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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

Homemade Hot & Spicy BBQ Spice Rub

The best homemade hot & spicy BBQ recipe for pulled pork, ribs, roast, chicken, or other cuts of meat. Simple and easy recipe that's great for gifts and stores well. Could be used for any meat. Includes brown sugar.

This spice rub is so good because it’s so rich and flavorful. It is spicy, as the name states, but the heat isn’t overpowering as the recipe is written. What makes this rub so amazing is the variety of flavors that blend together; there’s no way around having a long list of ingredients. If you leave something out, you will miss it in the finished product, all except for the cayenne which is what makes this rub spicy. If you are feeding children or just don’t like much spice, you can leave it out or use much less than what … Read more

Homemade BBQ Spice Rub

The best homemade BBQ pork recipe for pulled pork, ribs, roast, or other cuts of meat. Simple and easy recipe that's great for gifts and stores well. Could be used for any meat including chicken. Includes brown sugar.

When I was gluten-free, we made most of our own spice blends and spice rubs because a lot of pre-made ones have gluten added (for reasons I do not understand). Now, I’m not gluten-free specifically, but we prefer the flavor of the homemade mixes and continue to make and use them. We do like a couple of spice mixes from The Pampered Chef (Italian Seasoning, Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend, and the Garlic & Peppercorn Rub), but for the rest of our mixes, it’s all homemade. This particular spice rub is perfect on almost all meat. If you can put it … Read more

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets and an Update on Bariatric Surgery Preparations

Homemade Healthy Instant Oatmeal Packets - This recipe will show you how to make your own instant rolled oats oatmeal packets at a fraction of the cost of store bought packets. If you use gluten-free oats, you will have gluten free oatmeal, too. Perfect for breakfast, in the morning, or any time of day! Makes about 20 packets.

Scroll down for the recipe for my homemade (sort of) healthy oatmeal packets. First, an update on my process towards bariatric surgery: I have so many fears about my upcoming gastric sleeve surgery, but most of all, I fear that I will fail. I fear that I will not be able to maintain the weight loss and that all my hard work will be for nothing as I balloon back up to my current weight. I did not do very well in my “physician supervised weight loss” and actually gained weight the first three months. I’ve been doing better since month … Read more

Cinnamon Roll Pie

Back in October, I shared tips for cooking with kids. One of those tips was to buy foods that make it easier for the kids to cook, like Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls. They make it easy for kids to make a complete breakfast – all they have to do is pop open the roll, place the cinnamon rolls in a baking dish, bake, and then ice. They’re simple and easy enough for kids to make with just a little oven help. With that in mind, I created the following recipe for a fabulous dessert using Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls as a starting point. … Read more

S’mores Cheesecake with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

On Wednesday, while Grace was taking a nap (she’s been quite sick), Allie and I made a s’mores cheesecake to bring some of our favorite flavors together. I had a new cheesecake recipe to try out, and we haven’t had a campfire in a while to get our s’mores fix, so it seemed like a good combination. Was it ever a good combination! That is the understatement of the year. Every bite of this rich cheesecake was loaded with the sticky goodness of marshmallows and the rich sweetness of my homemade hot fudge, and it was – dare I say … Read more