So this Christmas season brought me into the crazy world of instant pots, since that is what Santa got me this year. As a chef for many years I have used all sorts of pressure cookers,steam cabinets and combination ovens that to the normal population will scare people but was everyday. These instant pots are all of high dollar equipment that was a day to day tool in my professional life into a small compact cooker that is going to make my life so much easier I believe. So the first thing I was going to do was make this chuck roast chili which will take hours if doing it on the stove top or in the oven, but in the instant pot it takes 35 minutes to cook. The flavors of the tender beef roast meat and the firm but soft beans in the chili infused sauce was incredible flavor and very hearty after a day playing in the snow.
Soup is one of the easiest meals to prepare. It takes very little effort and it tends to one use very few dishes to make. This creamy potato soup is a great example. The soup is a one pot dish and is loaded with potato and cheese goodness that takes around 30 minutes to prepare. The soup can be prepared with milk or additional stock in place of the half and half to make it healthier. Check out the recipe below in this post.
As winter is coming it is nice to be able to have a warm hearty meal that is easy to make and flavorful. This chicken lentil soup is very easy to make, has very simple ingredients and can be made in about an hour or so. This soup is perfect for the occasions you have a leftover chicken or can use leftover turkey in place for an after thanksgiving meal. Lentils are a very healthy legume that is packed with fiber that help thicken the soup slightly and make this soup very filling. Check out the recipe below in this post.
As the first week of fall hits, it is the unofficial start of soup season. Broccoli and cheddar cheese soup has been a classic comfort food that has a hearty and cheesy base and is packed with broccoli flavor. Broccoli and cheddar cheese soup is a great easy dinner that takes little to no effort with very minimal ingredients for the upcoming cold nights. Check out the recipe below.
As fall starts to creep in and the temperatures outside start to fall, there is nothing like a great bowl of hearty chili to make you feel warm inside. This quick and easy beef and bean chili is great way to fill that void. The chili has a great chili taste you expect and is full of beef, beans and vegetables cover by a thick rich sauce. The bonus is that chili is mostly made with ingredients that most pantry's already have and pretty much any of your favorite beans can be used. If you are looking for vegetarian option, just replace the beef with double the beans. Check out the recipe below.
The easiest thing to do for lunch prep for lunches throughout my week is to make a big batch of soup and a salad which is super easy a finished within 1 hour for the whole week. This rustic chicken chowder is packed full of chicken and healthy vegetables. The half and half can be substituted for milk for something healthier or heavy cream for a richer and creamer soup. The vegetables can be substitute for others to fit your personal tastes. Check out the Recipe below in post.
As the weather here in Minnesota keeps dumping more and more snow, it makes me want to hide inside and have some great comfort food. This crockpot shredded pork chili is a great alternative to the standard beef chili. The best part of this recipe is that each spoonful had tender chunks of pork. You can easily add jalapeno in place of the green chilies if you like to have a bit more spice to the chili. Check out the recipe below.
For Superbowl Sunday, instead of ordering the number one food for the day, pizza I decided to make a big batch of beef stew. Beef stew to me is one of those meals that makes you feel all warm inside and with the freezing cold temperatures here, it was a perfect fit. This recipe has all of the classic ingredients with a few changes that I have adapted over the years. Please check out the recipe below and feel free to leave comments below if you have tried my recipe.
As we are in a week of record cold here in Minnesota, along with most of the rest of the country, there is no better time for some great soup to keep us warm. This ham and corn chowder is not like the typical classic version, it is packed with vegetables along with the ham and corn. It is a great hearty soup the is packed with flavor and color that brightens up any lunch or dinner but is healthier with milk in place of cream. Check out the recipe below.
Beef barley soup is a great flavor soup and is normally made my cooking beef low and slow until it is very tender. This beef meatball and barley soup will give you a similar flavor without the long cook time and still packed with all of the great ingredients that are normally found in the soup. Check out the recipe below.
Hey everyone, I am Dan and Live in Minnesota. I am here to show you the wonderful world of cooking and baking. As being a young boy in the kitchen to being a chef for over 10 years, I will show you the great recipes I have used over the years and what I do next. Please stick around and Enjoy!!