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Instant Pot Turkey in 30 Minutes - the WHOLE turkey!  Not only will you save time cooking, you'll also save time carving this bird!  What are you going to do with all your extra time? #turkeydinner @instantpot wp.me/p4Aygm-2SV

Instant Pot Turkey in 30 Minutes – the WHOLE turkey!  Not only will you save time cooking, you'll also save time carving this bird!  What are you going to do with all your extra time?

I had this idea last week, not sure at the time how long it would actually take to do it this way.  I thought I would have to do all the butchering, but found out that the butcher might hack it up to save a ton more time and frustration!

Here's the deal:  by cutting the white and dark meat off the carcass, you'll be able to fit the whole thing into an Instant Pot!  Obviously, this will not result in a crispy browned bird, but never fear!  We've got that figured out.

The result?  All of the turkey meat done in under half an hour of cooking time!  AND carving is a sinch!  You don't have to fight with the whole turkey when it's burning hot while avoiding spilling all the drippings getting it to the cutting board.  Win-win!

How much time did I just save you?  And what are you going to do with it?  Share this recipe with the world?  Go post it in the Instant Pot Facebook group right now!

Oh, and here are a few more recipes to make with your Instant Pot Turkey in 30 Minutes:

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Instant Pot Turkey in 30 Minutes - the WHOLE turkey!  Not only will you save time cooking, you'll also save time carving this bird!  What are you going to do with all your extra time? #turkeydinner @instantpot wp.me/p4Aygm-2SV

Instant Pot Turkey in 30 Minutes – WHOLE Turkey


  • Author: Raj
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 1 turkey
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: holiday

Ingredients

  • 4-6.5 kg (9-15 lbs) turkey (you may be able to get a few more lbs into the 6 Qt Instant Pot, but you'd be pushing it. The 8 Qt however…) ***Get your butcher to break down your turkey to safe you a ton of time and effort. Even better if they'll remove the bones from the breasts!
  • 1-1.5 cups mix of chicken/Turkey Broth and/or liquid from canned mushrooms
  • 2-4 springs of each fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage
  • 2-3 Tbsp Ghee/butter or even better, Maitre D'Hotel Butter
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. If your butcher deboned the breasts, you’ve got time for extra drinks.  If not, remove the bones using a sharp knife and following as close to the bones as possible.  You can feel where they are with your hands.  **We will only be using the breasts, thighs, and legs in this recipe (use the rest in the Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth recipe.  If you roast the rest of the pieces now, you can use these drippings in your gravy as well).
  2. With the trivet in the pot, pour in broth/mushroom liquid.
  3. Massage the breasts (turkey breasts, you perv!), thighs, and legs with 1.5-2 Tbsp ghee or butter.  Salt well.
  4. Arrange the turkey in the Instant Pot with as much space between them as possible to allow faster cooking, and insert the herbs amongst them.
  5. If your turkey is around 4 kg (9 lbs) set the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker to Manual High setting for 20 minutes.  6.5 kg (15 lbs) will need closer to 25 minutes.  I used 23 minutes for a 5.5 kg (12 lb) turkey.
  6. Natural pressure release (NPR) over 10 minutes.
  7. Turn on oven broiler on High.
  8. Place turkey pieces skin-side up in a baking dish.  Coat top with remaining butter/ghee/Maitre D’ Butter.
  9. Broil until skin is crispy and golden brown (under 5 minutes).  DO NOT forget about it!  Burning it now would be tragic!
  10. Carve and serve.  And, whoa!  How much easier is carving this than dealing with the whole bird?!

Notes

This is the gravy that we made:

Put the drippings from any pans (if you roasted the carcass for soup, use that juice) and the liquid from the Instant Pot in a pot or sauce pan.  Add mushrooms from can.  Add a sprig of rosemary, sage, and thyme.  Simmer for a few minutes.

Mix some tapioca or arrowroot powder with ¼ cup cold water.  Whisk into drippings to thicken.  Continue to simmer and add salt and pepper to taste.

Instant Pot Turkey in 30 Minutes - the WHOLE turkey!  Not only will you save time cooking, you'll also save time carving this bird!  What are you going to do with all your extra time? #turkeydinner @instantpot
2018-06-02T00:40:15+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

Not sure what to do with your turkey leftovers? Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup is just what you need! Don't let any of that bird go to waste.

Turkey:  Dark Meat or Light Meat?

