Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken for Sandwiches, Salads, Etc.
I'm really a lover of chicken thighs because they are so moist. I've been eating them for years. However, when Weight Watchers changed to the Freestyle program this past December and chicken breasts became free points, I decided I needed to figure out how to to love chicken breasts. I think I've done it with these Delicious and Moist Instant Pot Chicken.
Why brine the chicken first?
By brining the chicken breasts (or thighs) first, (preferably overnight), then cooking them in the Instant ...
Caribbean Black Bean Soup-Instant Pot
This recipe was in my cookbook Amy's Favorite Recipes published back in 2010 and I have adapted it for the Instant Pot. The original recipe came from my mother's Army wives group when they were stationed in Texas. It's perfect on a winter day and freezes very well. I often serve it with my 2 Smart Point Slider Buns.
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Looking for a 2 pt slider bun? I often buy Franz Slider Buns and they are 2 points each, however sometimes I have trouble finding them. These actually taste much better! But who doesn't love fresh baked bread? If you have a bread maker, these are super easy, but even if you don't, I've included directions in the note section on how to do it by hand. For the bread machine I use the "quick dough" cycle and take the dough out when it's done mixing. This recipe makes about 54 slider buns, don't ...
Spicy Chicken Sausage
Many recipes call for chicken sausage. I had a hard time finding it until I decided to make my own and found Emeril's recipe. It's delicious and tastes so much better when you make your own. It really doesn't take that much prep time especially if you make a big batch and freeze for later. I adapted it only slightly because it's good just the way it is. If you don't like spicy sausage, feel free to cut back on the cayenne. It's more moist if you use chicken thighs but you can also use ...
Instant Pot Pork in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
After my last trip Germany, I came back inspired to make Jagerschnitzel in a healthy way. I decided to call it Instant Pot Pork in Creamy Mushroom Sauce. I didn't want to call it officially, "Jagerschnitzel," as it isn't as rich as the German version. Normally the pork is breaded with bread crumbs and egg or flour and egg, but since I'm trying to keep the points down, I decided to cut this part out. Because it's done in the Instant Pot, the pork turns out very tender and ...
Spicy Roasted Vegetables
These spicy roasted vegetables are so easy to make, take little time and keep you full all day! This is my "Go to," snack of choice. You can experiment and add your own vegetables and spices. I make up a big batch on Sundays to have them throughout the week. You can also vary up the vegetables depending on what is in season. If you don't like them spicy, leave out the chipotle seasoning and jalapeño. I eat them alone as snacks, add them to salads along with some chicken for protein, and also ...
German Beef in Beer Roast
After my trip to revisit all the places I had lived in Germany last year, I came home and created this delicious and tender beef stew. It's perfect for the fall season! This tastes best in the Instant Pot but you can also do it on the stove.
Thai Chicken/Pork Wrap
These Thai Wraps are great and hold up well for traveling if you put them in a cold lunch pack. I often take them on the airplane with me. As long as your ice packs are totally solid when you go through security, bringing perishable food is no problem. It's best to make your own tortillas (see my recipe) instead of the store bought ones if you are making them a day or two ahead. Otherwise the tortillas break down and become soggy.
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
These are the other wraps I take with me when I travel in addition to the Thai Chicken Wrap. You can make them a day or two ahead, store them in the refrigerator. They hold up nicely in a lunch cooler with an ice pack for my trip. Because they have black beans, cabbage and carrots, they also make a very nice filling lunch.