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Instant Pot Sunday Roast Dinner

April 14, 2017

Instant Pot Roast Beef Dinner RecipeRoast on a Sunday is pretty much a staple in this house. I’ll buy it while it’s on sale and then, if I remember, throw it in the Crock Pot in the morning before we head off to church. Who am I kidding anymore? I’m not that organized so the Instant Pot was the best thing I ever bought. I’m going to show you how I make my Instant Pot Sunday roast dinner.
Instant Pot sunday roast beef dinnerbest cut of beef for sunday roast dinnerIf your meat is frozen, just throw it in but if it’s thawed be sure to saute it so you can seal in the juices. I have the 7-in-1 6qt Instant Pot and I also have the 6-in-1. They’re both similar by the size and ease of use but I’d recommend the 7-in-1 even if you don’t think you’ll ever make yogurt. It’s just a more user-friendly machine. The best pot roast dinner recipeI place the heat on high and sauté for about 5 min each side after I’ve salt and peppered it up. You can put a little oil in the pan but I don’t have an issue with a little sticking to the bottom while I sauté.

Next you’ll change the setting to manual and high pressure. You can’t just switch from one button to the other on the Instant Pot, you have to cancel the last function and then press the one you want. That’s probably my biggest issue with the Instant Pot. Easy instant pot recipesgood roast beef recipesI like to add a Lipton Onion Soup packet and about 2 cups of beef broth. If you like your carrots a little mushy, this is the time to put them in as well. My baby likes mushy carrots. roast beef dinner recipeCheck the lid and be sure that the sealing ring is not lifted anywhere and place that on your Instant Pot. Be sure the valve is set so it’ll close and wait for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. It take a while for that to happen, maybe 10 min, but I usually like to help speed that along and add hot liquid and have my pan inside warmed up. how to seal the instant potAfter 35-40 min. you can either do a quick release or natural release. The QR is just going to give you a quicker satisfaction. Instant pot roast beefI remove the carrots and pot roast out of the Instant Pot and set it aside. Next, put your Instant Pot back on sauté. Once it’s boiling, add your gravy mix. I like to use the McCormick brown gravy mix and just dump it as I go, no measuring. Whisk vigorously to remove all the lumps.  You’ll have a yummy brown gravy that’s complete with all the bits from the pot roast and maybe have a few carrots mixed in there. That’s my favorite kind of gravy. the best brown gravy mixinstant pot roast beef recipePour the gravy over your delicious, quick cooking, pot roast and serve with a side of yummy bread and the best ever mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Roast Beef Dinner

Instant pot roast beef

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 35m
  • Total Time: 45m


  • 1 beef chuck roast
  • 1 package Lipton onion soup
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • McCormick brown gravy mix


  1. Brown the chuck roast on both sides on the saute high setting.
  2. Pour in Lipton onion soup, beef broth and add your carrots.
  3. Set the Instant Pot on manual high and seal the Instant Pot. Set it for 35 minutes.
  4. Quick release the valve and remove the carrots and roast, set aside. Set the Instant Pot on saute high and pour in the McCormick brown gravy mix and whisk vigorously to break down the clumps. Keep and eye on it. If the gravy is too thick, add water and vise versa. Just add to your desired gravy consistency. Enjoy!

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Disneyland’s Copycat Meatless Monte Cristo Sandwich & Southern California Vacation Giveaway!

April 7, 2017

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!I’ve been to Disneyland once…once. It was for my 26th birthday and we had three little kids in tow. I slightly wish that it was just me alone because I’d be able to soak in all the elements but the kids have always remembered the light-sabers and the ride I took Freddie on and laughed at him when he was crying. Another thing I remember is the Monte Cristo sandwich from Cafe Orleans. You’ll find it pretty close to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and after you’ve past the famous Dole Whip station in Adventureland.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!For this series I’ve partnered with other bloggers to show you our favorite Disneyland copycat recipes and I’m going to share with you Disney’s Meatless Monte Cristo Sandwich. The original has turkey, ham and swiss but I wanted to fancy it up a bit and do the meatless version with swiss, mozzarella and double cream brie cheese. I’m serving it along side a store bought berry puree and of course I have to fry it and dust it with powdered sugar.

