Busy Much? Instant Pot to the Rescue

I’m all in for life. All in to take care of my kids, neighbors, friends, family, and whoever needs it. Sometimes (maybe a lot of times) I overextend myself. So all I do is run around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Run here, run there. Day in and day out. And somehow I’m supposed to have time to make dinner every night, too?

I needed a game changer. You know, like ordering your groceries online and then just picking them up. If you haven’t done it, do it!

Instant Pot

Instant Pot saves the day—more like many days

Okay, now I’m just getting off track. Back to dinner.

As I was talking to my sister one day, she mentioned that she loved her new Instant Pot. I really hadn’t heard much about these, so I started researching. All I found was how amazing they are.

Sometimes you can believe everything you read on the internet. Because this thing is AMAZING. Steam your veggies in one minute. Yes, you read the right—one minute to perfectly beautiful steamed asparagus. Taste the best hard-boiled eggs you’ve ever had in seven minutes.

One day, I realized I hadn’t planned much for dinner for the week and started thinking what I could do to help for a few nights. I pulled out six frozen chicken breasts, put them in my Instant Pot, and within 30 minutes they were done. I used that chicken in a couple of recipes throughout the week.

Tips From My Lessons Learned

I will say that I haven’t had my Instant Pot that long. I haven’t made a ton of recipes yet, and I’m still learning the tricks. Here are two of the “pro” tips I’ve found:

  1. Pressuring up takes a little bit of time: On top of the recipe cook time, keep in mind that your Instant Pot will take a few minutes to “come to pressure.” Mine seems to take five to 10 minutes, depending on how much food is in it. It is something to plan on. For me, it’s nice because I can get other things ready while I wait.
  2. Sauté up a storm: One great feature is the ability to sauté in your Instant Pot. One day I decided to make chicken noodle soup. I used the sauté setting to cook the chicken, celery, onions, and garlic first. Then I poured in all of the liquid and remaining ingredients to finish cooking. It’s truly a one-stop shop. You can even cook pasta and sauce together at one time, in the same pot.

Recipes I Stumbled Upon and Enjoyed

I haven’t come up with my own recipes yet. Of course, there are endless blogs you can search that have easy, amazing options. I’d like to share a few of the favorites I’ve discovered.

4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chile Verde

From Two Peas & Their Pod

From Two Peas & Their Pod

One-Minute Quinoa and Veggies

Instant Pot One-Minute Quinoa and Veggies

From Super Healthy Kids

Pressure Cooker Chili-Lime Chicken

From Our Best Bites

Instant Pot Korean Beef 

Instant Pot Korean Beef

From Cookies and Cup

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash 

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

From Nomnompaleo

Take the Instant Pot plunge

The fabulous Instant Pot is quick. So quick that even as busy as I am, I still have time to experiment and find recipes I enjoy. I’ve already learned how to tweak them for my family’s needs. What you’ll find when you buy yours is the same thing I found—it takes no time to start delivering quick and delicious meals. Do yourself a favor and purchase the Instant Pot. You’ll thank me for it. Your busy life will thank me for it. And any additional mouths you might be feeding will thank you for it.

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1 reply
  1. Amber Lanz
    Amber Lanz says:

    I love my instant pot! I use it all the time. Some of my favorites are vegetable soup, chili, seafood chowder, sausage rice soup, ham and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, corned beef, rice and all different veggies steamed.


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