I totally did NOT buy an Instant Pot last summer, like everyone else. Honestly, I wasn’t totally sure what it was, and why I needed it. But when I moved, I saw my ten year old crock pot in a whole new light…a light that landed it firmly in the trash can. It was time. So instead of just getting another crock pot, I upgraded and got the 6 quart Instant Pot. It took about a month to decide whether the 6 quart or the 8 quart was the right size, and I am insanely glad I got the 6 quart – because that thing is big enough!
What sold me on that was watching my mom put a roast, plus carrots and potatoes – a dinner for 6 people – into her 6 quart Instant Pot.
Not everything is best cooked in an Instant Pot. I haven’t tried a dessert, because I’m uber skeptical that it would actually taste good… But so far, the things I’ve used my Instant Pot for have all been winners! I’m still a total newbie when it comes to using this thing, but I thought I would share how I use my Instant Pot, in case you were on the fence about getting one. Or, you needed a few suggestions on how to use it!
HOW I USE MY INSTANT POT (SO FAR)
I LOVE, love this recipe! I made this almost a similar recipe without the Instant Pot, and let me tell you, it taste a million times better made in the Instant Pot! I don’t add the spinach – I kinda hate wilted spinach – and instead of frozen brown rice, I use a packet of Seeds of Change. It taste amazing with the yellow curry!
COOKING BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS
Initially, cooking frozen chicken breast was my motivation for getting an Instant Pot. Then someone told me chicken breasts were gross if cooked that way…. I took a chance. And I’m not gonna lie, that person was wrong! When it comes to needed shredded or chopped, cooked chicken – for enchiladas, or chicken salad, or chicken pot pie – the Instant Pot is queen! I use my Instant Pot for chicken breast at least once a week. Mostly because you can cook them from FROZEN!
CHEDDAR CHICKEN, BROCCOLI AND RICE
My husband is a BIG fan of this meal! It’s not a soup – but it has all the same flavors! Plus, I almost always have broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese on hand so this is one of the easiest meals for me to make in a pinch! (And I’ve used instant brown rice in the recipe, and it’s worked out just fine!)
Guys… the absolute easiest way to steam a sweet potato, and it’s done in about 30ish minutes. And I have tried it yet, but dicing a raw sweet potato and steaming it that way would even bring time down! Especially if you’re going to add the sweet potato to a recipe like this (which I made and it’s also delicious!)
Do you have an Instant Pot?!?! What should I try next?!