Test group day 2

My Facebook feed says that the only thing important right now is the test group. We are Obsessed with a capital O. I’m actually good with it. A lot of people in it are sharing encouraging and funny posts and tips for food prep and workout moves. It’s good stuff.

One of the things I love about the group is that we have a chef who is making recipes for us that are healthy and tasty. One of my favorites is Chicken Pepperoni Crumbles. I found out last fall that I have an immune reaction to pork and I had to cut everything pork related out of my meals. I didn’t love pepperoni (not like I love Kalua pig and bacon) but the flavor is so good on things.

Normally, the recipe calls for browning the meat in a pan, but as a Mom, I want the easiest cleanup possible. Enter Sauté mode on the Instant Pot! I wasn’t sure it would be hot enough to cook a double batch in a timely manner but it did awesome!

Note, this is for a double batch. You can always cut it in half if you don’t want a lot (but trust me, this doesn’t last at our house!)

Spice mix:

  • 2T sweet paprika
  • 2t garlic powder
  • 1.5t pink Himalayan salt
  • 1t ground pepper
  • 1/2t ground fennel seed
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, I don’t use it)

Other ingredients

  • 2T oil of your choice, I use avocado
  • 2 pounds of ground chicken
  1. Turn on Sauté mode on the Instant Pot
  2. Mix the spices together in a large bowl
  3. Add the ground chicken and make sure the spices are evenly mixed but don’t overhandle it.
  4. Add the oil when the Instant Pot is “HOT”
  5. Add the chicken and break up the chunks while cooking to make the crumbles.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and discard the drippings.

The chicken pepperoni crumbles are delicious on homemade pizza, wraps, salads and I eat it over spaghetti squash (see yesterday’s post) with some tomato sauce.

Let me know how you like it!!

Tasty Tuesday!

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday but yesterday was my birthday and such a tasty dinner we had!  We went to Jose Garces’ restaurant 24

Asian Pear Ginger Kombucha on tap!

Rabbit agnolotti 


Wild mushroom, truffle, egg pizza


Birthday dessert. So delicious 


Espresso


36 in Max Studio and Lularoe. 


Our server Rodney was amazing. He went over the whole menu, explained it all and offered wise advice. 

  • The rabbit is the best pasta. It’s wonderfully balanced and a little rich (cream foam with cherries). If you get it, enjoy it and don’t call it “bunny” or it will be harder to eat.
  • Don’t over order. Get a couple things to savor and enjoy them instead of “saving room” for what’s coming. 
  • Eat the pasta first. The pizza is easy to take home and delicious cold. 

I love these points. They’re great advice for life. Thanks Mr. Rodney. You started off my 36th year in a great way.