Monday, April 17th, 2017

Here’s How I Added Protein Without Meat to Dinner

No meat, but has still protein. 

I usually like making pasta with grass-fed ground beef but there was none to be had tonight.

I wanted a protein boost in our dinner though. 

Here’s what I did.

I made pasta (gluten-free) with marinara (organic, from a jar) using my Instant Pot (as always – see how this 15-minute meal works here).

In my Instant Pot I also added spinach (some protein) plus Dr. Cowan’s Veggie Powders (1 tablespoon mixed) and butter to the noodles and sauce. (Don’t forget 1 to 1.5 cups water.)

I cooked it on LOW for five minutes. 

Once I quick released it, I added 6 to 8 tablespoons hemp seeds (protein) and raw mozzarella cheese (protein).

Pasta… come to mama.

Awesome.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

5 Breakfasts I’m Eating This Week

Coffee. Of course. With everything.

Here are five breakfasts I’m eating this week. They’re easy, nutritious and help me feel great.

 

Chia Pudding.

Chia pudding with honey and nutmilk

I put a big scoop of nut butter in the blender. I added 2 to 3 cups of warm water, a pinch of sea salt, and big spoonful of raw honey (the warm water helps the honey blend). I blended it. In a mason jar, I had about a quarter cup of Chia seeds waiting. I poured the nut milk liquid in with the chia seeds (in the Mason jar). I put the lid on and shook it. I let it sit for a few minutes and shook again. Repeat shaking a couple more times. Then, I like to get it chilled in the refrigerator before eating (a few hours does the trick). This made about a quart of Chia pudding and it was delicious!

 

Hard-boiled eggs and an apple. 

Gorgeous rich-colored yolks.

I have hard-boiled eggs in my refrigerator at all times. Ever since I learned to cook them in my instant pot (pressure cooker) it is way too easy to not have these handy snacks on hand at all times. 

The best thing about making hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot is how easy the shells peel off and how consistently they cook perfectly.  

Sometimes I have them with hot sauce and a dollop of Greek yogurt, and sometimes I sprinkle on some horseradish powder from Dr. Cowan’s vegetable powders and sea salt.

 

Pressure cooked carrots with sea salt and butter.

Easy Instant Pot Carrots

Another favorite food for me to cook in the pressure cooker: simply carrots. I break the carrots in half if they are too long and I put them in the instant pot with a cup of water, and cook them for 3 to 4 minutes under high-pressure. 

As I’ve written before, the instant pot helps my family get way more veggies in our diet. Instead of having veggies one time a day at dinner, for example, we are eating them many times a day –> breakfast lunch snack and dinner! 

Once these carrots are done cooking, I take them out and put them in a bowl with grass-fed butter and sea salt. If I’m wanting protein with it, I grab hard-boiled eggs from the fridge, chop’m up, toss’m on top. 

 

Sourdough toast with smashed avocado and homemade pickled red onions.

F – this is good.

I have a serious love affair with sourdough bread. If someone were to offer me a slice of chocolate cake or a slice of sourdough bread with butter and sea salt… I would take the toast every time. 

I’ve grown very fond of this combination, where I toast a piece of sourdough bread, I take an avocado and smash it up with some sea salt, and top it with homemade pickled onions. Pickled onions are fabulous to have in the refrigerator to put on top of almost anything you’re eating, except maybe chocolate cake.

 

Kefir and cucumber smoothie.

Cooling and refreshing Kefir + Cucumber

This is an easy smoothie filled with probiotics. I simply take some grass-fed, whole-fat kefir that I buy from the store (or make myself), and I blend a cucumber with it. I also add a pinch of sea salt. 

It’s refreshing, light, and delicious. Perfect for these hot temperatures that will be coming with summer.

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Friday, March 31st, 2017

Apocalypse Bean Soup Recipe

Apocalypse Bean Soup

I’d written recently how we are finding ways to save money because we are headed toward the bliss of financial independence! Whoohoo!

One way to support our goal is being mindful when buying groceries. In my former days I had a habit of stocking up on things, food especially. In fact there was a time we had two refrigerator/freezer combos PLUS a huge stand alone freezer. Ya sure would think we were some hard-core preppers although we weren’t really. I don’t think?

These are new days though! And my passion for minimalism stretches to the pantry. It’s probably how I lost a couple pounds so easily. 

Well, we were running low on food yesterday and I wanted to hold off on shopping for a couple days. 

Challenge was that Mr. Pantry and Ms. Refrigerator looked like the apocalypse. 

