Instant Pot Shredded Beef

I love making shredded beef for tacos or burritos. It’s simple to make and comes out so tender in a pressure cooker. I personally use a pressure cooker vs an Instant Pot. However, this recipe will reflect the Instant Pot!

This beef is even great just on it’s own, in a salad, in a taco, burrito or even in a wrap. It freezes wonderfully as well! Give it a try!

Instant Pot Shredded Beef

Ingredients:
3-4 lb chuck roast, excess fat trimmed
2 T olive oil
3 C beef broth (or water)
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
2 t cumin
2 t chili powder
2 t paprika
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 medium onion, quartered (optional)

Direction: Mix all above seasonings into a bowl. Fully season the beef roast on both sides. Turn the pressure cooker to saute. Add in 2 T of olive oil. Make sure the the pressure cooker is ready.

Sear the roast on all sides about 3-4 minutes. You are looking for a nice brown exterior. Once browned, add in the beef broth and onion (if using.) This will cook for 60-70 minutes, depending on the size. Let the pressure release naturally.

Once pressure is released, remove roast and put on a large cutting board or large bowl and shredded using 2 forks. I skim the fat off the top of the liquid inside the pot and add the juices to the meat. This give is a nice rich flavor.

This meat can be served up with potatoes or noodles, your favorite veggie side or a salad. Or tacos & burritos!

Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs

One of the main proteins I get asked about is chicken. It seems like the world can never get enough chicken recipes! This one is beyond simple to make! It’s just some seasoned up chicken thighs, baked in the oven and the chicken comes out crispy and juicy. Here ya go!

Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs

Ingredients:
8 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t oregano
2 t parsley
2 t paprika
2 t chili powder
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Direction: Preheat oven to 400°. Place the chicken in an oven safe baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet. Pap the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. (This will help the skin get nice and crispy.) In a small bowl mix together all of the above spices. Evenly season the chicken thighs with the seasoning blend. Place in the oven 45-55 minutes. Chicken is cooked when juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165°.

Note: The cook time depends on size of the thighs. If you are using boneless you would need to reduce the cooking time. See my Favorite Amazon item link at the top of the page for my internal thermometer.

Pork Sausage Breakfast Patties

I never knew how easy making homemade sausage patties was until I did it.  I know most people just buy the pre-made ones at the store.  Sometimes they are full with extra stuff you don’t need or want! So, this takes care of that.  These come out delicious.  They are full of flavor. I love that you can make them and freeze them for later.  These are a must try!

Pork Sausage Breakfast Patties

Ingredients:
2 lb ground pork
1 egg
3 garlic cloves, minced/grated
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried sage
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t dried fennel, crushed/chopped
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 T olive oil

Directions: Mix ground pork with egg and seasoning above.  Use hands to make sure all meat gets seasoned. Form into 2 oz balls and flatten out into patties. Complete with all of the meat and set aside.

Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat.  Add in olive oil and let heat 1-2 minutes. Add the patties to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on one side and then flip over.  The patties will start to brown.  Once you flip patties over cook for another 3-4 minutes making sure it’s completely cooked through.  Internal temperature should read 160.  Cook in batches as to not overly crowd the pan.

If you are making a lot of patties, just brown on both sides, add to a baking sheet and finish cooking through in the oven. Serve with your breakfast favorites!

These sausage patties are great to freeze.  Cool them completely, wrap with saran wrap and freeze.  To warm frozen patties put in microwave or heat in a skillet on low heat. It’s a great meal prep item!

20200807_121240.jpg20200807_121256.jpg

 

Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

During summer I always try and make some light salads to have with meals.  I love to make pasta salads or cucumber and tomato salads.  This one beyond simple.  It’s only a few ingredients and it comes out so creamy and full of flavor.  I will definitely being making this again! It’s a perfect side to a summer BBQ or meal!

Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

Ingredients:
14 oz Color Coleslaw Slaw
1/2 packet Ranch seasoning Mix
4 green onions, sliced (both green and white)
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C + 1 T lite mayonnaise (More or less for flavor)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the coleslaw mix and green onions.  Spoon in the mayonnaise and mix well. Drizzle with oil and season with Ranch packet.  Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Mix well before serving.  Enjoy.

