This ome is pretty self explanatory! You can also use rotisserie chicken if you don’t have time to fix your own which would bring the time to prepare this down to 5 minutes! Quick, healthy lunch or dinner!
This was cooked in a Dutch oven on the stove while on home time but can be easily cooked in a deep electric skillet, Aroma, Ninja, Instant Pot, slow cooker, whatever you use. You may just have to adjust the cooking time a little but the ingredients remain the same.
Ingredients: (all ingredients are organic)
2 cartons low sodium organic chicken broth
2 chicken breast filets
5 celery stalks
2 baby bokchoy
3 cloves garlic
fresh parsley (half bundle)
ginger root (chopped in big chunks so you can fish it out after cooking)
Mrs Dash; onion and herbs and lemon pepper
First I lightly browned the chicken breasts in 2 tbsp of avocado oil and added the ion and garlic halfway through.
Then I added all the other ingredients chopped and mixed, added broth and let it cook for 2 hours.
Take out the chicken and shred the meat with 2 forks and put back in the soup.
Fish out the ginger root and bay leaves before serving the soup. Enjoy!
This was cooked in the slow cooker. But of course it can be made in the Instant Pot or other appliances also. In the IP I would cook this under high pressure for an hour.
bag with 15 kinds of beans (or others if you prefer)
3 stalks celery
bag of pre sliced carrots
3 red potatoes
3 cloves garlic
pack diced ham
1 1/2 cartons of vegetable broth
It’s so easy! Chop and dice up all your veggies, dump everything into the slow cooker and let it cook for about 6-8 hours on low. Enjoy!
You can probably tell I love soup by the amount of soup recipes 😂
This one was made in the Instant Pot. I’m not quite following the original recipe as I prefer vegetable stock over chicken stock plus I used baby kale instead of regular kale.
1 lbs breakfast sausage, I used mild,
half a red onion,
4 strip of thick cut applewood smoked bacon, cut in strips,
5 cloves garlic minced,
2 large Russett potatoes diced,
red pepper flakes to taste,
carton and a half of organic vegetable stock,
bag baby kale,
cup of heavy cream,
2 tbsp flour.
First I turned on the Instant Pot to sauté and browned the bacon and breakfast sausage meat. I added the garlic, onion, salt, pepper flakes and potatoes and stirred it all together and let cook for about 5 minutes.
Then I poured in a little stock just to scrape loose the bits that were getting stuck to the bottom of the IP, once that was done I put in the remaining stock, put the lid on the IP and set it to high pressure for 20 minutes.
When done, I ladled a little bit of the broth into a bowl and added the flour. Stirred it until mixed in and add it back to the pot. Added the kale, heavy cream and stir through until it’s all mixed. Let sit for about 10 minutes and get ready to eat!
Made split pea soup in the Instant Pot (IP).
Rack of pork ribs
Cup of diced up carrots
One red onion (usually I chop up a leek instead but I forgot to get one)
16 oz bag of split peas. I like the Goya brand.
2-3 beef bouillon cubes low sodium
Carton and a half organic beef broth
Put the peas in a bowl with hot water so they can soak for half hour or so.
First I put a little cumin, salt and pepper on the ribs after washing them and put them in the IP. I added a bay leaf and a carton of beef broth.
Set it to high pressure for 35 minutes and NPR (Natural Pressure Release) at the end.
Let the meat cool on a plate for about half hour. Leave the broth in the IP.
After half hour, scoop fat layer off the top of the broth as there will be a lot.
Once the meat cooled off I pulled the meat off the bones and discarded the excess fat and bones and put the meat back in the IP in the broth.
Add in the chopped up veggies, peas and add organic beef broth up to the 10 cups mark inside the 6 qt unit. Don't fill it too high! Also add the bouillon cubes. Set to high pressure for 12-13 minutes and then NPR at the end. Enjoy!
Appliances Used: Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) and electric skillet.
First I cooked the pasta in the Instant Pot for half the cooking time indicated on the pasta box as the IP cooks the pasta way quicker than a regular pan/pot. You can even cut the time in half minus 1-2 minutes extra to keep the pasta al dente. I drained the pasta and temporarily put it inside a big plastic food storage tub I keep on the truck.
