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Hey guys! I’m back- and finally, with recipes!
C & I were gifted an Instant Pot back around Christmas time from my parents- and all jokes aside, it has genuinely changed my life. Mostly due to the fact that since it cooks things so quickly, I can’t come up with as many excuses to not make dinner anymore.
Seriously though- chicken, stew meat, a ROAST?! All under an hour. Even frozen! It was God’s gift into my food world. Rice in under 30 minutes…I could even make homemade yogurt if I wanted to! (That one, however, is like a whole day process- I’ll stick to the store bought in this case.)
Below, I’ve gathered some of our personal family favorites. From C’s favoritestir fry dinner (he requests it at least once a week and could probably eat it everyday if I would let him,) to my mother in law’s favorite tacos, and even a chicken burrito bowl that is to die for!
I’d love for you to check these recipes out, check out the blogs that they belong to, and the wonderful people responsible for coming up with these brilliant and delicious ideas! I’d love to have you share your experience with me if you end up making any of them as well!
#1: Stir Fry
This is C’s all time favorite dinner for me to make. If I made it every night, he would be a happy, full man. While I don’t fulfill that wish of his, I do try. Make it at least once a week. It’s super easy and delicious, and saves beautifully for leftovers that week!
I’ve strayed from the original recipe just a bit- instead of stir fry meat, I use stew meat, but with all the same spices & such for the most part. Paired with jasmine rice (which I also make in my Instant Pot,) this dinner is delicious! You can get a serving of carbs, protein, and veggies all in one!
For cooking in the instant pot, I do the rice first- I get a bag of jasmine rice and make the amount to serve our family. I try to sub 1/3 of the required water for the rice for chicken broth- this adds a delicious flavor to it! (For example- if you need 3 cups of water, I do 2 cups of water and one cup of chicken broth.) As far as cooking the meat, I set it to high pressure, throw everything in, and let it go for 20-30 minutes. 30 minutes seems to be the perfect amount of time for tender, fall apart meat that is just amazing.
#2: Flank Steak Tacos
This recipe is one of my personal favorites, as well as one that my mother-in-law requests when she can! It’s an awesome dish to throw together in a short amount of time with simple ingredients, and can be simplified or dressed up for a big party taco night, or just for a quick family dinner.
Now, believe out or not, I’m not the most vegetable loving person that this world has ever seen. My vegetable tolerance contains spinach, green beans, and occasionally lettuce if I’m feeling extra dedicated to my #fitgoals. With that being said, I normally skip the cilantro lime slaw. But, that’s just another way to simplify this recipe! When you’re in a rush, these tacos are delicious with just meat and a sprinkle of mixed cheese. If you’re serving company, or maybe having a Taco Tuesday party, that slaw makes a delicious and wonderful addition to any taco party!
For my personal pin, I usually do a mixture of taco seasoning, chili powder, red pepper flakes, onion & garlic powder, fresh minced garlic, and some lemon for acidity. I’m also a flour tortilla girl allllll the way, so I make that lil change as well.
#3: Chicken Burrito Bowl
This one is on of my favorites- but that’s mostly because I’m a chicken girl, through and through. C isn’t a huge fan of chicken, and it’s rare to find a chicken recipe that he’s on board with, but this is one of them!
This recipe is great because it’s essentially a toss & wait recipe. Toss everything in the pot and then…you guessed it, wait! Great for nights when there’s something I’d like to get done while dinner is cooking.
#4: Carne Guisada
Okay guys- this recipe right here is like a holy grail for us. I have to give credit where credit is due- my dad is actually the one who found this gem in the big wide world that is the internet. This recipe is a go to both for me and my parents- they love to make it just for a simple, yummy family night dinner, or for a big get together. The sauce is a delicious concoction that manages to hide several servings of veggies, so its a win for me, too!
(This one wouldn’t embed properly, aka with an image. Just click it, it’s delicious.)
Now, while it’s marketed as a “keto” recipe, it still flies as a delicious recipe for all of of us that aren’t about that life. This recipe serves beautifully over tortillas, and the gravy saves awesomely. You can re-use the gravy, even long after all of the meat has been served up, to top eggs, or even dip chips into, or whatever else your little heart desires. It’s absolutely delectable and certainly a recipe that has made its way into our hearts and our homes.
Alright guys- hear me out here. This Barbacoa recipe isn’t your typical (or I guess, traditional) “head & cheek of cattle” Barbacoa. BUT- it IS delicious, and all of the flavor profiles & basics o tea traditional Barbacoa is there, plus, you can convert someone who might’ve been a little on the edge about the (normally) unusual proteins used for a traditional barbacoa. I’ve made this for dinner for us, though I know it’s typically something you’d do for breakfast. It saves well also (are you sensing a theme here? Cooking dinner or lunch every day is no bueno for me) so you could definitely make it the night before and have it for breakfast, but since it’s prepared in the instant pot, it’s totally doable to make it in the morning for a hearty and absolutely mouth watering breakfast.