One Pot Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls

Do you own an Instant Pot yet? It’s the ultimate mom life saver. I use it weekly to cook spaghetti in 8 minutes, tender beef stew in half the time and these one pot instant pot chicken teriyaki rice bowls. If you don’t know what it is, it’s an all in one pressure cooker that doubles as a rice cooker steamer even a cheesecake maker!  My youngest is extremely clingy these days (no he hasn’t changed).  Frankly he won’t let me cook these days so any type of one pot meal that doesn’t need babysitting is perfect for our family right now. If you’re still reading though, you probably own one so I’ll spare you the praise. This is NOT a sponsored post, but as you may already know I love sharing tips to make your life easier.

 

So lets talk teriyaki chicken. I think it’s pretty much up there with the chicken nuggets category. I get dozens and dozens of messages from moms saying, ” my child only eats teriyaki chicken or nuggets.”  That said, It starts to get pricey if you buy take out everyday. So here’s a fast easy fix.  You can choose whichever teriyaki sauce your child prefers  or which ever one suits your nutritional needs. Some are higher in sugar than others with more additives, so feel free to choose what you like.

 

15 Minutes and you have dinner on the table!

Another tip to include more veggies into this dish is to add steamed cauliflower into the rice once already cooked. I love the frozen kinds that you steam in the microwave. Just adding a tablespoon into a rice serving gives a boost in nutrition. Without further ado, here’s how to make this super easy dinner!

First you want to pour oil, water, bouillon, and salt into the Instant Pot Bowl. Press the “saute” button and cook until the bouillon cube dissolves (about 5 minutes) Push “cancel.”

You’ll then want to add in the rice and stir until covered by water. Gently place chicken tenderloins on top of the rice.

You’ll then pour your teriyaki sauce, garlic, and ginger on top of the chicken. Lock the lid and seal the valve. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Yes, just 4 minutes. Let it natural release for  8 minutes.

Release the valve to venting, open and place broccoli in the pot. Lock lid and seal valve again, for another 5 minutes. By the way you don’t add the broccoli until now so it won’t get soggy. Trust me I’ve tried to save time, but failed!

Release and open lid. Remove chicken and cut into cubes or strips. Mix it back into the rice and combine. Dish in bowls and top with sesame seeds and additional teriyaki sauce if desired. Serve immediately while warm. Enjoy!

recipe

One Pot Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white Jasmine rice
  • 8 frozen chicken tenderloins (Kirkland brand from Costco are most moist)
  • 2 cups teriyaki sauce
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Pour oil, water, bouillon, and salt in Instant Pot bowl. Press “Saute” button and cook until cube dissolves, about 5 minutes. Push “Cancel.”
  2. Add in rice and stir until covered by water. Gently place chicken tenderloins on top of rice.
  3. Pour teriyaki sauce, garlic, and ginger on top of chicken. Lock lid and seal valve. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Let it natural release for 8 minutes.
  4. Release the valve to venting, open and place broccoli in the pot. Lock lid and seal valve again, for another 5 minutes.
  5. 5. Release and open lid. Remove chicken and cut into cubes or strips. Mix it back into the rice and combine. Dish in bowls and top with sesame seeds and additional teriyaki sauce if desired. Serve immediately while warm.
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If you’re still reading and  haven’t an instant pot yet, it might a good idea to add it on your wish list! On a side random note, I have a deals page where I post deals including instant pot sales when prices drop.

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Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark

I just love easy peasy recipes. And this one takes the cake! For hot summer days,  it’s easy to grab super sugary ice pops or ice cream from the store. Before you do that though, give this Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark a shot. By the way, I do give my kids an occasional treat, and we definitely have a drumstick here and there. But this one is guilt free! It’s packed with protein from Greek yogurt and nuts and tons of fruit.

Yogurt Bark

This recipe has such minimal steps I’m not sure I could fill up this blog post. It’s seriously that easy.

Do you have a favorite yogurt? If you do, then use it. We love so many varieties, so it’s not hard to choose, but I would suggest a flavored one. You can also choose plain greek and just add some honey. We always use ones with flavors already in it, because it’s just one less ingredient to buy and add. You’ll then want to buy the toppings. Cherries go so well with peaches and pistachios that I made this yogurt bark this flavor.

