Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

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Happy Monday! It’s still chilly here in Texas so I decided to make a delicious soup for the week! My aunt had sent me this recipe a couple of weeks ago telling me how delicious it was and that I needed to try it.

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash cubed

5 Granny Smith apples cubed

1 onion

Garlic

Cayanne, salt, pepper

3 cups of cashew milk (or dairy free sub of choice)

Directions:

  1. Cut up the squash, apples, and onion and place on a baking tray with the garlic

  2. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle the desired amount of seasonings over the pan and mix around to coat the ingredients

  3. Bake in the oven on 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes

  4. Then either in a blender or using an immersion blender blend up the ingredients from the sheet pan

  5. Add in the cashew milk and continue blending until smooth

That’s it! I think the hardest part about the dish is cutting stuff up… if you shop at Costco you can even skip one step by purchasing already cubed organic butternut squash! Pretty simple!

Be careful using an immersion blender! Always make sure you have it in the pot before plugging it in… I had a rough incident involving my ring finger… I’ll leave it at that!

Have a blessed day!

Lindsey

Stuffed Japanese Sweet Potatoes

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Alright guys, this was a new thing for me in the Instant Pot! I would have never thought of cooking potatoes in there but sure enough it worked like a charm! These were soooo good! My husband at first was not really sure about it when I told him I was cooking sweet potatoes to stuff with chicken but once he tried it he loved it!

  1. First thing you’re going to do is poke holes in the sweet potato with a fork and place on the trivet that came with your Instant Pot

  2. Pour in 1.5 cups of water

  3. Set pressure cook to manual high for 16 minutes then manually release the pressure

  4. Take the sweet potatoes out and set aside

  5. Take two chicken breasts and add your favorite seasonings and two cans of green chilies

  6. Set Instant Pot to manual pressure cook on high and cook for 12 minutes and then manually release the pressure

  7. Then add whatever toppings you want! We used avocado, cilantro, onions, and Siete’s habanero hot sauce!

i hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!

Love, Lindsey

Tuft & Needle

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Hello hello hello! Today is my birthday! Woohoo! Since I have a newborn baby I am not really doing anything crazy for my birthday but nothing is more valuable to me right now then my sleep!

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were talking about how terrible our pillows are and how we tend to have neck pain when we wake up so we thought enough was enough haha.

We already have a Tuft & Needle mattress that we seriously have loved since the day it arrived (if you don’t already have a mattress that you love I highly recommend this one) so we decided to try out their pillows as well. They also do 100 night trial so we figured we didn’t have anything to loose.

They shipped and arrived quickly after ordering which was a bonus. We tried them out that first night and we seriously have loved them. My husband had been sleeping on two slouchy soft pillows and I had been sleeping on a firm big pillow so for both of us to love this one was a surprise! I wasn’t expecting to adjust to them so quickly but just like their mattress we loved them and never looked back

So if you’re in the market for a new pillow be sure to look into this one!

Love, Lindsey

P.S. this is not sponsored or affiliated with Tuft & Needle- these are my honest opinions

God-Pleaser

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So it’s a new year and I couldn’t be more excited! I love the idea of choosing a word instead of a resolution so that is what I did this year! Having a baby has been a huge blessing and a wonderful experience so far! I love little Luke so much and he’s such a light in our lives! My little family has grown and with that comes more responsibility and a lot of things that pull for our time and energy!

I am a very people oriented person… I love people, I love helping people, I love being there for people, I am an includer of people… and many other people related things! With that though, I can get caught up being a people-pleaser at times in effort to avoid conflict or to make sure no one has hurt feelings or is disappointed. That is really hard for me…. however, with a baby in the picture I feel it’s more important then ever for me to set better boundaries then before (even though I have been working on it and am pretty good) because I need time to spend with my new little family.

That brings me to my word for the year… God-Pleaser

Instead of worrying about what other people think all the time I am going to focus on what God says when I pray about things. I will take every and all plans, agendas, commitments I make to God first so that I keep Him the center of our lives each day and also do what’s best for my family!

I know there will be times when we will disappoint people and there will be times where it hard to say no but it’s just so important to cherish the days we have and to really focus on what’s important. It’s also important to not run yourself down in effort to not disappoint someone.

Galatians 1:10

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Anyone else out there have a word for the new year they would like to share? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Love, Lindsey

Turkey & Cauliflower Gnocchi Soup

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Hey everyone! I can’t beleive it’s New Year’s Eve! Ahhh! Does anyone have super exciting New Years plans this year? Our plan is to be in bed by 9 and get some sleep with our baby… I know, SUPER thrilling haha! But tomorrow we are celebrating Christmas with my dad so that will be super fun!

My cousin Katie sent me a soup that used the cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe’s and that sparked me creating this soup using it as well! I would have just made that recipe but it had multiple things I can’t eat in it so I tried re-creating it with what I could have!

The Instant Pot sure makes everything easy which is perfect for busy weeknights!

Ingredients:

1 pack or Turkey

1 cup of mushrooms

1 bunch of kale

32 oz of chicken broth

1 onion

Cayenne pepper

Salt

Thyme

Oregano

1 bag frozen Cauliflower Gnocchi

Cilantro (garnish)

Directions:

  1. Turn on the Instant Pot to sauté and spray with avocado oil to brown the turkey

  2. Once brown, take out the turkey and set aside

  3. Spray the pot with oil again and then sauté the mushrooms and onions for 3 minutes

  4. Pour in the chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the bowl to remove any browned parts

  5. Add the turkey back in, the kale, and the seasonings to taste

  6. Set the Instant Pot to “soup” for 12 minutes

  7. While the soup is coming follow the directions for stovetop on the gnocchi bag

  8. Once the soup is cooked, add in the gnocchi, top with cilantro and serve!

There you have it! Simple, easy, and delicious! I hope you enjoy and feel free to ask any questions you might have!

Love, Lindsey