#InstantPot Baby Back Ribs

You don’t have to wait until it is warm outside to have mouthwatering baby back ribs for dinner. Forget the grill and bust out your Instant Pot! Make them with just the dry rub, or use your favorite BBQ sauce for added flavor. May I recommend the Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce that you can also make in the Instant Pot?

This meal is easily prepped in just 10 minutes. Cooking time is 30 minutes plus time to come to pressure. It serves four.

Baby Back Ribs Dry Rub Ingredients

  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. dried rosemary
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • ¼ t. cayenne pepper
  • ½ t. smoked paprika
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Other Ingredients for Baby Back Ribs

  • 2½ – 3 lbs. baby back ribs
  • 1 c. beef stock (or water)
  • Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce (or BBQ sauce of choice)

How to Make Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot

  1. Combine ingredients for the dry rub in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. Carefully remove membrane from back of baby back ribs with a sharp knife, if necessary. Cut the ribs into 3 or 4 equal-sized parts and work the dry rub into each section on both sides. Set aside.
  3. Add beef broth or water to Instant Pot and insert the metal rack. Place the seasoned ribs on their sides on top of the insert. (Do not stack them flat on top of each other).
  4. Lock the Instant Pot lid into place and flip the pressure valve to “Sealing.” Set the “Manual” setting to high for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  6. Once cooking time is complete, do a quick release (QR) by flipping the sealing valve to the “Venting” position. Unlock and remove the Instant Pot lid and carefully transfer ribs to prepared baking sheet. Brush ribs with a generous amount of BBQ sauce on each side.
  7. Pre-heat broiler to high and broil the ribs for 3-5 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from oven and cool slightly before cutting into individual portions. Serve immediately with extra BBQ sauce for dipping.

#InstantPot Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce

Sure, you can buy all kinds of flavors of BBQ sauce in the stores. But there’s just something about making your own. You can easily make this dark cheery BBQ sauce right in your Instant Pot and tweak it to fit your own taste. It already has a ton of flavor in it, with the natural sweetness of the cherries and maple syrup combined with the warmth of the ginger, rosemary, and cinnamon flavors. Max out on the taste by making the sauce a couple of days ahead of time, so that the flavors have a chance to settle and really blend together for that perfect combination.

This recipe takes only about five minutes to prepare. Cooking time is 10 minutes, plus the time to come to pressure. It serves six to eight people.

Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce is quick and easy to make and will taste great on your favorite meat dishes.

Ingredients for Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 2½ c. fresh or frozen dark cherries, pitted
  • 1 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, with liquid
  • 3 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 t. fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. smoked paprika
  • 3 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 t. liquid smoke (optional)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

How to Make Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce

  1. Add olive oil to Instant Pot and select the “Sauté” function on the high temperature setting. Add the shallot and garlic and sauté until soft and slightly golden, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  2. Turn off the Instant Pot and add remaining ingredients, including the liquid from the tomatoes. If you have elected to also use the liquid smoke, now’s the time to add it. Stir to combine and season with salt and black pepper to taste. 
  3. Lock the lid into place. Make sure the valve is set to the “Sealing” position and set the “Manual” setting to high for 10 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.
  4. When finished cooking, do a quick release (QR) of the pressure according to the manufacturer’s suggestions before unlocking and removing the lid.
  5. Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days. 

Note: If you’re looking to make a thicker sauce, return it to the Instant Pot and bring it to a low boil using the “Saute” function set to high Heat, stirring frequently, until the excess liquid is reduced and the sauce reaches the desired consistency.

Try it on your favorite meat dishes. May I recommend baby back ribs that you can also make in your Instant Pot?

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry overnight oats are nice and easy to make. Best of all, they are packed with antioxidants with all of the blueberries and chia seeds. Antioxidants help to keep you young as they repair damage done to the body by exposure to pollutants and illness-causing agents. Plus blueberries just taste good and go quite well with oatmeal. Chia seeds and Greek yogurt add some protein to help you feel full. The seeds and oatmeal in general are good for fiber. All of the flavors combined, between the almond milk, cinnamon, and vanilla, plus the creaminess of the Greek yogurt make this healthy breakfast quite a treat.


Ingredients for Blueberry Overnight Oats:

  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup plain almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ tablespoon or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 Mixing bowl

How to Make Blueberry Overnight Oats:

  1. Take a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix together the oats, chia seeds, yogurt, honey, and vanilla until everything is covered.
  2. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight or until it’s chilled.
  3. When ready to serve, spoon into a bowl.
  4. Top with blueberries and cinnamon.
  5. You could even add more yogurt on top of the oatmeal and put the blueberries on that.
  6. Enjoy!

