Instant Pot – Pork Carnitas Mexican Pulled Pork

I just love using my Insta Pot.  This has made my life so much easier being a busy mom.  You can take a frozen roast or  whole chicken to completely cooked in 90 minutes.

One of my go to recipes is Pork Carnitas. This recipe will make several meals and is freezer friendly.  You will have shredded pork in the freezer ready to thaw for tacos or burritos at a moments noticed.  Great for moms on the go..makes really quick meals your family will love…and who doesn’t love tacos?  Right?

Enjoy!

Mexican Pork Carnitas –  Delicious Mexican pork made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for tacos, burritos, taco salads etc. 

Total Time: 60 minutes * This is freezer-friendly


2 1/2 pounds trimmed, boneless pork shoulder blade roast, cut into 4 pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
6 cloves garlic, cut into sliver
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon dry adobo seasoning (I used Goya)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Directions:
Season pork with salt and pepper.
Press sauté on the instant pot, spray with oil and brown the pork on all sides for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork about 1-inch deep, and insert the garlic slivers, you’ll want to do this all over.
Season pork with cumin, oregano, adobo and garlic powder all over.
Pour chicken broth, add chipotle peppers and stir, and place pork in the Instant Pot, cover and cook using the pressure cooker setting on high pressure for 80 minutes.
When the pressure releases, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumalated at the bottom.
Adjust cumin and add adobo and mix well.

porkcarnitas-6-550x825

 

Advertisements

Calling all Reese’s fans…..

Are you a Fan of Peanut Butter?  Do you have a family that’s crazy for it.  Reese’s are everywhere in this house.  My son comes home from wrestling practice and first thing he does is get a big spoonful of Peanut butter to eat while doing his chores.  I cannot keep enough peanut butter and Nutella in my house.

I have found the best recipe that is similar in flavor like a Reese’s peanut butter cups. With my family they are a big hit.  Very easy to make. You will be a hit at the next bake sale or potluck!

Enjoy!

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mini Reese’s pieces

Chocolate Layer
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup mini Reese’s pieces

no-bake-reeses-pieces-peanut-butter-bars-11
Instructions
Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining with tin foil. Set aside.
Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Mix together until combined.
Add in the Reese’s Pieces and stir together.
Dump into baking pan lined with foil and evenly press into the pan. Use your hands or a spatula to do this.
To make chocolate topping: combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute at a time, stirring after 1 minute (mine took 2 minutes).
Pour on top of the peanut butter bars and smooth out. Sprinkle with some Reese’s Pieces.
Refrigerate for 1-3 hours. Lift bars out of the pan by the tin foil and cut into squares.

Notes
This recipe can easily be halved. Use a 8×8 baking pan.
The longer the bars sit out at room temperature the softer they become. Store in fridge for best results. Leave out on the counter for a few minutes to soften if wanted or eat straight from the fridge.
You can find the mini Reese’s Pieces in the baking aisle by the chocolate chips.

no-bake-reeses-pieces-peanut-butter-bars-5

Casseroles, a Family Favorite

My family is a huge fan of casserole.  I love them because they can be made up ahead of time and even some can be frozen for a quick meal.  We often reminisce about grandmas cooking and the different casseroles we have shared.

Here is one of our favorite casserole.  Made with chicken and bacon. WHAT? BACON!! who doesn’t love the taste combo of that.  This creamy ranch flavored pasta with chicken and bacon is sure to be a hit with your family too!

Enjoy!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Yield: 4 servings *Prep Time: 15 minutes * Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, diced
2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning or more to taste
8 ounces rotini
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
How to make alfredo sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream, or more, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
To make the alfredo sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in heavy cream. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more heavy cream as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add chicken, 1 tablespoon olive oil and Ranch Seasoning, shaking to coat thoroughly. Add chicken to the skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes on each side; set aside.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Add pasta to the prepared baking dish and layer with chicken and alfredo sauce; sprinkle with cheeses and bacon. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Memories of being a teen…

Who doesn’t love a Wendy’s Frosty right?  Oh, but dipping your French fries in them.. to die for!    Now you can skip the drive-through window the next time you’re craving this classic treat.

Make this treat at home using only 3 Ingredients

Wendy’s Frosty
Adapted from Food.com

Ingredients
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 gallon chocolate milk
1 8-ounce tub Cool Whip

Special Equipment:
Ice Cream Maker

Directions
Whisk together condensed milk and chocolate milk in a large mixing bowl. Fold in Cool Whip.
Chill the mixture in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Serve immediately with a spoon and a straw.
Information

* Shakes Yield 2-3 servings * Cook Time 40 minutes

Enjoy!