20200802_223449.jpg

 

Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops with Chimichurri

I love experimenting in the kitchen, especially with foods I don’t normally make. The best part is when the meal comes out so delicious that you can’t wait to make it again and share the recipe!

That’s what happened with this dish! I didn’t think I was a fan of lamb. Come to find out these Lamb Loin Chops changed my mind. The more I thought about it it’s the leg of lamb I’m not crazy about but these lamb cops were amazing! They are really quick to make and the chimichurri is made ahead of time so once you are ready to cook it goes super fast.

I bought these on sale to try, since my Mom loves lamb chops. They did not disappoint!! Give this recipe a try if you are a lamb chop lover, hey, even if you aren’t!!

Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chips with Chimichurri

Ingredients:

Chimichurri:
1/2 C & 1T olive oil
2 bunches cilantro, stems removed
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems removed
5 mint leaves
3 garlic cloves
1 small red onion
2 limes, juiced
1 1/2 T red wine vinegar
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t Salt
1/2 t Pepper
Sprinkle: Red Pepper Flakes

Lamb:
8-10 lamb loin chops, bone-in, 1 inch thick
1/2 T olive oil

Directions: Add all chimichurri ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until finely processed. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, this is so the flavors can come together.

Add lamb chops with few tablespoons of the chimichurri to a bowl or disposable pan and coat well making sure all of the lamb is covered. The chops should marinate at least 4 hours but can marinate overnight.

Once you are ready to cook the lamb chops take out and let rest a room temperature for 30 minutes.

Heat a large saute pan on high heat. Once pan is heated, add in the olive oil and let heat 1 minute. Next add in the lamb chops. (Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this step in batches.)

Let the lamb chops cook and form a crust about 4-6 minutes on one side, then flip and cook another 4-6 minutes. Sear for a minute on the fat side as well. You are looking for an internal temperature of 145°, for medium rare. That’s the way I make my chops. (Note: For medium cook to 160° and for well done cook to 170°, lamb should not be eaten rare.)

Remove from pan and let rest a few minutes before enjoying. To serve drizzle with a little bit of the chimichurri.

Notes: The chimichurri may become coagulated. If it does let it sit out for a few minutes and add few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil and mix. If it becomes coagulated on the meat, that’s ok, hitting the hot pan will take care of that.

20200728_093155.jpg

20200728_093147.jpg

Simple Ground Beef Taco Salad

It’s no secret how much I love tacos.  I could eat them every single day!  I like to change it up with a quick taco salad every once in a while.  There is a lot of veggies and nutrients in a taco salad.  You can literally put any salad item you like into this.

This one I make is fairly traditional and simple. Take a look!

Simple Ground Beef Taco Salad

Servings: 2 Taco Salads

Ingredients:
12 oz lean ground beef
2 T taco seasoning (reduce sodium)
1/2 cup-3/4 corn, cooked
1/2 cup-3/4 black beans, drained
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup, shredded cheddar cheese
8 cups lettuce, chopped
4 T cilantro, chopped

Sour cream:
1/2 Cup lite sour cream
1 lime, juiced
1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 t chili powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t salt
1 t pepper

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the sour cream, olive oil and lime juice and mix well.  Season the sour cream with seasonings above. Stir and set aside.

In a medium saute pan add in the ground beef, break up the meat as it’s cooking.  Season with the taco seasoning and completely brown the meat and cook through. (Note: If you aren’t using a lean beef, you may want to drain the fat prior to adding the taco seasoning, or drain on paper towel once cooked.)

For the corn and black beans you can put in  the salad warm, room temp or cold.  It’s really a preference.  Personally I warm the corn and black beans up slightly.

To assemble the taco salad, add 1/2 chopped lettuce to a bowl (4 cups), then top about 5-6 oz of ground beef, right in the middle.  Next add the rest of the toppings, black beans, corn, red onion, tomatoes, cheese, avocado and cilantro.

Top with a few dollops of your sour cream and serve!  I like to mix mine up so I get a little of everything with each bite.

Note: My taco bowl shown doesn’t have cilantro as I was out of it! I put in the recipe because I love it and I think everything Mexican food related should have it! 🙂 Also, you can easily substitute your favorite protein. Or add more beans for a vegetarian option.  There is no rules!

20200727_080210.jpg