Since finally catching up on the podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno (seriously one of the funniest things out there), I found a really interesting podcast called The Fridge Light.  It's a behind the scenes look at parts of the food industry that are not-so-common-knowledge.

The reason I bring it up is that there was an episode called Dark Meat/Light Meat, which is very appropriate at Thanksgiving.

I've mentioned before that my family is definitely about the more flavorful dark meat.  So if you like the light meat, you're more than welcome to come to my family dinner!

End of Year:  How Much Better Was 2017 than 2016?!!

It's getting to be that time of year again.  The shorts are gone, the nipplyness is in the air, and the year is winding down.

I don't always deal with the fall very well since I'm mourning the end of my favorite season and no longer feeling the warmth of the sun on my naked skin.  I need access to a hot tub to get that warmth on me.

Anyway, it's about that time where I look back at this year and what I've accomplished, and what I haven't.  It's been a cool year for sure.

There was all the fun stuff that I got to do!  Who else saw the solar eclipse totality?  I did some camping this summer, met some cool people, drank some great wine, made and ate some incredible food.

I lost 20 lbs of fat that I'd gained during my injury… and then put some back on (it'll be gone before the New Year).  All-in-all, it's been a pretty cool year.

See What TPD Has Done!

The Primal Desire did a lot too:  We discovered and started selling Beautycounter (side note: they've got some great deals on this weekend!).  I'm redesigning the site (though I wish that was already done).  And…

We're finished our first recipe book!!!!!

I'm not going to go into the details right now, but you can be one of the first to pick that up today:  “I'm Hungry!  What Should I Snack On?

We're pretty proud of it!  It's going to be a great tool for paleo challenges, New Year's resolutions, etc.

What else?  OH!

This weekend we're going to hit our first 1,000,000 pageviews!

I realize that to compare that to other websites, it's not a big deal, but for us it's a pretty incredible milestone!

Do you remember 20-30 years ago how incredibly large that number was?  I used to think that 1 million was such an unfathomable quantity!

So: LOTS of stuff to be thankful for!  Including learning how fast and easy making bone broth in the Instant Pot (they've got some killer sales on this weekend too) is!  And making this Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup could not be easier… well, it could be if someone else made it and brought it to you, but that's it.  And what a great way to use leftover turkey light meat!

What are you thankful for this year?  What were your big wins?

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Not sure what to do with your turkey leftovers? Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup is just what you need! Don't let any of that bird go to waste. https://www.theprimaldesire.com/instant-pot-turkey-leftover-soup/

Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup


  • Author: Raj
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 7-10 min
  • Total Time: 20 min (10 min inactive)
  • Yield: 3.5 L
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Soup

Ingredients

  • 2-2 1/2 L turkey broth
  • 2-3 cups leftover turkey meat (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/2-1 lb baby potatoes (halfed)
  • 2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 2 celery sticks (chopped)
  • 1 med-large yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1-2 cups dark leafy greens (eg. bok choy, Swiss chard, kale, collard greens, spinach)(chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional:

  • 2 large leeks (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley or rice
  • 1-2 spicy pepper (diced)

Instructions

  1. Put potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, turkey, (optional) leeks, spicy pepper, and barley or rice in the Instant Pot.
  2. Fill with turkey broth until Instant Pot is 3.5 L full.
  3. Secure lid and under high pressure (soup setting works), cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on how you like your carrots).
  4. Allow to natural pressure release so as not to spray soup all over your kitchen.
  5. Add in leafy greens while still hot to wilt leaves.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy with hot sauce, if you like.

Notes

I love Frank's Red Hot Sauce on my turkey soup.

Not sure what to do with your turkey leftovers? Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup is just what you need! Don't let any of that bird go to waste. https://www.theprimaldesire.com/instant-pot-turkey-leftover-soup/
2018-06-02T00:40:21+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

Pho for Cancer - Pressure Cooker Bone Broth - Raj's sister makes this Pho Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system. Please support her cancer fundraising. http://wp.me/p4Aygm-24B

Devi, my sister, makes this Pho for Cancer: Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system.  Please support her cancer fundraising.

Pho for Cancer

Devi has had a huge impact on my food philosophy and inspires me constantly, both in the kitchen and out.  This is the second year that she has been involved in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 250 km (155 miles) ride over two days to raise money for cancer research and care.

Last year's ride had some intense weather (check out the wind in this video):

I encourage you to take a look at her The Ride to Conquer Cancer profile page and we'd love it if you would also support her via donations to the Ride.  We've all been affected by cancer in one way or another.  And please share via social media (links above and below)!