You’ll then need to prepare a baking sheet and cover it with parchment paper. Pour the greek yogurt then add toppings. Freeze for at least 3 hours, and it’s ready to be eaten!

So good and so simple.

recipe

Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark

Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt With Honey (or flavor of choice)
  • Peaches, sliced
  • Cherries, pitted and halved
  • Pistachios, peeled

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Evenly spread the greek yogurt
  3. Add toppings as desired.
  4. If you like the fruit and nuts incorporated, you can mix it in a bowl and then spread it on the parchment paper
  5. Freeze a minimum of 3 hours
  6. Enjoy immediately
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Sunshine Egg Pies

Keeping an egg on a piece of toast is never easy with toddlers. One part falls to the ground, the other lands on their head.  You feel me? After months of getting my youngest to eat a breakfast sandwich, I threw in the towel. At least for now anyway.

No toddlers? Not to worry – both my husband and I devoured these! These sunshine egg pies are perfect for breakfast. If you cook it long enough it would work for on the go car rides too! You can even scramble the egg if you choose prior to filling the rectangle.

Trying to get your family to eat more veggies? Rest assured, there’s a one in these. I  get comments all the time about how their kids would pick out vegetables off anything and everything.  This one is nearly invisible and is also hidden under an egg. I mean peel a  zucchini and it’s pretty much white.  Just saying.   The entire dish  takes less than 10 minutes to make so it’s definitely doable on weekday mornings! You can even cook the night before and throw it in a convection oven for fast heating.

Sunshine Egg Pies

These egg pies are customizable too! Add any seasoning you like. You can go bland, salt and pepper, or our favorite is  Everything but the Bagel Seasoning . If you’re adventurous you can try other seasonings as well. If you’re looking for a no-salt seasoning we often use 21 Seasoning Salute as well!

I’m huge on offering foods in its natural state and colors. You can leave a little peel on the zucchini and then grate it.  It will look like something below. Showing the green vegetable helps kids’ become more adventurous when it comes to eating.  Have them take a bite of the hidden kind and a bite of the other. They’ll soon realize it tastes no different.  I know, i know It’s hard to convince a toddler sometimes, but it’s always good to try.  It takes some effort, but in the long run it’s paid off for us.

P.S. I  completely understand it may be impossible for some of your eaters, but  it’s just a suggestion! I personally, do lots of hidden veggie recipes for my readers, but I always try to always serve the hidden foods in its natural state.

Sunshine Egg Pies

recipe

Sunshine Egg Pies

Ingredients

  • Crescent rolls, store bought in the tube - we love the organic ones, but any will do
  • Zucchini, peeled and grated
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Eggs
  • Seasoning of choice - we used Everything but the Bagel Sesame Blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat at 400F
  2. Roll out the dough on parchment paper. Depending on what brand you use you may or may not need paper
  3. Pinch perforations together in each square to seal the dough
  4. Form rectangles and fold up edges about 1/2 inch around each rectangle
  5. Sprinkle grated zucchini
  6. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese
  7. Crack an egg in each rectangle
  8. Top with seasoning of choice (we used Everything but the Bagel Sesame Bland)
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on how cooked you'd like your egg yolk
  10. Note: Depending on the size of the egg and rectangle, you may have to reduce the egg white to prevent spillage
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Note: To be safe, cook the eggs well done for kids. The shot below was my portion, lol.

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Looking for more breakfast ideas? Try these Mummy Egg Boats 

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5 Minute Apple Crisp

Breakfast is the most challenging meal to fix because I’m always running out the door.  This 5 minute apple crisp recipe definitely saves the day. It’s so delicious and is our family’s favorite. The tasty delight is fiber rich with fruit and tasty butter. If you didn’t know, butter is  great for brain development!

Often times I’m so slammed in the mornings trying to get my oldest off to school on time. Sound familiar?  Even though I’m busy, I always strive to provide a healthy breakfast to start out our day. I tried this on a whim on one busy morning. It’s super easy to make, just pop it in the microwave and voilà. It was a hit!

If you don’t want to use a microwave I’m sure you can cook it over stove top as well. You can check out my buttered bananas recipe for something similar.

Apple Crisp

Also, if you’re an apple pie lover, this is really a yummy alternative. I use maple syrup instead of traditional brown sugar. Syrup gives it a wonderful aroma and is also much healthier than its cousin sugar. It’s an unrefined sweetener, which contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. There are so many sweet options these days that I really try to start our day with a healthy punch.Best of all my kids think they’re having dessert for breakfast. because it’s just that good.

