• Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

    I have received several requests for how I make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot, so here you go! This method stems from Melissa Clark’s recipe in her (AMAZING) cookbook, Dinner In An Instant. Super simple, hearty and delicious. They are perfectly creamy without the addition of milk, great for those of you who are dairy free. I always make a large batch and reheat them all week long.  If you do not have an Instant Pot yet, I love this one. And here is my review of why I think it is just so fantastic. Ingredients 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, ghee or butter if not dairy free 1…

  • Chicken Taco Chili in the Instant Pot

    So this is not the fanciest recipe… or the prettiest. But it is super delicious, super fast and super easy. Hard not to love a family friendly recipe that has those attributes! And, it’s five ingredients, FIVE!!! And we all know how much I love the Instant Pot! Read my review here if you haven’t already! We enjoy ours with taco toppings and tortilla chips! Ingredients: 6 Boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed 1 16 oz jar of salsa (I love this one) 1 Bottle of beer (I used gluten free Red Bridge) 2 Teaspoons Adobo seasoning (I LOVE Primal Palate which you can buy…

  • Thrive Market Review

    Who out there has tried Thrive Market yet? I swear I signed up for an account over a year ago and never ordered. Something about membership fees always gets me. Yes, it is like Costco, but I always hesitate. I did the same thing with Beachbody. I waited forever and we all know how that turned out. So, my advice to you is DO IT. Don’t wait like I did. I think it may just be the best online source out there for natural and organic products! My first box arrived this weekend and it was packed perfectly. Glass jars intact, delicate pasta noodles still perfectly whole in their box,…

  • My Instant Pot Review

    Behold the mighty Instant Pot. If you follow me on social media then you are aware that I love it… I mean, okay, it is bordering on an obsession. My Brother and Sister-In-Law gave me the Instant Pot DUO80 for Christmas and I could not wait to get back home to use it. It came out of the box a couple of days before the New Year and it has taken up residence on my kitchen counter ever since. It is used almost every day and sometimes multiple times a day. It seems to do EVERYTHING. It is part pressure cooker, part yogurt maker, part rice maker and part slow cooker.…

  • My Favorite Cookbooks…

      Most asked question? Of me anyways… “What is your favorite cookbook?” That is a TOUGH question. I could never pick ONE favorite… I have a cookbook obsession. I have A LOT of cookbooks. Truthfully, I read them like I read novels. I am quite content to curl up on the couch with a cookbook and read. It could be a brand new purchase, one checked from the library or one I have had for years. I love them. I love thinking about the way ingredients work together and how to implement the different methods of cooking. Let’s not overlook the gorgeous photography and clever layouts in these books. Some…

  • Egg Salad with Persian Cucumbers & Everything But The Bagel Salt

    Egg Salad with Persian Cucumbers & Everything But The Bagel Salt I created this one day when I was STARVING without lunch prepared, in a rush, a car full of groceries and with a sleeping kid in the car. I was able to make this in the time it took me to unload the groceries from the car! The star is my Everything But The Bagel Salt seasoning. The dill with the cucumber in the salad gives you a bit of a pickle taste that is perfect! The seasoning is just so good and so simple to make. Great for avocado toast, celery with cream cheese or deviled eggs! Ingredients:…

  • Instant Pot Meatballs Marinara

    My brother and sister-in-law gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas and I have used it every day (if not twice a day!) since I have gotten home from vacation. No joke, this thing is amazing! I am currently weeding my way through various cook books to learn what I can about best practices for the Instant Pot. I will write up a review of the best things I have tried… give me a month though. In the meantime as I am trying to create some of my own recipes I have come up with quite possibly the best meatball ever. First things first. The Instant Pot. I have the…

  • A Modern Housewife Holiday Gift Guide: Kitchen Edition

    Happy December guys! Are you all ready for the holidays? I am still working on our holiday shopping, you? It is only the 8th so we still have time! I put together a list of my favorite kitchen items that we use all the time as well as a few things I have my eye on this holiday season! They range from little stocking stuffers to the big present! The links are listed below just click on the item name.  Enjoy and happy shopping!   #1 Vitamix Professional Series 750 Okay guys, this is the big one! We received this as a gift from my parents a few years back and…

  • Chipotle – Lime Dressing 

    I can barely even take any credit for this dressing. I planned to make “Jalapeño – Lime Dressing” from Kathryne Taylor’s new book LOVE REAL FOOD but the store was out of jalapeños… but they did have a can of chipotle in adobo sauce. I figured I’d give the swap a shot;  it was smokey and tart and just awesome! Delightful happy accident! Chipotle – Lime Dressing 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup lime juice 1/2  to 1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Depends on your desired heat level. 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove smashed 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt Combine…

  • Roasted Crunchy Chickpeas 

    These are my favorite snack and go to crunch for a salad! Protein packed crouton- yes please! Roasted Chickpeas One can chickpeas Olive oil Favorite spice/seasoning Preheat oven to 475 degrees. 1. Open the can of chickpeas, pour into a strainer and rinse thoroughly. 2. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels then turn out chickpeas on pan- pat/roll dry with towels, then discard paper towels. 3. Drizzle with olive oil… I eye ball it and do a few times around the pan. I’d say about a tablespoon. 4. Generously season with salt, pepper and your favorite spices. I love using smoked paprika but garlic powder, chili powder even Trader…