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Homemade Turkey Instant Pot Tamales + How To Battle Heartburn

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With the holidays right around the corner, we’re already planning our Thanksgiving meal. Since my mother in law will be out of town, I’m trying to think outside the box and am considering a few alternate main courses for our Thanksgiving dinner table. And these homemade instant pot tamales totally fit that bill! Paired with some rice, beans, and some bunuelos for dessert, our whole meal could take less than an hour to prep with family and make instead of the full day of cooking it normally takes. 

Every year my mom would make enchiladas for Christmas so why not tamales for Thanksgiving, right? Tamales are the perfect meal to get the whole family involved with. Everyone can help make tamales. Plus you can use a turkey filling for the traditional turkey meal! And when you can make them in the instant pot, it’s even better! Because they cook a lot faster than the stovetop steaming method.  But for those who may suffer from frequent heartburn, this meal may not look so appetizing. 

Heartburn sucks. As someone who’s suffered from heartburn since I was a young teen, I’m very familiar with the symptoms and issues that come with frequent heartburn. Not being able to enjoy my favorite foods because they trigger heartburn would take the joy out of family meals. And as someone who’s grown up eating Mexican food on a regular basis, not having my favorite spicy foods just isn’t going to work! Luckily I have Nexium® 24HR 42ct Tablets* in my medicine cabinet.

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Homemade Turkey Instant Pot Tamales

  • 36 corn husks
  • 3 cups of masa harina
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 8 ounces lard (manteca)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups shredded cooked turkey

Soak corn husks for about 1-2 hours in water. Mix 3 cups of masa harina with 2 cups chicken stock and let rest, covered, for 15 minutes.

Combine lard, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium-high speed until well whipped, about 1 minute.

Add one-fourth of the masa at a time to the lard, beating between additions until thoroughly incorporated. Add chicken stock and continue beating until dough is light and has a soft and spreadable hummus-like texture. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Remove tamale dough mixture from the fridge.

Working one at a time, grab a corn husk and place 2-3 tablespoons of tamale dough on larger end of husk and spread into a rectangle approximately 1/4 inch thick, leaving a 1-inch border around edges of husk. Place a heaping tablespoon of turkey in a line down center of dough. Fold over sides of husk so dough surrounds filling, then fold bottom of husk up and secure closed by tying a thin strip of husk around tamale. Repeat with remaining husks, dough, and turkey.

Fill Instant Pot with 1 cup of water and add steam basket or rack. Rest tamales upright in Instant Pot above the water level. Cover and cook on manual for 20 minutes. Use the quick pressure release method to release pressure in the Instant Pot. Once the silver pin has dropped and it’s safe to open the lid, remove tamales from Instant Pot and let rest until dough firms up, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately with salsa verde or store in refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to four months. Defrost and reheat tamales in Instant Pot using the same timing.

Makes 3 dozen tamales.

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Getting together for the holidays is about the experiences we create with our loved ones. Sharing a meal doesn’t have to mean we stick with our traditional ideas of Thanksgiving dinner. Consider stepping out of the box yourself and trying something new this holiday season! Instead of spending hours in the kitchen while the family is in the living room, cut it down to 30 minutes of cook time and spend that extra time with your friends and family making tamales. 

Don’t want to skip the traditional bird for Thanksgiving? Enjoy these tamales the weekend after Thanksgiving and use up the leftovers! Perhaps host your own friendsgiving and have friends come over to help make them with you. 

And if frequent heartburn hits, don’t let it ruin your holiday! Nexium® 24HR provides protection from frequent heartburn so everyone can enjoy the best flavors of the holidays. Did you know just one pill a day provides all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn – no matter what triggers it?* Pretty awesome! 

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What’s your favorite holiday meal? 

Simple Holiday Bento Box Ideas

Simple Holiday Bento Box Ideas

My kids have fallen in love with bento boxes (affiliate link). I started making them when I started packing my lunch (even though I work from home) and they look forward to seeing what I’m going to pack them next. Gone are the days of wanting the same thing for lunch every.single.day like before.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do elaborate bento boxes for my kids lunches. Instead, I choose one thing to make special or cut up and then the rest just goes with the theme of the bento I’m doing. And I always include foods my kids will actually eat. Because even if the baby eats seaweed, the big kids refuse it.

Luckily coming up with simple holiday bento box ideas isn’t difficult. And when you really get down to basics like I do, you can turn just about any classic lunch into a cute bento idea. Just grab a protein, a snack, some fruit and a few veggies and you’re on your way to an awesome bento lunch for your kids.

You can find these simple ideas featured today on Bentgo’s blog.

How do you add a little holiday cheer to your bento box?

