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One Pot Penne Dinner – Instant Pot Dinner Idea Spaghetti Dinner

img_61061So last Christmas season I kept hearing about this amazing kitchen tool that would make your cooking faster and easier on those nights you are short on time.  This amazing appliance is called Instant Pot!  It is a new age pressure cooker!  It’s all electronic and very safe to use.

My favorite fast dinner recipe is so easy!

You will need these items to make the Penne Pasta dish-

1 box of penne pasta (any larger style pasta will work)

1lb of hamburger/ground turkey

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce


Spices to taste


Turn on Instant Pot to sauté and put in your ground meat.  Add any of the regular spices you would add to your spaghetti dinner. I added some garlic powder, fried onion and basil.  Mix the meat around and cook it until it’s browned.

Once your meat is browned, you’ll want to turn the Instant Pot off sauté and add in your box of noodles and your jar of spaghetti sauce.  You’ll also need to add in a jar of water to the pot during this time.  The pressure cooker portion needs water/liquid to help cook the food, so don’t forget this part.  Mix it all together.

Put the lid on the pot and lock it and press manual.  Turn the timer to 5 minutes and let it start! When the pressure cooker is done cooking, it will beep.  Let it come down from pressure for 5 minutes and then let the rest of the pressure out.  Open up the Instant Pot and stir your food around.  That’s it! Dinner is complete!! It’s really that easy and such a great meal! And you’ve only dirtied 1 pan!!

I added parmasean cheese for a finishing touch.  Serve with garlic bread and voila!

Another easy dish to make is potato salad and hard boiled eggs!  If you get one, you won’t be disappointed at all!

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Crispy Ranch Chicken Recipe- Pinterest Inspired

So a few nights ago I decided to make a recipe I saw on Pinterest! Who doesn’t love ranch?? Really it’s amazing on everything.  Well this chicken was amazing too!

All you need is 5 basic ingredients for a great dinner for your family! My family was even asking for more!


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 (1 ounce) packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix

1 cup crushed corn flakes

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375* degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine the ranch seasoning mix, the crunched corn flakes and parmesan cheese into a large freezer baggy.

Shake well to mix it all together.

Dip each chicken breast into the melted butter, and then drop into the baggy.  Seal the bag shut and then shake well to coat the chicken with seasoning.  After well coated lay the chicken into the baking dish.  Repeat with all of the chicken.

Once all the chicken has been coated, sprinkle the remaining seasoning mixture onto the tops of the chicken.

Bake chicken 40-45 minutes.  Cover pan with foil so the chicken doesn’t burn on the top layer.

Let me know if you’ve ever made this before and if you do make it, how do you like it? My son asked for seconds and we even dipped it in homemade ranch dressing too!!

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Do you remember? McDonald’s Chicken Fajitas? DIY dinner ideas

Back in high school, I worked at McDonald’s for what seemed forever!!  I usually worked up front but sometimes I worked back in the grill and remembered these yummy fajitas as I was opening up the bag of Tyson Chicken Fajita slices the other day.  They smelled just like the chicken we used to use to make the fajitas so I decided to make my own version for us to eat for dinner the other night.index

I bought some Tyson Grilled & Ready Fajita Chicken Strips and heated them up in the pan on the stove.  I cut them into dices so it was easier to fit into the fajitas.  k2-_07276730-3b13-4f36-88ee-7f9b995da4f6.v1

Then I cut up some green peppers, red onion and got the shredded cheese out.  You could also put tomatoes on there, but if you know me, I am a picky eater and not a fan of them.  But I am broadening my palette with other foods I didn’t think I liked before. finalRoll up the chicken, onion, green peppers and cheese into a tortilla and then I headed it up in the microwave for about 1 minute 30 seconds to melt the cheese and then it was ready to eat!  You could add picante/salsa to it also to make it fit your taste even better!  It was a fast, easy dinner to make for my family and on the healthier side too!  Let me know if you try this recipe and tell me how you like it!

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