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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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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

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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

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Roasted Vegetable & Cornbread Stuffing

roasted vegetable stuffing

The only drawback of this recipe is that it’s very labor-intensive. It took a full 2 hours from start to finish. It would be great for a special occasion, but I don’t see us making it for every day meals. Print Recipe Roasted Vegetable & Cornbread Stuffing Course Side Dish Cuisine American Servings Ingredients 1 piece butternut squash peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 6 cups)2 medium sweet onions chopped (about 2 cups)4 cloves garlic pressed2 teaspoons cumin2 tablespoons olive oil1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped3 cups chicken broth low fat, low sodium1 package cornbread stuffing mix Course Side Dish Cuisine American … 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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