Ok bean soup it is. I had a couple stalks of celery left, half a bell pepper, half a bulb of fennel, one red onion (a whole one! Yay!), plus…. 

drumroll please…. Dr. Cowan’s veggie powder. (That’s an affiliate code which doesn’t cost you anything extra but supports my writing. Thanks!) I’m so happy I have these veggie powders in my pantry for the times I run out of fresh veggies. Just add a tablespoon to amp up the nutrition and flavor of pretty much anything (including desserts!). 

I LOVE these Veggie Powders.

Plus, I added cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt, and black pepper. 

Oh. And butter! Gotta add grass-fed butter. 

Still though… pretty boring. It needed more heartiness. Hmmmmmm. 

I headed back to dive the depths of my apocalyptic pantry and refrigerator shelves. They were so empty I could practically crawl in them. (Tee-hee)

What’d ya know? 

I found a few things. 

I came out with sunflower seeds, raisins, mustard, and half a jar of pineapple salsa. I added them to the soup. 

Whoohoo!

My Apocalypse Bean Soup, actually, was hearty and damn tasty. I’m going to remember this recipe for future use. 

This recipe’s a keeper.

Oh… and OF COURSE I USED MY AWESOME INSTANT POT to make this (that’s an affiliate link too… same drill as above. Thank you!). 

I use my Instant Pot every day. It helps my family eat WAY more veggies. 

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Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Instant Pot Rice, Egg, and Veggie Dinner

by Kristen Suzanne in instant pot, recipe

Comforting delicious dinner from my Instant Pot

I know I know I know… more Instant Pot.

It’s just such a brilliant kitchen robot that helps me get nutritious meals on the table quickly. I love writing about my creations.

I’m not even going to say anymore than that. 

And, frankly? It’s Sunday morning and I have STEAMTeam5.com work (<– have you checked out my family’s latest project? if not, please do!), and coffee to drink, and homeschooling Kamea, and watching Grace & Frankie. 

Here’s last night’s delicious and easy dinner. Instant Pot* (mostly).

Instant Pot Rice, Egg, and Veggie Dinner

  • 1.5 cups arborio rice, rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken bone broth (or water)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 tablespoon mixed Dr. Cowan Veggie Powder (optional nutrition boost)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bunch spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 eggs, gently scrambled (not in the Instant Pot)

Put the rice, broth, salt, and butter in the Instant Pot. Cook on HIGH for 6 minutes. (Gently scramble your eggs once the 6-minute timer starts on the Instant Pot.)

Quick release the pressure once the timer is done. Stir everything. Add the veggie powder, if using, plus the cumin, spinach, and bell pepper. Put the lid back on the Instant Pot to encourage the wilting of spinach and warming of bell pepper. 

After a couple of minutes, open the lid and stir in the scrambled eggs.

Season with additional salt (and butter), if needed.

Enjoy.

* These are affiliate links. They don’t cost you anything to use but they support my writing. Thank you!

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Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Instant Pot Purple Cabbage and Raisins – Easy Vegetables

by Kristen Suzanne in cabbage, instant pot, recipe

Instant Pot Purple Cabbage. Easy.

It’s not a secret that I love my Instant Pot.

I use it every. single. day. literally. (and usually multiple times a day)

It’s the easiest way to get more vegetables into my family’s bodies.

Here’s a quick cabbage recipe I made. Easy and delicious.

Purple Cabbage and Raisins

  • 1 head purple cabbage, chopped or sliced
  • sea salt (a few pinches to start)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 to 3 pats of butter (or more)
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • raisins and Greek yogurt (for garnish)

Put everything (except the raisins and yogurt) in the Instant Pot. Cook on LOW for 3-minutes. Quick release.

Scoop the cabbage into bowls. Add more salt, if needed. Top with raisins and Greek yogurt. 

See? Easy.

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Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Instant Pot Pasta – 15 Minute Meal in One Pot!

by Kristen Suzanne in instant pot, Motherhood, omnivore, recipe

Instant Pot Pasta. One pot. Too easy!

 

I’m back at it again. Sharing another fantastic meal to make in the Instant Pot

I LOVE MY INSTANT POT! (that’s me screaming)

Regular readers of my blog know this, because I frequently gush about this magical kitchen robot. 

Ok, it’s not magical, but it makes me feel like I’m living a magical life from all the free time I have since I’m not spending it cooking all the time. (Mostly) hands-free cooking. Yes Yes Yes.

My family eats damn near ALL of our meals at home. That’s a lot of time in the kitchen … unless you have a brilliant Instant Pot. I have since talked a few people into buying Instant Pots, and they, too, don’t know how they lived without one.

