Pumpkin Overnight Oats 3 Ways

Mornings are hectic while you’re trying to get ready for work and for school. You can save a lot of time by making breakfast ahead of time the night before, and still have something healthy. And in the fall, what would be more appropriate than pumpkin overnight oats? I have three variations for you to check out today. Which one sounds best to you?

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Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips

Whether it’s Game Day, a pool party, or just snack time at home, spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorite snacks. This recipe is a lovely warm version with fresh ingredients, some of which you can grow in your own garden, along with homemade toasted corn tortilla chips that are gluten-free. Try this at your next get-together or the next time you want a healthy and tasty treat at home.

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Sparkling Blueberry Maple Lemonade

One thing I love about the summer months is the abundance of fresh fruit. You can use it to infuse water or get creative by dressing up your favorite beverages. Take this Sparkling Blueberry Maple Lemonade, for example. I have been drinking a lot of lemon juice and freshly squeezed lemonade lately, because that is good for my kidneys. Honey is good for the immune system. And there’s nothing like fresh blueberries at the peak of berry season. Add in a few other ingredients, and you have this flavorful, refreshing beverage that is perfect to serve on a warm summer’s day.

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#InstantPot Thai Chicken Thighs

Your Instant Pot is perfect for creating tasty dinners in a quick amount of time. These Thai Chicken Thighs go well with rice and your favorite vegetables. And if you make extra or plan ahead, they are also good cold for lunch the next day. As always, you can adjust the ingredients to fit your own taste preferences. Note that if you do add in more peanut butter for the peanut sauce, you will have to also adjust the amount of liquid so that your Instant Pot can reach adequate pressure.

It takes 10 minutes to prep this meal, and 10 minutes to cook plus time to come to pressure. This recipe will feed four to six people.

Ingredients for Thai Chicken Thighs

  • 2 T. sesame oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2/3 c. chicken broth
  • ¼ c. sugar-free peanut butter
  • ¼ c. gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 2 T. honey, preferably local
  • 1½ T. Sriracha sauce
  • 2 t. fresh ginger
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Garnish Ingredients

  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ c. roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 3-4 green onions, cut into thin slices

How to Make Thai Chicken Thighs

  1. Add sesame oil to Instant Pot and set the “Sauté” setting to high. Working in batches, if necessary, brown the chicken thighs, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat this process with remaining thighs. Remove and set aside on a platter.
  2. Pour chicken broth into hot container and gently scrape up brown bits from bottom. Add peanut butter to the hot liquid and stir until completed melted. Add soy sauce, lime juice, honey, Sriracha sauce, ginger, and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  3. Add metal rack to the Instant Pot and place the browned chicken thighs on top.
  4. Add lid and lock into place. Switch vent to “Sealing” position and set the “Manual” setting on high before adjusting the cook time to 10 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.
  5. When finished, do a quick release (QR) to allow the pressure to escape. Unlock and carefully remove lid when finished and transfer the chicken to a platter.
  6. Optional: To thicken sauce, select the “Sauté” setting and heat, stirring continually, until the excess liquid is reduced and the sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  7. Turn Instant Pot off and return the chicken thighs and the juices that accumulated on the platter to the sauce and turn to coat.
  8. Remove chicken and transfer to a serving tray. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts, and green onions, if desired. Serve immediately with extra peanut sauce and your favorite sides. Enjoy!

#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.