Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

OH. MY. GOODNESS. If you have an Instant pot, you need to make this meal IMMEDIATELY. Especially if you’re starved for a good pasta dish – never fear!  My husband didn’t think this sounded that great, but after he tasted it he had one huge bowl and went back for seconds.  Having celiac disease for so long (and not having great options for gluten free pasta when I was diagnosed – there are MUCH better options now!) I have gotten away from pasta dishes – but no more!  If this is any indication of the deliciousness that I can have – I’m all for it!

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes (about 1 inch in size or so)
  • 1 red onion, chopped/diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced (I used 5 tsp of minced garlic from the store)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fajita or taco seasoning, divided in half (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced (any color – I used 1 red and 1 green)
  • 5 oz can diced tomatoes (no salt added!) – DO NOT DRAIN
  • 4oz can diced green chiles (see photo below for which one I used), optional (this adds a kick – and we loved it!)
  • 8oz dry, gluten free penne pasta (see photo below for the brand I used)
  • Red pepper flakes, optional, to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional, for topping)
  • Avocado slices (optional, for topping)
  • Hot sauce (optional, for topping)


  • Add olive oil (2 Tbsp) to instant pot, set to “Suate”, and allow to oil to heat. Once hot, add chicken and ½ taco seasoning (1.5 Tbsp).  Stir well to coat, and cook until chicken is white
  • Add onions, garlic, bell peppers, and the rest of the seasoning (1.5 Tbsp). Stir well to coat, and continue stirring drequently until vegetables are slightly tender – about 2-3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes (WITH juices – DO NOT DRAIN), chicken broth, diced green chiles, and dry pasta to the pot. Stir to mix well, place cover on instant pot, lock in place, and select Manual (or pressure cook) option for 6 minutes. Make sure valve is set to SEAL.
  • Once finished, quick release the pressure and remove cover (once all pressure is relieved). The juices should be mostly absorbed.  Stir to mix, then serve!  Add any of the optional additions to top it off, and enjoy!



I think this is going to become a frequent meal in our house – we both thought it was so good!  And soooo easy – did I mention how much I love my instant pot?!


Enjoy! And as always, let me know what you think when you try it!



Instant Pot Chicken and Veggie Soup

Okay, can I just say how much I LOVE my new Instant pot?!  Seriously!!  Meal prepping with is it a breeze, and I love throwing ingredients in and having a full meal prepared within minutes (especially when life gets chaotic!)   I’ve had so much fun playing with it!

I just started a new fitness program with a pretty strict nutrition plan, so I was happy to have this recipe work out well – it’s clean, healthy, gluten free (of course) and EASY!  Hubby approved (like I would share one with you that wasn’t! He’s my best taste tester!)

Throw these ingredients in and enjoy this yummy, hot soup just minutes later!

Instant Pot Chicken and Veggie Soup

  • Servings: 6ish
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp minced garlic)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 zucchini, chopped (I cut mine into half moons)
  • 16-18oz low sodium vegetable broth (I used 18oz, but I realize that’s an odd amount so feel free to cut back to 16oz, or add more in if you like it even more soup-y!)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (do NOT drain)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste



  • Spray inner pot of Instant Pot with olive oil cooking spray
  • Set instant pot to “Saute”, and add red onion, celery, and carrots. Saute for a few minutes, until onion is almost translucent
  • Add minced garlic and saute for a minute or two more
  • Turn Instant pot off. Add chicken, zucchini, tomatoes, and vegetable broth.  Place cover on Instant pot and lock in place; set to manual/pressure cook for 12 minutes (longer if using frozen chicken breasts). Make sure the steam release handle is set to “sealing”.
  • Quick release once cooking time is through. Once steam is released, remove chicken and shred.  Add spinach to the pot and allow to wilt while shredding the chicken.
  • Add shredded chicken back into the pot, stir to combine, and serve! Add sea salt and pepper to taste (may also add some cheese on top, if you’d like!



chickenveggiesoupConvenient, easy, and fast!! Hope you like this recipe as much as we did!!blogsig

Chicken Fajitas in the Oven

This is such an easy, weeknight meal that doesn’t require many ingredients and ends up SUPER tasty!  I love it!  Husband approved, too – he always goes back for seconds!  Reheating this for leftovers is quite yummy, as well.

