Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Winter is the perfect season for soups, chowders, and chilis. Their hearty warmth is comforting on a cold day, and the flavors of the season are to die for! Years ago, my husband developed a tasty recipe for potato soup. A few years later, my daughter added to the recipe to make a comfort foodContinue reading “Loaded Baked Potato Soup”

Making Magic With Holiday Leftovers

Not sure what to do with excess holiday leftovers? I’ve got some options for you that are simple and sure to please. This Turkey Chowder is a delicious way to enjoy leftover turkey on a chilly winter day and making it in the Instant Pot is a breeze! If you made ham this year, youContinue reading “Making Magic With Holiday Leftovers”

Quick & Easy Holiday Desserts

Looking for quick and easy holiday dessert options? The Ginger Optimist has you covered! Click the links below for instructional videos and recipes. Pistachio Salad is blend of creamy and crunchy and is a breeze to make! This lovely dessert is sure to delight the senses without breaking the bank. Click here for more information.Continue reading “Quick & Easy Holiday Desserts”

Protein Packed Veggie Burgers (Gluten Free)

If you like black beans you will love this veggie burger. A friend challenged me to make a veggie burger and so I did. Not only did I like it, I really liked it. In fact, the first time I made them I cooked one and ate it and immediately cooked a second one toContinue reading “Protein Packed Veggie Burgers (Gluten Free)”

Instant Pot Pork Roast & Sauerkraut (quick & easy)

I love pork roast and sauerkraut. However, I didn’t grow up eating it. In fact, as a child if my mom would have cooked this I probably would have said, “Yuck, can I go get a hamburger?” My husband’s grandparents on his mom’s side were German. After we got married they very quickly became GrandmaContinue reading “Instant Pot Pork Roast & Sauerkraut (quick & easy)”

Scrumptious Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

The other day I made a batch of stuffed turkey meatballs. They are easy to make and taste so yummy! I love making food that I can eat some right away and then freeze some for a later time. Stuffed turkey meatballs definitely are one of those foods. When you are hungry for spaghetti andContinue reading “Scrumptious Stuffed Turkey Meatballs”

Orange Chicken in the Instant Pot

Recently I had the privilege of spending two weeks with one of my dearest friends in Arizona. We had such a wonderful time together. I had fun cooking in her beautiful kitchen. One of the things I cooked was, you guessed it, orange chicken. That’s where the video below was recorded. Wow, talk about aContinue reading “Orange Chicken in the Instant Pot”

Instant Pot Egg Bites

Want a quick and easy protein breakfast or snack? The other day I made egg bites in my instant pot. It was super easy. You can make them in 4 oz. mason jars or use egg bites silicone molds. The best part is, you can make several ahead and put them in your refrigerator. WhenContinue reading “Instant Pot Egg Bites”