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Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

I LOVE my grandmother’s navy bean soup, but it takes forever to make with soaking the beans overnight and then slow cooking the soup all day. I decided to try it in my Instant Pot and it was a success! Not only that, but my kids loved it…score!


  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic (about 4 large cloves)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1-2 cup ham, diced
  • 1 lb. dry navy beans
  • 8 cups liquid – I used 8 c. water and a scoop of gluten free chicken bouillon (note: use warm or hot water as it’ll take less time for everything to heat up and cook)


  • Turn Instant Pot to sauté and add oil.
  • When oil is shimmering, add onions and sauté unti...
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What a Good Eater! (Basil & Kale Frittata)


This past week I got the honor of testing recipes and doing a review of “What a Good Eater!” by Alessandra Macaluso  & Amy Godiwalla of, along with testing the Vidalia Chop Wizard and an Infinity Jar which help make food prep and storage a breeze.

First, I love a cookbook with gorgeous photos, and this one has amazing photos. Seriously, baby food has never looked so appetizing. Where was this cookbook when I fed my kids off-the-shelf baby food?! Second, I love how the book is separated into foods for different age ranges going from 6 months, 8 months, 10 months, 12 months and 15+ months...

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Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

My kids and I love love love pasta salad. When I make a batch of this, I have to make a double batch as the kiddos always want to have a container of it in their lunch. It has lots of “nibbly bits” (a term my mom coined for all of the little bites of flavor from different ingredients).


  • Dressing: 1/4 c.  extra virgin olive oil, 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar, 3-4 large cloves of garlic sent through a press, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp. basil, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, salt & pepper to taste
  • 12 oz. gluten free pasta, cooked
  • 3-4 c. chopped mix-ins of your choice. I used 1 red bell pepper, 1/2 can black olives, a handful of sliced salami, 3 green onions, 2 handfuls of sugar snap peas,1/2 lb fresh button mushrooms and 1/4 lb...
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Cashew Chicken

cashew chicken

I’m a sucker for Chinese food, but I haven’t been able to really eat any since it is hard to know what ingredients are used at restaurants. I found a recipe that looked good and I modified it to my liking…and my kids devoured it!

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 3 Tbs. arrowroot starch
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ c. coconut aminos mixed with ¼ c. water (or ½ c. gluten free soy sauce)
  • 4 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. ketchup
  • 2 Tbs. sweet chili sauce
  • 3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, shredded with a microplaner
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 4-6 green onions, sliced
  • jasmine rice
  • oil for sautéing chicken


  1. In a bowl, combine coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce), rice vinegar, ketchup, sweet chili sauce, ...
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Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soup

This past week our house has been full of sickies…between me and my oldest son, we packed in some serious chicken noodle soup! Chicken noodle soup is so easy to make and, for some reason, it is so comforting to eat. I hope you are healthy and well, but if not, try this chicken noodle soup and feel better soon!


  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 5-6 carrots, cleaned and sliced
  • 5-6 stalks celery, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sent through a press
  • 1 tsp. crumbled bay leaf
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1/2 cooked chicken, chopped (great use for leftovers!)
  • 6 ounces gluten free noodles (the above photo uses these noodles)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a pot, boil water and cook gluten free noodles; drain and set aside. Don’t be tempted to thr...
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