You May Ask, “Why?”

You may ask, “Why do you add shelled hemp seeds, chia seeds, and nutritional yeast seasoning to most of your recipes?”
Shelled hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.
Nutritional yeast seasoning is a source of complete protein and vitamins, in particular B-complex vitamins. It contains folates, thiamine, riboflavin, selenium and zinc, making it a great superfood.

History of “Dinner in a Jar” The Perfect Gift

Welcome to “Dinner in a Jar” the perfect gift! Our mission is to set busy individuals up for success to cook quick and easy, homemade meals in the instant pot using my “Dinner in a Jar” recipes, cooked with an emphasis on whole food.Who needs “Dinner in a Jar”? Anyone who wants to:

  • Eat out less
  • Eat at home more often
  • Eat more wholesome foods
  • Eat less processed foods

Think of “Dinner in a Jar” as a kit. Most of the ingredients and spices are already in the jar, simplifying the dreaded question we face at the end of the day, “What’s for dinner?” and making it easier than ever to eat healthy meals at home.

I am excited to provide scrumptious recipes, easy “dinner in a jar” meals, unique and delicious items for your pantry. Look for these categories on our blog and while shopping on our website:
  • Free Recipes

Free Recipes that are quick and easy to prepare with an emphasis on whole foods.

  • Buy a “Dinner in a Jar” Recipe and Grocery List

Includes: Shopping List and Recipe for Dinner in a Jar “Gift Giver”; Shopping List and Recipe for Dinner in a Jar “Gift Recipient”.

  • Buy a Specialty “Dinner in a Jar” (recipe not for sale)

The Perfect Gift. This specialty “Dinner in a Jar” is our top of the line meals. Recipe and Grocery List not for sale individually.

Our History:

When we purchased our 50+-year-old historic home, it needed some love, attention, and TLC. The kitchen was the worst, therefore we gutted it and started the long journey of refurbishing it. I did not have a range to cook on for five months and I quickly became “the instant pot queen”. I ordered my pot out of necessity and cooked with my beloved new miracle, small appliance every night.
During the Christmas of 2017, I thought long and hard about a unique, useful, loving, and perfect gift for my girls. They are so busy and the dreaded question, “what’s for dinner?” always lingers at the end of the day.  My daughter gets home from work after dark, builds a fire in the wood burning-stove and walks the dogs before hubby gets home. After all of that, cooking is hard. My daughter-in-law has two little ones all day long. All moms with young children are exhausted at the end of the day.
What could be more perfect than pouring “dinner in a jar” into the instant pot, adding a few ingredients, and pressing a button at the end of a long, hard day?
I went through my recipes and converted the instructions to be used in their instant pots. “Dinner in a jar” could also be used for crockpot cooking.
It was a little overwhelming in the beginning when I was making out my grocery list. When I started putting ingredients in jars, it was fun layering food in the jars. I think they are beautiful!
I knew my girls were going to love dinner in a jar!
I am a mason jar fanatic! Why is “Dinner in a Jar” such an amazing concept? Why do I love to can my own food and use mason jars to store dry all of the dry food in my pantry? To avoid BPA lining in tin cans and all of the adverse effects it has. We can about 400+ jars of food per year.
When I posted photos of my girl’s “Dinner in a Jar” gifts, there were a lot of similar comments, such as:
“Can you adopt me????”
“OMG….adopt me, please!”
“I wish you were my Mom!”
“Will you adopt me???”
“Can you adopt me please!!!!!!!!!!”
“I want to be your daughter lol. Great idea!!!!”
“Please adopt me.”
These comments brought back a sweet memory. When my twin nieces were toddlers, they could not pronounce my name, so they called me “Momma Mia”. When you see my nickname in some of my recipe titles, you will know why 🙂

Got Left Over Turkey? Delicious and Easy Recipe

Got left over turkey? Here is my delicious and easy recipe. It is one of my favorites. It is just as good using chicken.

Momma Mia’s Instant Pot Turkey Tortilla Soup

1 medium size onion, chopped
3 cups precooked turkey or 6 precooked chicken breasts, cut up
1 – 4.5 oz. can diced green chilies
1 – 10 oz. can Rotel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (your choice of mild, original, or hot)
2 – 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
2 cans hominy, drained
5 cups chicken broth
1 – 10.5 oz. can tomato soup
1 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoons chilli powder
2 cloves garlic, minced

Set Instant Pot on Saute and cooked chopped onion with spices (last five ingredients listed on recipe) until done.

Drain hominy and add to instant pot.

Pour in all other ingredients and cook on Saute until hot. It is that easy! Enjoy.

Momma Mia’s Instant Pot Turkey Tortilla Soup Recipe ©Camelia Elliott (all rights reserved)