Dijon Vinaigrette + ReCap

I love my reCap pour top and reuse it again and again for different things. Today for lunch, I made a Dijon Vinaigrette for my salad. Of course I pulled out my pour cap to give this dressing a good shake! It was so yummy and quick to make, so I had to share.

What you need:

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 tbs. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. olive oil

What to do:

Shake mustard and vinegar together until mixed well. Then add olive oil and give it a shake!

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Chicken and Dumplings

There is something so comforting about Cracker Barrel. It’s the closest to Thanksgiving you can get without cooking it yourself. Tonight I think I almost perfected Cracker Barrel’s Chicken and Dumplings. No lie…they are legit.

What you need:

2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 qts. chicken broth
1 rotisserie chicken (you can roast your own but picking one up at Publix will cut down the time!)
2 tbs. butter
1 (almost*) c. milk

What to do:

In bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into the mix with a pastry cutter or fork until you get a crumbly texture. Stir in milk *use almost one cup of milk* until a ball of dough is formed.

In pot bring 2 quarts of chicken broth to a boil. Heavily flour counter or surface and roll out dough to a thin layer. Use pizza cutter or knife to cut dough into small squares (1×1 or 2×2 squares). Drop dough squares into broth one at a time while continually stirring. Leave at a boil and add chicken. Turn down and simmer until desired thickness.

Seriously so easy and surprisingly quick!


Best Instant Pot Recipes

The versatility of the Instant Pot means you’ll never run out of meals to cook. Not only is it a slow cooker and a pressure cooker, but it also makes rice, bakes cakes, steams veggies, and lots more. Let’s take a look at some quick and easy recipes you can enjoy for dinner this week.

Indian Curry with Chicken, ready in 30 minutes

The official Instant Pot recipes collection includes a tasty gem that’s ready to eat in half an hour. It’s called Mom’s Chicken Curry. It uses the sauté and pressure cooking features. And it’s easy to make because there’s not a lot of prep needed when you consider that this is a traditional Indian dish.

To begin, you’ll need chicken breast as well as a number of spices. Unless you regularly cook Indian food, you’ll need to visit the store for some of these ingredients like black cardamom and garam masala.

Once you’ve chopped the chicken and vegetables, you’ll use the sauté function for about ten minutes, gradually adding items to the pan and stirring. Then you’ll switch to pressure cooking mode for five minutes, and you’re done.

Simple rice, ready in 15 minutes

To accompany your Indian Curry, make a pot of plain white rice. While the actual cook time is only five minutes, you’ll need to let it sit for ten minutes more. This recipe uses the pressure cooking feature to make perfectly fluffy rice with almost no effort. Then you can set it aside in a covered bowl in a warm oven until your curry is ready.

Pot roast, ready in an hour

Mini - Mississippi Pot Roast

We found a keto diet recipe that’s a keeper. It’s the Mini Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe that only takes an hour with the pressure cooking function on the Instant Pot. It’s a mouth-watering combination of dry ranch dressing and au jus mixes with pepperoncinis and chuck roast.

First, you’ll want to sauté the meat for a few minutes. Then it’s time to seal the lid and select the “Meat/Stew” button. Now let it cook for forty-five minutes, then natural release for twenty more. It will smell so delicious that waiting will be difficult.

To go the extra mile, make a gravy from the leftover liquid in the pot. You’ll want to sauté it with a little water and cornstarch until the mixture thickens. Then drizzle that over the roast and garnish with fresh parsley and more pepperoncinis.

Paleo BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, ready in 30 minutes

Here’s another Instant Pot recipe for chicken, this time for the Paleo diet. Preparation only takes five minutes. Then cooking time is twenty minutes in the Instant Pot and five minutes in the oven. This last part is using the oven to broil the chicken and crisp the skin.

The spices are all typical ones that most households have on hand. And all you’ll need to do is coat the drumsticks with them once they finish cooking in the Instant Pot. It’s a perfect recipe for when you’re in a hurry and don’t want to run to the store for extra ingredients.

Side dish for the Paleo diet, ready in 15 minutes

While you brown the BBQ chicken drumsticks in the broiler, cook the Spicy Cauliflower and Citrus Salad for a satisfying side dish. You can take advantage of the time the chicken pressure cooks to prepare the salad components. Then once the Instant Pot is free, use it to steam the cauliflower and broccoli while the chicken finishes.

Vegan Red Lentil Chili, ready in 30 minutes

This chili is exceptionally easy to make especially if you have a blender. To begin, all you need to do is blend the main ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, and garlic. Then add the spices and pressure cook in the Instant Pot for ten minutes. Once it’s done, just let it naturally release and enjoy.

Please the kids with Mac n’ Cheese, ready in less than 15 minutes

We know that adults love macaroni and cheese, too. It’s a pleasing side dish for a variety of meals. This recipe is very simple, but it comes from Coco Morante who manages the Instant Pot recipes page on Facebook. You can trust that it will turn out just right.

The stimulating flavor of this mac and cheese comes from sour cream, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Those are the final touch you add after the macaroni, broth, and butter finish cooking in the pot. With a prep time of five minutes and a cooking time of only six minutes, this side dish may become one of your favorites.

Low carb Instant Pot dessert, ready in an hour

CocoNutty Salted Chocolate Cheesecake

The CocoNutty Salted Chocolate Cheesecake is best prepared the day before and chilled in the fridge overnight. It’s an unforgettable treat appropriate for Paleo, Keto, and Low Carb diets. And it will take about twenty minutes to prepare and forty minutes to bake.

