Hello Instant Pot!

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Last November we had a discussion on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page about the Instant Pot.  The Instant Pot users raved about it and said they use it multiple times each week. They claimed it was fast, easy, and the food was delicious. I figured I’d better do a little research!

The Instant Pot is a 7 in 1 appliance that can be used for all sorts of things, but the big deal is that it is a modern pressure cooker. It’s not like the ones I used to fear, this is computerized, and just about as fancy as you can get.

The Instant Pot went on sale during the Black Friday madness, and quite a few of us bought them. Once again we chatted it up on my Facebook page. Mine arrived, and I was so busy, that it sat in the garage, still in the box, until after the holidays.

I finally unwrapped it, read the manual, and looked through the recipe book, which didn’t seem to have many recipes we would love – turnip cake, yikes. I tried a few simple things, like throwing in frozen chicken breasts and quickly transforming them into tender, ready to be chopped or shredded, cooked chicken in a remarkably short amount of time.

Now I’m beginning to branch out. Thankfully, there are whole websites devoted to pressure cooking and I’m finding recipes my family would like. I’ve begun gathering them on my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pinterest board. Last week I made Carne Guisada and it was delicious. It is quite satisfying to see my Instant Pot and rice cooker side-by-side on the counter, cooking away. How easy can it get?

I’ve also made steel cut oats, which were fast and delicious; Ebenezer devoured them. In fact, I should get some cooking right now before the kids wake up.

All of you Instant Pot users, please share your tips and recipes! I know that many of us are new to this incredible little appliance and I would love to use mine more. If your recipe or tip can be found online, feel free to leave a link in the comments and I’ll find it.

I’ll gather the information and publish it all in one post. Let’s help each other out!

encourage one another,

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

10 Comments

  1. Heidi Messinger Fluegel
    January 19, 2016

    I LOVE my Instant Pot! I make boiled eggs in it multiple times a week… I just put a cup of water in the bottom, then set it on manual high for 6 minutes. I do a quick release of pressure, then put the eggs in cold water to get them to stop cooking. Delicious!! I have also done soft boiled eggs in it. I do them for 3-4 minutes. The eggs are SO easy to peel!

    I also really love the Great Big Pressure Cooker book. It has SO many recipes and they are delicious!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 19, 2016

      I haven't tried that yet – your method sounds simple! Thank you.

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  2. Kemery
    January 19, 2016

    Steaming eggs makes them so easy to peel (although I just do them on the stovetop, works the same.)

    I just got my electric pressure cooker last week! I've been experimenting, but found a couple great recipes recently. Last night we did the Vera Cruz frozen fish packets from Trader Joes in 9min (from frozen) and a quick quinoa with turmeric and cumin in 1min. Dinner was done in 30min with one pot, fed 6 people and took basically zero effort. I'm hooked!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 19, 2016

      That all sounds wonderful. I'm excited to try new recipes!

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  3. cathylank
    January 19, 2016

    I love veggie soups in the Instant Pot. Butternut squash, tomato, cauliflower leek, broccoli, sweet potato, on and on. Basic approach is to dump in the veggies, a chopped onion, a box of chicken broth, spices, and then cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, quick release, puree with immersion blender. I've also made yummy chicken, again so easy. I think margin for error is pretty broad! I was intimidated by mine for almost a year and only used it as a slow cooker, now after some practice I'm much more comfortable. Enjoy!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 19, 2016

      Great idea for the soup. I'm glad to hear that the margin for error is broad, I also have been a little intimidated.

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  4. Pam
    January 19, 2016

    Split Pea soup! SO Yummy and easy. We got also the day after Thanksgiving and have a lot of new favorites. Check out you tube for for ideas. I did a roast with carrot & potatoes I followed from YouTube. Unbelievable. Ribs, Fajitas, Sweet & Sour Pineapple Chicken Thighs, Lentil Soup, Rice. You really can't mess it up! The cooking park is fast but always keep in mind it takes time for the machine to pressurize. Keep experimenting. Feels like a science lab for dinner!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 20, 2016

      Great ideas, Pam. I need to get on YouTube and try more recipes.

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  5. Jeri
    January 20, 2016

    Amazon is showing different models. Which one did you ladies buy?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 20, 2016

      Here is a link to the one I have: http://amzn.to/1naxXxv
      It's the one on the far left of the ads at the bottom of the post.

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