Meatless Monte Cristo Sandwich – A Disney Copycat Recipe

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 6m
  • Total Time: 11m


Other Ingredients

  • blackberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 3 cups canola oil


  • slices, brioche bread
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 slices, double-cream brie cheese
  • 2 slices, swiss cheese
  • 2 slices, fresh mozzarella


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat your Canola oil to 350* in a frying pan.
  2. Spread the dijon mustard on the brioche bread, place a slice of swiss cheese on each slice of bread. Place the brie cheese and mozzarella on one side of the sandwich and sandwich the two slices together. Cut into a diagonal half.
  3. Place each half into the batter and coat well. Carefully place them into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan onto paper towels to soak up the excess oil. Cut each half in half again and dust with powdered sugar. Serve along side black berry preserves.

To start we’ll make the batter. Mix all the ingredients together well and let it rest while you assemble your sandwich. I used Trader Joe’s brioche loaf as the bread. You can grab all the cheeses there too. It I grabbed mine at my local Krogers.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!I removed the rind from the brie cheese and just sliced it up the best I could but since it’s almost like cream cheese, it’ll be a little rustic looking. I sliced up some fresh mozzarella and I grabbed some sliced Swiss cheese at the butchers counter.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!Slather each slice of brioche with Dijon Mustard and then on each slice of bread add a slice of Swiss cheese. Sandwich in the mozzarella and the brie and put both slices together. Now cut the sandwich triangle way in half and slather in that batter. Heat your oil to 350• and fry baby fry!

I let it fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side until it was pretty golden. I flipped the sandwich away from me so I didn’t get splattered and let the other side cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. I let it drain on a paper towel and sliced each half in half again so I had 4 triangles of sandwich. I served it along side a blackberry jelly which was just store bought. You can go all out making your own but it’s just another step I didn’t want to do. I wanted to get right down to eating this Disney Food classic.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!Now to the good part! Get Away Today has generously donated a trip for 4 to head on down to Southern California! You choose where you want to go but I’d personally pick Disneyland so that I can eat all these yummy recipes without having to make them myself!

Now that you’ve seen how I make my favorite Disneyland treat at home check out how a few of my blog buddies make their favorites too!18 Copy Cat Disney Recipes AND Southern California Vacation Giveaway

Hand Dipped Corndogs from Dessert Now, Dinner Later

Clam Chowder Bread Bowl from Kleinworth & Co.

Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Treats from Tastefully Frugal

Monte Cristo Sandwich from See Lindsay

Churro Funnel Cake from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Pumpkin Mickey Mouse Beignets from Clarks Condensed

BLT Waffle Fries from Old House To New Home

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Love To Be In The Kitchen

Carrot Cake Cookies from Cupcake Diaries

Caramel S’mores from My Latina Table

Mickey Marshmallow Wand from Liz On Call

Dole Whip Popsicles from Bite Of Delight

Dole Whips from Girl Loves Glam

Mint Julep Slush from As The Bunny Hops

Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas from Pretty Providence

Mickey Mouse Cake Pops from Play Party Plan

Mac’n’Cheese Pizza from Over The Big Moon

Mickey Mouse Beignets from Housewife Eclectic

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  • 4 Day/3 Night Hotel Stay in Anaheim or San Diego (winner’s choice)
  • 2 Adult and 2 Kids Tickets to TWO Southern California Parks (winner’s choice)

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Instant Pot Spaghetti  Recipe

February 23, 2017

*This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.easy instant pot recipeThe Instant Pot is so incredible. The most important thing to remember is that once you close the lid, it’s not going to immediately take 4-10 minutes depending on what you’re cooking. You need to allow your Instant Pot to come to temperature and then add the cooking time. It usually takes about 10 additional minutes to have it come to temperature. I try to add warm water and have my ingredients the warmest they can be to cut down on that. For this Instant Pot Spaghetti, I kept the sauté function on to warm my pre-cooked beef and kept it on as I placed the other ingredients in and placed the lid on top. This just helped things warm a little faster. Instant Pot BologneseInstant Pot Spaghetti recipeIf you want to brown the ground beef in the pot beforehand, turn the sauté function on and place it on high. Mine was pre-cooked so I just allowed it to warm on the high temperature and then I added the dry pasta. I broke the Spaghetti in thirds so it’d fit easier in the pan and allow me to stir it before I placed the lid on. Next add your sauce and one cup of hot water. Stir it to ensure everything is coated and the noodles are separated. If you don’t coat everything, the noodles will stick and you’ll have uncooked pasta. Now place the lid on and lock. Instant pot spaghettiI set my Instant Pot to manual pressure and high heat. The cooking time I chose was 5 minutes. If the pasta is a thicker noodle, add a minute or two. Be sure that your pressure gauge is set to closed and wait for the Instant Pot Spaghetti to come to pressure. It’ll hiss and steam for a minute or two while it’s gaining pressure but if you have a bit of steam coming from the side of your lid, the sealing ring is not put on properly and your dish will not cook. The silver pressure gauge will come to the top when the Instant Pot has come to pressure.easy instant pot spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti

easy instant pot recipe

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 4m
  • Total Time: 14m


  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups favorite jarred spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced


  1. Start your Instant Pot on saute with the high setting and begin sweating your onions, add ground beef and cook completely.
  2. Add your water and favorite spaghetti sauce to the Instant Pot
  3. Break your spaghetti in thirds and add them to your Instant Pot
  4. Stir to ensure all the noodles are covered and separated
  5. Place your Instant Pot lid on and close the valve. Set your Instant Pot on manual with high pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  6. Quick release your valve and enjoy! I love serving this with some delicious garlic bread.

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Halloween Pumpkin Spice French Toast

September 5, 2016

I’m helping over at See Vanessa Craft for her 30 Days of Halloween with this delicious Halloween shaped pumpkin spice french toast recipe. Check it out here.Make this perfect breakfast of Pumpkin Spice French Toast. The kids will love the fun Halloween shapes they're cut in to.

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Ad: Chicken, Cashew and Grape Pasta Salad Recipe

August 15, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBiasMake this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta salad

Life is getting more chaotic by the minute. I’m glad I can rely on food that is pre-cooked or prepared in some way to make life a little easier. For this Chicken, Cashew and Grape pasta salad recipe I’m going to be using Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips at Walmart and get to work. This salad is so easy for weeknight meals and it’s one of my favorite pasta salads for dinner or a group get-together.
d3ae49cb-0383-4449-a3f4-0c375858b29fFirst things first, get those Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips heating in a 400°F oven. I let mine heat for 20 minutes to ensure they got extra crispy. Also get those noodles boiling while you’re at it. You’ll next want to mix the mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing together and whisk it well. You want to use 1 cup of each and get all those lumps out. Keep that in the fridge while you’re putting the rest of the salad together.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladNext, cut the grapes in half and open your can of pineapple – chop the celery now if you’ve decided to use it. I like a lot of fruit but it is all a taste thing with this salad. Go ahead and add those to your bowl along with the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and mix those ingredients all together.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladDrain the pasta once it’s cooked to al dente and let it cool. It doesn’t need to be extremely cold but room temperature or colder is always ideal when using a mayonnaise based sauce. Add your dressing over the pasta and fruit mixture and stir together until all the dressing has coated everything evenly.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladYou’ll add the cashews and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips at the end to keep the crunch. If you’re going to be able to eat this in one day, go ahead and add however much you’d like. If this will last you a few days, just add the cashews and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips as you go so it won’t get soggy on you.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladWe love this pasta salad in our house for many reasons and the main one is that it’s a convenient meal to satisfy all our tastes and I feel I get all the food groups in one sitting ;) It’s a good quality meal with little fuss.

Chicken, Cashew and Grape Pasta Salad

Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta salad


Pasta Salad

  • 1 package Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips, cooked
  • 1 package Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup red grapes, sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1 package bow tie pasta, cooked and drained


  • 1 cup coleslaw dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


  1. Preheat oven to 400* F and cook your Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  3. Mix together mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing and place in the fridge until you're ready to combine with the other ingredients.
  4. Mix cooled pasta, red grapes, cashews, grilled chicken and pineapple together and add in the dressing, coating your salad.
  5. Serve in a dinner bowl with the cut crispy chicken strips on top. Add more cashews for crunch and looks.

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Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Snacks

May 4, 2016

Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat right

I have had a really hard time making the most balanced choices since delivering my baby in September. I have gained more weight afterwards than I ever did during the pregnancy. I am in need of getting back ontrack.

Before I got pregnant, I had signed up to do a half marathon and began training for that. With my Fibromyalgia, it made it hard but doable. Now that I have the baby in tow, things have begun to get harder to accomplish and so I need easy but I also need to set a good example to my other kids. I came up with this “snack hack” knowing that I’d eat it and my kids would as well. I didn’t want it to feel like the prepackaged meals that are so popular, I wanted them to know that it came from home and the wholesome areas of the store.Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat rightWhen they’re eating these snacks, it’s almost a full meal to them depending on how much they decide to eat but it’s fulfilling to them and most of all, they love to pair it with their Capri Sun Organic. They are so simple to put together. Just take a slice of turkey, a half slice of cheddar cheese and 2-3 wedges of Granny Smith apples. Just wrap it around itself and serve.
Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat rightThe great thing about these snacks is that they can be taken on the go along with their favorite drink and my most favorite part of the Capri Sun Organic is just that, they are certified USDA Organic and made with 66% fruit juice.

