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Easy-Peasy Salsa Chicken in the Instant Pot

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 25, 2018 · 0 comments

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Have you ever had to deal with frequent heartburn? Let me tell you -- it really sucks. For me, it started when I was pregnant with my first. I was fortunate that it disappeared soon after giving birth, but with each successive pregnancy, it hung around just a little longer.

By my fifth pregnancy, even WATER gave me heartburn. I mean, how weird is that? Bottles of those chalky calcium carbonate antacids were my constant companion, but they never really quashed that burning sensation entirely. And it was a miserable experience trying to choke them down.

Thankfully, these days I only get heartburn a couple of times a week. But that's just enough to make it pretty annoying. However, I know spicy foods, like this yummy salsa chicken, are often a trigger. So I can head it off before it even starts with a dose of Omeprazole ODT!

What does that ODT stand for? Well, it's an orally disintegrating tablet -- that comes in a pleasant strawberry flavor. You simply place the tablet on your tongue, and it quickly dissolves. No water necessary! Which makes it super discreet and convenient to take.

For best consumption experience, allow tablet to dissolve on your tongue. Do not chew Omeprazole ODT tablets or dissolve in liquid. Use as directed, taking 1 dose every 24 hours for 14 days to complete the treatment. You should not take Omeprazole ODT for more than 14 days unless directed by your doctor.

Omeprazole ODT is intended for frequent heartburn sufferers (2 or more days a week). Although some feel relief within a day of the first dose, it may take up to 4 days to feel the full effect. Omeprazole ODT is not intended for immediate relief.

I pick up the Equate brand at Walmart -- it works just as well as the national brands, but it's WAY more affordable. And I LOVE keeping more money in my wallet. Don't you?

Speaking of saving money, Walmart always has the best prices on the ingredient for this salsa chicken. So while I'm picking up a box of Equate Omeprazole ODT, I can also grab some chicken breasts, restaurant-style salsa (I like the refrigerated brand in the produce section), chicken stock, and taco seasoning all at bargain prices. You won't believe how easy this recipe is!

I make this salsa chicken in my Instant Pot, which ensures juicy and tender shredded chicken in just about 20 minutes. Simply pour the chicken stock into the insert, place the chicken breasts on a trivet, and top each breast with a mixture of salsa and taco seasoning. Set the Instant Pot for 15 minutes at high pressure, and then let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure.

I like to turn on the sauté function to reduce the remaining liquid while I shred the cooked chicken. Then I mix it all back together with a little more fresh salsa, and voila -- and easy and delicious protein that's super versatile! Eat it as is, use it in meal prep, make tacos, make enchiladas... I could go on and on. My kids adore this easy recipe, and I think your family will, too!

Easy-Peasy Salsa Chicken in the Instant Pot


  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2-lbs.)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 (16-oz.) container restaurant-style salsa, divided
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)


  1. Pour the chicken stock into the Instant Pot insert. Set the chicken breasts on a trivet inside the insert.
  2. Stir taco seasoning into salsa and mix well. Top the chicken breasts with about 3/4 of the salsa mixture, reserving the remaining 1/4 for later.
  3. Cook at high pressure for for 15 minutes.
  4. Allow to NPR for 5 minutes. Release any remaining pressure, remove the chicken breasts from the Instant Pot, and shred. While shredding the chicken, turn the Instant Pot to sauté to reduce the remaining liquid. Stir the shredded chicken back into the remaining liquid, along with the reserved salsa. Serve warm.

A printable version of this recipe and step-by-step instructions can be found on Unsophisticook.

Try this yummy Instant Pot salsa chicken soon... Don't forget your Omeprazole ODT if spicy foods are a heartburn trigger for you, too!


Get $3 When You Sign Up for Swagbucks in April!

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 6, 2018 · 0 comments

All throughout April you can earn large bonuses when you sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link.

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I use the gift cards I earn every month to supplement the payment on my monthly Subscribe & Save order!

If you're new to Swagbucks (or not), be sure to check out my comprehensive post on earning SB to learn how to earn even more after you register!


Join Me for the 10-day Meal Planning Bootcamp!

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 28, 2017 · 0 comments

Fact: meal planning is NOT one of my strengths. Oh, I know all of the reasons why I should be doing it, like:

  • saving money by eating more at home (DUH!)
  • eliminating the last minute "what's for dinner?" rush
  • eating more real food (which also saves money)
  • less food waste (I'm guilty of this)
  • saving time on shopping and food prep

So what am I going to do about it in 2018? Well, I'm starting by joining this meal planning bootcamp.

"The bootcamp offers daily meal planning tips + assignments that you can complete in 20 minutes or less to help you organize your kitchen, tackle meal planning like a pro, and make 2018 your healthiest year yet."

This sounds exactly like what I need. I love the every day small task format -- easy info and tips that are simple to implement should help keep me motivated. If you need meal-planning help, too, JOIN ME! Did I mention it's FREE?

Today is the last day to register -- the bootcamp starts 12/30. Over 45,000 other people have already signed up! Need some extra accountability? I know I do, so I'll be attacking my daily task first thing each day and posting an update in the Bits & Bites group on Facebook. Hop on over and introduce yourself so we can do this together. Because it's more fun that way, right?

Happy meal planning, everyone!


Hey guys! I just wanted to make sure you all don't miss out on the fabulous FREE Non-Toxic Cleaning Essentials Kit from Grove that I shared a few days ago.

Basically you get ALL of the following free with any $20 purchase:

  • Grove Collaborative Cleaning Concentrates (3-pk.)
  • Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle with Silicone Sleeves
  • Grove Collaborative Microfiber (3-pk.)
  • FREE Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

That's over a $30 value FREE with $20 purchase!

How often do you see a free offer where the freebie is actually a higher value than what you need to spend to get it??? In my experience, almost never.

Don't miss out on this cleaning essentials set! Here's how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Personal Care Set for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Your cart may autopopulate with some suggested products, but you can delete them and choose the combination of products and scents you love! You'll receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Need an idea for what to order to qualify for this offer? MY suggestion is to add two more of the Glass Spray Bottles so you can mix up a batch of each cleaner. Just make sure to adjust the colors of the silicone sleeves in your cart so you get one of each.

Your total will be $25.90, qualifying you for the FREE Cleaning Essentials set. Set! Plus, when I just tested this, Grove added a bonus FREE Stoneware Tray to my order valued at $9.95!!!

CURRENT CUSTOMER BONUS: If you are already a Grove Collaborative customer, click to get a FREE set of the Grove walnut scrubbers. Yay!


How To Make Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 21, 2017 · 0 comments

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes -- how to make baked potatoes in your crockpot, seriously the easiest method with zero cleanup. Prep baked potatoes for dinner or for a baked potato bar for your next gathering with this set it and forget it technique! | slow cooker baked potatoes in foil | easy recipes | game day recipes | tailgating recipes | homegating recipes | potluck recipes | find the recipe on

Have you ever made Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes? It's simply the easiest and most convenient way to make baked potatoes for a crowd!

Whether you're hosting a holiday gathering, game day get together, potluck dinner, etc., a baked potato bar is going to be a HUGE hit -- and this is, hands down, the simplest way to get the job done!!!