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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 Cajun Seasoning Mix

The best homemade spicy or mild Cajun seasoning recipe - Simple & easy spice mixes. Great for chicken, shrimp, pork, beef, or almost any meat.

I like spicy foods, and I always have. Southwest is my favorite, but this Cajun seasoning is a close second. It has tons of flavor without being overly hot and spicy – though you can make it as hot as you want by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes you add. Cajun seasoning is wonderful as a rub for meat – any meat from salmon to chicken to pork to beef. It’s also great mixed with breadcrumbs as a coating for chicken fingers or turkey cutlets or as a topping for a casserole. It can be mixed in with … Read more

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Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

The best homemade buttermilk ranch dressing spice mix - This simply and easy recipe makes an awesome, healthy, creamy dip or dressing that's just like Hidden Valley. The dry mix can be made with buttermilk powder or with liquid buttermilk. Make the dressing with Greek yogurt or sour cream, mayonnaise, and milk.

Ranch is my favorite. I found a decent low calorie substitute for my beloved but high calorie Hidden Valley Ranch, (Bolthouse Farms is the name I think), but homemade is still better because I can control the ingredients and come out with an overall better flavor. This particular recipe is nice and works really well as a dip or dressing but also as a rub or seasoning for meat. You could combine the dry mix with breadcrumbs to coat chicken fingers or turkey cutlets or to top a casserole. You could also mix it into sour cream or Greek yogurt … 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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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

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Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans

Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans - This simple recipe is baked in the oven with garlic and optional Parmesan cheese. How to make the best roasted brussels sprouts. Toss with olive oil and spices and into the pan. Low carb, gluten free, whole 30, paleo.

I love brussels sprouts. I know they’re an often hated vegetable, but I think they are really yummy, especially when roasted and mixed with bacon. Because, you know, bacon.  We have been making these roasted brussels sprouts for years, and we always enjoy them.  Because the bacon and pecans are totally optional, you can take the extra time to add them if you have it, or you can leave them out and have awesome brussels sprouts a little quicker. They’re great either way. But come on. Bacon. Anyway, have you ever seen a brussels sprouts plant? It’s a curious stalk … Read more

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