Meal Preppin’

I’m off on President’s Day (wheee!) and figured, what the heck, let’s get some meal prep stuff out of the way since I have THREE days instead of just two to get stuff done … I’ve been pretty Hangry lately because there’s been a real lack of motivation to really cook anything up with Mark being iffy on what he can and cannot tolerate … certainly a learning curve, that’s for sure!

Hangry   

[hang-gree] adj.  

Anger fueled by hunger.

My goal/plan is to have some grab and go meals in the freezer. Only problem is the freezers … well, they are rather full AND unorganized.

Yeah, that was NOT an exaggeration, was it? Yes, we have THREE refrigerators with freezers. More than any household should have under normal circumstances and trust me, I’m going to have an adjustment period when we downsize to a smaller house (and kitchen!)…

So first thing I had to do was pull out some beef from the main freezer for the Broccoli and Beef dish to make …

sirloin steaks food saver

Chicken thighs for the Mississippi Chicken (and yes, I had to sing the song to type that out)

chicken thighs food saver

It was a good thing that I had pulled out 2 steaks and box of spinach for Saturday night’s dinner … there’s some leftover creamed spinach that I’ll be incorporating somewhere …

I cooked up 3 large baked potatoes in the Instant Pot at 9:30am (they were done by 10am) …

potatoes cleaned and ready

And then I grabbed a bag of the General Tso Chicken from Trader Joe’s and a bag of fried rice, also from Trader Joe’s (both from the guest kitchen freezer) with the rest of my fresh broccoli to make me a few Take Out Fake Out Bowls … because I’ve been craving chinese take out lately …

And at the last minute, I decided I want to make a quick Unrolled Egg Roll in a Bowl dish …

EGG ROLL COOKING

I realize that I have not been keeping up very well with transferring my recipes over to this site … I promise, I’m working on it!!

Anyone else using that extra day off for meal planning? It can be such a time, money AND life saver, trust me!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

#MealPrep    #MealPlan    #UsingWhatWeHave    #SavingMoney

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Pressure Cooked Chicken Wings

Want to make chicken wings without a mess?

Wings? In the Instant Pot?? Count me in!

Ok, up front and center:  These only cook for FIVE minutes, BUT they do take time to come to pressure AND do their natural release.  And then you should really toss them under the broiler to give them some color.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Instant Pot Chicken Wings

So, yeah, they cook “fast” but not 5 minutes, eat and be done, ok?

I just hate when I see something that says FIVE MINUTES and then you see all the extra time involved 😉

Now, a little background on me … for years, I h. a. t. e. d. wings … like, ew, get those out of here.

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Now? I LOVE THEM! So much so that I’m always making them different ways to find the most efficient and best results!

I think the pressure cooking thing is it. I mean, heck, the clean up is minimal … they certainly will NOT be splattering all over your oven …

Ready to do this?

Grab yourself a cup of water. And your wings, however many you’d like … I did 15 (!)

Put water in the bottom of the pot and insert that trivet.  We covered this before, go find it!

Instant Pot Trivet
Instant Pot Trivet

Season up your wings with whatever seasoning you’d like. I opted to use Mark’s Special Seasoning Mix. Be generous!

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Add the wings on top of the trivet. The purpose of that there trivet is to keep the wings OUT of the water!  I did not stand them on end, and yes, they were touching each other, stacked up on each other. Whatever.

Put the lid on and lock it in place. Make sure your little knob is flipped back to “pressure”.

Hit manual and set for 5 minutes (high pressure).  Walk away and you’ll hear it beep in a few seconds and it will say “on”.

After about 10 minutes, you’ll hear it beep again and now the number 5 will be on the display and it will start counting down! Whee!!

After the 5 minutes are up, let it release on it’s own for about 10 minutes. NOW you can flip that knob forward and let the rest of the steam out.  Go ahead and turn on your broiler now (oh, hey, check open that oven door and look inside BEFORE you turn on the broiler, ok? I’ve had a pizza box smoking before! Whoops)

vent open and not pressurizing

Take the lid off carefully, it’s HOT!  Remove the wings to a parchment paper lined baking tray. I just re-used the tray that I had roasted some broccoli on earlier for meal prep work! No need to waste resources!

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See how pale they are? THAT’S why you want to broil them a little!

If you’d like, brush some sauce on those babies.

broiled wings.jpg

I opted to broil mine naked and THEN added sauce on afterwards … I’m not a big sticky sauce kind of girl, you know?

These were really good and I think may be my new way to make them forever! There’s minimal fuss and mess to deal with!  Go ahead and give them a try! Up next will be the salt & vinegar wings … or maybe lemon pepper wings … or maybe ranch wings! The possibilities are endless!

Looking forward to sharing at some of these great parties … go check them out!

#ChickenWings   #InstantPot   #PressureCook   #Appetizers

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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Technically, they aren’t baked, but rather steamed, right?

Anyways … when Luckys Market had their 8 pound bag of taters on sale for $1.99, you bet I was right there to pick up a bag and use my $5 off $30 coupon. Of course, I spent more than $30 … I apparently have no self control in a new store.

Instant Pot Potato ready to eat

I did, however, pick up a beef tenderloin to make on Christmas day so hey, $30 of it was for the beef. Pricey little thing.

My original plan was to make it when Jamie & Amanda were around (Mark was in Indiana) but I also wanted to do it during daylight to snap a few pics … cuz we all know the night time pics just look horrible. Not that my daytime pics are a whole lot better, but to some degree, they are. I’m working on that little skill, trust me.

So, was I worried about doing this without poking them? A little. Ok, A LOT. I mean, heck, we are putting these things under pressure and they need to breathe, right??? Expand?? Something.

potatoes cleaned and ready

But I went ahead and did it the way the majority of sites told me to … and NO POKING the taters.

Grab a few taters, make sure they are the about the same size. Give them a good wash cuz you know they grow in the ground, right?? *My brother in law and his wife grow taters and can I tell you how awesome they are when you just dug them out of the ground?? Tender and soooo flavorful.

Back to our task at hand. Sorry about that …

cup of water fire-king glass

Add a cup of water to the Instant Pot.

pour water in

Place your trivet in the pot. It came with it, you have it, just go find it.

Put your taters in there.

Put the lid on and lock in place. Make sure the valve moves freely and flip it to pressure cooking.  If you see a stream of steam coming out of the vent after 10 minutes, better check to make sure you have it locked in. I didn’t and wasted my first 10 minutes.

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Set the pressure cooker to 10 minutes. After about 10 minutes, you’ll hear a beep and the countdown begins! Beep means it’s to pressure and now it starts to cook for the time you programmed!

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Allow to cook and release naturally.

Instant Pot Potato cut open

This does TAKE longer than 10 minutes. About 10 minutes to come to pressure, 10 minutes to cook and 10-15 minutes to release. About 30 minutes total. Certainly LESS time if you were to bake them in the oven AND you will not be heating your kitchen up AND it leaves your oven open to cook other things!

flaky inside

Would I do this again? Yes!! I live in Paradise which is also known for the amount of humidity we have so anything to avoid heating the kitchen up is a bonus!!

times up

*I used the leftover taters to make some country fried taters the next day for Mark when he got back from his trip. Just diced the tater up, tossed in a large skillet with some ghee, add some all purpose seasoning and let them crisp up.

Looking forward to sharing this with some of these awesome parties! Go check them out! And come back to party with ME on Wednesday!