you get a lot of crispness!
  • You can also omit the sauce and the end result is incredibly delicious too. A little bit of sauce goes a long way. You don’t want to drown the chicken in it or it won’t be as crispy.

 

 

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Steamer – How It Works For Preparing Healthy Meals

With summer in full-force, people all around the world are trying to get fit and healthy. One technique that is commonly utilized for this purpose is steam. To create enough high-pressurized steam, you will need an instant pot. This small appliance is very diverse, allowing it to be utilized for steaming vegetables, sauteing onions, sterilizing baby bottles, and boiling chicken and other meats. Learn more about preparing healthy meals with a steamer.

Preserves More Nutrients

The great benefit of steaming vegetables is it helps to preserve most of the nutrients. If you compare steaming to boiling and frying, you will instantly see that it is the healthier choice. Why is it a  healthier choice? Well, mainly because it preserves more nutrients than most other cooking methods. This is why the steamer is so popular among health advocates and average people who demand to stay healthy.

Easy Cooking Method

Steam is one of the easiest cooking methods. Utilizing a registered steamer, the process is even easier. The most difficult step of utilizing a steamer is food preparation. What this means is the cutting, chopping, grinding, dicing, and shredding will take longer than the actual steaming process. Busy parents, full-time workers and college students, and business owners could benefit greatly from a steamer. It could make their food preparation processes quicker, easier, and more pleasant.

Learn more about cooking healthy with a steamer at Corrie Cooks. Here, you will find dozens of healthy steamer and instant pot recipes.

Choose The Right Ingredients

First and foremost, you’ll want to choose the right ingredients. If you’re trying to cook unhealthy foods in your steamer, you’re not going to do yourself any favors. You can eliminate this problem by choosing the right ingredients. For instance, you should try steaming vegetables, pasta, rice, fish, seafood, and meat. These foods work wonderfully in your steamer and they’ll provide you with fantastic results. With these ingredients, you can rest assured knowing you’re going to be providing delicious and healthy meals to your loved ones.

Remember to avoid using too much salt and pepper. Avoid too many seasonings and your meals will be much healthier.

The Reasons To Use A Steamer

Ultimately, cooking with a steamer is one of the best ways to prepare your meals. It offers various benefits that you cannot find elsewhere. For instance, using a steamer is one of the best ways to lower cholesterol, preserve fiber, and retain more vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, you can rest assured knowing you’ll be able to keep your kitchen clean when using one of these devices. Using a steamer is quick and easy so you’ll have time to exercise while you wait for your food to finish.

If you’re looking for a healthy way to prepare your meals, you’ll want to choose a steamer.

Summary

Using a steamer is one of the best ways to cook healthy meals. As long as you follow the advice above, you’ll be able to take full advantage of your steamer and prepare your loved ones with deliciously healthy meals. Once you’ve done it once or twice, you’ll be ready to go. You can guarantee that you’ll always be able to prepare healthy meals for your loved ones.

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Got a Teen Driver? Check Out These Tips to Help Keep Them Safe

It seems like only yesterday you were up all hours doing night feeds with your baby and now you’re up all night worrying about where they are! Even as our kids get older, we never stop fretting about them, and when they pass their driving test and gain their own independence, our anxiety goes through the roof.

What if they make a mistake? Get lost? Breakdown on a dark country lane? Drive too fast? What if they crash? If they’ve been in an accident that wasn’t their fault, call a personal injury attorney Savannah

It’s difficult to quell the feeling of dread every time you go to bed and they’re still not back yet…but as a parent, we must allow our children to exercise their freedoms and encourage them to rely on themselves – no matter how hard it might be!

One way to alleviate your stress and worry is to sit down with your teen and talk about road safety. Here we’ll examine some simple, yet effective driving tips you should discuss with your teen. 

Don’t become a taxi driver

If they’re the first one in their friendship group to pass their test, chances are they’ll be happy to transport the group from A to B without issue. However, they need to be wary of simply becoming a taxi driver for their friends to call on whenever they like. Driving everyone around all the time is going to be put a strain on their friendships and on their wallets too – their fuel costs will skyrocket!  

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Can’t you drive any faster? Overtake that car in front! I bet you can beat that red light! Sound familiar? Peer pressure is a dangerous thing, especially when they’re behind the wheel. Let them know that it’s not OK to feel pressured by so-called friends, and if they don’t like the way they drive or continue to put them under pressure, then they shouldn’t have them in their car anymore. 

Don’t drive distracted 

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. It’s easy to stay focused behind the wheel when you have a driving instructor next to you, but when driving independently, it’s easy for their attention to wane. Make sure they’re keeping their smartphone out of reach, that their music isn’t too loud and that their friends aren’t being too distracting.

Always wear a seatbelt 

Sadly, many drivers still neglect to wear a seatbelt. Sometimes drivers forget, or they believe that because it’s a short journey, they don’t need to. Make sure your teen is aware that in the event of a car crash, their seatbelt will prevent them from being ejected from the vehicle, will prevent contact with the steering wheel or dashboard and will keep them in the correct position for airbag deployment.

Finally, slow down!

Most car accidents occur within 5 miles of home. Drivers pay less attention and speed up because they’re overly familiar with the roads. Ask your teen to always keep to the speed limit! 

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Smoked Queso

A smoky version of our favorite Mexican party dip! This smoked queso dip is the perfect appetizer to share. You can make it mild or hot, and you can add hamburger, or whatever you’d like – the possibilities are endless!

What I love about this smoked queso is it actually heats up really well – just store it in a air tight container, and heat and serve.

Recipe for Smoked Queso 

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook Time:1.5- 2 hours
Serves: 8-10 (as appetizer) 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 lb) block Queso Blanco (with jalapenos) Velveeta or similar, cubed 
  • 1 (16 oz) package Hot (or mild) pork sausage 
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chiles

Instructions

  • In a  pre-heated grill or smoker, break up the pork sausage in a cast iron pan or aluminum pan.

  • Close the lid and cook for about 45 minutes to an hour at 225. (or until sausage is cooked)
  • Once sausage is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients and close the lid and let cook for another 30 minutes at 225.
  • Stir and then let the smoker or grill get up to 350 and finish cooking for another 30 minutes. (or until completely melted)


  • Serve with chips or pretzels.
 
NOTES:**cooking times may vary,  you can cook at a higher temperature for faster cooking times.

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