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Instant Pot Low Carb Hearty Italian Soup  

This Instant Pot Low Carb Hearty Italian Soup is perfect for stay warm and fueling your body throughout the colder months.

Oh my goodness. I can’t believe this was low carb. Even better, it took less than an hour to prepare and could be done completely in my Instant Pot!

I’m always looking for a quick and easy meal I can throw together in my Instant Pot. This ONE appliance has made it so much easier for me to cook more healthy meals at home – that tastes delicious!

What is an Instant Pot?

I don’t know about you, but I honestly don’t know how I survived before I had my own Instant Pot. This versatile kitchen appliance can cook so many different recipes in such a fast amount of time it really is incredible. read more

ONE HOUR Instant Pot Gumbo

I’m a Louisiana girl. I grew up in north Louisiana and I lived in south Louisiana for 8 years… and believe me when I say Cajuns know how to cook! I haven’t lived in Louisiana for many years now, but anytime there is a cold snap, I start craving my Instant Pot Gumbo. This is a fast and easy way to have your favorite Cajun flavors in a fast one hour instant pot recipe.

I have a special place in my heart for gumbo. It’s the perfect meal for a cold fall or winter day!

The basis of the dish is the roux (a mix of flour and oil cooked into a peanut buttery consistency). The roux is the HEART of a good gumbo. A lot of my friends in Louisiana didn’t make the roux themselves, but bought a bottle of pre-made roux… but it really can be made at home from scratch with time and a few simple ingredients.

When I started experimenting with making my own instant pot gumbo, I wanted to try to use healthier ingredients. I started making it with a roux of Olive oil and Rye Flour – Traditional? No. – but maybe just a little healthier!

Note: I chose Rye Flour since it’s a healthier option, but I know many people are looking for a Gluten-Free choice and you could use this recipe with your preferred Gluten-Free Flour and I think it would work great! I have used this one before and it’s excellent!

That feeling when we finally made the perfect pot of instant pot gumbo…

I made gumbo… IN. MY. INSTANT. POT. And it only took about ONE HOUR! 

If you aren’t familiar with an Instant Pot, stop reading and check this out right now!

One Hour Instant Pot Gumbo

Ingredients

1/2 cup of olive oil

1/2 cup of Rye Flour (here’s the flour I personally use)

1 tsp of Thyme

1 tsp of Gumbo File (you likely don’t have this one your shelf, but you should!)

2 Tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning (like Tony’s or something similar)

3 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon of Paprika

3 Cups of the “Trinity” (Onions, Peppers, Celery)

2 Quarts of Chicken Broth

2-3 pounds of Frozen or Fresh chicken breast

One Hour Instant Pot Directions

1 First, You need to make your roux.

You want equal parts of oil and flour.

Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté and add 1/2 a cup of oil. Once heated, mix in your 1/2 cup of flour.

2. You need to stir it often until it starts reminding you of peanut butter…

3. Add in your powdered seasoning, slowing mixing in.

4. Then add in your Trinity (Onions, Peppers, and Celery) – sauté in the instant pot for a few minutes until soft.

5. Slow add in about 1/2 your broth – mixing in the roux.

6. Add in your raw chicken. (You can use fresh or frozen chicken in the Instant Pot!)

7. Add in the rest of your broth.

8. Use the “Soup” function.

9. For Fresh Chicken: set to cook for 20 minutes. For Frozen Chicken: set to cook for 30 minutes.

10. I let it naturally release for 12 minutes, then manually release the rest of the way.

11. Pull out cooked chicken and shred it, then add it back to your soup.

(optional: After it is cooked, if you like a thicker gumbo, you can mix 2 tablespoons of arrowroot or cornstarch in a little bit of water and mix in your soup)

Serve with Brown Rice, Riced Cauliflower or Faux Tato Salad)

You are going to love this tasty soup!

Thanksgiving Turkey Left-Over Soup

We all love a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, and it wouldn’t be complete without the turkey… But many of us have left overs that we aren’t sure how to eat. Here is an easy left-over turkey soup recipe perfect for the holiday left overs.

When Thanksgiving is over, and you are putting away all the left-overs… wondering what you are going to do with all the turkey???

Make a Bone Broth based soup!

Bone broth has been shown to be one of the healthiest foods we can eat. When you want to stay healthy, this meal is just what your body is craving. read more

Low Carb Crockpot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Casserole

This is an easy and simple low carb crockpot creamy chicken mushroom casserole that is sure to please even your non low carb family members!

crockpot creamy mushroom chicken casserole

 

 

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Casserole

 

This is a total comfort food post here… I made this dish trying to recreate a dish I used to make for my husband that used cream of soup yuckiness. I was so excited with how yummy and wonderful this casserole came out using real ingredients to make the sauce. It was so easy to make to, because you use your slow cooker to do all the work.

This Creamy Chicken Mushroom Casserole is fairly low carb. I used Joseph’s pita bread for the topping. If you need to be gluten free, I would use gluten free bread crumbs. read more

Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

We are having a snow filled winter here in Virginia. This Louisiana girl doesn’t know what all this white stuff is that keeps falling from the sky. Thankfully, I don’t have much reason to leave the house when it snows so I get to stay warm and cook for my family.

I love cooking this Low Carb Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup on a snow day when it has all morning to simmer. Soup is the perfect winter meal. 

Soup can be a lunch or dinner during the winter months to warm and satisfy you. Bone broths are so full of nutrients that keep you and your family healthy during the sick months. Broths are also one of the 4 foods that all kids should be eating!  This is one that your kids will want to eat two bowls full of. What kid can resist cheese? read more

Crockpot Bone Broth Recipe – How to Heal Yourself with Soup

Making your own bone broths is not only great for your health, but can also save you tons of money in the grocery store. With this crockpot bone broth recipe, you will see it is not only easy (but can be fun too!) to make your own bone broth for soups and any recipe that calls for broth.

Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.
Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.

Are crockpot bone broths healthy? 

Your grandmother was on to something when she cooked up a pot of chicken soup when you were sick. There are a ton of healing properties to broths made from bones.

The Jade Institute writes that bone broths are good for both your kidneys and your liver. Broth can even be beneficial in a detox or a cleanse. read more