The meteorologists are predicting our first significant storm of the season this coming weekend. The temps are dropping and there’s no doubt that winter is really here!
Since it is looking like we may actually get a decent amount of snow accumulation, there’s a good chance that a lot of us will be staying in for most of the long holiday weekend.
I thought I’d share a few of our favorite winter recipes to make and enjoy with your family while you’re hunkering down and staying cozy! I have some delicious, easy ideas to make in the instant pot to enjoy after a day of skiing or sledding, and some yummy baked goods to keep you fueled for all of that inevitable shoveling!
Last week I made buffalo chicken sliders for dinner for my extended family when we got together to hang out and play games. This was a super easy dinner that I, of course, made in my instant pot!
I bought a pack of four boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a 17 ounce bottle of my store brand’s buffalo wing sauce and a jar of one of our favorite kitchen staples, Saucy Susan. Saucy Susan is a peach apricot glaze-type marinade that we use for many different things.
I placed the chicken into the instant pot, salt and peppered both sides, then dumped half of the bottle of wing sauce and half the jar of Saucy Susan on top. Be sure to spray the pot first with cooking spray!
I put the lid on the instant pot, sealed the steam vent, and set it to pressure cook for 18 minutes. Once the time was up I released the steam, removed the lid and shredded the chicken breast on a cutting board with two forks and put it all back in the sauce and set my pot to ‘keep warm.’
I am so mad that I didn’t take any photos of the end product! They were so delicious! The Saucy Susan just adds a bit of sweetness to the wing sauce and cuts the heat a bit. If you like full-on buffalo wing heat then you certainly don’t have to add it!
I bought mini rolls and made a batch of coleslaw, a big salad, and tater tots for the kids. For the sliders we put the shredded chicken on a roll, sprinkled some shredded cheddar on that then added some coleslaw on top. So yummy! Those of us trying to do less carbs and calories had a salad with the chicken and coleslaw on top. I put out ranch and bleu cheese dressings to serve with both. Delicious!!!
Another easy, yummy dinner I made recently is chicken tacos. I make this recipe a lot in my crockpot, but I made it in the instant pot this time and it’s so fast and easy! All you need is 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, a packet of taco seasoning, a jar of your favorite salsa, a can of black beans (optional), canned or frozen corn (optional) and a small jar of diced green chiles (optional).
I put the chicken, half of a 16 ounce bag of frozen corn, the green chiles and the black beans, after rinsing and draining them, into my instant pot. Then I poured the salsa and the taco seasoning packet into a mixing bowl and stirred to combine. Then I poured the liquid mixture over everything.
Like I said, this is a recipe that I make a lot in my crock pot. I wasn’t sure how to convert it to the instant pot use so I did browse through pinterest to see if I needed to do anything differently. One recipe said to add a half cup of chicken stock to the liquid, so I did follow that advice.
(Side note: the chicken broth was not necessary, too much liquid!!!)
I put the lid on my instant pot, sealed the steam vent and set to pressure cook for, I think, 15 minutes? Once the timer went off, I released the steam , removed the lid, and removed each chicken breast to shred with two forks. It literally falls right apart!
I added the chicken back into the pot and stirred everything to combine. Then I set the pot to ‘keep warm’ and prepped the rest of my taco fixings. Go-to toppings for us are diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream and fresh chopped cilantro, but use whatever your people like!
We like to warm our tortillas on our favorite cast iron griddle pan and melt the cheese first as the base of the taco. Once the cheese is melted and the tortilla is slightly browned, remove and build your taco. Enjoy!!!
So far this fall and winter I have posted a few baking recipes that are sure to keep you warm and cozy over the long, stormy weekend to come. I made a double batch of our favorite banana bread yesterday because I had a bunch of overripe bananas. You may recall me posting this recipe a while back, but if you’d like to make it please click on the link below the picture!
Another long-time favorite in our house is mini pumpkin muffins. I make these a lot!!! The recipe is for pumpkin bread, but my family prefers the mini muffins. They go a LONG way!! I will link the post below containing the recipe.
Waking up on a snowy, winter weekend morning is made that much better when the smell of fresh-baked scones is wafting throughout the house! Our faves are buttermilk scones and your family will love you for making them! Recipe below!
I hope you all stay safe and warm this weekend and that you enjoy time with family and friends. I encourage you to try one or more of these recipes and PLEASE let me know what you think of them!!! I have no doubt you will be pleased!