Easy to use. Quick cooking. Nutritious. Easy to clean.

Get one here! (<– that’s an affiliate link in case you didn’t know so it doesn’t cost you extra to buy through it but it gives my blog a little cha-ching – thank you!)

Here’s how I make a ridiculously delicious meal in 15 minutes with my Instant Pot.

Stirring in some grass-fed mozzarella

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons butter (grass-fed, unsalted)
  • 1 jar (25 oz or so) organic pasta sauce
  • 1 to 3 pinches sea salt
  • Dr. Cowan’s veggie powders, totally optional (affiliate link, same drill as above)
  • 1 box noodles (I like Jovial gluten-free)*
  • 1 to 2 cups filtered or spring water (or bone broth!)
  • Mozzarella cheese (grass-fed, organic)
  1. Get out your awesome Instant Pot
  2. Put the butter inside it. Add the sauce and the sea salt. Add Dr. Cowan’s veggie powders at this time if you’re using (I love these powders… see WHY here and get a coupon code for your first order.)
  3. Add the noodles. Add the water (the goal with the water is that you add at least a cup plus any extra needed to just about barely cover the noodles. It’s ok if they’re not submerged – I don’t submerge them all the way with a few peeking out).
  4. Put the lid on your trusty awesome Instant Pot. Set it to LOW pressure for 5-minutes (if your box listed cook time of 9 to 10 minutes – see note below).
  5. Go do something enjoyable because in about 15 minutes it’s all done (10 minutes to reach pressure, 5 minutes to cook).
  6. When the time is up, quick release the pressure. 
  7. Add plenty of cubed mozzarella for kick ass flavor.

* Tip for cooking noodles in the instant pot with respect to time and temperature: cook them for HALF the time listed on the box and cook them on LOW pressure. Therefore, if my box reads 10-minutes, I’ll cook on them on LOW for 5-minutes. If my box reads 9-minutes, then I’ll round up and cook them for 5-minutes on LOW pressure.

Extra tip: Oh, sometimes I add a pound of crumbled (grass-fed!) ground beef on top of the noodles. I don’t change anything else as this is enough time for me to cook the ground beef right along with everything else. I season the beef with sea salt, too.

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Friday, February 10th, 2017

4 Kitchen Machines I Won’t Live Without

Sourdough w lemon, butter, and honey

As I sit here in my kitchen eating my fourth piece of sourdough toast, dripping with melted butter plus lemon zest, sea salt, and raw honey, I’m looking around the kitchen and realizing there are four kitchen machines that I use every day and don’t ever want to be without. I would even say that I use each of them multiple times a day. That’s a good return on investment. 

They’ve all made my life much easier and tastier.

Instant Pot

Instant Pot = BFF

It will come as no surprise that my Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen machines. I use it, at a minimum, once a day. It EFFORTLESSLY does everything from making rice to oatmeal to hard-boiled eggs to soup or stew to chicken to cheesecake to pretty much anything you want. 

When we move abroad I will do everything I can to take that sucker with me.

 

Coffee Pot ☕️

A stunning coffee pot.

A good cuppa coffee really makes my day special. It’s the little things. When I go to bed at night, I think with excitement about waking up and having my coffee.

My love with coffee started back when I was seven years old, and my Nana gave me my first taste. We are Italian after all. Start ‘em young. She also taught me to shave my legs at that age. We are Italian after all

I’ve been using my coffee machine, a Technivorm, for about five years. It’s a beautiful machine, and its hefty price tag is worth it. As my Papa used to say, “It doesn’t cost more to go first class.” When you spend more for something, it’s usually for quality and it will last you.

 

Electric Tea Kettle

A well loved tea pot and my good ol’ blender

I’ve had this electric tea kettle for many years. I love how fast it heats water. I can also program it for a specific temperature to ensure the best tasting tea. I probably use it 4-5 times a day between using it for heating water to make oats, tea, or heating a thermos with the hot water. 

 

Blender

A kitchen would not be complete without a good blender. I’ve had my high-powered blender, a Vita-mix, for about 10 years (and it looks like it – but, hey, it still works like a charm). My blender gets used every day, multiple times a day. I make everything from smoothies to dressings to ice cream to soups to chia pudding to Bulletproof Coffee. 

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Monday, February 6th, 2017

Golden Egg Salad in Pictures

Let’s dive in. Golden Egg Salad.

I love egg salad. It’s creamy, a bit tangy, nourishing and full of flavor and satisfaction. 

Here’s how I made Golden Egg Salad the other night. 

