Spicy Chicken Gumbo (home-canned)

Today was a productive day! It started with lots of prep work from the previous few days (washing and chopping).

2 bundles celery, chopped (check).

1/2 gallon onions, chopped (check). 1/2 gallon bell peppers, chopped (check).

My Instant Pot got a real workout.

I pressured four whole chickens in two different batches. All chickens were then deboned.

Then I cooked 2 cups of brown rice and 2 cups of black rice in the Instant Pot. I added 12 cups of homemade chicken broth and high-pressured it for 15 minutes, then natural pressure release for 10 minutes. It was delicious!

Early this morning, it was time to head to the Canning Factory.

These are the canned goods and spices that I used, plus the chicken, fresh chopped produce, and rice.

This photo shows all of the ingredients dumped into a huge kettle to cook. I use a humongous stirring stick, similar to an oar that you would paddle a boat with!

The last ingredient to add is the okra.

It is finally time to fill the jars!

I used Momma’s ice cream scoop to put the perfect amount of rice in each jar. There sure are a lot of good memories when using her ice cream scoop 😊

So there you have it–I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to the Canning Factory and seeing photos. This is one of my favorite places on earth!

Ground Turkey Series (Part 3) Turkey Spaghetti with Whole Grain Noodles

We purchased a fixer-upper home and it has been a while since I have posted. It is good to be back to share a healthy recipe with you!

This recipe is simple with only three healthy ingredients:
1 Pound of Ground Turkey
1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (your choice in size according to the number of people you will serve)
Whole Grain Spaghetti Noodles (16 ounces)
Now for a short lesson on pasta. I always use whole grain pasta. I prefer to use “ non GMO project verified” products (see bottom right corner of above photo of box of spaghetti noodles. for their stamp). For more info, go to https://www.nongmoproject.org/
I also look for the 100% whole grain stamp. For more info, go to https://wholegrainscouncil.org/ 
I used my home canned turkey but (most likely) you will not have this option. You can cook your turkey on the stovetop or in your Instant Pot.
After you have started cooking the ground turkey, put on a large pot of water to boil for noodles. When water starts to boil, add noodles and cook according to manufacturer’s directions.
When ground turkey is cooked, add spaghetti sauce and stir.
I used 3 cups of my home-canned spaghetti sauce but you can use your favorite spaghetti sauce.
When it is thoroughly hot, dinner is ready!
Yes, it is that simple!
Drain noodles. Top with spaghetti sauce and serve.
Enjoy!
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Chicken Vege Stir Fry (Part 2)

In a recent post, I gave instructions on cooking bulk chicken and freezing in bags for future use.

At the end of the day, it is so convenient to pull the pre-cooked chicken out of the freezer and proceed with cooking supper. This saves me so much time and effort!

This quick and delicious meal is cooked with a bag of prefrozen chicken that has been thawed.

Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil (divided)
1 cup Precooked Chicken (deboned)
1 – 14.4 ounce bag Birds Eye Stir-Fry Vegetables: Pepper Stir-Fry (sold in the freezer section)
1 cup Sugar Snap Peas (fresh or frozen)
2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
1 – 16 ounce box P. F. Chang’s Signature Rice
Frozen Eggs Rolls of your choice

Instructions:
Place egg rolls in oven, following manufacturer’s, and bake while you are cooking Chicken Vege Stir-Fry.

Pour two tablespoons olive oil in two different skillets.

In one skillet, add: 1 bag of pepper stir-fry, precooked chicken, minced garlic, and sugar snap peas.

In other skillet, add: one box (2 bags) P. F. Chang’s Signature Rice.

Cook both until done, stirring frequently.

Yes, it is that easy!

Enjoy!

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Cooking Bulk Chicken for Future Recipes (Part 1)

If you read or follow my blog and FB page, you know that I like to cook large amounts of meat at a time, to create easier and less time consuming meals for future use.

In this blog post, I give directions on cooking two whole chickens, to be used for four future meals. Cooking chicken in the Instant Pot works beautifully.

