Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Ramen Soup

Okay. My daughter tells me that I need to work on my food styling. I don’t even style my hair! Add to that the fact that my family is usually hovering around me, bowls and utensils in hand, as soon as something is made, and I’m not sure I could rescue enough food to style. This is what we had for dinner last night. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Ramen Soup from No. 2 Pencil. Delicious!

By now, you know how much I love my Instant Pot. It helps me put healthy, delicious meals on the table with less time and effort. I made a couple of changes. I used chicken stock instead of water, and doubled the soy sauce. Next time, I would double the amount of spinach and maybe even add some other vegetables, like snow peas or bok choy. We added a squirt of sriracha to our soup bowls. I could have added some chili garlic sauce. It’s a great basic recipe that you can change to suit your taste.


Turkey Tips: Day 3

Okay. We are getting to the end of our turkey supply. Yesterday, I made a family favourite: “Turkey” Pot Pie Turnovers. Thank you Melissa D’Arabian! The salad recipe she shares to go with the turnovers is also excellent. I would include a photo of mine, but… they were not nearly as pretty. The still tasted great, though, which my family assures me is what matters most.

I also had some cranberry sauce to use up, and a search led me to this One-Bowl Cranberry Sauce Bread from Always Order Dessert. This was SO easy to make, and SO good! I will definitely be making it again… soon.

There might be just enough turkey left to share one more recipe tomorrow if my husband doesn’t use it all up in a sandwich.


As a coach, I spend a lot of my free time researching. My exploring recently led me to the book LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING Detox Week by Audrey Johns. There’s a lot of debate around detoxing. I believe that our bodies (if we are in relatively good health) are designed to naturally take care of getting rid of unwanted materials. I don’t feel the need to spend money on, and consume, special supplements, teas, or shakes. I feel that I can help my body do its job by sticking to whole foods (prepared at home) most of the time: avoiding highly processed, additive filled foods. I am also NOT interested in deprivation. I love food. I love reading about it, shopping for it, preparing it, and sharing it. So I am not interested in spending a week or more on a liquid diet. Finally, I don’t support the idea of losing a lot of weight quickly: it is neither healthy nor permanent (in my opinion). So…. Why the book? I was drawn to the title: “Eating” and “Detox” together? I wanted to find out more.

Four detox plans are shared in the book. All begin with a Detox Week. Audrey Johns claims that you can lose an average of 10 pounds during the week. You already know what I think about that. The week also quickly becomes all about smoothies and salads, and you know how I feel about that, too. Having said that, I think that the Modified Detox Week (which includes a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, a meal for dinner, and two snacks) is a good approach. I like that Audrey Johns’ detox doesn’t require anything other than whole foods, and includes lots of fruits and vegetables. And, because I would never share anything with my clients that I haven’t tried myself, my husband and I have been following the Modified Detox plan for almost a week. We have enjoyed the recipes. There is some preparation required, but it’s worth it. We are feeling great, and have lost some weight.

I know that you are all about the recipes, so I would like to share one of our favourite breakfast smoothies with you. The recipe makes enough for two, so perfect to share. Previously my husband and I each made our own smoothies, cleaning the Vitamix out in between. That’s because he was not a fan of my green smoothies, but he really enjoys Audrey Johns’.

PB&J Green Smoothie (2 Servings)

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Put it all in a blender and blend. Then enjoy!

I’ll close by sharing a link to Audrey Johns’ website. I’ve just checked it out, but suspect I will be visiting it often.