While the recipe looks rather complicated on paper, it’s only a matter of following the clearly explained steps. Note that you’ll need to use a double boiler to melt chocolate. And you’ll also want the springform pan for cooking inside the Instant Pot. But this dessert makes enough servings to delight a table full of guests.

There are many tried and true Instant Pot recipes for chicken, beef, side dishes, and all kinds of cuisine. You can also find recipes based on your diet interest, whether it’s Paleo, Keto, Celiac, or something else. Go ahead and taste something new this week.

Best Instant Pot Accessories

If you’re excited about cooking with your Instant Pot, why not splurge on a few accessories? The Instant Pot itself is inexpensive for such a revolutionary appliance. And the many extras you can get for it are economical, too, for the value they offer.

Genuine Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid

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This is the genuine tempered glass lid designed for the three, six, and eight-quart versions of the Instant Pot. You can wash it in the dishwasher and put it in the oven at up to 428F. And it’s the ideal companion for using the Sauté, Slow Cook, and Keep Warm functions. Since it’s transparent, you can keep an eye on your food without needing the bulky Instant Pot lid.

Genuine Instant Pot Silicone Lid

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The silicone lid makes a tight seal on the rim of the stainless steel inner pot. The seal prevents spills and spoilage as it is watertight, spill-resistant, and airtight. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe and free of BPA. If you want to store your leftovers in the fridge, the genuine Instant Pot silicone lid is the easy way to do it. And it comes in a selection of sizes to suit the 3, 6, and 8-quart cookers.

Genuine Instant Pot Silicone Steamer Set

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Also made of good-grade, and BPA-free silicone is the Steamer Set from Instant Pot. This is the steamer basket that will never rust nor burn your fingers. It stacks two high inside the six and eight-quart pots. And it’s also non-stick for rapid cleaning.

The Original Salbree 6qt Instant Pot Steamer Basket Accessories, Stainless Steel Strainer and Insert

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Salbree’s steamer basket and accessories are a popular purchase online. Not only is it compatible with Instant Pot, but it also fits inside the Aroma 20-Cup Rice Cooker, too.

The food-grade stainless steel is dishwasher-safe, and the handle supports up to 20 pounds. Should you discover a problem with this set, it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Genuine Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot

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When you have an additional steel inner cooking pot, you can manage multiple dishes more easily. The pot has no coating on it—it’s pure food-grade stainless steel with a polished surface and a three-ply bottom. Plus, there are markings on the inside at ½ and 2/3 for safety while pressure-cooking.

Genuine Instant Pot Ceramic Non-Stick Interior Coated Inner Cooking Pot

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If you like to cook rice or pasta, try this ceramic-coated non-stick inner pot. The coating is food-safe material that’s free of Teflon, PTFE and PFOA plastic. The pot can handle cooking in the oven up to 680F. And it’s dishwasher-safe, too.

You can buy the ceramic inner pot to fit three, six, and eight-quart Instant Pots. Then find out how much time you save by swapping this accessory in and out while you prepare a second food item in another pot.

Instant Pot Silicone Starter Set

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Instead of collecting accessories piecemeal, purchase the Silicone Starter Set. You’ll get three essential items that make cooking easier with the Instant Pot. The first piece is a pair of mini mitts for grasping the hot inner pot safely.

The next is a trivet mat that protects your table from the hot food. It also serves as a convenient jar opener or a no-mess place to lay your mixing spoon.

And the final item is a suction lid that seals the six and eight-quart pots for quick storage in the refrigerator. With these three tools, you’ll find that it’s easier to enjoy cooking with the Instant Pot.

Genuine Instant Pot Sealing Ring 2-Pack

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You might wonder why you’d want the two-pack of sealing rings. It’s because Instant Pot recommends replacing them every twelve to eighteen months for safety while using the pressure cooker. And if you cook a lot of fragrant or oily food, you might prefer to change them more often.

2 Pack Silicone Egg Bites Mold for Instant Pot

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This food-grade silicone mold is handy for cooking hard-boiled eggs or baked goodies in your Instant Pot. Not only is is safe for use inside a multicooker, but it’s also okay to put in the freezer, fridge, and microwave.

Genuine Instant Pot Yogurt Maker Cups

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You know you want to try making yogurt in your Instant Pot. Then get these inexpensive yogurt cups that withstand pressure steaming for sterilization. All five cups and their rack are made of BPA-free polypropylene plastic that is safe for the freezer and the dishwasher, too. Even if you decide homemade yogurt’s not your thing, you can use the cups for many other purposes.

It’s easy to explore new uses of your Instant Pot with a handful of accessories. Go ahead, expand your horizons with tools that are perfect for getting the most out of your multicooker.


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The thing that is special about Dusty Girls is the fact that it is natural mineral makeup with no added chemicals or other nastiness. The older I get the more I am becoming aware of what I put on my skin, so the idea of mineral makeup just appeals to me. The blusher wasn\\’t dusty or powdery despite it being a mineral product, which again was a pleasant surprise. It seems to sit on my skin just perfectly. It also doesn\\’t seep into all your smile lines or another imperfections on your skin, seemingly guiding straight over. The blusher itself retails at £15.00, so it definitely in the mid to high end bracket, however I do believe its worth spending more on what you put on your face. I am looking forward to trying some more products from the Dusty Girls range and watching the brand expand as it establishes itself in the UK.

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