Instant Pot smashed previous records for Amazon Prime Day sales. As of today there are 658,004 people in the Instant Pot Community Facebook group and another 13,419 in a Facebook group devoted just to vegan Instant Pot recipes. Every news outlet from the New York Times to the Today Show has covered the Instant Pot phenomenon. Due to its popularity, there are plenty of articles out there about what the Instant Pot is and how to use it. This isn't one of those articles. This is a sigh of resignation, and a goodbye, to many of my best excuses for not cooking. (This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you buy anything through them. Thank you for supporting Hey Jillian.)
I forgot to soak my dry beans. No longer valid, I can cook dry beans in the Instant Pot in under and hour.
I forgot to thaw meat. Try again, I can cook meat from frozen in the Instant Pot.
Cooking this slow cooker recipe takes all day, and I forgot to start it this morning. This one doesn't work either, I can cook recipes that normally only come out well if cooked low and slow in the Instant Pot in under an hour.
I forgot to make bread dough last night, now it won't be done rising for 8 hours. Nope, in the Instant Pot I can use the Yogurt function to create a perfect little 90°F sealed area that speeds up proofing time dramatically. I can finish bread in two hours total.
I planned on steel-cut oats for breakfast, but they take forever, we should probably just go get egg sandwiches. Nope, not going to work anymore, they take 15 minutes in the Instant Pot.
I have everything to make risotto tonight, but I really don't feel like standing in front of the stove forever. Nice try, but I can make no-stir risotto in 15 minutes in the Instant Pot.
I need broth for this recipe, but it takes all day to make good broth. Goodbye to this one too, I can make regular broth in 20 minutes and bone broth in under 3 hours.
All summer I haven't even been able to say it's too hot to cook. Between my system for a well stocked pantry and the Instant Pot, pretty much every excuse not to cook is out the window. If you have an Instant Pot and you aren't sure where to start, here are some of my favorite recipes from around the internet.
Beef Bourguignon- This is a special having company over in cool weather kind of dinner for us. I do all the steps in the Instant pot, using the saute function to cook the bacon and sear the beef. I cook the whole thing on manual for 20 minutes and it's just amazing, better than the one they serve at our local upscale French bistro.
Mushroom Risotto- This is an incredible side dish to serve with any kind of poultry. So creamy, and 1/20th the work of stovetop risotto.
Chicken Bone Broth- This is happening tomorrow at my house. Having nourishing homemade broth without simmering for days is so luxurious. I love to just drink it on cold days like you would tea.
Black Beans and Rice- Being able to cook dry beans in the Instant Pot is one of the biggest money saving features! This recipe is delicious, I have a hard time not just eating huge bowls of it.
Pulled BBQ Jackfruit- Have you ever had jackfruit? It's a seriously tasty and strange food. We get it canned at Trader Joe's. It cooks up to the same kind of consistency as pulled chicken or pork, and makes the most fantastic vegetarian BBQ sandwiches. We love it on tacos too.
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Brussel Sprouts - All in one pot. Cooked in 20 minutes. Enough said.
Like I said, this thing steals all your excuses. Even a fancy meal with high quality local meat (when you cook from scratch) is cheaper than most mediocre-good take out, and the Instant Pot takes away the time element. One of my favorite aspects of the Instant Pot is that not only are the cook times shorter, but it's inactive cook time. You can go do something else entirely, it's not time you have to be in the kitchen. So take the plunge and get yourself an Instant Pot, and the next time you're thinking about take out for dinner, grab the ingredients for one of these awesome meals and save some money while knocking your socks off. (A much shorter version of this post was originally posted on my previous site, Rhythm of the Days.)
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