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Pressure Cooker Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup

Pressure Cooker Recipe - Chicken Mexican Soup

Pressure Cooker Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup

Let me start by saying that when you take a spoonful of this soup it is so full of flavor you can just skip the extra carbs in toppings. I love topping chilis and soups like this, but I found myself not craving a bit of cheese or sour cream making this a very low carb soup in 30 minutes!

Soup Recipe

Loaded with nothing but beans, veggies, chicken and low-sodium broth it was a hit in my home. I looked over several recipes online and every one I saw included some sort of ingredient I didn’t have so I opened my pantry and started throwing things into a pot and magic was made. More recipes like this HERE!

Instant Pot Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup
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Instant Pot Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup


  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 can (2 cups) low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 standard can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 standard can of pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 standard can of low sodium kernal corn
  • 1 standard can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 small jar or about 1 cup of black bean salsa
  • 1 packet mild taco seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Open all canned ingredients. Rinse and drain any and add into Instant Pot
  2. Place chicken breasts in pot sprinkled with a little S & P.
  3. Pour salsa and taco seasoning in then the broth. Give it a stir around the chicken, coating the chicken well so it is submerged.
  4. Set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 3 minutes. I like to natural release for 10-15 minutes but you can release right away
  5. Remove Chicken and shred then place back in pot and turn on Keep Warm mode until ready to serve

Instant Pot Recipe - Mexican Chicken Soup

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Pressure Cooker Recipe - Chicken Mexican Soup

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Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

There is nothing more satisfying than creating an instant pot recipe unless that meal tastes great and is low in carbs to help you with your diet goals. Find even more recipes HERE!

You will notice that my recipe includes onions and peppers (a great way to use them up before they go bad), but the picture does not show any. This is because the night I made this I wasn’t aware my husband had used up my veggies in the omelettes he made us in that days breakfast so this dish you see was minus those veggies so I added some steamed broccoli to the plate.

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken
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Yield: 4-5

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 short jar of black bean salsa (about 2 cups)
  • sliced onion
  • sliced bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Riced cauliflower


  1. Place chicken and onions, peppers in the pot. Pour the salsa and stock over the chicken and veggies. Add the curry powder. Cover and set pressure to high for 13 minutes. Release pressure and remove chicken to slice. Add the coconut milk to the juices in the cooker and stir 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken back in while you prepare the sides. Serve over riced cauliflower

Having the right gadgets makes this meal so easy! Here is what I used:

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

Food, Healthy Living, Parenting

3 Tips for Feeding Your Active Tweens – Parenting

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3 Tips for Feeding Your Active Tween - Parenting

Anthony is heading into his tweens at almost 10 and in sports year round. This past season his eating habits have started to change as he enters his tweens. He is the youngest of 3 boys and I have learned with the older 2 that discussing proper eating habits with your child about this age helps tremendously. When I look back I can remember chuckling at the oldest walking away with an entire box of crackers only to find them devoured, but never did I even consider the actual ramifications and have discussions.

The next boy came along and I started with the attitude “..if I don’t buy it they can’t eat it…” and that wasn’t working because when he did get exposed to sweets or snacks he went nuts devouring them while he could. I began teaching him labels. It was simple like comparing 1 snack to the other or talking about cereals and the whys and why nots. I wasn’t just saying “no” to certain snacks but educating him as to exactly why I say no.

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With Anthony I started at age 9, much earlier and he gets it. He never truly sits down and finishes an entire meal but rather is our little grazer. I am OK with that because I have learned some tricks along the way to balance what he eats whenever he is hungry and he is the healthiest, leanest and most active of the 3.

Buy Snack Bowls

I bought some portion snack bowls. If Anthony wants a snack he is allowed any from HIS snack shelf and only as much as what fits in the snack bowl. He is NEVER walking away with entire box of crackers to devour mindlessly in front of a game. Over snacking is never a fight nor is he ever too full for dinner when he can snack on his choice and stop before over eating.

Of course, I always explain my ‘WHY’ and I simply tell him that a snack is just that…a snack. No body his size is meant to devour a box of crackers so I show him the box. There is a serving size on all foods and if it says 13 crackers is a serving size then we count out 13 crackers together put them in the snack bowl and see what a real snack size truly is. He takes that to heart and I have even caught him studying a new snack box to count out a serving size by himself.

If They Aren’t Hungry, They Aren’t Hungry

I have never forced by boys to eat. I never kept them at the table until all of the food was gone. I personally felt that that was teaching them to eat out of habit and to be OK with eating even when they aren’t really hungry. Now, before some of you judge because I know many parents who’s style may differ form me they would finish their meals. My husband and I would take what they did not finish (if they left a significant amount) and put it in the microwave. When they came back an hour later hungry we would reheat their dinner and dessert came whenever dinner was done, even if it took them 2 shifts.

KidFresh nuggets

Keep Mini Meals On Hand

Mini meals? These are my go-to on busy practice nights and game days. What is considered a mini meal? Remember when they were younger there were toddler meals you can heat in a microwave? These are now widely available in healthy options like the Kidfresh meals. Kidfresh hides veggies and do not add anything artificial into their foods. Plenty for a toddler and a great snack or mini meal for tweens and teens!

He comes home from school starved and on practice days dinner comes after practice so his 3:30pm Kidfresh meal is healthy and tides him over until after practice much better than a handful of cookies and fruits snacks. He loves the Mac ‘n Cheese and the Super Duper Chicken Nuggets can be divided into 2 meals because there are 10 good size nuggets inside and 5 is a great size snack.

