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Oven-Baked NachosFeeling a little peckish? No need to run to the nearest Mexican restaurant to enjoy a fulfilling platter of delicious nachos.

Oven-baked nachos are super easy to make right at home whether for a couple of people or for a crowd.

Ingredients:
.Tortilla chips
.Shredded cheddar and jack cheese combo
.Diced tomatoes
.Diced green peppers
.Sliced black olives
.Sliced jalapenos

Dips:
.Sour cream
.Salsa
.Guacamole

Preparation

Use a food processor to prep your veggies and shred your cheese.

Add a layer of chips to an oven-safe pan.

Sprinkle with tomatoes, peppers, olives and jalapenos.
Top with a layer of the shredded cheese.

Repeat the process for another layer or two.

Suggestions for large servings:
. increase the cook time and lower the temperature to make sure the chips don’t get burned;
. use a large pan and make no more than 3 layers for quick and even cooking.

Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or so depending on the size of your nacho plate.
Cook until the cheese starts to bubble and brown slightly.

Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Instant Pot breakfast ideasWhat better way to start a productive day than with a healthy, yummy Instant Pot breakfast that won’t leave you with a grumbling stomach an hour later?

It’s been drilled into us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it does come with its own challenges.

Schedules vary and there never seems to be enough time to make a proper breakfast. So why not entrust your one pot cooker with the task and take the opportunity to sneak in some superfoods while you’re at it?

Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal

Though oatmeal has become increasingly popular as a healthy dish, having to soak them overnight is a real drag. That’s where the Instant Pot really shines! Some of the best tasting steel oats come from cooking them in this popular electric appliance. And no constant stirring required for creamy and nutritious oats.

Packed with superfood properties, steel cut coconut oatmeal provides a great start to your day. All you need is steel cut oatmeal, coconut milk, fresh shaved coconut, cinnamon, water, and bananas.

Bananas give you a shot of potassium while cinnamon (especially fresh ground) helps boost your immune system as well as regulate your blood sugar. Combined with the power of steel cut oatmeal, they make a wonderful start for the day.

Breakfast in a Jar

Here are some quick breakfast ideas on the go involving mason jars. The fact that they’re individual servings gives everyone the ability to combine ingredients to their liking. Avocado provides a wonderful superfood boost, or stack up a variety of vegetables instead.

The basic idea is to layer egg along with different ingredients in small mason jars. Leave the jars uncovered and start on high pressure for 5 minutes. Switch to the NPR setting for 5 minutes, and you have a bunch of breakfasts ready to go.

Breakfast Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is a good source of carbs and combines beautifully with cinnamon for a good dose of superfood that helps your metabolism kick in. Even better if you replace traditional milk with coconut milk for added vitamins and minerals. Plus it helps you avoid possible antibiotics often found in traditional whole milk recipes.

More Ideas

Use the sauté function to scramble up some eggs or cook sausage in a pinch. You can even hard boil a large quantity of eggs in your Instant Pot, a perfect ingredient for make ahead breakfast meals that can last you all week long.

These are just a few quick and easy breakfast ideas to get you started. You can expand on these ideas and customize them to cater to your family’s preferences. Just remember to use superfoods: they’re the best healthy breakfast foods to give a boost to your day.

Healthy Instant Pot dinner ideasHere are three completely different Instant Pot dinner ideas that perfectly illustrate how one dish dinners are the ideal solution to conquer once and for all the frantic pace of weeknight dinners.

Dinner time is when the Instant Pot’s versatility truly shines. It allows you to cook easy one pot dinners with minimal preparation and cleanup. Plus it offers a huge selection of main dishes you can prepare, from large roasts to a big batch of homemade pulled pork.

Side dishes are also no problem: rice and beans, mashed or scalloped potatoes, vegetables and so much more. Dessert? No problem. It just doesn’t get any better than that. […]

Easy weekday mealsFinding ideas for easy weekday meals used to be the stuff of nightmares. Thankfully, an assortment of small appliances have been created to tackle the issue head on and have managed to do it rather successfully.

Let’s face it, after a long day at work, no one wants to come home and spend a couple of hours cooking – and certainly not five evenings a week!

One pot meals are becoming more and more popular as they allow a lot of flexibility with regards to ingredients and time spent on meal prep. […]

storing your small electric cookerOne of the first considerations people seem to have when they think about buying a small electric cooker is: where am I going to store it? And that’s a fair question, because these small appliances are mostly associated with cooking things like stews, chilies and soups – mostly meals that are served during cold seasons.

But once you start using an electric cooker, you soon realize that there are a multitude of dishes that can be prepared easily and/or quickly depending on whether you are cooking with an instant pot or crockpotting.

