Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Instant Pot Chocolate Peppermint Rice Pudding

Instant Pot Chocolate Peppermint Rice Pudding is a 30 minute holiday recipe made in a pressure cooker. Make this easy dessert or decadent breakfast for Christmas morning.

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I can hardly believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away! I haven't watched any holiday movies yet and I still need to wrap all of my gifts. I have been making up for my lack of prep in other areas by making holiday treats. Last weekend I went to a cookie brunch, I made gingerbread and sugar shape cookies to decorate with a friend, and created a new recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Rice Pudding. This rice pudding turned out so good that I made it twice and I couldn't wait any longer to share it.

My extended family has a strong Norwegian heritage {I'm 50% Norwegian}. We have a Christmas Eve tradition involving rice pudding that many Norwegians share. Norwegian rice pudding is called risengrynsgrøt and is made with milk, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. The holiday tradition is to hide an almond in one cup of the rice pudding. My extended family is large {over 40 people} so we sing several Christmas songs and pass the cups around. Once the singing is over, everyone eats their rice pudding and whoever has an almond in their cup receives a gift. This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

I researched risengrynsgrøt online and found out that the rice pudding tradition started in ancient times in Norway and Scandinavia. Whoever found the almond in their rice pudding would be the next person to get married. Others think the tradition comes from a European game from the 1500s called "King of the Bean" - "instead of an almond, a bean was hidden inside a bread or cake and the finder was appointed King Bean – with the right to fabricate name to the others around the table." {source} There is also a Scandinavian holiday tradition of leaving a bowl of porridge for Santa instead of cookies. "Santa's" job was to look after people's farms, and leaving him porridge meant there would be a good harvest.

I think Santa would approve of this chocolate peppermint version of rice pudding. The best part is this recipe is made in the instant pot and is ready in 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Chocolate Peppermint Rice Pudding
Yields: 4-6 servings

1 cup uncooked long grain rice
3 cups milk + 1/2 cup
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup half and half
2 teaspoons vanilla paste
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Add rice, milk, maple syrup and salt to the instant pot.
2. Close the lid of the Instant Pot to seal it. Make sure the vent is set to "sealed."
3. Select "Porridge", which is automatically set to cook for 20 minutes.
4. After 20 minutes, the Instant Pot will beep. Immediately push the "Keep Warm" button. Wait for 10-12 minutes for the pressure to naturally release.
5. Release any remaining steam from the vent and lightly cover the valve with a towel.
6. Stir in vanilla paste, peppermint extract, espresso powder, 1/2 cup half and half and 1/2 cup milk.
7. Top with chocolate chips, sprinkles and a few Tablespoons of milk if you want a creamier texture.

{Adapted from Sweet & Savory Meals recipe for Instant Pot Rice Pudding}

Monday, December 11, 2017

Chipotle Chicken Soup + Meal Prep with Jewel-Osco Grocery Delivery

My Dutch oven or slow cooker are simmering soup at my home every week during fall and winter months. Chili, chicken noodle, and split pea are a few of our favorites. However, it's nice to spice things up once in awhile, and that's what I did with the recipe I'm sharing today for Chipotle Chicken Soup. I used a chopped chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and lime juice to create a unique flavor in this soup - and it made the house smell delicious.

This post is sponsored by Jewel-Osco. All opinions and text are my own.

The best part? I didn't have to leave my house on a chilly day to pick up any of the ingredients. I used Jewel-Osco's new Home Delivery service to order groceries online and have them delivered to my home. I have one word about this experience: amazing. Will I visit the grocery store again? Yes. But, I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the convenience and time saved when ordering groceries online. This service is especially helpful for my family which includes a 1 year old toddler and two working parents, one of which travels often for business. Scroll below to learn more about Grocery Delivery with Jewel-Osco and our meal plan for the week.

I made the Chipotle Chicken Soup in my slow cooker, simmered on high on a Sunday afternoon. I'm a big fan of chipotle flavor, because it adds smokiness and a bit of spice. In this recipe, I used one chopped chipotle pepper and a Tablespoon of adobo sauce to add a punch of flavor. If you like spicier food, I suggest adding a second or even a third chipotle pepper.

We enjoyed this soup for dinner and had leftovers for lunch for several days.

Chipotle Chicken Soup
Yields: 6 servings

1 pound boneless chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalk, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 chipotle chile, chopped
1 Tablespoon adobo sauce
2 medium yellow potatoes, cubed
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup half and half
Juice of 1-2 limes

Topping ideas:
Shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

1. Chop onion, carrots, celery, and chipotle pepper. Mince garlic.
2. Wash and chop potatoes into cubes.
3. Add chopped onion to a slow cooker/crock pot. Add chicken breasts, carrots, celery, chipotle pepper, olive oil, chicken broth, water and spices. Stir in adobo sauce.
4. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
5. Remove the chicken and shred it - return to the slow cooker. Stir in half and half and the juice of 1-2 limes.
6. Top each bowl with cilantro, cheese, avocado, and/or crushed tortilla chips.

Most of the ingredients for this soup were in our Jewel-Osco grocery order. The online ordering process was simple and fast, with helpful categories and a search box. Our home delivery was prompt with helpful staff. Home delivery is available in a time window {1, 2 or 4 hours} and the cost ranges from free to $5.95 for purchases of $150 or more. For same-day delivery, orders must be placed before 1:00 pm. We ordered late afternoon on a Saturday and had the groceries delivered between 8:00 and 10:00 am on Sunday. I drank coffee, listened to a podcast and played with baby C without rushing to the grocery store on a Sunday morning. Perfection.

Our grocery order for the week included:

Produce: Bananas, plums, pears, raspberries, cranberries, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, red peppers, avocado, garlic and ginger.

Pantry: Salsa, pumpkin puree, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced tomatoes, coconut milk, green beans
Breakfast: Steel cut oats, Cheerios, mini pancakes
Dairy: Half and half, cottage cheese, butter, sharp white cheddar cheese, ice cream {for a party!}
Snacks: Chips and Larabar bites
Not pictured: Chicken breasts; chocolate chips {for holiday baking}

Our meal plan for the week:

Pumpkin Chai Slow Cooker Oats
Cheerios / pancakes and fruit

Leftover Chipotle Chicken Soup
Baked sweet potatoes with veggies

Chipotle Chicken Soup
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower and Peas
Butternut Squash Pasta with broccoli

Interested in trying this service in the Chicago area? I highly recommend it! Check out the Jewel-Osco grocery delivery site at Delivery is available daily, from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Grocery pick-up is also available if you prefer it to home delivery. The minimum order for both delivery and pick-up is $30.

You can also get $25 off your groceries for the week and free delivery on your first order {you must spend $100 or more} with the code JEWEL. This is valid for orders until Feb. 28, 2018.

Have you ever tried grocery delivery or pickup? Let me know if you try the service from Jewel-Osco!
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine.

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