Instructions for cooking two whole chickens:
1. Place wire rack (that came with Instant Pot) in the bottom.
2. Add five cups of water (I freeze the broth for later use).
3. Place chickens on wire rack.
4. Place lid on Instant Pot and set release valve in the “sealing” position.
5. For two whole chickens that are not frozen, cook 30 minutes on high pressure, then natural pressure release. For two whole chickens that are frozen, cook 45 minutes on high pressure, then natural pressure release.
6. Remove chicken from Instant Pot and let it cool long enough to debone.
7. Debone chicken.

This is how much chicken I had after deboning.


8. Divide it into five servings. I use enough chicken for the evening meal, then freeze four portions for later use.
9. Strain and freeze broth.

At the end of the day, it is so convenient to pull the pre-cooked chicken out of the freezer and proceed with cooking supper. This saves me so much time and effort!

My next post will include a quick and delicious meal cooked with one of your bags of chicken. Go ahead and purchase two whole chickens, cook them in the Instant Pot, freeze in zipper bags and get ready!

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Most Tender Roast Ever (Cooked in the Instant Pot)

Days can be hectic and smelling dinner cooking as you walk in the door after a long, hard day is a devine feeling. Need an impressive dinner without much prep? This is the recipe for you!

My son is an excellent cook and it is a rare occasion when we get to spend time cooking together. We teamed up on this recipe to create the most tender roast ever, cooked in the Instant Pot.

Adjust amount of roast, potatoes, carrots according to the number of people you will serve.

Ingredients:
Roast 3 – 4 pound
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups beef broth (divided)
1 cup water
5 carrots (cut off ends, slice into large pieces)
9 potatoes (medium size)
1 medium to large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic (2 whole, 4 minced)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried cilantro

Note: Prep work can be completed the night before (if you have to leave home early) or early in the morning (on the day you will serve roast).

Instructions:
Set Instant Pot on Saute. Put 3 tablespoons olive oil in bottom. Brown roast on both sides. Turn Instant Pot off.

Add 2 cups beef broth. Set release valve in the “sealing” position. High Pressure for 45 minutes. Then “natural pressure” release.

While roast is cooking, chop onion, wash carrots and potatoes. Do not peel skins for several reasons: most nutrients are in or just below the skin; it will prevent them from getting mushy.

After pressure on Instant Pot has gone down, open lid and add:
5 carrots (cut off ends, slice into large pieces)
10 potatoes
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic (2 whole, 4 minced)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 cup beef broth
1 cup water
Stir well.

If you are doing prep work the night before, put interior pot of Instant Pot in refrigerator now. If doing prep work on the day you will serve roast, proceed with instructions.

Set release valve in the open or closed position. Set Instant Pot on crock pot button for 7 hours (or desired time of your choice).

Enjoy having dinner prepared and ready when you walk in the door!

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Super Moist Apple Banana Nut Bread (Gluten-Free)

This is a healthy alternative, guilt-free, gluten-free, super moist, and delicious bread!

Ingredients:
1 cup organic raw cane sugar
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 cup extra virgin coconut oil (melted)
3 eggs
*1 banana (mashed)
*3 cups apples (remove peels and cut into small squares)
*1 cup pecans (chopped)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
*2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions:
Mix dry ingredients and spices well. Add other ingredients and mix well. Note: bread batter will be thick. Grease and flour pan. I used a bundt pan but you can use a bread or cake pan.

Cover with foil to avoid burning.

Bake on 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 – 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Note: I did not remove bread from the bundt pan.

Enjoy!

*According to the USDA, consuming roughly one half of a teaspoon of cinnamon per day or less leads to dramatic improvements in blood sugar, cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides.

*According to the Mayo Clinic, antioxidants play an important role in our health. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and play a role in preventing heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Key ingredients in this recipe include: banana, pecans, and apples (note apples with peel provide a better source of antioxidants). As a bonus, fruits, vegetables and whole grains high in antioxidants are also typically high in fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and good sources of vitamins and minerals.