Sure, they help you save on electricity, but another benefit is that they do not heat up the kitchen like cooking with a stove would. And that is a major advantage during the hot summer months. The kitchen remains cooler, and the air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard.

Whether slow cooking a pot roast, poaching eggs, cooking oatmeal or pressure cooking baked potatoes (in 12 minutes) to accompany some lovely grilled steaks, you don’t need to break a sweat. There are so many tasks you can entrust to electric cooking pots so you can entertain and stay cool as a cucumber.

Crock pot cooking makes it so easy to entertain in the backyard: just set up a serving station and let guests help themselves. Another big plus is that with a portable crock pot, you can stylishly contribute to a potluck dinner without worrying about mishaps.

Rice dishes are light and welcome even at the height of summer, but an electric rice cooker can do so much more than rice! How about making sushi or porridge for breakfast – or using it to steam vegetables or fish?

And Instant Pot baking can take care of dessert just as efficiently. Add a special insert, and you can have a cheesecake or a flan cooking above a main dish!

Sure, small electric cookers are priceless during the holidays as they free up space in the oven and on the stove, but they can hold their own year round. Use them once or twice, and they suddenly become indispensable. They deserve to be proudly displayed right on your countertop.

Using a slow cookerUsing a slow cooker quickly became popular, as slow cooker pots offered a quick way of preparing a complete meal without a lot of hassle.

Everything could easily be prepped in the morning, get thrown into the pot all at once, and miraculously a warm, tasty dinner would appear on the table without anyone getting frazzled.

There are many reasons why slow cookers have kept gaining in popularity. The slow cooking process is ideal to tenderize normally tough cuts of meat, and these cooking pots do a marvelous job of bringing out the flavors of all the ingredients you include.

Because you don’t have to buy expensive cuts to produce a delicious meal, they are also a good way to save money. It was easy to provide good nutrition without busting the budget.

These small appliances also help save on electricity, and people quickly became comfortable leaving home with their small cooker on – something they did not want to risk with their stove. Besides, if you left something unattended on the stove, you ran the risk of it burning and spoiling everything.

It was safe to plug in the crock pot and leave and as is often the case with both parents working, it proved to be super convenient. Slow cooking also saves on energy which is in short supply all around these days.

Let’s face it, what would you rather have when you get home exhausted: junk food you quickly pick up on your way home, a frozen dinner you have to heat up, or a delicious, healthy, warm meal waiting for you? Just sit down and enjoy! Easy family meals also help keep you healthy and avoid becoming overweight.

Many slow cookers have timers, so you have the flexibility of programming a delayed starting time and, when the food is ready, it will automatically switch to Keep Warm mode. No need to worry about getting delayed.

Easy Easter Menu & RecipesAt this time of year, an easy Easter menu and recipes is like manna from heaven. We’re still struggling to shake off the winter doldrums, and all of a sudden there is Easter staring us in the face.

Stress levels shoot up when it suddenly dawns that a whole lot of company is about to descend – and we’re nowhere near ready. An impromptu holiday somewhere exotic sounds just perfect…

And then we grab a hold of ourselves: time to face the music and dust off the slow cooker. Let it create some amazingly easy Easter meals this year! […]

Easy leftover ham recipesOne of the best things about Easter dinner is all the leftovers. One of the worst post-Easter hassles is figuring out what you are going to do with them. Here are a few easy leftover ham recipes to get you started.

Sure, you can enjoy ham and egg breakfasts and ham sandwiches for the next few days or weeks if you freeze some of it. But why not take advantage of your slow cooker and cook up some delicious meals that can be enjoyed over the coming days when you are too busy to cook.

Here are a few recipes using leftover ham I thought you might enjoy. […]

Easy Easter brunch with a slow cookerNothing like an easy Easter brunch to start a super busy, stressful long day of cooking. With the whole family expected for dinner, you’ll have your hands full, so why not give yourself a break and enjoy a healthy, easy slow cooker breakfast.

Sure, you had planned on using your cooker to cook all day, but why not put it to good use for yourself and time it to start breakfast for you the night before?

Nothing like slow cooker oatmeal to provide energy for hours – and you’ll be needing it! […]

Easy Easter side dishesHaving a few easy Easter side dishes you can easily add to the Easter dinner menu makes all the difference in the level of stress you’ll have to cope with, whether you’re simply cooking for a few friends or you’re expecting the whole extended family.

That’s where the slowcooker truly shines. No more worrying about having everything cooked in time or keeping everything hot. A portable crock pot also offers the perfect solution for a potluck dinner.

