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Instant Pot® Chicken Marsala

I love my Instant Pot® like a fat kid love cake. No lie. When I first got it, I wasn’t sure what kind of magic was involved for it to be able to cook food so fast. I still don’t know how it cooks food so fast, but I love it. Chicken Marsala happens to be one of my favorite Italian foods, so I decided to see how Instant Pot would cook it and it turned out amazing. Instant Pot Chicken Marsala 1/4 cup flour1 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning1 tsp garlic powder2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ¼“ thick2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided2 tbsp unsalted butter8 oz baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced1/2 medium red onion, chopped3/4 cup sweet Marsala wine3.4 cup chicken broth, preferably organic1/4 cup heavy cream4 oz cream cheese, room temp and cut into chunks 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped Combine flour, Italian seasoning, and…

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

My favorite soup of all time is Zuppa Toscana Soup. You may have heard of it or even had the Olive Garden version of the soup. This flavor of this soup is amazing and I do a happy dance whenever I eat a bowl.  Because the weather has been cold and snowy on the East Coast, I decided to whip up some of this comfort soup. If you’ve never had Zuppa Toscana soup, you will love it. I use ground pork in the soup, which adds additional flavor, but if you’re not a pork eater, you can try a flavored chicken sausage! I hope you enjoy Zuppa Toscana soup as much as I do and it becomes a winter staple in your house. Zuppa Toscana Soup 1 lb spicy pork breakfast sausage4-6 Russet potatoes, cut into small cubes1 small onion, chopped5-6 slices bacon (optional)2 cloves minced garlic32 oz chicken broth 2…

Breakfast Bowl Ideas Using Superfoods

If you are interested in using more superfoods this fall, a great option for you is to make breakfast bowls. You might have heard of smoothie bowls, but that is definitely not the only fun bowl idea for breakfast that doesn’t include cereal. Take a look at these healthy options for your next superfood breakfast. Smoothie Bowl with Pumpkin Smoothie bowls are popular year-round and a great way to add more superfoods to your diet and have a healthy, yummy breakfast. Pumpkin spice lovers can rejoice because adding pumpkin to a smoothie bowl is a great idea. Pumpkin provides the perfect texture and just enough sweetness to make this a healthy and filling breakfast bowl. The trick here is to add a banana to the smoothie bowl along with your pumpkin puree to sweeten it up. Use some almond milk or regular milk, along with your choice of fall spices…

Winter Superfoods with an Anti-Inflammatory Kick

Have you ever had problems with inflammation? It’s our immune system’s response to anything foreign in our body, including various chemicals and microbes. Inflammation helps us fight whatever our immune system considers a threat to our health. And even though it can be useful, if it lasts for a prolonged period of time, it can exhaust our body, leading to conditions like heart disease, arthritis or depression. There have even been cases where inflammation was one of the causes of cancer. One good way to fight it naturally is through food, so take a look at these four superfoods that can help you keep inflammation at bay this winter Chia seeds Not only will these wonderful seeds help you thicken your home-made fruit yogurt, but they’re also very healthy. First of all, they contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but also ALA protein, calcium and fiber. It’s actually the ALA…

Garlic-Herb Whole Roasted Chicken

I always debate about making a whole chicken, because there are certain parts of the chicken, like the legs that I won’t eat.  And I hate wasting chicken, so I usually only make a whole one when I have someone lined up to take the legs off my hands. This flavorful chicken recipe is the perfect choice for a nice Sunday dinner with friends and family. Plus, you can use the leftovers to make a delicious homemade chicken stock or shred the remaining meat to use in a quick soup or salad recipe the next day.  The onion in this recipe serves two purposes: It raises the chicken out of the juices while it cooks and it imparts a lovely flavor to the pan sauce. After cooking, the onion is discarded, rather than eaten, to keep the overall carb count low. If you would like to omit the onion completely, you can replace…