It Is Definitely Worth It

This title could refer to so many different things, but this time it is all about the Instant Pot! The Instant Pot is all the rage right now and with good reason. (Target peeps find yours here. Amazon peeps find yours here. Also found it at Williams & Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.)

Instant Pot

I got my Instant Pot on Friday and have used it 3 times already! It is super easy, once you get passed the slight learning curve. I have not even glanced at the recipe booklet, but with due time I will get there. I have just used Pinterest and the Internet to figure it out quickly.

Our first night of owning it, my husband and father in law tested it out to make sure it worked (we are pretty sure it was a return since they are sold out or backordered everywhere right now!). Just did some simple water to see how it works and how long it actually takes to pressurize, cook and de-pressurize. Brian wanted to test it out right away, so he just googled a Peach Cobbler recipe and found a simple one to try. We tried it the next day!

  • 3 cans peaches (we used the light syrup version)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

We used the manual setting for the Instant Pot and cooked it for 22 minutes, per the recipe he found. It actually took about an hour from start to finish because the Instant Pot takes about 15 minutes to warm-up/pressurize + actual cook time + cool down/de-pressurize time. But still super easy. We just dumped everything in closed the lid and set the timer. When it was done, we had fresh Peach Cobbler and topped it with some ice cream.

Peach Cobbler
Pic Credit: buildingourstory.com

One change we would make is to do real peaches. We found that it was a little on the gooey side, and we think it was because of the canned peaches + syrup.

The next night we made brown rice for our Steak Burrito Bowls. Again, we just went to the internet and found the time we needed to cook the rice. The Instant Pot has a rice setting, but that pertains to white rice (it only takes 8 minutes!). With Brown Rice, we just used the manual setting again and cooked it for 20 minutes. I just put it in before prepping everything else. Cooked it perfectly.

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Last night I completely forgot to about dinner! And this is why I am obsessed with the Instant Pot! It cooked frozen chicken in 25 minutes!! I love this Chicken Cream Cheese Chili Recipe and followed all ingredients as listed. Adjusted the time to 25 minutes for the chicken and left it! We were pretty skeptical that we would need to cook it longer, but I was pleasantly surprised when we pulled it out and I was able to shred it! We like to serve it over rice and use chips to eat it (my kids like it rolled up in a tortilla).

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Pic Credit: Food.com

So far, so good with our Instant Pot! I need your favorite recipes though! Comment below or add the link to your Instant Pot faves! Definitely loving this new toy.

~xo~

Easy Kid Lunches

If I could change one thing about Paisley and Carson’s preschool it would be to have them provide lunch for the kids. Along with the struggle of “What’s for dinner?” I have to combat the “What are you making me for lunch tomorrow?” struggle too. Paisley is adamant on asking every day what I am making her, and if it will contain any “surprises” – aka candy. ha

The biggest obstacle I have is avoiding any peanut butter (for Paisley and Carson’s class) and egg products (Carson’s class). If I could use peanut butter, it would make packing a lunch way easier! But alas, kids have allergies and I do not want to be the parent to put another child in danger.

I have made up a few of my kids favorite options for lunches and am sharing the wealth! I pin a TON of lunch options, and am working on which ones my kids like the best. I love the Bento Boxes I bought the kids. They keep everything sectioned out for my semi-ocd kids and they do not spill! Plus they come with a cute spork and a flexible lid for the circular/dressing spot. The one down side is there is no room for their drink, it isn’t a problem for now with my kids but next year I am going to get Paisley a Bento Box lunch bag so it acts as a one stop shop for her lunch box and drink.

Here are a few that are sure winners in Paisley and Carson’s book!

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  • Pretzels
  • Snap Peas
  • Hummus
  • Clementine
  • Cucumber
  • Pasta Salad – Chopped ham, peas, cheese cubed, macaroni noodles, italian dressing

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  • Turkey and Cheese Roll Up – Cut up for Carson
  • Snap Peas
  • Strawberries and Blueberries
  • Chocolate Chips

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  • Turkey and Cheese Roll Up – Cut in half for Paisley
  • Snap Peas
  • Strawberries and Blueberries
  • Chocolate Chips

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  • Turkey and Cheese Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Snap Peas and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Hummus to dip

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  • Ritz Crackers
  • Turkey sliced
  • Colby Jack Cheese sliced
  • Celery and Cauliflower
  • Boiled Egg (already peeled)
  • Fruit Snack for “surprise”

I finally found some Silicone Cupcake Liners at Ikea which are the cheapest option, but they only come in pink. I found some multi-colored ones for my Amazon Prime peeps here, and for my Target lovers click here to find yours!

I would love to have more ideas to try! If you have any kid lunch ideas shoot them my way! Good luck pleasing those kiddos and have fun with it!

~xo~