When I’m looking for choices to feed my children along with myself, I look for something that is better-for-you in the long run. I look forward now to eating snacks like this because of the simplicity and ease it is for me and my new busy life. I have long doubted myself why I don’t just get up and move/exercise,making better choices has effected my mood and made me motivated to start moving again. You can do it too!Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat right

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Wassail Inspired Oatmeal Recipe

January 12, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringYourBestBowl #Target #CollectiveBiasOatmeal with Cranberries, Walnuts and ApplesWhen the server on your blog has been down for 30+ hours, you need to be creative besides watching Netflix. Quaker® Instant Oats have been one of  my go to snacks considering that it’s hearty and I feel better making this choice over chips. When we were in Tonga a few years ago, I had to go to the hospital. In the morning they fed me some oatmeal and it was the best thing I had eaten in three weeks. It was mainly cause I had starved myself and that it was something that finally tasted satisfying.
Brown Sugar Oatmeal RecipeI decided to make a few tweaks to the recipe so that it would have a more seasonal taste. I used the Maple & Brown Sugar flavor of the Quaker® Instant Oats and instead of water or milk, I used apple juice. What a difference that tiny thing can make. They now have an indicator to fill up the liquid in the packet so you’re not wasting dishes.Oatmeal and Apple RecipeI used 2/3 cup for each packet and used a total of two to fill me up. Add some dried cranberries and microwave on high for about 1.5 minutes, then stir.cranberry oatmeal recipeOnce you’ve removed it from the microwave, add in your walnuts, dash of cinnamon and about 1/8 tsp. of fresh orange zest. Easy peasy.

Wassail Inspired Oatmeal Recipe
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
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Serves: 1
Make this delish Wassail Inspired Oatmeal using cranberries, cinnamon, orange zest and walnuts.
  • 1 pkt Quaker® Instant Oats in Maple & Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 c. Apple Juice
  • 1/8 c. Dried Cranberries
  • 1/8 c. chopped Walnuts
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 4 scrapes of Orange Zest from the Microplane
  1. Empty your packet of Quaker® Instant Oats and add the apple juice and dried cranberries.
  2. Microwave for 1.5 min. and stir
  3. Add the walnuts, cinnamon and orange zest

Target Oatmeal EndcapOne of the main reasons I was so excited to be able to do this shop was the Bring Your Best Bowl contest that you can win up to $250,000. You can head over to Target to get all your ingredients. It’s super convenient because they have these end caps so you can grab all that you need to make some other yummy varieties. To see all the rules, click here. You can enter your recipe online like me and the winner will have their recipe sold this coming fall for a limited time.

So tell me, what is your favorite oatmeal additions?

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Baked Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

November 2, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturallyCheesy #CollectiveBias

broccoli rice cheese casseroleThere are certain things that Utahans are famous for, casseroles is one of them. I particularly enjoy this one because you can make it year round and it always tastes delicious. I love finding new recipes and gaining inspiration to create my own. 

easy Broccoli chicken casseroleBroccoli Cheese Casserole is what my family calls it but I have seen different variations. Go for whatever is easiest to you and add what you want because it’s just one of those recipes that tastes good no matter what.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese CasseroleI started by heading to my local Walmart and purchasing some Kraft Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese. It’s located in the deli fridge and super easy to find. When I was there, I also grabbed some quick cooking rice, rotisserie chicken, frozen broccoli, some cream of chicken soup and some mayo. What is easier than 6 ingredients all basically cooked except the rice!  

Baked Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
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Serves: 12 servings
  • Kraft Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 10 oz can Cream of Chicken
  • 10 oz. mayonnaise
  • 12 oz shredded cooked chicken
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli
  • 2 cups cooked quick cooking rice
  1. Spray your 10×13″ casserole pan with some non-stick spray and spread the bottom of the pan with your broccoli.
  2. Shred your cooked chicken and layer over the broccoli.
  3. Take your 2 cups of cooked rice and layer over the chicken.
  4. Mix together the cream of chicken soup and mayonnaise and layer over the rice.
  5. Now add your shredded Kraft Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese over the top and bake at 350* for one hour.
  6. Serve hot.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole