Are you like me, scrambling to figure out what’s for dinner at the last minute? If you are looking for ways to cook a healthy, simple but delightful meal in a short period of time, look no further! Your solution is an Instant Pot!
My husband came home several months ago with a new Instant Pot knock off called “Nuwave”. He received it as a gift from one of the companies as a promo. He thought I would be thrilled. I’m embarrassed to say I knew very little about them at the time. I was working long hours so… I threw it in a corner and simply forgot about it.
DISCOVERING A PRESSURE COOKER
Several months later after wrapping up a contracting job with a company, I had some time to start thinking about food planning again. That’s when I remembered the Instant Pot collecting dust in the corner. I opened the box up and surprisingly it was easy to set up. When I say easy, I didn’t have to follow directions!
Having no idea what was going to be my first experiment, I looked in the freezer and noticed a whole chicken. The Instant Pot gives “instant” gratification, right? I googled “instant pot frozen whole chicken” and sure enough, several websites came up. One website promised the frozen chicken would be complete in 30 to 50 minutes?!!! Are you serious?!! I had to try this recipe out.
I cut up an onion and spread it evenly on the bottom, threw a cup of water in, placed the trivet on the bottom (part of the accessories in the box) and rubbed some spices all over. I used a wonderful recipe for the spices I discovered years ago on the 100 days of Real Food website. You’ll be excited to see most ingredients will be found in your spice rack.
I turned the Instant Pot on and timed it for 1 hour since my bird was bigger than the 4 pounds specified in the recipe. I let out some stream when the timer went off (it beeps) and wow, she was done! I made some chicken salad and then threw her carcass back in the pot for delicious chicken stock for an hour and 20 minutes.
Since I’ve opened my new Nuwave (aka Instant Pot), I have made FROZEN beef stew and even cooked FROZEN ground beef for tacos. It is a great time saver since it reduces the time allotted for a crock pot. It frees up your time stirring and using extra gadgets like pots and pans.
Today, I was cleaning out my pantry and discovered I can get rid of three kitchen items thanks to the pressure cooker. I gave away my yogurt maker, pressure cooker and an extra crock pot. They found a new home with several friends. My Instant Pot is now part of my “must have” kitchen tools.
I highly recommend a pressure cooker as it deserves a permanent place on your counter top. It can replace your crock pot, extra pans and other items I mentioned above. It will also eliminate the temptation to waste money on fast food when your crock pot can’t get your food ready in time! If you do get an Instant Pot, you’ll want to join the Instant Pot Community on Facebook! It’s a great place to get advice on how to use one and of course delicious recipes.
RESOURCE ROUND UP
Thanks to my blogger friends in the homeschool community, I have gathered a round up of resources for Instant Pot Recipes and Ideas. These recipes are simple and delicious, so make sure you incorporate them into your meal plan.
Check it out HERE. Until next time my friends!