If you’d like to make it a dessert, you can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or for a healthier treat, freeze banana and blend it in a blender. It makes for a great ice cream alternative.

recipe

5 Minute Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 5 tbs. quick oats
  • 3 tbs. pecans, chopped
  • 3 tbs. Horizon salted butter, melted
  • 1-2 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Dash of cinammon
  • 2 tbs. Horizon Organic Whole Milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix oats, pecan, butter, cinnamon and butter, set aside
  2. Chop apples in small pieces, sprinkle cinnamon on top and mix
  3. In a microwavable mug, add apples, then oats mixture
  4. Add milk
  5. Place in microwave and heat for 2:30 minutes
  6. Eat immediately or top with banana ice cream or regular ice cream
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Spinach Egg Sandwich

We add spinach to everything. From smoothies, dinner dishes, and sandwiches it’s one of my favorite veggies to sneak in. My son recently participated in some fun activities involving leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day at school. My old spinach egg sandwich trick came to mind. This is a super easy way to include vegetables in their meals.

This time of year is a perfect excuse to try green things because kids are a little more open to eating it. Most kids anyway. It’s worth a try because spinach is relatively tasteless.  You can make regular sandwiches or  use some fun cookie cutters to make it even more festive.

Most of know how healthy spinach is already, but if you’re wondering. It is an excellent source of Vitamin K, A, B2, B6, C, and E. It also has fiber, folate, and protein.

You literally just have to add some spinach to some eggs, blend and season if desired. It’s incredibly versatile. You can make egg “rolls”, an omelet, or eat it over rice with some sausage or bacon.

Spinach Egg Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • Handful of spinach
  • Seasoning if desired, we use a dash of onion powder
  • Shredded cheese (optional if making omelet instead of sandwich)
  • Slices of cheese
  • Cookie Cutter

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add eggs, spinach, seasoning
  2. In a pan, add spray olive oil.
  3. Add egg mixture and cook eggs
  4. Use cookie cutters to make shape eggs and cheese
  5. Assemble sandwiches
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Looking for more green foods? Try my super popular Green Monster Muffins recipe!

 

3 Ingredient Veggie Cheese Crisps

My kids love anything savory. Crackers, chips you name it, it’s their favorite snack. They probably get it from me because it’s my weakness too. I mean who can resist a bag of chips right?  I decided to create my version and came up with this 3 Ingredient veggie cheese crisps recipe! You surely can’t just have one of these savory treats.

So here’s how this recipe was born.  I came up with this idea while walking through the aisles of a grocery store. Just as I was about to grab some veggie chips, this recipe idea came to mind.  Don’t get me wrong there’s definitely a time and place for chips, but I wanted to challenge myself and recipe test. And of course I had you in mind of course. As usual, I had to think of an easy way to make it since my time is limited these days. Let’s just say my pint size dictator two-year old wants all my attention.

Furthermore, since I’m trying to cut my carbohydrates,  I thought of using cheese for my base. It’s a great source of protein. I  added a vegetable to it to make it a little more nutritious for the kids too.

All you need is three ingredients for this recipe but you can always omit the chives if your kids don’t eat anything green. It’s an easy addition for lunch.

Cheesy Crisps

It’s also perfect for salad.

These were delicious!

 

Recipe

Veggie Cheese Crisps

Ingredients

  • Horizon Organic Mexican Shredded Cheese
  • Carrots, grated
  • Chives, dried

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. First add some Horizon Organic mexican cheese shaped in circles on paper
  4. Top it off with shredded carrots and chives
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes until it starts to turn golden (depending on how thin your circles are, time may vary)
  6. For crispier cheese crisps make your circles thinner
  7. Transfer to a paper towel and allow to cool
  8. Serve immediately
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Cheesy Potato Balls

Potatoes and crunch. That’s what this cheesy potato balls recipe is all about.  Every so often, I get cravings.  Who am I kidding, I would say I crave something daily. Being that my favorite Cuban bakery is way to far to visit, I created the closest thing to Cuban potato balls I could with the amount of time and ingredients I had on hand.  The combination of flavors is amazing!