Keep it plugged in till your guest arrive, and you can go about your other preparations worry free. Another plus of course is that it leaves your oven free for baking dessert. […]

Easter hamHow the Easter ham hack came to be is easy to explain – just not so easy to explain why it didn’t happen earlier. Don’t you hate it when you’re expecting a boat load of guests, and the logistics of cooking a bunch of Easter dishes at the same time just won’t work. All of a sudden, a commercial kitchen seems like a good idea.

Even if you have dessert ready to roll, there are so many dishes that need to cook or at least warm up all at the same time: mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, sprouts, casseroles – plus that ham!

Pity cooks aren’t born with built-in timers… […]

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Everyone is familiar with the inherent mess that is associated with dyes. But there’s an easy way to get around that if you think strategically when you choose the vessel for this magical transformation.

If you have a mess of little helpers around helping you with the process, dealing with pots of boiling water is not a great choice. But why not get your slow cooker out of hibernation and use it to perform your magic? […]

A Healthy Smoothie DietWhat can a healthy smoothie diet do for you? What comes to mind first when you’re trying to lose weight is: eat less, go hungry, cut down on calories, exercise – none of which sounds particularly encouraging.

But what if instead you could eat delicious foods high in nutrients while low in calories, easy to digest while boosting your energy, super easy to prepare, yummy, comes in a smorgasbord of flavors and travels well to boot.

No wonder smoothies are so quickly gaining in popularity… […]

Healthy Smoothies for KidsMaking healthy smoothies for kids should come as a no brainer. We all know how kids love to experiment. What can be more fun than mixing a bunch of fruit and veggies together, and then watching them disintegrate in front of your eyes as they blend together?

And then starting all over again and producing new colors and textures the next time around. It’s like being in the lab all the time, coming up with new creations day after day – only now, you’re in charge! […]

Healthy homemade smoothiesHomemade smoothies can pack a powerful nutritional punch in a conveniently small package that you can take with you and consume as you get on with your day.

Unlike the store-bought version, you control the amount of sugar and calories that go into each serving. Selecting ingredients with care, you can easily make smoothie drinks that support a healthy lifestyle or help you lose weight. […]

Healthy Valentine's food ideasHealthy Valentine’s food ideas are hard to come by. Visions of chocolate, red candy and rich desserts keep popping into your head, making ‘healthy’ and ‘valentine’ hard to reconcile.

Think of ‘heart healthy’ food instead, and suddenly a whole new world of possibilities opens up.

Whether you are trying to lose or simply maintain your weight, or fighting to keep disease at bay, facing a day filled with tempting sugary treats and rich foods can be daunting. A little thinking ahead of time can put those worries to rest. […]

Heart healthy Valentine's DayAlthough observed throughout the world nowadays, most people are still wondering: why is Valentine’s Day celebrated? Where and how did the custom originate?

Once upon a time, there was a Roman emperor called Claudius II who found himself facing a nagging problem: men refused to be recruited into his army as they feared getting dispatched to far off lands. They simply dreaded being separated from their wives and families.

Undaunted, Claudius outlawed marriage for young men, creating for himself a pool of young, willing and able recruits with nothing to lose. […]

Healthy cookie tipsEver wonder how to make healthy cookies for a cookie exchange? There seems to be a contradiction in terms, but bear with me. There are ways to make cookies healthier so that everyone can still enjoy an occasional treat without you feeling guilty about it.

Keeping even adults away from cookies is a losing battle, but what if you could reduce the number of calories in each cookie, or lower the carbs. Seems like a win-win situation to me… So why not give some of these a try? […]

Healthy Gingerbread Men for ChristmasThere are quite a few Christmas cookies that rely on unique spices for flavor instead of more common ingredients like chocolate, peanut butter or caramel. Many of those include ginger and molasses in the recipe and make tasty, decadent traditional holiday cookies.

Even if you include these spiced cookies in your Holiday fare, you can also make a healthier version for family and friends. Why not give some of the following wonderful spiced cookie recipes as a slightly more nutritious, less fattening alternative? […]

Healthy Cookies for KidsMaking healthy cookies for kids does not have to be complicated. Kids love peanut butter as much as they do chocolate, so why not offer ‘improved’ versions of their favorite treats.

Here are some ways you can alter your peanut butter cookie recipes to easily make them healthier but no less popular.

Peanut butter cookies often include a lot of butter, sugar and other less than healthy ingredients. What is the point of starting with a healthy ingredient only to end up with an unhealthy treat? Here are some variations you can resort to which will surely get a thumbs up. […]