Category Archives: Recipes

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Over the weekend I made a really easy and great tasting, BBQ sauce. This was enough to cover the pork roast and a little leftover. I’ll make up a double batch and put it in some jars to use on other things.


1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup molasses
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire
2 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tsp. smoked paprika (I used regular paprika and it was just fine.)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt


Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer (uncovered) for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly thickened.

Use the sauce immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.


Hummus Recipe

My daughter creates this amazing hummus in my Vitamix. So good anytime and so easy! You know exactly what’s in it too! Get some amazing crackers or pita chips and enjoy!

1 can chickpeas, drained
2 medium cloves garlic
Dash of paprika
2 tbsp of lemon juice
3 tbsp of tahini (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil. Add more if you need to loosen up the humus.
Pinch of salt.




Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe

I just made this today, but, instead of using my crock pot, I used my Instant Pot. I would strongly suggest you use a pinch of pepper vs. the 1/2 tsp. It was spicy! I changed the ingredients to what we eat and what we had in the house. I didn’t use the green beans, nor any parsley. I also recommend not using an entire onion unless it’s a small yellow onion. I used about 1/4 of the yellow onion I had, it was a large one.

This is what it looked like in my Instant Pot before I shut the lid:



1 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, cut into ½-circles
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups frozen green beans
¾ cup pearl barley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley

All vegetarian ingredients and I believe this is vegan as well.


Combine all of the ingredients, except for the parsley, in a large (6-quart) slow cooker.
Cook on LOW until the barley is tender, about 8 hours.

Instant Pot – Click the soup button. It’s about 15-20 minutes to get up to pressure, then 30 minutes until it’s done.

Stir in the parsley. Serve.

This makes 11 cups. I filled two large canning jars almost to the top and I had 3 adults eat as well. There’s some leftover for one or two people for lunch tomorrow.

This is what it looked like after it was finished cooking:img_5523

Yum! Put a piece of bread in the bottom of the bowl before you pour the soup and it makes it even more yummier.



Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

This recipe was created for my usage in my Instant Pot. It’s pretty spicy and I used pretty large meatballs for this trial run. It was good and everyone enjoyed it with some veggie spaghetti! I had enough leftover to freeze three medium sized jars and leftovers for 1 Rubbermaid medium sized container.

Ingredients for sauce:

3 cans of 15 oz. tomato sauce
1 – 20 oz. can of diced tomatoes
2 – 14 oz. cans of Italian style sauce (This I found locally, it has basil, garlic, oregano in it. You can alternatively just add those spices with 2 more cans of tomato sauce if you desire or cannot find it in your grocery store.)

Ingredients for meat balls:

1 pound of ground beef
1 egg
1 cup Italian Panko
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. black pepper
A generous amount of Parmesan cheese.

Directions for meatballs:

Preheat oven to 450°F
Combine ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, Panko, and Parmesan cheese and mix well in a bowl.
Roll meat balls into desired size and place on a baking sheet.
Place in oven for 10 minutes to get a great sear.

Directions for sauce:

Combine all the sauce into your Instant Pot. Set it on meat/stew for 5 minutes and leave the lid off. When the oven timer goes off for the meatballs, remove them from the pan and place in the Instant Pot. Hit the cancel button.

Place the lid on the pot, pressure sealed for 20 minutes on the soup setting. When times up, release the valve and hit cancel. I always unplug my pot at this point. Once the steam is done releasing, open the lid and enjoy!

Please credit me at this site if you use this recipe and post about it on the ‘net. Thanks!







Food Allergies and Issues

My family has numerous issues and food allergies.

Here’s a list of everything we cannot tolerate or cannot eat due to reactions or dietary restrictions. I dare you to find one thing in your pantry and/or fridge that we can eat and post that in the comments.

I cannot have anything cheese or milk based as my stomach rebels. I eat Greek yogurt and some cheese with no issues. Garlic  and Ginger – I cannot have these as I will get a migraine.

We cannot have any products that contain:


Squash or gourds (such as pumpkin)

Nuts *peanuts are not nuts* (we can use peanut butter with no issues)

Soy *no soy*


High Fructose CORN syrup

Corn – Any type of corn derivative, no corn meal, corn on the cob, corn syrup, no corn. *yes, popcorn counts, even the “none allergy kind and Pirate booty too!*


Dietary restrictions for one person:

No meat, chicken or pork

No bread

So, we are switching to more fish and fruits and veggies for my daughter which was suggested as an anti-inflammatory diet. No bread is hard for her, the veggie part is okay, easy. She can have tuna and salmon. She cannot eat soy, corn products. That’s really hard for her. Oatmeal is okay. She cannot have honey, so I use Agave when I cook. She cannot have squash.

The corn allergy is real. My grand-daughter was getting head aches and getting sick at school. We couldn’t figure out why. We eliminated ALL corn products. High fructose corn syrup is in everything. Ketchup, cereal, snacks. She now takes pretzels for her snack at school and I found a great juice box for her to take. The Snapple half and half was making her get a headache.

Hopefully this diet will help her feel better and get back on track with her pain issues. We’re still seeing doctors even after 10 months since the car accident.