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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving, besides the giving thanks and being with friends and family, are the leftovers. The delicious, tasty, easy to heat up and eat whenever you please leftovers. I love Thanksgiving leftovers so much that when I started writing up this post I realized that I had no Thanksgiving leftover recipes of my own. Because I just eat the leftovers as is! Or in a huge, Dagwood style sandwich.

So I reached out and asked my blogging friends what they do with leftovers. And I’m so glad I did. Some of these dishes may sound a little weird, and others sound absolutely amazing. But they all have one thing in common. They’re delicious! [Read more…]

Great Turkey Treats for Kids to Make

great turkey treats for the kids to makeMy kids are finally at that age where they get what Thanksgiving is all about and get excited about joining with family to celebrate what we’re thankful for.

But they also love getting in the festive spirit and making some turkey inspired treats.

Here are a few of our favorite turkey treats for kids to make that are simple and easy to do. [Read more…]

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Tenderloin

Do you ever just get a craving for a meal you normally only have once or twice a year? This past week I was craving the classic flavors of Thanksgiving and couldn’t get it off my mind. So on our weekly run to Trader Joe’s I picked up some turkey breast tenderloins.

They looked almost exactly like the boneless skinless chicken breast I purchase only they were a bit larger. I figured I could simply use the flavors I love from turkey day and modify them a bit to create a tasty weeknight meal.

I’m so glad we went with recreating a classic holiday meal. Not only did it hit the spot but it gave me the opportunity to think outside the box when making dinner. I don’t think I’ll be sticking with just chicken breast when it comes to poultry now!
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Tenderloin [Read more…]

Turkey and Zucchini Lasagna

Turkey and Zucchini Lasagna Turkey and Zucchini Lasagna

One of my favorite dishes to make is lasagna. But because it’s loaded with delicious calories and carbs I tend to make it only 2-3 times a year. But with a few changes I’ve made my favorite dish slightly more forgiving on the calories. This turkey and zucchini lasagna is flavorful, easy to prepare, and worth every extra point I used on it!

My original plan was to use the zucchini as noodles but I didn’t find enough good looking zucchini to do that so that plan will have to wait. And if you try this with my bolognese sauce (recipe to come) I just know you’ll fall in love with this dish.

I think the best part of a lasagna is the re-heating factor. We made enough to serve 6 so we had lunch for the rest of the week! It tasted fabulous heated back up in the oven or the microwave.

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Mini Corn Dogs: Perfect for the Big Game

Mini Corn Dogs

Mini Corn Dogs

With Super Bowl Sunday coming up the only thing on my mind is football appetizers! I’m all about celebrating the super bowl. As long as I don’t have to watch the game and get to enjoy my family and delicious food.

That’s right. While I root and cheer on whatever teams are playing, I’m usually cheering on both sides. Or I pick randomly between the two teams. I’m just not passionate about football. But I am passionate about food. And these mini corn dogs are sure to be a hit at your next party.

The best part? They’re the perfect size for little ones. Now my kids take 1-2 bites out of their hot dog or corn dog and call it a day. All that waste! With these they can finish one in a bite or two and eat more if they’re still hungry. Plus, since I used the Hillshire Farm Turkey Lit’l Smokeys they’re lower in fat without sacrificing the taste.

So if you’re looking to please a crowd and serve something tasty you should definitely try making some mini corn dogs.

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The Perfect Jalapeno Guacamole Turkey Burger

jalapeno guacamole turkey burger

Living in So Cal I am constantly craving something spicy to eat. This burger? It’s the perfect amount of mild heat I need to make the meal tasty. And the best part? I don’t have to shell out much money to create a restaurant-quality gourmet burger.

I was hoping to also include some delicious Wholly salsa as well but my store didn’t carry it. I’ll be heading out again to purchase some from another retailer before the super bowl because you better believe that these are going to be on the menu! With Wholly salsa.

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Low-Fat Turkey Chili with Beans {4 WW pp+}

Turkey Chili with Beans

One thing that has become very apparent these past two weeks is that it is, in fact, football season again. My tv is once again taken over and Sunday afternoons and Monday nights are filled with the sound of yelling and cheering.

I have to be honest though, I’m not really that into football. But I am into football food! The excuse to invite people over to sit around and eat appetizers and yummy bbq is just too enticing. And one of my favorite go to recipes to make is a delicious turkey chili with beans.

Not only is it quick and easy, it can simmer in the slow cooker all day and be used as needed for munching. Plus it’s versatile. We put chili on just about everything. Hot dogs, nachos, fries, etc. It makes just about anything better. And it’s low fat! That’s right. This recipe is filled with low fat turkey chili, tons of veggies, and spices and seasonings to create a flavor you will love. [Read more…]



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