in the kitchen with mama jess

Instant Pot Whole Roasted Chicken

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Instant Pot Whole Roasted Chicken

If the instant pot has not yet convinced you of its magical capabilities; perfectly cooking rice in half the time, making stock in mere minutes or even making yogurt, try adding this to the list: a perfectly cooked whole chicken.  Whole roast chicken is one of those meals that Ina and Gwenyth led me to believe was indeed ‘simple’ ‘easy’ and ‘elegant’.  But it took me three attempts before I was able to pull it off and I research this stuff like its my job. I was anticipating similar hurdles with whole roast chicken in the Instant Pot but I have been really pleasantly surprised. The pressure cooker cooks so...

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Weeknight Ratatouille

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Weeknight Ratatouille

This may be our new go-to for a summer meal. I love grilling, don’t get me wrong, but something about ratatouille is deeply satisfying; a warm celebration of the amazing produce that is finally available.  And though it isn’t yet warm enough for garden-fresh vegetables here, our quick and easy variation on ratatouille provides enough flavor that you can use whatever vegetables are available to you year round.  We used sweet onions, eggplants (peeled and chopped for quicker cooking), zucchini, red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes are actually quite sweet lately, but feel free to use whatever variety is tasting the best. And if...

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Sloppy Joes and Feeding Teenagers

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Sloppy Joes and Feeding Teenagers

Feeding our nearly-grown kids and teenagers can be a big challenge, even for us parents who love to cook. In our experience they are always hungry and always on the go. Between school, sports and extra curricular activities the pressure to have nourishing and delicious food at the ready is constant. And if you’re hoping to feed them real food, not just packaged snacks and fast food, it can get extra tricky. We’re all for recipes like this that offer the stick-to-your-ribs quality but also a heavy dose of vegetables. These sloppy joes (we called them spoon burgers growing up, anyone else??) are a new take on a classic recipe using only real food ingredients...

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Mama Jess Ketchup + Hilary’s Veggie Burgers and an unexpected topping

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in blog, blogs, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mama Jess Ketchup + Hilary’s Veggie Burgers and an unexpected topping

Veggie burgers don’t have to be eaten as a traditional burger; these @Hilaryseatwell veggie burgers make an amazing substitute for toast! You can even heat them up in a toaster, making them ideal for quick breakfasts, lunches or snacks. These have a lovely nutty flavor and pleasant crunch thanks to the millet and quinoa. And check out the full ingredient list; whole grain millet, whole grain quinoa, coconut oil, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, onions, Redmond’s Real Salt, apple cider vinegar, psyllium husk powder, arrowroot and garlic. Did I mention it’s all organic!? It’s a real food meets convenience food miracle.  We topped it with...

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Instant Pot Pork Ragu

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Instant Pot Pork Ragu

This recipe is our first official foray into the world of instant pot cooking. We may be a little behind the times in this area, but it’s for good reason.  We had to decide for ourselves; is the instant pot worth all the hype? There a million arguments for and against this re-invented but still old school pressure cooking device, but as busy parents our criteria was pretty specific.  Would it save us time when cooking dinner? Would it help us get dinner on the table when we have not planned/shopped/defrosted dinner? The answer so far, is yes to both.  The instant pot is a pressure cooker and can cook any cut of meat to tender in a very short...

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Warmer Days and Veggie Burgers

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Warmer Days and Veggie Burgers

It’s finally warming up in our neck of the woods and these spring days are bringing with them more chances to grill! If you’re not a meat eater or just need a break from the standard beef variety these @engine2diet burgers make an awesome alternative. We love the simple clean ingredient list; these burgers are made with only black beans, brown rice, tomatoes, rolled oats, poblano pepper, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, sea salt, cumin, coriander and black pepper.  Amazing! And with a list that simple we can happily serve them to our kiddos. Our toddlers prefer them chopped into small pieces so they can dunk in ketchup. Our school age kids prefer their own...

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