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Instant pot creamy mushroom wild rice soup

I finally joined the instant pot craze a few months ago. I can’t say enough good things about it. My husband and I haven’t had anything out of it we didn’t like yet.

I have spent a lot of time finding and then tweaking recipes and figured I’d start to share some of them with all of you.

Ingredients:

for the instant pot:

  • 5 med carrots chopped
  • 5 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 4 oz cremini mushrooms chopped
  • 4 oz white button mushrooms chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 raw chicken breasts

for stovetop:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Instructions:

Instant pot:

put all ingredients in the first list into the instant pot. cook for 45min manual, high pressure. quick release

stovetop:

when the soup is done, melt the butter in a saucepan. whisk in the flour. let cook for a bit, add salt and pepper. slowly add milk a little at a time until you have a smooth thickened sauce.

take out chicken breasts and shred

add the chicken back into the instant pot.

mix the creamy sauce into the soup mixture in the instant pot.

I found the original recipe here: https://pinchofyum.com/instant-pot-wild-rice-soup

I just tweaked it a little bit, my husband isn’t a huge fan of garlic, so I really reduced that…

appetizers · recipes

Cheese stuffed mushrooms

This is one of my go to appetizers. So easy to make and the recipe is very easy to remember, so I don’t need to look at it anymore to make them.

Its originally from one of my many companies coming recipe books, so I can’t take credit for creating it. Just for sharing it 😁

Ingredients:

12 large mushrooms (we actually generally use the smaller “bite sized” ones now, you get more of them)

4 oz cream cheese

4 tsp sour cream

1 green onion sliced

1/2 tsp seasoning salt (Hy’s is the best for this recipe)

6 bacon slices partially cooked and sliced in half

Directions:

Twist the stems out of the mushrooms, reserve for another use

Mix cream cheese, sour cream and seasoning salt until smooth. Add in the green onions and mix, stuff mixture into mushrooms.

Cover each mushroom with a piece of bacon, put on baking sheet (or broiler pan works great because it catches the drippings) and bake at 350•F oven for about 20min, or until bacon is fully cooked and mushrooms have softened.

Enjoy, but be careful to let them cool a bit before you pop them in your mouth… mushrooms hold their heat 🔥

main dishes · recipes

Pork tenderloin stuffed with sundried tomatoes and cream cheese

I have tried many different versions of stuffed pork tenderloins throughout the years and I think I finally came up with the perfect combination.

Ingredients :

1 medium Pork tenderloin

2-3 Tbsp sundried tomatoes packed in oil

1-2 tsp dried thyme

1/4 onion chopped

5-6 button mushrooms sliced

3 cloves garlic minced

4oz cream cheese

1 cup bread crumbs (or 2 slices of bread put through a food processor)

1 package bacon

Directions :

Slice the mushrooms and add to a frying pan with the onions, garlic, thyme (salt & pepper to taste) and sundried tomatoes (with some of the oil). Saute until partially cooked (you want the mushrooms to release more mositure into the pork when it is cooking).

Add the cream cheese and stir until melted, then add the breadcrumbs. Mix well and set aside to cool.

Made a slit in the top of the tenderloin and then make a pocket that goes as far into the ends as you can. Or you can butterfly it and make it into a jelly roll style wrap.

Once the filling mixture is cooled, stuff the pork with it. And then make a basket weave with your bacon and roll it around the pork tenderloin. I use a cookie sheet and parchment paper to make rolling it easier and then this time I left it rolled in the parchment paper and put it in the oven at 350 for about 1/2 hour, then I unwrapped it and left it for about another half hour for the bacon to crisp up.

It turned out so moist.

Definitely worth trying if you like sundried tomatoes…

recipes

Buffalo chicken salad with blue cheese

This is a recipe I found online a long time ago and have made numerous times throughout the years. It satisfies my cravings for spicy chicken wings without having spicy chicken wings, perhaps saving me a few calories.

Ingredients:

Salad

2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks

¼ cup flour

Salt and pepper

¼ cup oil

1 batch Spicy Chicken Sauce (recipe from this episode)

1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and sliced

2 ribs celery, washed and cut into sticks

Juice of 1 lemon

8 oz blue cheese, crumbled

Spicy Chicken Sauce

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup Franks hot sauce

¼ cup ketchup

Directions:

Salad

1. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Toss chicken with flour, salt and pepper until well coated.

3. Pour oil into pan and add the chicken.

4. Cook on one side until it’s golden brown and then flip and cook the other side until the chicken is cooked through.

5. Remove with tongs and place in a bowl.

6. Pour Spicy Chicken Sauce over hot chicken, toss well to coat.

7. Put lettuce, celery and chicken into a salad bowl. Drizzle any excess chicken sauce over the salad and add the lemon juice.

8. Toss well and garnish with crumbled blue cheese.

Spicy Chicken Sauce

1. Whisk together the butter, hot sauce and ketchup.

Read more at:

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/buffalo-chicken-wing-salad-with-blue-cheese/7981/

main dishes · recipes

Chocolate Chili

I found this recipe yesterday and tried it out tonight. I made 1/2 because I didn’t want to waste 2lbs of ground beef in case it wasn’t good. But I can honestly say this is the best chili recipe I have ever tried. I’m generally just “okay” with chili. It’s something my husband loves, so I make it more often that I would like to keep him happy. I eat it once and then he gets all the leftovers. However with this recipe I will be happy to eat it the next day.

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cloves garlic,minced
2 jalapeno peppers chopped up
Two 15-ounce cans brown beans in tomatoe sauce, undrained
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (I used chili style ones, they have some extra spice in them)
4 cups tomato sauce (I used the red hot chili one)
2 cups beef broth
Optional garnishes: Sour cream, shredded cheese, minced chives

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add the onions, chili powder and cumin, and stir together. Add the cocoa, garlic and jalapenos, mix together and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add in the brown beans, cayenne pepper and oregano, and cook for another minute. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese and chives if desired.

I found this recipe here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/chocolate-chili-recipe-1972465

and just tweaked it a bit.

main dishes · recipes

Chocolate Chili

I found this recipe yesterday and tried it out tonight. I made 1/2 because I didn’t want to waste 2lbs of ground beef in case it wasn’t good. But I can honestly say this is the best chili recipe I have ever tried. I’m generally just “okay” with chili. It’s something my husband loves, so I make it more often that I would like to keep him happy. I eat it once and then he gets all the leftovers. However with this recipe I will be happy to eat it the next day.

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cloves garlic,minced
2 jalapeno peppers chopped up
Two 15-ounce cans brown beans in tomatoe sauce, undrained
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (I used chili style ones, they have some extra spice in them)
4 cups tomato sauce (I used the red hot chili one)
2 cups beef broth
Optional garnishes: Sour cream, shredded cheese, minced chives

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add the onions, chili powder and cumin, and stir together. Add the cocoa, garlic and jalapenos, mix together and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add in the brown beans, cayenne pepper and oregano, and cook for another minute. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese and chives if desired.

I found this recipe here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/chocolate-chili-recipe-1972465

and just tweaked it a bit.

main dishes · recipes

Spaghetti sauce

This an old recipe that I found in an Italian cookbook that I have tweaked over the years and is now something I think is fantastic.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper (I have used other colors of peppers and it turns out well)
1 clove garlic minced
2 10 3/4ox can of tomato soup
16 oz tomatoe sauce
1 can mushrooms
2 bay leafs (I have made without and it’s fine)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
pepper to taste

Directions:

Brown meat and drain excess fat. Add in all vegetables and saute until softened. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for 30min.

Serve over cooked spaghetti, spaghetti squash or quinoa.