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Southwest Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot

How to make the best quick and easy chicken taco recipe in the Instant Pot. Super healthy with rice, beans, salsa, and cilantro. Authentic Mexican recipe for street tacos.

We resisted the Instant Pot for a long time, but when my friend Jill drank the Kool-Aid and raved about her IP, I finally caved and got one. She said it would save oodles of time and energy in the kitchen, and my poor husband is seriously overworked, so I thought he would love it – if it was as amazing as Jill claimed. I brought the new Instant Pot home and gave it to Joe for his birthday, hoping he would not hate me for it. Well, he didn’t. He did a little research and totally fell in love … Read more

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Spicy Cajun Shrimp – Great Over Pasta or Rice

The best cajun shrimp skillet recipe. Can be served over pasta or rice. Makes a thick, rich sauce. Healthy and simple, this easy recipe is made with sweet chili sauce, Worcestershire, chili powder, sriracha, and other spices and seasonings. Sauteed like a stir fry in a pan or skillet.

I love spicy foods. I don’t like quite as much heat as I did in my younger days, but I still enjoy foods with big, bold flavors and a mild heat. This is one such recipe. The sauce of this recipe is what makes it fabulous. It takes the plain old shrimp to a whole new level, like what I imagine you’d get in New Orleans. I’ve never been there, but that’s what I think of when I eat this spicy Cajun shrimp. When you make this, you will want to marinate the shrimp for several hours, so plan ahead … Read more

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Sugar-free BBQ Sauce Recipe

The world's best sugar-free, gluten-free, low carb, healthy BBQ sauce - This simple, easy, homemade recipe has no added sugars (not even honey) and features apple cider vinegar, chili powder, and liquid smoke for the familiar flavor you love. The spices work well for any meat.

I am talking a lot about food this week, not for any reason in particular.  I know it’s a departure from my normal Christian content, but we all eat, so I thought I’d share some of the good things we’ve been eating recently.  Since my bariatric surgery, I have followed a very strict sugar-free, very low carb diet. I don’t eat anything with added sugar at all, and very few things with natural sugars (some yogurt and tomato sauce, for example, but only if there’s no added sugar).  I have always loved barbecue sauce, and losing that was a real … Read more

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Easy Black Bean Chili (featuring a giveaway)

easy chili recipe

I can’t believe it’s fall already. I’m still stuck in mid-summer, but the weather is cool, the heat is on, and the leaves are starting to turn. It’s officially chili weather. Joe likes to serve chili in acorn squash bowls or over rice. I like to eat it out of a plain old bowl. We agree on one thing, though, and that’s that chili is perfect for crisp fall and winter days. This particular chili recipe couldn’t be easier to put together. It simmers for an hour, but the prep is really quick. The finished chili is good, flavorful but … Read more

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

homemade taco seasoning

Since my days as a Pampered Chef consultant, I have loved taco seasoning. We eat a lot of tacos, taco dips, enchiladas, chilis, and other foods that use taco dip, so we go through a lot of it. I also have high blood pressure, and that pre-made taco seasoning is insanely high in salt. I’ve been looking for a taco seasoning recipe that tastes as good as my old favorite, and I’ve found one. You know I’m the first person to reach for convenience foods when necessary – pre-made pie crust, whipped cream, and ketchup are high on my list … Read more

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