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Chicken Pot Pie (Quick and Delicious)

Need a scrumptious meal in a jiffy? This recipe is for you!

Ingredients:
One box of Pillsbury pie crust (a box contains two crusts)
2 – 10 ounce cans white chicken breasts, drained
1 – 15 ounce can mixed vegetables, drained
1 – 10 1/2 ounce can of Campbell’s Healthy Requests Cream of Celery Soup
1 teaspoon curry

Instructions:
Roll out one pie crust in the bottom of pie pan.

Drain chicken and vegetables. Place in large glass bowl. Add soup and curry. Mix well.

Microwave on low until warm.

Place mixture in the bottom of pie crust. Place second crust on top. Turn outside edge of pie under and pinch edges of two crusts together.

To flute the edge of pie, I used the opposite end of a butter knife on the outside and my forefinger and thumb on the inside.

Use fork to create holes for steam to escape.

Bake on 385 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

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Pioneer Woman

During our recent electrical outage, I felt like a Pioneer woman and was reminded of my great grandmother whom I was named after. We cooked on the wood burning stove and set up a hand and dish washing station using antique enamel bowls. When we refurbished our 50+ year old kitchen, I chose a reproduction double drainboard sink in memory of my great grandmother. I love it and think of her often when using it.

Adorable great grandmother Florence and great grandfather Benton McNiel.

Pioneer Cooking

We lost electricity yesterday (Friday). It will not be restored until Tuesday.

It looks like we will get to put our pioneer cooking skills to work.

I am thankful that I purchased a campfire coffeepot when traveling through Ohio Amish country! I am currently heating water for hot chocolate, then hubby can make his coffee.

Healthier Version of Momma’s Famous Apple Pie

My mom had a recipe dated 1958. It has turned into my famous apple pie recipe. I converted it to a healthier version and it’s so delicious!

My annual apple pie is normally cooked in the fall, but we’ve been in the middle of a kitchen remodel. After six months I finally have an installed oven!

Valentine’s Day turned out to be hectic, so this pie was cooked several days afterwards. I love my readers and want to share this recipe with you as a belated Valentine’s Day gift.

I used this instead of white sugar.
I used this instead of brown sugar.
I used this instead of white flour.

Ingredients:

1 cup organic raw cane sugar
1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
3 tablespoons almond flour
Pinch of sea salt
*2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter, melted (next time, I will decrease to 4 tablespoons)
One box of Pillsbury pie crust (a box contains two crusts)
Approximately 8 apples (it will depend on the size of your pie pan)

Instructions:

Roll out one pie crust in the bottom of pie pan.

Melt butter and set aside.

Mix both sugars, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Add melted butter and stir well.

Peel and cut up enough apples for one pie.

Place half of the apples in the bottom of pie crust and add half of the sugar and flour mixture. At the other half of apples and top with remaining sugar and flour mixture.

Place second pie crust on cutting board and decorate. I used a toast press to decorate, but you could use cookie cutters. Do not press hard enough for crust to fall apart.

Place crust on top. Turn outside edge of pie under and pinch edges of two crusts together.

To flute the edge of pie, I used the opposite end of a butter knife on the outside and my forefinger and thumb on the inside.

Sprinkle top with cinnamon and raw cane sugar.

To avoid burning the edges of pie, place foil underneath and loosely bring it to top to cover the fluted edges. Use your hands to scrunch the foil so that the fluted edge is the only thing that’s covered

Bake on 400 degrees for 50 – 60 minutes or until golden brown.

When taking this photo, I did not notice the image on my dishes, of the boy carrying baskets of apples. 🙂

Enjoy!

*According to the USDA, consuming roughly one half of a teaspoon of cinnamon per day or less leads to dramatic improvements in blood sugar, cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides.

Dinner in a Jar: Healthier Version of Momma’s Famous Apple Pie ©Camelia Elliott
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