Chef Mom

Recipe from: Center Cut Cook

Instant Pot Easy Mac and Cheese

  • 1 lb Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt (+ more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (I left this out with picky kids and spice is a no go!)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese (mozerella cheese worked for us)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


  1.     Add macaroni, butter, water, mustard, salt, and pepper to your Instant Pot. Secure the lid, select manual, and high pressure for 4 minutes please note: if the directions on your boxed macaroni have a boil time that is less than 6 minutes, cook on high pressure for only 3 minutes).

  2.     Once complete, use a quick release. Open lid and check that the pasta is cooked completely. If not, select saute, and cook for another 2 minutes until pasta is cooked.

  3.     Add in evaporated milk and each of the cheeses. Continue to mix and stir until creamy. Add any extra salt to taste.

  4.     Serve hot!!

Recipe from: Inspired by Charm

Macaroon Egg's Nest

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (14 ounces) sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 70-90 mini candy eggs
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F. Coat the cups in a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and set the pan aside.

  2. In a large bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs whites, salt, and sugar to combine. Then, with a fork, mix in the coconut.
    Drop 2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture into each prepared mini muffin cup.

  3. Lightly press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of each cup. (Use your thumb or a wine cork.) Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until lightly golden on top. (Loosely place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the pan if the coconut starts to brown too quickly.)

  4. Let the nests cool in the tins on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then run a spatula around the edges of the muffin cups to loosen the nests. Carefully lift out the nests and allow them to cool completely.

  5. With the melted chocolate in a piping bag (or plastic baggie with a corner cut off), pipe a small amount of chocolate into each nest. Add 2 or 3 candy eggs and press them gently to secure.

  6. Pack and store in an air-tight container.

 From: Nerdy Momma

Hot Chocolate Play Dough 


1 cup hot chocolate mix

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup water

3 tblspns oil

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.

  2. Mix wet ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.

  3. Add wet ingredients into dry in 1/3 increments.

  4. Mix everything together using your hands.

sweet potato casserole 

Recipe from: Genius Kitchen

READY IN: 45mins


  • 3 cups sweet potatoes
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⁄3 cup milk

  • 1⁄3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Boil and mash potatoes.

  2. Mix in sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk. Put in a 13x9 inch baking dish.

  3. For the topping melt butter and mix in remaining ingredients. Sprinkle on top of the potato mixture.

  4. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Recipe from Kirby's Cravings

parmesan zucchini tots 


  • 1 1/2 cups shredded and lightly patted dry zucchini (about 1 1/2 medium zucchini)

  • 1 cup Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs (please use panko for best results; if using regular bread crumbs, you will need to adjust and use less; if you use non-seasoned panko bread crumbs, make sure to add Italian seasoning to your mix)

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

    1 large egg
  1. Shred zucchini with a vegetable grater. When done, pat zucchini dry with a few sheets of paper towels. While you don't need to completely dry the zucchini, you do want to absorb some of the moisture. I used about 4 sheets of paper towels. You want to keep drying the zucchini until the stage where when you pat the shredded zucchini with a paper towel, the paper towel is moist but no longer soaking with water.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of patted dry zucchini and add to a large mixing bowl. Add egg, cheese and breadcrumbs. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined.

  3. Take 1 tablespoon of zucchini batter and squeeze between palm of hand, compressing it. Some water should also release out. Using both hands now, shape to resemble a cylinder tater tot shape.

  4. Place onto a baking sheet lined with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining zucchini. Bake for about 20 minutes until bottoms are golden brown and crispy. Flip over and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve warm with dipping sauce of your choice.

Pumpkin Bread 

Recipe from:


Pumpkin Bread
    1½ cups all-purpose flour
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
    1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1 cup light brown sugar
    2 eggs
    ½ can pure pumpkin
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ⅓ cup water
    1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Maple Cinnamon Butter
    Maple Cinnamon Butter
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 tablespoon maple syrup
    ¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together; flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice and set aside.

  3. In a stand-alone mixer fitted with a whisk attachment cream together the oil and sugars, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

  4. Next, add eggs one at a time and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl.

  5. Next, add pumpkin, maple syrup and water, again scraping down the sides of the bowl.

  6. Lastly, add the bowl of dry ingredients a little at a time until just mixed together.

  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in the pan before turning the pan over to take it out.

  8. To make the maple cinnamon butter, whisk all of the ingredient in a bowl and serve with bread.

*I read that putting plastic wrap over the bread after it comes out of the oven helps the bread stay moist. I put plastic wrap over the bread after about 30 minutes of cooling (the bread was just warm) and let it sit overnight. The bread turned out incredibly moist.

healthy banana muffins 

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

An easy 5-ingredients whole wheat banana muffins recipe made with natural and wholesome ingredients. A refined sugar free banana muffins with wholewheat flour ideal for an healthy lunchbox for kids.

24 mini muffins Calories: 61 kcal

Author: Carine Ingredients Instructions

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour   
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil melted or vegetable oil like rice bran or virgin light olive oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large ripe bananas mashed with a fork, use the one with black spot on the skin
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey or apple syrup for a lower carb recipe
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon optional
  1.  Preheat oven to 180C (355F)
  2.  Grease a 12-holes mini muffins tray with coconut oil. Set aside.
  3.  In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your food processor with the S blade attachment, add all the ingredients in this order whole wheat flour, extra virgin coconut oil, eggs, mashed bananas, baking soda, maple syrup and cinnamon (if desired).
  4. Blend until combine and smooth. It is ok if you still have bites of bananas it is actually better as it adds lots of moisture to those muffins.
        If you are using a food processor it will not take more than 1 minute to prepare the batter.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin tray and bake for 10-15 minutes max or until a chopstick inserted of the centre of the muffins comes out clean.
  6. Flip over the tray onto a cooling rack and cool at room temperature before eating.
  7. You can froze those whole wheat banana muffins in zip bags and defrost them 3-4 hours before eating.
        Store in the pantry up to 5 days in a airtight container.
        This recipe makes about 20-24 mini muffins.

    Recipe Notes

    Note 1: You can replace melted coconut oil by any vegetable oil of your choice. The healthiest options will be olive oil, rice bran oil or almond oil.

Recipe from: Just a Taste

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  1. Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Kelly's Notes:
I prefer a more tart frozen yogurt, but you can add additional agave nectar or honey if you want a sweeter-tasting dessert.
Fresh strawberries can be used in place of frozen, however the fresh strawberries must be frozen solid.



Recipe from: Live Eat Learn

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 tortillas per flavor
Calories 125 kcal



    2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 300 g
    2 ½ tsp baking powder 12 g
    1 tsp salt 5 g
    ½ cup unsalted butter 115 g, can sub vegetable shortening, room temperature

Flavor (choose one)

    For sun dried tomato flavor: ¾ cup (177 mL) warm water + ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes
    For spinach flavor: ½ cup (118 mL) warm water + ½ cup fresh spinach
    For roasted garlic flavor: 1 cup (236 mL) warm water + 1 bulb roasted garlic use cloves only



  1.     Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the room temperature butter and mix together with forks or a pastry cutter until dough forms loose crumbs.

  2.     To make flavor add-ins, blend together water + your flavor addition of choice to form a smooth liquid. If the blended mix is below 1 cup, add warm water to reach 1 cup total.

  3.     Stir water + flavor mixture into the dough until a loose ball is formed. Transfer to a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.

  4.     Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest 30 to 60 minutes.

  5.     Cut ball into 16 pieces, form into balls, and roll out 6 to 8 inches. In a medium/high heat flat-bottomed pan, lay rolled dough and cook about 2 minutes. When bubbles have formed on top and bottom has light tan spots, flip and cook another minute. Adjust heat as needed to avoid burning.

  6.     Wrap cooked tortillas in a towel until you’ve finished cooking them all

Breakfast Pizza

    20 m

    35 m

    Ready In
    55 m

  •     cooking spray
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits per can)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly spray a 9x12-inch baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2.     Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until the bacon is browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.

  3.     Open up the cans of biscuits, separate the biscuits, and arrange onto the prepared baking sheet so they touch. Press the biscuit dough down to seal them together into a crust that covers the baking sheet.

  4.     Bake in the preheated oven until the crust is slightly cooked and very lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove from oven.

  5.     Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the foam disappears. Beat the eggs in a bowl, and pour the eggs into the hot skillet. Use a spatula to lift and gently stir the eggs just until set, but still moist, 3 to 4 minutes. Arrange the lightly scrambled eggs on the semi-baked biscuit crust.

  6. Top with the cooked bacon, onion, and green pepper; spread the Cheddar cheese all over the pizza. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

  7.     Return to oven, and bake on the top rack until the cheese is melted and bubbling and has begun to brown, about 10 more minutes.

    Cook's Notes:
    Just like a regular pizza, this one can be altered to suit any tastes. You can use crescent rolls or pizza dough and add any combo of meats, veggies, and cheeses. You can also skip the scrambling step and top the pizza with sunny-side up eggs that are baked in the oven.
    I have also made these ahead and then baked them later...just allow more time for the cold pizza to get heated up and browned.