The Instant Pot. Have you heard of it? Did you get one for Christmas? What’s the deal with these Instant Pots?! Ugh. They are changing the way we make dinner for our busy families – what’s up with that?! I mean, I used to love spending 5 hours cooking dinner but now it only takes 20 minutes. What the heck?! Are you sensing my sarcasm, yet?
I was gifted an Instant Pot last Christmas. And let me tell you, it IS the magical unicorn of kitchen necessities. Seriously. Not kidding one bit. I use it weekly, especially in the Fall and Winter seasons. I make chili in 20 minutes, rice in 7 and hard boiled eggs in 6. This has been a game changer. In fact, once I even made a *frozen* tri tip for dinner in less than an hour. *GASP* The witchery!
If you’re reading this and aren’t really sure what an Instant Pot is, it’s a pressure cooker from heaven. Ok, not really from heaven, but it’s amazing. InstantPot.com says it’s a “multi-programmable electric cooker.’’ Yes, yes it is. *insert heart-eye emoji here*
Why am I so excited for this piece of kitchen equipment? Why am I going on and on and on professing my love for it? Because it is today’s BUSY family’s GAME CHANGER. If you’re a busy mom, like myself, getting homemade meals on the table is hard. It is. The kids (whether you have 1 or 10+) are busy with activities throughout the week. Some kids even have multiple commitments and that makes getting dinner on the table even harder. For a long time, I would just opt to get take out. It’s easier and more convenient. Unfortunately, it’s not the best for providing my family nutrient dense, whole food. Kids need whole foods to nourish their growing and changing bodies. Not fast food.
Enter the Instant Pot. And sparkles. Riding on a magical unicorn.
I believe this is what will put fast food out of business! Ok well, at least I can hope. For the busy mom (and dad) there is hope for getting a home cooked meal on your dinner table, instead of the day-in-day-out fast food. You can even make bone broth (which normally is about a 24 hour process) in just a few hours in the Instant Pot. If your goal or New Year’s Resolution is to provide more homemade meals for your busy family, you just might want to invest in an Instant Pot. (No, my post isn’t sponsored. I wish it was. Then maybe I could get you a coupon code. But I don’t have that kind of power.)
If you’ve considered purchasing an Instant Pot and aren’t sure on the size, we have the 6qt and it is perfect for my active family of 4. Do you have more mouths to feed? The 9qt might be your best bet. I don’t know anyone who has the smaller 3qt but I would assume this would work great for those cooking for 1-2 people.
Here are my go-to Instant Pot recipes:
From Balanced Bites: Super Easy Paleo Chili Recipe
From Unsophisticook: Hard Boiled Eggs
From Nom Nom Paleo: Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot
And last is my Chipotle Style Lime Rice. I can’t remember where I got the recipe, so if you recognize from somewhere, please let me know so I can give credit.
- 4 small bay leaves
- 2 cups white rice
- 2 ¾ cups water*
- 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ c fresh cilantro
- 1 tsp salt
*if you add hot water, it takes less time for the instant pot to come to pressure
Add bay leaves, [hot] water and rice to the Instant Pot. Set for 10 minutes on the rice setting. It will take a few minutes to come to pressure and then it will start to count down. When it beeps that it’s done, vent the steam. (I vent mine on my stove, under the hood; sometimes I put a towel over the steam. BE CAREFUL. It’s HOT!) Then add the olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Mix well and serve! *I suggest giving those who are eating the rice a napkin to wipe the drool from their mouths. Because this seriously is such a crowd pleaser!*