January Food Holiday Observances

January is a time to start fresh. We tend to be more focused on our health and wellness and are eager to start new diet routines. Sometimes it cna be hard to stick with those, but with so many delicious January Food Holidays, you can find something to tempt your palate while also sticking to those resolutions. It’s the perfect month to bust out your slow cookers, Instant Pots, juicers, and blenders that you just got for Christmas.  Use this guide to help you to plan your menu at home, for creative snack ideas in the classroom, or party fun! I’ll keep adding links as I come up with them. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas. Which ones are your favorites?

Monthly January Food Holiday Observances

January is the month that everyone decides to change their eating habits. It’s a great idea in theory, but remember it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit. One of the mistakes that most people make is trying to do a massive overhaul in one fell swoop. Start small with just one at a time and you will be more likely to make it a permanent dietary change. Luckily with so many great themes for the month, most of which are quite healthy, you should be able to find something to tempt you.

For example, it’s Fat-Free Living Month, so you can find new fat-free recipes to try. With it being Bread Machine Making Month, National Wheat Bread Month, and National Baking Month, you can find healthier ways to make your favorite baked goods. Plus anything you can make at home from scratch is usually going to be healthier for you anyway, as you know what’s really going in there and can control it.

Turn your breakfast around as you learn about new recipes for National Egg Month, National Hot Tea Month, and National Oatmeal Month. Find new lunch and dinner options with National Meat Month, National Slow Cooking Month, and National Soup Month. You can even help yourself get more regular with Prune Breakfast Month (although I can’t imagine!). And sure, let yourself indulge every once in a while with National Candy Month.

Daily January Food Holiday Observances

January 1 – National Bloody Mary Day

January 1 –  National Black Eyed Pea Day

January 1 – Apple Gifting Day

January 2 – National Buffet Day

January 2 – National Cream Puff Day

January 3-  Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day

January 4 – National Spaghetti Day – Try something new with Zucchini Pasta Sauce with Toasted Pine Nuts, or one of these 30 Spaghetti Recipes.

January 5 – National Whipped Cream Day

January 6 – National Shortbread Day

January 6 – National Bean Day

January 7 – National Tempura Day (I love tempura! Need to make sure to go to my favorite Japanese restaurant today!)

January 8 – National English Toffee Day

January 9 – National Apricot Day

January 9 – National Cassoulet Day

January 10 – National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

January 10 – National Oysters Rockefeller Day

January 11 – National Hot Toddy Day

January 11 – National Milk Day

January 12 – National Marzipan Day

January 12 – National Curried Chicken Day

January 12 – National Glazed Doughnut Day

January 13 – National Gluten-Free Day

January 13 – National Peach Melba Day

January 14 – National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

January 15 – National Bagel Day

January 15 – National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day

January 15 – National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

January 16 – National Fig Newton Day

January 16 – International Hot and Spicy Food Day

January 17– National Hot Buttered Rum Day

January 18 – National Gourmet Coffee Day

January 18 – Peking Duck Day

January 19 – National Popcorn Day – Try some Spicy Popcorn Recipes!

January 20 – National Buttercrunch Day

January 20 – National Cheese Lovers Day

January 20 – National Coffee Break Day (Isn’t this every day?)

January 20 – National Potluck Day

January 21 – National Granola Bar Day

January 21 – National New England Clam Chowder Day

January 22 – National Blondie Brownie Day

January 22 – National Southern Food Day

January 23 – National Pie Day

January 23 – National Rhubarb Pie Day

January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day (I am always all about peanut butter everything.)

January 24 – Lobster Thermidor Day

January 25 – National Irish Coffee Day (I fully support this day!)

January 26 – National Green Juice Day

January 26 – National Peanut Brittle Day

January 26 – National Pistachio Day

January 27 – National Chocolate Cake Day

January 28 – National Blueberry Pancake Day

January 29 – National Corn Chip Day

January 30 – National Croissant Day

January 31 – National Brandi Alexander Day

January 31 – National Hot Chocolate Day

Which January food holiday observances are you most looking forward to celebrating?

Resources:

Foodimentary

Mobile Cuisine

The Nibble

Other Monthly Food Holiday Observances:

January * February * March * April * May * June * July * August * September * October * November * December

#InstantPot Stuffed Poblano Pepper Soup

Stuffed peppers are so good. I’ve had them as a side dish and as a main dish. But how about in the Instant Pot as a soup? It’s tasty, it’s healthy, and it will warm you up from the inside out. So prepare to get spicy! It will take about 15 minutes to prep. Active cook time is 25-30 minutes, plus time to reach pressure and 10 minutes for the natural release. Serves four to six. Enjoy!

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