There are only a few better combinations than potatoes and cheese. Add a hint of chicken and barbecue sauce and you have the perfect bite! My kids devoured these, because well, they’re the best things ever. Thank goodness I made extra because my sons couldn’t stop eating them.  He could hardly wait to eat them before I snapped the photo below. Don’t tell anyone but there may or may not be a half bitten potato ball in his basket below.

Cheesy Chicken Potato Balls

You can also bake them if you prefer, but it’s hard to get the same crunch you would get compared to frying. Vegetarian? No problem, just omit the chicken.

Cheesy Potato Balls

Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Potato Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 c. mashed potatoes, cold
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c. chicken, chopped
  • 2-3 tbs. barbecue sauce (to taste)
  • 1-2 Horizon Organic Mozzarella string cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut string cheese in 1 inch pieces
  2. Bowl #1 - mix barbecue sauce with chicken, set aside
  3. Bowl #2 l- lightly beat egg.
  4. IBowl #3 - add bread crumbs
  5. Using a cookie scooper or ice cream scooper, place one scoop of mashed potato onto your hand
  6. Add indentation using the back of the scooper
  7. Add prepared chicken and one piece of cheese, form into a ball, create several balls and place on a plate
  8. Dip prepared potato balls into egg then bread crumbs
  9. Fill a medium sized saucepan with 1.5 inches of oil. On medium high heat, gently drop a few potato balls
  10. Drain in a metal strainer if desired.
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Christmas Tree Pizzas

I’ve never met a child who didn’t like pizza, let alone a cute one. Tis ‘the season for all things holidays! This Christmas Tree Pizzas recipe is fun for both kids and parents to make. It takes a minimum of 2 ingredients and whatever other toppings you would like to add.

One serving also has carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables. You know how I feel about complete meals! Serve it with a side of fruit and call it a Monday, or a lazy Sunday. Plus, there’s something always fun about incorporating fun cookie cutters in everyday meals. While we don’t do it all the time, it makes food that much more enticing to eat.

You can use other cutters like stockings or candy canes too!

Christmas Tree Pizzas

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough (store bought, or homemade)
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (we use Horizon Organic)
  • Red Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Green Bell Pepper (sliced, chopped)
  • Additional toppings desired

Instructions

  1. Roll out pizza dough
  2. Use a cookie cutter to "cut out" tree shapes
  3. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray
  4. Place trees on sheet
  5. Add pizza sauce onto each tree
  6. Add cheese
  7. Decorate as desired
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Mummy Egg Boats

Eggs are a staple at our house  for breakfast. It’s so versatile and packs some great nutrients if served in moderation. Recently, my kids have turned away from it. I’ve coined it an “egg strike.” When this happens I pair their favorites with the food they dislike. They could probably eat their weight of bread., so that’s what I combined. It always works like a charm because they remember how much they love it. I also made this super festive just in time for Halloween.  I’ve also added veggies!

If you don’t want to make it a mummy, you can also just bake it and it’s still very delicious. I

Mummy Egg Boats

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs. whole milk
  • 1 tbs. chopped green onions
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheese
  • 1/4 c. chopped spinach, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • white cheese to make mummy, cut in strips
  • candy eyes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix eggs, milk, onions, spinach and salt
  3. Carve out the middle of a pretzel roll or store bought french roll
  4. Pour in mixture into the center of the bread
  5. Place prepared rolls onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until egg sets
  6. Allow to cool and decorate mummy
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No Cook Veggie Marinara Dip

The art of dipping. I think my three-year old could win a medal if dipping t was a sport. He, like so many other kids,  loves to dip everything and anything into anything and everything. Why not make their dipping sauce a bit more healthy and veggie packed? This no cook veggie marinara is especially great for picky eaters.

The sauce is homemade, and doesn’t need cooking. It doesn’t get easier than that!

We paired it with one of our favorite breads, Brazi Bites. It’s a cheesy bread made  with simple wholesome ingredients. It’s also gluten free. Best of all, it tastes great. and goes from freezer to your table in 20 minutes. Huge disclaimer friends, you can’t eat just one! It’s that good.

Veggie Packed Marinara Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 grated zucchini
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 slice bell pepper (add more to taste if desired)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 pitted date

Instructions

  1. Prepare all ingredients
  2. Blend and serve
  3. Enjoy!
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