 

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Devi makes bone broth for her family to drink on a regular basis.  She loves the flavor of the Pho bone broth, and often adds ingredients to make a normal Pho soup.

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Pho for Cancer - Pressure Cooker Bone Broth - Raj's sister makes this Pho Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system. Please support her cancer fundraising. http://wp.me/p4Aygm-24B

Pho-Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth


  • Author: Devi - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Cook Time: 100 min
  • Total Time: 100 min
  • Yield: 4-5 L
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Description

Enjoy as pho with noodles and meat and all the fresh lime and basil and peppers and hot sauce and yumminess you can find, OR just drink it as broth. My 5-year-old loves a warm cup in the morning with his breakfast. 🙂


Ingredients

  • 1-2 yellow/sweet onions
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs bones – You can use beef, ox tail, or turkey necks, or a combination. Combination is great, and ox tail is my favorite for flavor, but just use whatever you have in your freezer. I use whatever I can fit in the IP. 1-1.5 lbs is probably good.

Spices – I don't usually measure …so I'm guessing the amounts.

  • maybe 5 stars, or 1 tsp star anise
  • about 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn – just use a tsp for everything…
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds

Instructions

  1. Chop 1 or 2 onions in half.
  2. Chop 1 piece of ginger in half lengthwise, so that the good stuff is showing.
  3. Broil in oven onions and ginger until charred – maybe 10 min or so. Have your fan on so everytime you check your smoke detector doesn't go off.
  4. While all this is going on, get out your spices. In a non-stick pan, combine all that on low heat until they are fragrant – 3-4 min. Always stir – burnt spices will wreck everything.
  5. Turn Instant Pot onto SAUTE and wait for it to heat up. Add some coconut oil and brown your bones. You will brown these bones on all sides [turn as needed].
  6. As you are doing this, boil water in kettle – this makes the process faster.
  7. Once your bones are browned, turn IP off. Add boiled water, onions and ginger, spices and fish sauce, and salt to taste – probably 1-2 Tbsp.
  8. Fill remainder of Instant Pot with boiled water to max line (or cold water, it'll just take longer).
  9. [Turn InstantPot to] manual setting for 75 min and use a slow pressure release.
  10. Strain and put into jars. I like to freeze mine and thaw them as needed.
I was pretty entertained by Devi's wording on the Pho for Cancer – Pressure Cooker Bone Broth recipe.
Pho for Cancer - Pressure Cooker Bone Broth - Raj's sister makes this Pho Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system. Please support her cancer fundraising. http://wp.me/p4Aygm-24B
2018-03-07T23:22:22+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

An Instant Pot Review - https://www.theprimaldesire.com/instant-pot-re…-cooking-magic/

I had a birthday not too long ago, I didn't NEED anything.   Well, at least that is what I thought, but now after using my Instant Pot DUO-60 7-in-1 for the last few weeks, I don't remember what life was like before my Instant Pot life.  I mean, I barely remember, it's like a bad dream; foggy, grey and fear inducing, always searching for something to eat.  I am so thankful Raj didn't listen to my homemade gift request, because pressure cooking has changed my life.  After working all day, I can get home and make a gourmet meal in less than an hour; using one pot.

*Contest is now closed.

I recently mentioned reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” and have been organizing my home room by room.  The last thing I wanted was another appliance cluttering up my kitchen. I was a little skeptical at first, but Raj sent me a link to Nom Nom Paleo, citing how much she loved her Instant Pot, and had kept it after also doing the KonMari method of organizing, (she refers to it as a “cult”.  I can get behind that).  I already have a minimal amount of counter space, no toaster (who eats bread?); and no microwave (for multiple reasons, put on your tinfoil hat, one day I might tell you about).  After some practice I can give away my slow-cooker and rice maker, this dream machine is a perfect fit for my new less-is-more, and “only what I love” life.

First I had some questions.  What does a pressure cooker do?  How does it work?  Because it's so hot will I lose all the nutrients while cooking my veggies?  I knew pressure cooking was like a steam room for my food, and that the pressure accumulated by trapping water vapor made it super charged, and other science-y stuff.  These are the basics: the trapped vapor increases the heat, shortening the cooking time, while the food retains moisture, and joy of joys, it's valuable nutrients.  You don't get the discoloration of those colored veggies like you would with regular boiling or even steaming.  It keeps your veggies with their true Technicolor hues; and along with the color, the nutrients.

There are still things I haven't had a chance to try in the Instant Pot (who has become a big enough part of my every day life to warrant a name.  Any suggestions?  It has to be powerful and sexy; maybe a womans' name since it is SO amazing at doing it all?).  Coconut yogurt is on my agenda, and the timer/slow cooker functions have still been unused; why wait when things could be ready now?  I find I need to do more eating just to try out all the recipes I want to.  Who wants to come for dinner??

Pressure cooking can be intimidating; when you think of the old days, a pressure cooking mishap would result in an entire kitchen covered with skin melting hot liquid.  There is no reason to be intimidated by the Instant Pot.  With safety features such as: a locking lid, pressure release handle, and a read out display.  You can now rest easy if your kids walk thru the kitchen while the pressure cooker does it's magic.  The Instant Pot keeps you informed and even sings you a little song when dinner is done!

How is the Instant Pot different from other electric pressure cookers?  Um… a InstantPot-IP-DUO 600x600good friend has another brand of electric
pressure cooker, but it doesn't have a yogurt function, and I like the handle on the steam release valve better on the IP.  Having never owned another electric pressure cooker I can't point out individual differences, but where the Instant Pot shines is with outstanding customer support.

Instant pot comes with an easy to use manual, but the Facebook group is second to none.  With more than 15,900 members (and growing); I have never been in an open Facebook group that is so positive and helpful!  As I scroll thru my news feed I am engaged by pictures of mouth-watering foods, and Instant Pot “hacks” or helpful tips.  It also reveals threads of people who may be having problems with IP.  From what I can tell: customer support, and standing behind a quality product are of the utmost importance to this Canadian company.  They have done a great job of moderating a sea of people, so that the support to answer questions world-wide, is just an SOS Facebook call away.  It makes you feel like you are part of a very loving and supportive family!

As my Instant Pot is pretty new, I haven't experienced any major problems yet.  I had a small problem with the pot not pressurizing, after a glance at the manual, it turned out to be an operator error.  After cleaning I hadn't seated the pressure release valve correctly in the lid; a quick adjust and we were back in business!  I have used the Instant Pot at least once per day, every day since my October birthday.  I have bought a second liner and back up seals because: every day use.  If I had a family I might have been able to justify another whole Instant Pot, but I'll have to just borrow Raj's for the multi course Instant Pot meals I have planned.

We have started a Pinterest board all about pressure cooking, not all the recipes are paleo, but they are on our radar to make them grain-, sugar-, and dairy-free!  Nom Nom Paleo has her 10 fave pressure cooking recipes here, and those are paleo!

We are  incredibly excited to offer a $50 discount for The Primal Desire tribe, and a give-away in time for New Years resolutions (enter at the bottom of the page)!

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I feel like this may be one of the best gifts I have ever received, and I'm really not sure I can match it for Raj's up coming birthday, he may have to settle for my un-dying appreciation.  THAT is the gift that keeps on giving (sorry Raj).  I find myself talking about my Instant Pot at parties, at work, to strangers at the grocery store.  I brag to my friends about 7 minute chicken breasts, and gourmet dinners in less than an hour.  It would take more time to get into my car and drive to pick up fast food than making something clean and nutritious at home!  If you are going to invest in just one kitchen appliance I would hands down suggest the Instant Pot DUO-60.  Enter to win, or don't wait, order one today, and then try out Raj's Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken recipe (complete with video of his first run with the Instant Pot).

Quick note from Raj:

My favorite quote from Holley about the Instant Pot so far is “This braised cabbage will only take 4 minutes in the Instant Pot, so…  I'm gonna have a nap!”

What function are you most excited about?  Post it in the comments below!  And don't forget to enter!

 

Check out Instant Pot on Facebook (and the Facebook Community mentioned above) and Twitter.  Instant Pot is “now available on both Amazon.com, and on Walmart.com with an in-store pick-up option”, but you can get the best price as mentioned earlier, using The Primal Desire's $50 off coupon code.
*Contest is open to legal residents of the continental US and Canada who are 18 or older.

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**Please note that Instant Pot provided us with a IP-DUO60 unit to do this review, but that all opinions provided above are our own – and that we were already members of the Instant Pot cult community prior to speaking with the company.  In our experience they truly are a one-in-a-million business and a pleasure to deal with.

 

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2017-10-03T09:55:56+00:00

About the Author:

Real food fan. My first love is baking, and it keeps me sane. I am new to the Paleo lifestyle, but already infatuated. Recovering sugar Junkie. Love awkward situations, drunk people and ridiculously high heeled shoes, especially when they coincide. Always looking for my next great story.

You know and love our Paleo Butter Chicken:  it's easy, it's paleo-ized, and it's DAMN GOOD.  Now, new and improved, you can enjoy your favorite dinner (and omelette with the leftovers) in a fraction of the time with this Instant Pot butter chicken.  By the way, above is a video of my first time with an Instant Pot.

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Saving Time with Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Since this is all about saving time and getting incredible food into you fast, I'm gonna keep this short, and get you straight into the recipe.  BUT, before I do, I need to tell you two things.

First:  This Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 pressure cooker+ is amazing (you can read our Instant Pot review here).  

Second:  We have partnered with Instant Pot to bring The Primal Desire tribe (yes, that means you) a discount when purchasing the Instant Pot.

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So.  When I make my original paleo butter chicken, simmering a Costco-sized pack worth of chicken can take 45-60 minutes (over an hour with prep).  But using the Instant Pot took only 8 minutes to cook the chicken!  And using the Instant Pot requires very little “hands-on” time!  Here's the full breakdown of time:

  • Prep time = 15 minutes (Most of that is cutting the chicken, but if you choose to use whole pieces, just add some more time in the pressure cooker.)
  • Active cooking time = 8 minutes (Heating pot and sauteing onions.)
  • Instant Pot (pressure cooker) time = 17 min (9 minutes to bring to pressure, 8 minutes to cook, and a quick release.)

OK, one more thing:  I decided to name my Instant Pot “Maximus”, 'cause he kicks ass!

Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe Perfected

Scrapped version of pressure cooker butter chicken recipe
My original recipe had some issues coming to pressure, but this “new and improved” version of the Instant Pot Butter Chicken is even better!

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Bowl of paleo butter chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken


  • Author: Raj - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 17 min (8 min active cooking, 9 min coming to pressure)
  • Total Time: 32 min
  • Yield: 2-3 lbs of chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description

You know and love our original Paleo Butter Chicken: it's easy, paleo-ized, and DAMN GOOD. Now make Instant Pot Butter Chicken FAST!


Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs (family pack) boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 1/2 large onions (chopped)
  • 2 1/2 – 3 1/3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder or 2 Tbsp fresh garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp ginger powder or 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 heaping tsp turmeric
  • 2 heaping tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups stewed or canned tomatoes and the liquid
  • 370 ml tomato paste
  • 2 400ml cans coconut milk (*NOT the coconut drink – see link* – Allow these to separate – DO NOT shake. Best if left in the fridge overnight)
  • 2 heaping tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 cup sliced almond
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

Instructions

  1. If your pressure cooker has a sauté setting (as does the Instant Pot), use it to melt ghee.
  2. Add 2 tsp salt and onions. Cook until onions are soft and translucent (you can cover with a lid to speed this process.
  3. Add in garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika and cayenne. Mix in and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add canned tomatoes and the watery portion of coconut milk, mixing thoroughly with spices (getting all of the spices stuck to the bottom off the pan).
  5. Add chicken and stir well.
  6. Assuming you've selected to use bite-sized pieces of chicken, the time to cook the chicken will be fast: 8-10 minutes depending on the pressure your cooker uses. With the Instant Pot it took 8 minutes of pressurized cooking time on the Manual-High mode.
  7. Once cooked, use the quick release of pressure, stir in coconut cream, tomato paste, garam masala and most of the cilantro. Add more salt if needed.
  8. Top with sliced almonds and garnish with more cilantro.

Notes

Don't forget to make cumin riced cauliflower to go with this, and use leftovers in the Butter Chicken Omelette.

You know and love our original: it's easy, paleo-ized, and DAMN GOOD. Now make Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken FAST! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Nh
You know and love our original: it's easy, paleo-ized, and DAMN GOOD. Now make Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken FAST! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Nh

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2018-06-07T22:12:53+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

For all of you who love to make food magic, here is our Kitchen Gift Guide / Wish List in time for Black Friday). Share the food love! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Kh

It's already that time: time to make the Christmas Wish List.  Black Friday is this Friday!  So here is our Christmas Kitchen Gift Guide.  We're focused on those of you, like us, who love to make kitchen magic.  BTW, if you're doing any Amazon shopping, we would appreciate the support of you using out affiliate link (no extra cost to you).

Kitchen Knives

Wusthof and Henckels 500x500I'd like to start off by saying there is really one piece of equipment that makes the biggest difference to the whole cooking experience:  a good chef knife.  My folks gave me money for Christmas a few years ago earmarked for a quality chef's knife.  There were two brands that I had my eye on: Zwilling H.A. Henckels and Wusthof.  I learned about knives on Google, and learned that the best thing is to handle the knife and see what is comfortable for you.  The two models that I liked: the Wusthof Classic Ikon and the Henckel Twin Profection.  The I decided on the Profection because I liked the aesthetics of bolster shape.  But as you might know, I recently won the Classic Ikon set from the Primal Palate.  I've used these knives often as one of my best friends has this set.  Both are fantastic.

Blender

Vitamix 500x500I've been trying to reduce the amount of equipment that I have in the kitchen to essentials.  I can't tell you how pleased I am to have recently purchased a Vitamix.  I have listened to Vitamix owners for years as they rave about their super-charged blender.  And now that I've got mine, made fresh soup in the same it would take to open a can of Campbell's and heat it up, made my own ice cream out of frozen fruit in minutes, and made the smoothest smoothies ever, I'm glad to be in the Vitamix Cult Family.

 

Pressure Cooker +

InstantPot-IP-DUO 600x600Along the same lines as the Vitamix, my recipe blogging idol, Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo is always raving about her Instant Pot.  I'll be honest, my only experience with a pressure cooker was watching my mom use it to do canning while I was growing up.  How did I not know about cooking with one?  I bought one of these crazy machines for Holley's birthday, and call me impressed!  Do you know how much cooking time is cut down by?  This unit's actually got 7 functions which will allow you to get rid of some of your other small kitchen appliances, and save you time!

***I have just been informed by Holley that a pressure canner is different than a pressure cooker.  Sooooo, Holley wants a pressure canner too…

***Important update:  The Primal Desire readers now get a $50 coupon code!!

Food Processor

cuisinart 600x600If there was ever a time-saver when it comes to paleo cooking, it's a CuisineArt food processor for making riced cauliflower, crackers, and crusts on meat pies!

 

 

 

Stand Mixer

Kitchenaid 3 500x500On Holley's wish list is the KitchenAid stand mixer in turquoise “crystal blue”.  Yup, they come in all kinds of colors now!  For you bakers out there, this is the dream.

 

 

 

Spiralizer

SpiralizerThis spiralizer is on my wishlist!  Holley's got a different style, but this is the one I've had my eye on for a while.

 

 

 

Kettle

KettleHolley just splurged on this cool electric kettle from Cuisinart.  I think it's programmable: you can set the water temperature for different types of teas, or if you're a total pansy like me when it comes to hot liquids (my tea is just hotter than lukewarm when I drink it…), and it also holds the temp for 30 minutes.

 

 

Immersion Blender

immersion - 600x600This little gadget also a major time-saver and makes life easier!  The whisk makes mayo and sauces a cinch;  the immersion blender is awesome for soups and gravies; and the chopper is great for small needs (to be honest I barely use the chopper because I enjoy my chef knives so much!).

 

 

Spatula

spatula 600x600I'm really picky about spatulas, so I was pretty pumped when I found this silicone slotted flipper which I use in my non-stick pans.  It doesn't scratch any surfaces, it's a good shape, and it feels cool in your hand.  It's my lil omelette buddy (my red one is in many of my photos).  I buy this as gifts every year, especially for friends whose places I cook at on a regular basis hahaha.

 

 

Thai Curry Pastes

Thai curryGet some easy amazing flavor into someone's life!  Green curry, red curry, yellow curry, matsaman curry, and panang curry pastes.  And you'll need some coconut milk to go with those (Aroy-D is my favorite brand).  Print out your favorite Thai recipes for them too!

 

 

Paleo Cookbooks & Ingredients

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Need some paleo information or cookbooks and ingredients?  We've got a list of many of our favorites in our Shop section.

 

 

 

Speakers

MarleyOK, so this one isn't limited to your kitchen activities, but it sure is nice to so easily have music right there with you, and you can bring with you anywhere else!  These Marley speakers are the bomb.  You can enjoy Holley's Canning Jams on them, or whatever you prefer.

 

 

 

 

For all of you who love to make food magic, here is our Kitchen Gift Guide / Wish List in time for Black Friday). Share the food love! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Kh
For all of you who love to make food magic, here is our Kitchen Gift Guide / Wish List in time for Black Friday). Share the food love! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Kh
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I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!
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