Follow this simple method for making delicious buttery brown rice in the Instant Pot.

How to make brown rice in the instant pot

I absolutely adore brown rice but it can be tricky to make, often turning out too dry or with excess liquid in the pot.  So I recently decided it was time to figure out the best method for making it in the Instant Pot.  I’ve made it several different ways and finally settled on this method as my favorite.  It makes the perfect buttery rice that’s ready to eat straight from the pot.  No need to add salt or butter because it’s already in the mix.

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This lightly sweet and tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette is super simple to make and tastes great on just about any salad.

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This dressing takes just a couple of minutes to make and it’s mild and slightly sweet flavor make it perfect on just about any salad.  It pairs especially well with a salad that has sweet and salty toppings.  I love it with apples, candied nuts, and Feta or honey ham, avocado, and Cotija.  Just the other night I had it on a salad with sautéed kale and mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, Feta, and sausage.  It was SO good!  The possibilities are endless.

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Photo cred: Lisa Leake

I am so excited to share this recipe for White Chicken Chili with you.  It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here and you know what that means…yep, soup and chili season!  Who am I kidding, it’s always soup season at my house.  But it’s definitely all the more enjoyable when it’s cold outside.

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crockpot pasta e fagioli

It’s crazy how long it has been since I shared a new blog post!  We have been really busy and I started some new things recently that have occupied a lot of space in my brain.  I’m one of those people that can only handle so much floating up there at one time.  Can anyone else relate?

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I’m a fan of eating fresh and healthy foods but they can sometimes be expensive and they often go bad rather quickly.  Learning to utilize your freezer helps minimize waste, allowing you to stretch your grocery budget further.  Knowing you can freeze ingredients and/or leftovers for later also decreases the pressure to “use up” produce and food that is close to going bad.

Over the years I have learned that you can freeze almost anything.  When I first started cooking more at home I would often google “how to freeze _____”.  It’s not very often that I learn about something that can’t be frozen.

I thought I’d share a few posts detailing my experience with freezing different types of foods.  Today I’m going to share how I freeze soups, broth, and sauces.

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fruity frozen yogurt drops

These frozen yogurt drops make a great snack or addition to your little one’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Honestly, I really like them too, and I’m not even a huge yogurt lover.  They are full of protein and probiotics (from the yogurt) and fiber/vitamins (from the fruit) and have just a little added sweetener (maple syrup).  My boys love them and cannot get enough!  They feel like they are some sort of treat when in reality they probably have less sugar than the flavored yogurts you buy at the store.

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I am so thankful for my freezer!  Because I keep it stocked on a regular basis I can usually put a quick meal together at the last minute if I haven’t had time to prep for dinner that day.  We did purchase a second freezer a while back and I am so glad we did.  It was an investment we chose to make because I knew healthier eating meant learning to use my freezer.  Here are a few things you’ll find in my freezer.

Freezer Soups

Freezer Soups and Broths

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