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Yep! I am addicted to my Instant Pot!
My husband calls me his Hobby of the Month Girl and it’s totally true! If you follow my Pinterest boards, you will see I jump from one super-obsessed subject to another and I almost never circle back. My current obsession is the Instant Pot! This is a recent image of my brain from a brain scan:
My most recent obsession is my Instant Pot. This thing is AWESOME! I can get dinner on the table without standing over the stove. This model has 7 functions:
- Slow Cooker
- Rice Cooker
- Warmer (I’m not sure this should count)
- Yogurt Maker
- Pressure Cooker
That last one is where the magic happens. I know next to nothing about pressure cooking, but I know it cooks things FASTER! And, when it comes to getting dinner in my mouth, faster is better!!
So far, I’ve made a delicious Gluten Free mac and cheese with 4 minutes of cook time (once the pot gets up to pressure, which is similar to bringing water to a boil on your stove top).
*delicious Gluten Free mac and cheese with 4 minutes of cook time (once the pot gets up to pressure, which is similar to bringing water to a boil on your stove top).
*Steel cut oats
*Hard boiled eggs
*Carne Guisada, which I had never heard of but it now makes my mouth water just writing it!
*Shrimp Scampi Paella
Did I mention we’ve had it for a week? Yeah, so that’s why this is called an addiction! And I’m not the only one. There is an Instant Pot Facebook Group with over 300,000 members. Yowza! This group is super helpful and not judgemental at all, even with a HUGE influx of newbies! So let’s get to it. Why am I addicted to my Instant Pot?
With the Instant Pot, you have just one stainless steel pot to clean.
Yep, imagine having ONE pot to clean after you make your family a tasty meal. Seriously. One pot after making spaghetti and meatballs…no strainer, two pots, one for pasta and one for sauce. Just. One. Pot.
No babysitting the stove top with the Instant Pot.
Imagine making your typical blue box mac and cheese. You put your water in the pot, set it to boil, check a bunch of times to see if the water is boiling, which it isn’t because you keep checking. Then it comes to a boil, so you dump in your pasta and you stir it to make sure it doesn’t clump together. Then you sit down for a few minutes, only to jump up when the pot boils over. Only then do you realize you forgot to set the timer, so you won’t be sure when the pasta is done. After a few guess-and-checks, it’s done. You dig out your strainer, strain that stuff, put in the butter and milk and that weird orange powder. Mix and eat, feeling a little bad that this is the quality of meal you’ve grown accustomed to.
Now, picture this: measure some water or chicken stock into the Instant Pot. Dump in the noodles and maybe stir for good measure. Set it to 4 minutes and lock the lid. Anxiously check the digital display for a while, because this is your first actual meal in the Instant Pot. Wait for it to come to pressure, then count down 4 minutes. It beeps and you release the steam, which can be a tiny bit scary the first time. Dump in a can of evaporated milk and two cups of shredded cheese. Stir up the cheesy goodness and feel like June Cleaver for serving your family this ooey-gooey homemade bowl of love.
Tremendous support and a gajillion Instant Pot recipes.
To kick it off, The Facebook Group with 300,000 people. One can lurk there for hours and hours and hours. One might like so many posts that one’s Facebook feed becomes nothing but this one group and one might be seriously delighted to continue to feed the addiction before one has even ordered an Instant Pot. Or not. Maybe that’s just me.
There are other specialized Facebook groups for different interests and eating styles. My husband had Celiac, so our meals are primarily gluten free. I eat in more of a low-carb keto style and there are groups for those, too. There are tons of Pinterest Boards and lots of Kindle ebooks, mostly free. There are numerous bloggers and YouTubers that share recipes and techniques, too.
The company itself is a great resource and answers emails promptly.
But really, for me it’s all about that Facebook group!
Tasty food in less time that I can make it otherwise
One of the first meals I made was Shrimp Scampi Paella. You literally dump ingredients in the pot…shrimp, rice, butter, parsley, garlic, water or broth, then you turn it on. Once it comes to pressure, which takes about as long as to get water boiling on your stove, you just wait 4 minutes. Then, dinner. Yep, dinner in 15 minutes. You can make meat from frozen without thawing, which is awesome if you are not a pre-planner. Which I am not. Tasty spaghetti squash that tastes better and takes less time than in the microwave. So awesome!
The Instant Pot has inspired me to cook more.
For me, this has been the best part. It takes a LOT for me to decide what to eat or make a meal plan, go to the grocery store, and actually make dinner. I just don’t like it. Because of this, my husband has been our head chef for the last several years. The Instant Pot has me excited to cook dinner again! I’ve collected a bunch of recipes on Pinterest, I’m putting them into an awesome meal planning website (more later) and getting to the store. I count down until I can FINALLY start making dinner. And clean up is a breeze, so that practically takes care of itself. No, I’m serious. I’ve found that cooking dinner makes me feel like a better mom and wife, and that just makes life better all around.
So what are you waiting for? Get an Instant Pot Today! You can thank me later by sharing your favorite recipes!
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