Chicken Fajitas in the Oven

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1-2 Tbsp Taco seasoning mix (the link is to the one I use from Trader Joe’s; you can purchase in a Trader Joe’s store or on Amazon)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ¼ – ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I actually ran out and tried mozzarella cheese on one of the chicken breasts pictured – still tasted great!)
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
  • ½ avocado, sliced (optional)
  • Salsa or hot sauce for topping (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Spray oven safe cooking pan (I usually use a glass container) with olive oil spray
  • Season both sides of each piece of chicken with taco seasoning mix (spread out the 1-2 Tbsp evenly)
  • Place sliced onions, bell peppers, and jalapeno (if using) over chickenIMG_20171203_181913
  • Place in oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through (until at least 165F internal temp)
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly on each chicken breast. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted
  • Top with avocado, salsa, or sriracha sauce to taste! Enjoy!  May also serve this over brown rice, but I’ve found that we’re often stuffed without the added rice!

As I noted in the ingredients, I ran out of sharp cheddar cheese so I placed mozzarella on another piece of chicken – still tasted great.  Or you have the option of no cheese, if dairy doesn’t sit well with you!  Very versatile!IMG_20171203_190015

This recipe is so convenient – it takes hardly any time to chop up the veggies and season the chicken while the oven is pre-heating. Then pop it in and just wait!  With a mix of vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, it serves as a healthy AND tasty dish



Oven Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

I have been wanting to try a “one pan” or “sheet pan” roasted chicken and vegetables recipe forever, so I finally took a few recipe ideas and created my own!  I used the veggies that I had on hand, but you could certainly swap some of them out/use whatever you have.  It’s a pretty flexible recipe, and so easy – I’ll definitely be using it again.  It would also be great for meal prepping!

Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thawed if frozen), cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 zucchini, chopped/sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped (I chopped them into larger chunks, like we do for grilling)
  • 3-5 baby Portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp paprika


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Line oven safe cooking pan or cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spray foil with olive oil spray
  • Place chicken (already cut) in a bowl and mix with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground pepper, ½ tsp sea salt, and ¼ tsp paprika
  • In another bowl, combine chopped zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, broccoli, and jalapeno. Mix with 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground pepper, ½ tsp sea salt, and ¼ tsp paprika
  • Place chicken on aluminum foil covered pan/cookie sheet, followed by the vegetables20171110083158
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through (165F internal temp or no longer pink in the center)
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

20171110083509A lot of the recipes I looked at say that the vegetables should char – mine did not, but they were cooked through and had great texture and flavor, so I didn’t worry about it.

I enjoyed mine over riced cauliflower, my hubby opted for a side of brown rice.  I also added some sriracha sauce to mine.  It was quite tasty!!  Hope you enjoy!!heart

Baked Tilapia

Tilapia is such a nice, light fish and I love cooking it!  This husband-approved healthy recipe was tasty, easy, and a nice change from the proteins we typically stick to.  It’s customizable, so use this recipe as an outline/start, but feel free to change up the sides or adjust it to suit you!  Obviously you can double or triple the recipe if you’re entertaining guests, and it’s still quite easy and quick!

Baked Tilapia

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 tilapia fillets, approximate 4-6 oz each, fresh (thawed if bought frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Vegetable for side – we typically used asparagus, steamed broccoli, or a veggie medley I made on the stove (if using asparagus, there is an option to cook it with the fish – keep reading!)


  • Aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooking spray (we use Olive oil spray)


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Pour 1 Tbsp of lemon juice evenly over each tilapia fillet
  • Sprinkle each fillet with garlic powder and ground black pepper to your liking
  • Rip 2 pieces of aluminum foil, large enough to fold over and seal each fillet
  • Spray each piece of foil with cooking spray to avoid sticking
  • Place one tilapia fillet on each piece of foil. **If using asparagus, you can place asparagus spears on foil first and put tilapia fillet on the asparagus spears**
  • Wrap fish tightly in foil, making sure it is well sealedIMG_20170804_190007
  • Place on cookie sheets and put in oven for approximately 10-15 minutes, until fish is cooked through – should be white and flake easily with fork (may take a little longer if cooking with asparagus)IMG_20170804_190041
  • Remove from oven, unwrap foil, and enjoy with a side vegetable you’d like!

This recipe is super easy; the fish comes out nicely cooked and flaky, but not dry!  We haven’t tried this on the grill, but I bet that would be a tasty alternative to the oven.  While we just enjoyed this with vegetables on the side, you could also use a side of brown rice.  Ours was tasty enough that we didn’t need any sauce/dip, but you could use cocktail sauce if needed.  Enjoy!!