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Sweet Balsamic Pork Roast in the Instant Pot

How to make a pork roast in an electric pressure cooker - This sweet balsamic pork loin or shoulder in the Instant Pot is so simple and easy but so delicious! It is good for Whole 30, low carb, and keto if you substitute the sugar for Splenda or stevia. Can be made boneless or with the bone. Balsamic vinegar makes perfect gravy.

We have gotten into a bit of a recipe rut lately. We have so many recipes at our disposal (over 350 on my blog!), but because I eat a bariatric diet with almost no carbs, our options are pretty limited. It’s always 4 ounces of a protein and 4 ounces of a vegetable. We made up a recipe binder months and months ago with our favorite bariatric-friendly recipes listed out in dividers by type of meat, and that does help because either Joe or I can page through our favorites and pick something that we haven’t had in a while. … Read more

The Best Southwest Chicken Marinade

The best southwest marinade recipe for chicken, shrimp, or steak - Uses balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and seasoning mixes with cumin and oregano to make a slightly spicy mixture for grilled chicken. It's awesome and delicious!

We joined a pool this year for the first time ever. It’s a magnificent pool with a large green space, lots of pavilions with gas grills, three pools, and a splash pad with a large water slide. We have spent many a summer day at the pool this year and, thanks to all those gas grills, we have eaten many grilled chicken breasts and hamburgers and hot dogs.  I personally prefer grilled chicken because it has the least calories and the most protein, but grilled chicken day after day was getting a little (or a lot) boring.  I don’t eat … Read more

Roasted Red Beets with Feta Cheese

Healthy roasted red beets recipe with feta cheese - This healthy side dish is baked in the oven with oil and balsamic vinegar for perfect veggies, every time! Low carb and gluten free.

My Grandma is 89. She lives alone, far away from me, but she is, and has always been, one of the most important people in my life. Until I was 9, my sisters, parents, and I lived in a trailer on Grandma’s 100-plus acres in northwest Pennsylvania. My parents tended an expansive garden near our trailer, and Grandma tended an even larger one at her house. I have more Grandma stories than I could ever recount. Baking her a birthday cake (full of eggshells) with my cousins. Falling in the creek (crick) “by accident.” Mowing her grass. Showing up at … Read more

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms & Cabbage – New & Improved – featuring a $100 giveaway

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Have you seen the USDA’s new food suggestions? They center around a plate, with a back-to-basics portion suggestion. The USDA now suggests that half of every meal be made up of fruits and vegetables. One quarter should be protein and one quarter should be grains, preferably whole grains. And the meal should be accompanied by a low fat milk or soy milk beverage. Isn’t that simple? I love this concept. The Recipe Country Crock challenged me to overhaul one of my family’s favorite meals to fit the new My Plate guidelines. Our Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms recipe is definitely one … Read more

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms

The best balsamic chicken recipe - Simple and easy skillet recipe. Gluten-free meal with veggies.

Balsamic vinegar improves almost every food. This chicken came out juicy and tender, and the mushrooms were perfectly cooked – firm but slightly tender and caramelized. I’m definitely going to ask Joe to make it more often in the days ahead.

Pasta with Tomato Gorgonzola Sauce

Joe and I have been making this recipe for years and years, perhaps since before we were even married. I haven’t got the faintest idea where the original recipe came from; it’s one of those hand-written recipe cards that found its way into our kitchen. We’ve tweaked it many times over the years, making minor improvements here and there. Because it reheats wonderfully, this is one of our favorite make-ahead meals. Especially when we know ahead of time that we will be in a rush after work, we make this the night before we plan to eat it. It’s better … Read more