Instant Pot, Recipe, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Buttered Cabbage (Instant Pot)

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My Forking Life has it all together. This recipe is amazing! I mean amazing!! I am not a huge cabbage fan, but in this recipe was excellent, and was just as good the next day. It is easy… I mean easy!! It can’t get much easier if you have an Instant Pot. I have no doubt you can make this in a skillet too. So good, so simple, so yes make it!! I have made it twice now and changed it up a bit. Once I added bacon bits too. I am going to put my version below but check out My Forking Life for the original recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of cabbage chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. To your Instant Pot add beef broth and butter. Top the butter with the chopped up cabbage.
  2. Close the Instant Pot lid, and don’t forget to set the valve to Sealing
  3. Cook on high pressure for 4-5 minutes depending on your preference. If you want it crunchier I would go with 4 minutes, less crunchy you can go up to 6 minutes. I liked it at 4 minutes because it had a little crunch left, but that is up to you.
  4. Once your Instant Pot has completed, Do a quick release.
  5. Once your pot has de-pressurized carefully remove the lid
  6. Top with pepper, then stir all together
  7. Serve right away

Original Recipe Source

Low Calorie, Pork, Recipe, Recipes, Slow Cooker

Turkey Teriyaki Rice Bowls

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My coworker brought this for lunch one day and it was delicious. I am not much of a pork eater (I don’t come from pork country), but I really enjoyed it. We ended up reheating it in the slow cooker for a few hours and it was excellent.

This would make a great pot luck recipe if you need one. First on the stove top then to the slow cooker. I think if you brown the meat you could do the remaining steps in the slow cooker also.

Ingredients: 

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or less as desired
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or less as desired
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • Ground Turkey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 2 large carrots peeled and grated
  • 2 green onions diced, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Mix soy sauce, 1/4 cup water, red wine vinegar, sugars, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons warm water and cornstarch until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  3. Heat sauce over medium high heat. Slowly whisk in cornstarch mixture and simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onions and cook until soft.
  5. Crumble ground turkey and garlic into the pan and cook until turkey is about half cooked. Add grated carrots and chopped carrots and continue to cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  6. Pour teriyaki sauce over cooked turkey and vegetable mixture and stir. Simmer for about five minutes to combine the flavors.

Spoon meat over rice or noodles. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.

**I am not sure where this recipe is from. If I owe you credit please let me know.**

Dessert, Holiday, Recipe

Sugar Cookie Fudge

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If you like raw sugar cookie dough, then you will love this recipe. If you are like me, and you don’t like cookie dough, then you will probably not care for this recipe. It’s beautiful and makes a great presentation I just didn’t care for it.

This is super easy to make! It is also great for any holiday or event. Again, assuming you like raw cookie dough. My cousin thought this fudge was amazing but she loves cookie dough.

Give it a try if it’s your thing just have all the ingredients ready to go because the whole process moves fast! Dieters need not make!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2- 12 oz bags white chocolate chips
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar cookie mix (Betty Crocker Baking Mix, Sugar Cookie, 17.5 oz Pouch
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Any sprinkles (like Wilton Rainbow Nonpareil Sprinkles)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a 8X8 or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper the spray with non-stick spray.
  2. To a pot add white chocolate chips and allow them to melt slowly. Do not turn the heat up too high. Watch the chips while they are melting and stir
  3. Add in sugar cookie mix, and sweetened condensed milk
  4. Continue to stir until everything is melted and smooth.
  5. Add about 1/2 cup or more sprinkles to the mixture.
  6. Pour fudge into the baking dish and top with additional sprinkles.
  7. Place in refrigerator until firm
  8. Slice into bite size pieces and serve.

Original Recipe Source
*You will have leftover dry sugar cookie mix*

Air Fryer, Chicken, Low Calorie, Recipe

Asian Chicken Burgers (Hungry Girl)

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This recipe is very easy and very delicious. Hungry girl uses an air fryer to make  burgers, I just used a grill. You can make them anyway you want to. These burgers are full of a nice Asian flair and have a nice crunch. I would say if you have a crunch/texture issues you might not care of these.

Next time I make this recipe I am going to turn them into lettuce wrap verses patties. I think they would be even better. This is certainly a recipe I will make again. It is easy, could be made ahead, and has a great flavor too. I am including my version of the recipe below. Check out www.HungryGirl.com for the full recipe!

Ingredient:

  • 16 oz. raw extra-lean ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp. Siracha sauce (more if you like it hot)
  • 2 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-large bowl and mix well. Form into 4 burger patties I weight mine out to be even.
  2. Set your grill to a medium high temperature. Spray the grill with nonstick spray. Place each patty in a single layer. These burgers can also be made in the air fryer. (350 degrees)
  3. Cook on each side for 6 minutes or until the center of your burger reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Serve on a bun, lettuce wrap, or on its own. Can be topped with ANYTHING!!
Chicken, Recipe, WW Friendly

KFC Bowl (Copy Cat) WW PointsPlus

This recipe is decadent! It is so over the top delicious and so mentally satisfying. It is a very heavy meal, so you might be able to just eat half a serving and be happy. I don’t add corn because I don’t think it adds anything to the recipe.