I started by pressure cooking organic broccoli in my beloved Instant Pot, which effortlessly takes only a handful of minutes. 

Instant Pot broccoli. Easy!

While the broccoli is cooking, I get a bowl together with the dressing mixture. 

Egg Salad dressing goodies

For starters, I don’t like conventional mayo because they all have some kind of vegetable oil in it (canola or sunflower or soybean oil) of which I currently eschew. I’m not crazy about the primal mayos out there either. 

Instead, I love and always use Straus whole-fat Greek yogurt which is a kiss from heaven. It’s thick, rich, and tastes like cream cheese(?) to me. I use it in place of all things mayo and my gut thanks me as a result (boost of gut-health probiotic love). I can’t speak for other Greek yogurts though, as far as heavenly taste. 

To the bowl, I add:

I stir it all and look for more stuff to add texture and pizzazz to my egg salad. 

Oh. Whoops. I should mention that I already had my hard-cooked eggs made in my Instant Pot earlier today. Reason alone to buy an Instant Pot to make the perfect-every-time hard-boiled eggs

Ok so I found some red bell pepper and chopped it. 

I added sauerkraut and chopped bread-n-butter pickles (my favorite in egg salad).

Bell pepper for texture, brightness, and nutrition

Then I chopped the freshly cooked broccoli, added more Greek yogurt cuz you should make it really creamy. 

I need a bigger bowl.

Added the chopped eggs. 

Stirred it up and tasted. 

Almost perfect. 

Diced up an apple and added it. 

Now, it’s perfect. 

Oh yeah. Bring it.

Mmmmmmmm. 

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Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Eating Extra Green Cabbage w My Instant Pot

Easy delicious cabbage from the Instant Pot

I talk a lot about my Instant Pot because I love it to bits. It’s been a life-changing kitchen appliance. 

The Instant Pot has made vegetables more prominent in our lives, because it’s so easy to use (i.e., fast!) and super delicious. 

Lately, I’m making a lot of organic green cabbage in my Instant Pot

Here’s how easy it is:

  • 1 head organic green cabbage, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Additional seasonings as desired (maybe turmeric? ground cumin?)
  • Squirt of mustard
  • 2 to 3 pats of grass-fed butter (or more hehe)
  • 1 cup water or broth (add extra if a soupy experience is desired)

Put everything in the Instant Pot and set it to LOW pressure for 3 minutes. Quick release. 

That’s it! Did you hear me? That’s it.

THIS is why I’m eating so many more vegetables … it’s too damn easy! 

With the Instant Pot and this basic recipe, delicious and healthy cabbage is ready in minutes… Ready to serve with a main-dish protein. 

Or, sometimes the cabbage dish is the main star and I toss in some Epic bacon pieces. 

I also jazz it up with Dr. Cowan’s veggie powders to amp up the veggie power. 

Veggie powders for the win.


Oh, and last night I added a 1/4 cup of hemp seeds. Fun texture. 

The possibilities of simply cabbage are endless. Yum Yum Yum!

Get an Instant Pot today and change your life for the better.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Eating 4X As Many Vegetables with Instant Pot (Smart)

Instant Pot - Smart, I fucking love you.

Instant Pot – Smart, I fucking love you.

Instant Pot – Smart

I am so grateful this brilliant electric pressure cooker came into my life!

I must be eating at least 4-times the amount of veggies now, because it is so easy to make delicious and extra nutritious vegetables with it.

Instant Pot – Smart is a set it and forget it appliance so I don’t have to stand over a hot stove watching my veggies cook. And? This is WAY FASTER.

Be still my heart.

Would you believe I am still using my Instant Pot every single day… multiple times a day. I use it for my veggie-heavy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So Easy.

Here are some of my latest creations.

By the way, if you get an Instant Pot – Smart and want my preprogrammed recipes, email me and I can send them to you where you add them to the Instant Pot – Smart app on your smart phone with the click of a button. Not sure if the app works on all phones – I’m using an iPhone but I think it works with Android, too. Double check though!

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Nourishing Chicken and Veg soup - no noodles needed.

Nourishing Chicken and Veg soup – no noodles needed.

One Pot Meals - Love 'em.

One Pot Meals – Love ‘em.

For the chicken and vegetable soup, I basically put a cup of spring water in the Instant Pot plus the trivet rack. I placed a small pasture-raised organic chicken on top that was seasoned with salt and pepper. Cooked on HIGH for 13 minutes (it’s about 5 minutes per pound of thawed whole chicken). Let it release naturally. Then, I took the chicken out and set aside in a glass baking dish.

