Last Sunday I spent all afternoon getting to know my Instant Pot!

What I made:

  • Steel Cut Oats:
    6 minutes and delicious!!! I mixed 1 cup of water with 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup steel cut oats, 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries and I put a cinnamon stick in the mix too. Made enough for 4 portions!
  • Brown Basmati Rice:
    I can’t believe how perfect every grain was and not watery. I may never use my stove top to make this again! The ratio of this rice to water is 1:1.5 and you cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Poached Chicken:
    I was making stir fry for supper that night and have been thinking about poaching the chicken first. It was only 8 minutes for moist chicken! 1 put 4 deboned chicken breasts in the bottom of the pot and added 5 cloves of whole peeled garlic, a few bay leaves, 1/2 cup of white wine and just enough water to cover the chicken. 8 minutes is all it took to have poached chicken ready to be cut up to use in other dishes!
  • Spaghetti Squash:
    I tend to over bake it and am used to it being mushy. I actually had spaghetti strings that were crisp and in strands!! The squash was quite large so I placed half of it on the metal trivet that comes with the Instant Pot, added 1 cup of water and cooked it for 7 minutes. It was perfect!

My verdict:

Not only was it a fun day, but everything I made was super fast and except for a few measuring cups, it was only a one pot cleanup.

I can’t say that I’m going to prepare and base ALL my meals using the Instant Pot, but it certainly will not gather dust and won’t be tucked away downstairs in a basement closet. I think that this type of cooking is more than just a novelty and it really made a difference time wise without sacrificing taste . It’s definitely going to be used in the new year!

I’d love to hear from you!
What have you made with your Instant Pot? Is it on your Xmas list??

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