Fresh Fridays, February 18

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Whew, do you ever have weeks where you keep thinking it’s later in the week than it really is? All week long, my husband and I kept thinking it was Thursday, that started on Monday! Haha, makes for a long week!

But here we are, Friday at last! And President’s day weekend too! An extra day to sleep in, bake and relax!

I am so excited to share a brand new recipe with you, one that is so easy, with flavors that are simple yet over-the-top amazing! Plus more great, easy and delicious comforting recipes!

Let’s jump right in!

What’s New in the Kitchen

Instant Pot ground beef stroganoff on plate with fresh thyme.
Your new favorite easy weeknight dinner!

This easy Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff takes about 10 minutes to put together, and another 20 minutes inactive cooking time and you have a delicious, budget friendly dinner sure to please the whole family on the table!

No Instant Pot? No problem! I give easy stovetop and Crockpot instructions as well!

The best part of this 30 minute meal? No canned soup and no dry soup mix!

Mongolian Beef image of black bowl filled with Mongolian beef, rice and broccoli with chopsticks on top.

Healthier Mongolian Beef

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this mouthwatering, shaved steak Mongolian Beef.

Skip take out and instead make your own better-than-takeout one bowl meal!


Horizontal image for beer cheese soup with bowl of soup in wooden bowl with spoon on a black plate with soft pretzel beside sitting on a rustic wood surface.

Have you ever tried, beer cheese and bacon soup? NOW is the time to make this amazing soup!

Filled with veggies, clean all-natural ingredients, like sharp white cheddar and Colby cheese, this soup will become a fall favorite. Simple step-by-step instructions for the best, comfort food ever!

Make some of these chewy homemade pretzels to go with the soup!

6 grid with images for comfort food recipes L-R poblano soup, shepherd's pie, cheddar bay biscuits, pot roast, raspberry salmon and chile relleno casserole.

Comfort Food

These tried and true recipes are wholesome, delicious and some even a little bit nutritious!

  1. Creamy Chicken Poblano Soup | a Joanna Gaines recipe made with tons of veggies! This soup is so delicious!
  2. Skillet Shepherd’s Pie | AKA Cottage pie, meaning it’s made with ground beef vs. ground lamb. So good!
  3. Ever had Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits? These warm cheesy biscuits are ready in 20 minutes!
  4. Sunday Pot Roast | Fix it, forget it, then savor this beautiful tender pot roast.
  5. Raspberry Salmon has 3 ingredients and is ready in minutes! Healthy & Delish!
  6. You can eat this Chile Relleno Casserole for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

This week my favorite video of the week is this song by Mandisa, Overcomer! It’s encouraging and filled with hope!

“We put our hope in the Lord.
    He is our help and our shield.
 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.”

Psalm 33:20-21 (NLT) 

graphic with swirl and says favorite tool of the week
5 minutes on the Instant Pot for oatmeal for high altitude.

The Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen tools and it stands to reason that it’s my favorite tool this week, it is a winner for an easy dinner!

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With joy and hope,

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P.S. Be sure to browse through last weeks Fresh Fridays for more great recipes!

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About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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