Then I turned on the electric skillet, cut the skin and excess fat off of the chicken thighs. Put on salt and original Mrs Dash spices, added butter to the skillet and started frying up the chicken. Once one side was done and the chicken turned around in the skillet I added 3 strips of diced bacon.
While this was cooking away I added the garlic, onion, red bell pepper and let that soften up.
When the dish was almost done I added a small chart on of heavy cream and a cup of diced up green olives and let that simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickened up.
Once done I poured it all over the pasta and dinner was served. You can add grated cheese if you like. ☺️
When I still had my trucker cooking group on Facebook, one of the many heard complaints from drivers was they could only eat fast food because the didn't have time to cook. And as always I would tell them it can be done, even teams who run close to 6500/7000 miles a week. Where there's a will, there's a way. Yes I went there! 😉
It's all about planning and organizing your meals. I think about what I want to make for us each week and think about how long each dish takes to cook, how long it takes to prep. Now we have plenty of time to cook so it doesn't stress me out as much as it used to a few years ago but it can be done.
The above containers with soup for instance took 45 minutes to make, from preparation time to finish. I used an Instant Pot, electric pressure cooker, but you could do the same in a slow cooker and just cut up all your veggies and set it on slow for 8 hours before you start driving and it'll be done when you're ready to take your mandatory break so you can divide it into bowls and let it cook off, or eat one, whatever you plan.
If you were to cook this from scratch in the Instant Pot like I did, you could do this during your 30 minute break, take 15 minutes extra and have 2-4 meals which saves you time down the road.
2 chicken breast filets
carton of organic vegetable broth
half bag precut carrots
4-5 chalks celery cut
5 cloves garlic minced
2 bay leaves
a pinch of thyme
14.5 oz can of organic fire roasted tomatoes
2 pepperoncini peppers diced
Put everything in the pot, set on high pressure for 20 minutes and shred the meat with 2 forks when done. I filled my IP for 3/4 full and did a quick pressure release. If you fill the IP to the max this isn't recommended. Please be careful to not burn yourself! Enjoy!
This meal was made in the Instant Pot but you can of course use any pressure cooker for this.
3 lbs beef stew meat
celery 4-5 stalks
half bag carrots
3 cloves garlic
4 pepperoncini peppers
Mrs Dash garlic and herbs
carton beef broth
Chop up the veggies except the carrots I put those whole on the bottom so the meat won't stick just in case... which it didn't.
Add all ingredients to the pressure cooker, set to high pressure for 50 minutes. When done, let it sit for about 15 minutes before releasing pressure. I've read in many forums if you wait to release pressure it won't draw all the moisture out of the meat as some people were complaining their meat gets really dry in pressure cookers. This does seem to make a big difference so that's what I always do anyway.
If you don't care about low carb or not of course add your potatoes but they're not in this version for obvious reasons. Enjoy!
For this meal I used both my Instant Pot and electric skillet. I put the rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot and placed 2 thick cut pork chops on it, both seasoned with Mrs Dash garlic and herb and very little sea salt. I then poured a carton of vegetable stock in and set it to high pressure cooking for 8 minutes. Natural pressure release for 10 minutes. If you want to get a bit of color on the Chop you can always quickly fry it up afterwards for half a minute on each side since it's done already.
The Cabbage I first diced 3 strips of bacon and fried them up with 4 cloves of garlic diced. Then added the shredded cabbage and half a diced Granny Smith Apple. After about 5 minutes I added a splash of water, put the lid on and cooked it for an additional 10 minutes. And that's all there is to it! Enjoy!
I used an Instant Pot to cook this.
2 14.5 oz cans of organic fire roasted tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can dark red kidney beans
5 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
2 cartons low sodium chicken broth
red bell pepper
2-3 stalks celery
1 medium sized carrot
5 cloves garlic
Chop up all the fresh veggies and drop all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Set to manual and cook high pressure for 15 minutes if the meat is thawed, otherwise 30 minutes. Make sure to not fill above the max line.
When done, do a quick pressure release but be careful if hot liquid comes out, close the valve and do natural pressure release.
If you want to cook this in a slow cooker, just cook it for 2-3 hours but use thawed meat only. Frozen meat in a slow cooker isn't recommended. Enjoy!