In the last few months, I have found and been using a great resource for my daily quiet time. If you haven’t seen the website Sweet Blessings, you should hop over and take a look! Shannon is the lady behind Sweet Blessings and she sounds like someone I would like to meet in real life. She is a wife, mother and a cancer survivor and through everything she says she is truly blessed by Jesus! I love this attitude!
Shannon posts monthly scripture writing lists and this is what initially drew me to her site. There is a post for each month that may be topic based or based around a holiday such as Christmas. Here is the link for the most recent one and the one that is topic based is here. I am using the topic based one for this month and it is on grace. Basically, the idea is to write a scripture down every day to help you take the time in God’s word. She also provides a free worksheet for you to use for writing the scripture.
But before you think that is all there is on this site, stop! Shannon writes posts that she feels help her and others in the moment. The one that has stuck with me is on forgiveness. It is difficult to forgive others but also ourselves. I loved reading her post on this and was like a salve on a wound on my heart.
Shannon also had some other printables on her website such as chalkboard verses. I plan on printing those out and putting them around to help me focus on God’s word.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful resource and it helps you get closer to the Lord!
Last week, I saw a video on YouTube by Kimmy from She’s in Her Apron where she prepared a recipe called Mississippi Chicken. She used her crockpot to prepare it but I wanted to try it in my Instant Pot. You know how I love my Instant Pot!! You can check out her video HERE and the Instant Pot HERE.
Kimmy got the recipe from the website recipesthatcrock.com and HERE is the link for it. It lists all of the ingredients and portions. But basically you use frozen chicken thighs, a ranch dressing packet, a brown gravy packet, butter and pepperoncinis.
Okay, so the first thing I did differently was use frozen chicken breasts instead of frozen chicken thighs. When I bought these chicken breasts apparently I was in a hurry because they were still in the original packaging inside the vacuum sealed package. MISTAKE! It took more than a minute to get the tray and little pad thing off of the back of them.
Once I got the package off, I just broke off one chicken breast to fit it down in the pot. I did use the trivet to set the chicken on and put about a cup of water down in the bottom. Mix up the ranch and brown gravy packets and spread them over the chicken. Then you slice up the butter and place it around on the chicken. Lastly put the pepperoncinis on top of it all! I used sliced ones but the recipe calls for whole ones. I don’t think it matters either way.
So, I put it on manual for 18 minutes and let it do a natural pressure release for 20 minutes. And it took about 25 minutes to come to pressure. Now some people will say that you didn’t save any time doing this, but keep in mind that I started with frozen chicken and I didn’t have to touch the pot once I set the time on it. 🙂
So for our supper this night, I roasted some broccoli and cauliflower with a little olive oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Yummy!!! And some homemade dinner rolls!
So it was a success! It was a tasty dinner that my husband and I enjoyed a lot. If you try it, be sure and let me know!!
Also, are there any recipes you enjoy that you would like to see done in the Instant Pot? I can’t promise but I will try to do an Instant Pot version.
Do you have a whole chicken in the freezer? I feel like I am unprepared if I don’t have a whole chicken in the freezer. Just me? That ‘s okay!
Well, today I am going to walk you through how I fix a whole chicken in my Instant Pot and what I do with the remains. (Bet you can’t guess! oh, well I guess you can!)
First make sure your chicken is thawed out and you pull out the parts that are tucked inside. Like these:
Okay, so your next step is to season your chicken however you would like. This is where you can get creative or keep it simple. I tend to keep it simple and use what I want for my broth since I make that using the leftovers of the chicken.
What I like to use: salt, pepper, minced garlic, onion, celery and bell pepper. I don’t always have these on hand fresh, so my bare minimum would be the salt, pepper, minced garlic or garlic powder, onion powder.
Put the trivet in your Instant Pot and set your seasoned chicken and veggies in it. You will then add 1 to 1 1/2 cup of water. Close it up and don’t forget to check your vent! Now for the settings. What I have found after doing a few and a little research is 6 minutes per pound plus 2 minutes. So if you have a 6 lb chicken, you would cook it for 38 minutes, (6 x 6 = 36 +2 = 38). This can be adjusted to your liking also. If you want it to fall apart or if you want your chicken still intact.
So when it finishes, you will have something like this:
Okay, so now you have chicken to eat for supper and next week I am going to talk about a few things to do with the leftovers! Once you get the meat off the bones, you will have a nice plate like this!
and you will have this mess!
Take all the mess and put it back in your Instant Pot. If you didn’t have any veggies in there the first time, you might want to round some up and add them. Again, just whatever you have but usually I put an onion, peppers, and celery. You will also add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (for fun sometimes I use 3) and 1 teaspoon of salt. Fill your pot up with water to about 2/3 full. If you have time at this point, let it sit for about 30 minutes. I don’t do this that often but it does help the vinegar to start working on the bones. Last, close it up and put in the settings. Use the soup option and set it to low pressure for 120 minutes. Let it do a natural pressure release. The last step is to strain your broth and package it up for later!
I just use a colander covered with cheesecloth to strain my broth. I use ziploc bags and freeze them. A lot of people use jars to store the broth also.
Now you have dinner for a couple of nights, bone broth with lots of healthy benefits and all in a short amount of time! Yay for the Instant Pot!
I do want to give you a little advice, don’t wait to clean up. Or at least clean the lid, specifically the silicone ring inside the lid. If you don’t the smell will stick around! Some people order extra rings and actually use them for specific types of food, like red for savory and and black for sweet. I plan on doing this in the near future.
Well, I hope you are enjoying the Instant Pot posts, I definitely am having fun doing it!