While the chicken cooled for a few minutes, I added lots of veggies to the instant pot like carrots, celery, kale, and Dr. Cowan’s awesome veggie powders (tomato salt, leek powder, and three-fold blend). This makes the veggie amount and diversity go even higher. By the way… my readers get a 15%-off coupon to use with Dr. Cowan’s online store:

Coupon Code: KRISTEN 

Read here for more about my using Dr. Cowan’s garden vegetable powders.

Back to the chicken and vegetable soup recipe… I added a bit more water ensuring at least a cup’s worth was in the pressure cooker. It always needs liquid in it to work.

I put the lid back on the Instant Pot and cooked for a few minutes (low pressure is usually my choice for veggies except for big root veggies). While those were cooking I effortlessly pulled the meat off the bones and cut the meat into pieces (saving the bones to easily make chicken bone broth with the Instant Pot later).

Once the Instant Pot Smart was done cooking the vegetables, I opened it up immediately with Quick Release and added the chicken. Stirred it up, tasted for seasoning. Done.

Green Beans with Ghee and Sea Salt

Thanksgiving just got easier making green beans in the Instant Pot.

Making green beans in the Instant Pot.

BTW – Thanksgiving cooking just got easier with this Instant Pot – Smart. I plan on making the mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, and gravy with it. Have I mentioned how stress-free this kitchen robot makes my life?

Ok, the green beans…

I simply put 12 ounces of organic green beans in a colander basket along with a cup of spring water to my Instant Pot – Smart. I set it for LOW to cook for 3-minutes (they were yummy-soft but next time I’ll try 2 minutes to cook a bit less). While they were cooking I set out a bowl with grass-fed organic ghee (<– that’s the only brand of ghee I’ll buy as it tastes the best) and sea salt.

In case you’re wondering why I use spring water sometimes, it’s because I drink the vegetable tea (I call it) after the cooking is done as it has nutrients and is tasty. I don’t do that with everything I cook in there, like eggs, so those types of recipes I just use tap or filtered tap.

Broccoli n Carrots

After I took these out of my Instant Pot, I cut the broccoli more.

Normally when I cook broccoli by itself, I put the big ol’ head of broccoli straight up in the Instant Pot not bothering to cut. After it cooks I take it out with tongs, transferring it to my cutting board where I then cut it.

For the broccoli and carrot combo, I put them in a bowl and added grass-fed butter, Dr. Cowan’s tomato salt, leek powder, and kale powder plus hemp seeds and Jovial’s borlotti beans. A perfect lunch!

"This sh*t is TOO EASY!"

“This sh*t is TOO EASY!”

These are tasty straight from the jar.

These are tasty straight from the jar.

Kale with beans and Dr. Cowan’s Veggie Powders 

Are you getting my message as to how easy it is to add more vegetables to your life with an Instant Pot – Smart? Do you and your family a favor and buy one. Then, buy one for your BFF for the holidays and your mom probably needs one, too. Mine did!

Tender kale and beans. So good. #InstantPotSMART

Tender kale and beans. So good. #InstantPotSMART

Here I cooked the kale on the trivet over a cup of spring water under LOW pressure for 3-minutes. The only prep I had to do was wash the kale and I simply chopped it in half once. While it was cooking I grabbed a bowl to which I added my Dr. Cowan’s veggie powders plus grass-fed butter and sea salt.

When the kale was done cooking I took it out with tongs (it’s hot!) and transferred it to my cutting board for a few more cuts. Then stir it into the bowl with butter and added some beans. Awesome breakfast! (Another day I did the same thing but added two Instant Pot cooked eggs when I added the beans. See how I do the eggs below.)

Instant Pot Eggs (soft/medium/hard cooked)

Instant Pot Eggs

Instant Pot Eggs

Eggs are reason alone to buy an Instant Pot – Smart. They cook easily without watching a pot, come out perfectly every time and best of all? They peel so easily!!!

I add a cup of tap water to the instant pot plus the trivet. Add 12 eggs in shell that are straight from the fridge. Cook on LOW for 3-5 minutes depending on desired doneness (for me that’s 4 minutes). While they’re cooking, get an ice bath ready (large bowl with half water and half ice). Once the Instant Pot Smart is done cooking, Quick Release. Transfer the eggs to the ice bath with tongs. After letting them cool a few minutes, get to easily peeling off the shells which is actually fun when it’s as easy as this. Store in the fridge.

Or… make my delicious deviled eggs featured in my Turmeric Hacks ebook.

Turmeric Recipes Ebook!

Turmeric Recipes Ebook!

 

 

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