There is nothing complicated about this recipe and I make it as easy as possible for a quick meal. You can make it any way you want adding the ingredients you want. Please note you will need to adjust the points if you are counting points.  You can make fresh potatoes, a rotisserie chicken, homemade fried chicken, you name it …you can change it.

This recipe doesn’t need a lot of cheese because of everything coming together.
Again, this is totally customizable. This is simple a blueprint for you to
adjust to what you like.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Servings -Tyson Any’tizers Popcorn Chicken, 24 oz. (Frozen) (6 ounces) (9 PointsPlus Total)
  • 1 microwave cup -Idahoan Buttery Home-style Mashed Potatoes (4 PointsPlus Total)
  • ½ cup prepared -McCormick Dry Brown Gravy Mix Seasoning Packet, 0.87 oz. (0 PointsPlus Total)
  • ¼ cup -Velveeta Original Flavor Shreds (2 PointsPlus Total)
  • Optional -1/2 cup of canned corn drained (2 PointsPlus Total)

Direction:

  1. Prepare all items according to
    package directions
  2. Assemble in a bowl with potatoes on the bottom, then add chicken, optional corn, gravy, then top with a light dusting of cheese.

Servings: 2 small servings or 1 large serving

Total Points 

(15 PointsPlus without corn) or 8 Points Plus per serving

Chicken, Recipe

Garlic Butter Meatballs

I found this recipe on Delish.com I made it a bit different from the original recipe but you can find the original recipe at the bottom of the page. I don’t think you can go wrong no matter how you make it!! We found it to be delicious!!

 
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 3 TBSP garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 brick of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less if you like heat or not)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 TBSP. butter
  • 1 lb. zoodles (Homemade or frozen)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. In a large bowl mix together ground chicken, 1 tbsp garlic , egg, 1/2 cup Parmesan, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to measure out 18 meatballs about 1 inch in size. These will be very sticky so I recommend the scoop so that you don’t have to mess with the meatballs too much
  4. Place the meatballs on lightly sprayed cookie sheet. I suggest something like Pam. Cooke for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven. Should read 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  5. Set meatballs aside and allow them to cool.
  6. In a large skillet or a dutch oven heat butter over medium heat, add remaining garlic, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese and allow the cream cheese to melt. You will use the heavy cream as a way to thin the sauce. Do not use until you need it because the zoodles will produce their own moisture.
  7. Add meatballs to the sauce and allow them to heat through, then add the zoodles in. Allow the zoodles to cook until they are at your desired tenderness then serve.Original Recipe Source
Beef, pasta, Recipe, Side Dish

Cowboy Pasta Salad

 

This recipe is super delicious. The calories are listed below. You might not want to look at that. BUT I will say that this recipe is worth the investment! I found the recipe on http://www.bellyfull.net. I changed it up a bit to what I had on hand and I didn’t follow the directions exactly the way Belly Full wrote them out, but that was simply because I didn’t read the directions until I was already halfway done. I guess I got the directions in my head the way I thought they should be verses the way they were. Nevertheless the recipe is super delish!

Honestly I had reservations. It’s a very odd and off the wall recipe if you ask me, but it performs in the end. We all loved it. We actually had it as a main dish but you could serve it on the side that’s for sure. For your waist line… that’s probably the way it should be served. This would be great for a potluck, or church event, or even to take to a party. My intention was a work potluck, but instead I got the flu and missed it.

Give this a try. I think it will surprise you!! We thought the taste was even better the second day. It says you can eat it hot or cold but I wasn’t a fan of it cold. I liked it either heated or room temperature.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried Rotini
  • 1 pound uncooked bacon
  • 1 pound 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce (I used G. Hughes sugar free)
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Heinz Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounce) Whole Kernel Golden Sweet Corn, drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (Optional I omitted)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used any cheese mix I had on hand)
  • 5 diced green onions
Directions:
  1. In a large pot Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot (to prevent additional mess) add diced bacon and cook in small batches until all the bacon is cooked. Allow bacon to drain on a few paper towels and set aside. Remove bacon grease from the pot, but there isn’t any need to wash the pot. The bacon drippings will add flavor.
  3. Add ground beef to the same pot. Cooked on a medium heat and break up the meat as you are cooking it. Once the meat is cooked and the grease has been drained mix in the cumin, red pepper flakes and the salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and Sriracha Sauce until combined and smooth. Add pasta, bacon, beef, drained corn, cheese, and green onions. Mix well
  5. Eat right away or place in the refrigerator and re-heat when you are ready to eat. We found that the longer it sits the better it will taste.