Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

This is a gluten free version of the popular box mix of Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni without the chemicals, but still very quick and easy!

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. When it says HOT, add oil.
  2. Add ground beef, onions and garlic to pot. Cook until meat is browned, stirring to break up meat. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and Worcestershire sauce as it is cooking.
  3. Add tomato paste, water and beef base. Stir to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add elbows. Press cancel to stop Saute.
  4. Lock lid in place and seal valve. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. (Cook time may vary with the kind of pasta you choose to use). Quick release the pressure. Stir in half of the cheese. Serve remaining cheese on the side.
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Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice

I like my rice moister than the traditional Instant Pot directions, so this is the way I made it.

Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in Instant Pot insert. Cook on high pressure for 22 minutes. Let naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
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Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
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Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Taco Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put water in bottom of 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.
  2. Put chicken pieces directly into the water inside the Instant Pot. Add cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Combine seasoning ingredients and add to chicken.
  4. Close and seal lid. Cook on high pressure for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes after cooking is done.
  6. Open lid and remove chicken breasts. Shred and add to tortillas, salads, rice, nachos or whatever you want, with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

I used chicken breasts.  3 of them weighed 2 lbs.  20 minutes seemed about right for that size of breasts, but it was a little on the dry side.

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Rice Pudding

This is just slightly sweet if you use the 1/2 cup of sugar called for the recipe, which is the way we like it.  If you like it sweeter, use 2/3 of a cup.  Our grandson said it tasted like candy that way!

You don’t want to overcook it, or it won’t be as creamy when it is chilled.  I find that 30 minutes of simmering is just right.  If serving it warm, you might want to let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up first.

Rice Pudding
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Rice Pudding
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan , except butter. You will want at least a 4 qt. saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the rice is soft and creamy. Stir occasionally to make sure that the mixture doesn't stick to the pan.
  3. When the rice is tender, add the butter and stir to melt. Remove from heat.
  4. You can serve this warm or chill it first. I like it just like this. My husband puts cinnamon and sugar on his.
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Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits

These actually have more the consistency of muffins, but they are wonderful, regardless!  I make them for me and our grandsons with raisins, but substitute chocolate chips for the raisins for my husband.

Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Glaze
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If you are using a baking stone, place that in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Cut in butter. You can make up a large batch and store it at this point, in the freezer or refrigerator.
  3. Add sour cream, milk and raisins or chocolate chips, stirring just until combined.
  4. If you are not using a baking stone, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out onto baking sheet (I use a 2 oz. scoop). Bake for 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then drizzle with glaze.
  5. This will make 11-12 mini muffins. Just use a 1 oz. scoop and bake in the mini muffin maker for 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

The biscuit ingredients before adding the milk, sour cream, and raisins or chocolate chips measures 1 3/4 cups and weighs about 236 grams, so if you want to, you can mix up a big batch of the flour mixture, store in the refrigerator or freezer, then measure out just what you need and continue with the recipe.

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Alana’s Alfredo Sauce

This is the recipe my daughter-in-law gave me.  She says that she tweaks the ingredients, such as salt, pepper and garlic. Also, she prefers more parmesan, but our son (her husband) prefers it this way, so it is a personal preference.

Alana's Alfredo Sauce
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Alana's Alfredo Sauce
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and sautee garlic until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring, until cheese is melted and ingredients are blended.
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Creamed Potatoes with Peas

This was always a favorite of mine as we were growing up.  It is kind of like a thick cream of potato soup.  I like to make this for my lunch sometimes.

Creamed Potatoes with Peas
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Creamed Potatoes with Peas
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put about 2 cups of water into a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir until smooth. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, milk and heavy cream, and continue stirring until thickened to desired consistency and smooth. Add to peas and cream sauce to potatoes. Stir together and serve.
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Homemade Egg Noodles

Much better than store bought noodles and using a Kitchen Aid pasta attachment makes it fairly easy to do!  These noodles are great cooked and buttered or in recipes such as this one:

Chicken & Homemade Noodles

You will need a lot of counter space for making these noodles, so make sure to clear the counters.  Also make sure you use a lot of flour as you are working.  We lay out rows of wax paper and flour that to lay the dough onto between settings.

Homemade Egg Noodles
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Servings
1 1/2 lb.
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings
1 1/2 lb.
Cook Time
5 minutes
Homemade Egg Noodles
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Servings
1 1/2 lb.
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings
1 1/2 lb.
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: lb.
Instructions
  1. Place eggs, water, flour and salt in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn Kitchen Aid stand mixer to Speed 2 and mix 30 seconds.
  2. To test for perfect consistency: Pinch a small amount of dough together after mixing with the flat beater. If the dough stays together without sticking to your fingers, it should work well. It may be necessary to add a small amount of water or flour to reach correct dough consistency.
  3. Exchange flat beater for dough hook. Turn to Speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove dough from bowl and hand knead for 1-2 minutes. Wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 4 pieces before processing with Pasta Sheet Roller attachment.
  6. Cut dough into pieces about 3/8" thick. Flatten each piece slightly. Set adjustment knob on Pasta Sheet Roller at 1. Turn mixer to speed 2 or 4. Feed flattened piece of dough into rollers to knead.
  7. Fold in half and roll again. Repeat folding and kneading process several times, until dough is smooth and pliable and covers the width of the roller.
  8. Lightly dust pasta with flour while rolling and cutting to aid in drying and separation. Knead and fold each piece of dough in the same manner.
  9. Move adjustment knob to setting 2. Feed dough through rollers to further flatten. Do not fold dough on setting 2 or higher.
  10. Change to setting 3 and feed dough through rollers again. Continue to increase roller setting until desired dough thickness is reached. Egg noodles are best at setting 4.
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Crockpot Creamed Corn

Very, very easy and tasty!  I replaced my other creamed corn recipe with this one!

Crockpot Creamed Corn
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Crockpot Creamed Corn
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
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Apple Crisp

This recipe originally came from an old Betty Crocker cookbook that I got for a shower gift when I got married.

Apple Crisp
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Apple Crisp
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Peel, core and slice apples to make about 5 cups. Place apples in 10x6x2" baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Pieces of butter should be the size of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  3. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until fruit tests done with a fork. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

Crock Pot Recipe:  Grease crock.  Put apples slices in crock pot.  Spread topping over apples.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours.

Peach Crisp:  Substitute 2 1/2 lb. peaches (about 10 medium) for the apples.

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