Kidfresh is even great tasting for Moms and Dads! How do I know? I may or may not heat one up for myself some days for lunch. Who can resist a good Mac ‘n Cheese made with real cheese! Your child gets healthy proteins, very little sodium and fats with hidden veggies and no GMO’s.

kid-approved meals

mom-approved meals

Besides Mac ‘n Cheese and nuggets you will find 10 main meal options in total and some come in value sizes. You also can find snacks, sides and breakfast options. Your tween can easily heat these up themselves in the microwave introducing that independence in cooking and a wholesome snack keeping them ‘proper’ full until their next meal. Learn more at Kidfresh including where to find these near you.

Food, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Wine Gifts from Wine Down Box

I received product for feature from Wine Down Box wine gifts via US Family Guide

Wine Gifts from Wine Box Down

Every month, this monthly wine subscription service team hand-selects incredible wine, cheese and charcuterie pairings, which are delivered directly to your door. What brings people closer together than gifts and cheese?

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From movie nights and date nights to parties and picnics, it’s that kind of time that’s genuinely irreplaceable. That’s what creates memories. That’s what truly lasts. And that’s what they work so hard to deliver in their monthly subscription gift you can order for you or someone special.

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Save on Wine Gifts

Save $5 on your first order – Use discount code FAMILY5OFF and receive $5 off your first order at Wine Down Box for your monthly box of wine and cheese. Giving subscription gifts works great especially for those that are hard to shop for.

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Enjoy NatureBox with Monthly Snack Deliveries – Giveaway

I have partnered with NatureBox and received store credit for feature

Enjoy NatureBox with Monthly Snack Deliveries - Giveaway

How easy is it for you to find healthy snacks that actually taste good? I mean a real healthy-not those foods with tricky labels appearing to be healthy. By healthy I mean real ingredients and nothing artificial added. Snacks that have gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO options and still taste good. Have you found such snacks yet that you enjoy over and over? It’s hard.

Many labeled healthy actually add not-so-healthy sweeteners so they can call them sugar-free and keep that addicting taste. That’s cheating. NatureBox doesn’t cheat…at all and they are constantly adding to their snack list so you can find those healthy snacks you’ll want to eat. Start Here!

What is NatureBox?

It is a monthly club. Different than a subscription service you pay $5 a month is all and when you shop each month that same $5 fee is applied to your purchase or can build for up to a year. So you get your fee back as a regular customer. Shipping is free on orders over $25. We all know we eat more than $25 of snacks and desserts so spending only $25 a month is no real issue.

The Snacks at NatureBox

There are over 100 different snacks and new ones added each month so I cannot feature them all, but I did order one of their top sellers and I now know why it is a top seller. The Probiotic Power Mix is the best trail mix I have ever snacked on. I opened the bag during the Seahawks game this weekend and my husband and I dug in. He kept stealing all of the Greek Yogurt Diced Apricots. I love eating the cashews and pecans.

Trail mixes are not all you will find. Search their jerky, cookies, bars, crackers, meals, popcorn, coffee and more. It is fun to pick a few items each month and always have the snacks ready to pack for healthy morning starts or office munchies you don’t have to feel guilty about. There are typically specials for new members so head over! Shop new arrivals at NatureBox

Giveaway Hop

NatureBox Giveaway

I have partnered with The Kids Did It for this giveaway hop. Once you enter this NatureBox giveaway of mine visit the other blog giveaways below and enter them too!

1 lucky reader of mine will win a Lifetime Membership to NatureBox and a $50 credit to anything in the shop. Open to US and ends on 12/22. Good luck!

Food, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket Gift For Beer Lovers

I have partnered with GourmetGiftBaskets for feature

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Need to send a gift? No one sends a tightly wrapped gifts with personalized messages as plentiful and well-received as I have always been impressed with their gifts. I have never had a flaw or even tear in the wrapping and even in baskets like this Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket the glass bottles are packed tightly and protected.

Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket Gift For Beer Lovers

What beer-lover wouldn’t love a bucket of beer and some snacks to go along with it. From meat to popcorn and crackers it’s a little treat in a bucket that is sure to make a great gift this season.

Inside the Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket

  • Oktoberfest by Hacker-Pschorr – A dark copper beer with the underlying flavor of caramel
  • Oktoberfest by Otter Creek – Hops are harvested in the fall at their peak of ripeness
  •  Pumpkinhead by Shipyard – This pumpkin spiced wheat beer is delicious on its own or poured into a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass
  • Oktoberfest Lager by Von Trapp – A full bodied balanced Oktoberfest lager that’s dark copper in color with a caramel finish that’s balanced well with German hops.
  • Harvest Barn Ale by Long Trail – This fall seasonal English Brown Ale is truly a celebration of autumn; maple syrup is added during the brewing process for a lasting yet subtle sweetness.
  • Oktoberfest by Warsteiner– Full bodied Oktoberfest that’s well-balanced with a soft, hoppy aftertaste.
  • Hickory Maple Bacon Kettle Corn by – 1.8 oz.
  • Summer Sausage by Bavaria – 3 oz.
  • Spicy Cheddar & Veggie Cheese by Mountain View Cheese Co. – 2 oz.
  • Deli Style Hors D’Oeuvre Crackers by Partners
  • Chichester Snack Mix by Merrimack Valley Snack Company – 2 oz.
  • Buffalo Popcorn by – 1.1 oz.

Gifts for Beer Lovers

Visit for many more gift sets and packages you can send to a loved one this season or all year long. Have a college student? They have care packages!