When I first began using an Instant Pot, I was terrified. Really, I know now that was silly. However, I had read some amazon reviews that described some really horrific malfunctions. Fortunately, it seems they worked out those kinks years ago. YouTube had a great tutorial on how to complete a water test, that gave me the confidence to move past my fear.
I am thrilled with the ease and functionality of the pot. I have a small kitchen. The pot has multiple functions, which saves space in my cramped kitchen. Win win!
The first recipe I tried was back in March, when corned beef and cabbage was on special at the local grocery store. This dish is a favorite of mine, but I have never loved how long it takes to prepare or how hot my kitchen gets while cooking it. Discovering this recipe changed my approach to braising meat go forward, it cut the cooking time in half. Which is a game changer. Tougher, cheaper cuts of meat now no longer need to take hours on the stove top or in the oven.
The following is a link to that first Instant Pot Recipe, Overcoming My Instant Pot Fears.
Next, I moved onto a favorite recipe of my kids Pesto Pasta. My daughter particularly loves when I make this recipe with shrimp. When I first make this Pesto Pasta in the Instant Pot, the results were less than desirable. I have since made it again with the suggested alterations to my original recipe and it was perfect. Sometimes you have to fail in order to succeed.
Here is the link to the Instant Pot Shrimp Pesto Pasta.
Despite using an untested recipe, that I have since improved upon, I didn’t allow a failure to slow me down. I quickly moved onto the rice function. Brown rice is a staple in my house. I absolutely love it, my kids tolerate my obsession. The rice made the Instant Pot my favorite piece of kitchen equipment, hands down.
The following is the link to Easy Instant Pot Brown Rice.
The last recipe was the Instant Pot Pulled Pork. I had friends visiting from out of town. Between the two families there are 6 kids. I was feeding a large crowd. Amazingly, all the kids love pulled pork sandwiches. They all loved this recipe. It is a little spicy, with a nice tang, but nothing their little pallets couldn’t handle. I will definitely be making this one again!
Here is the link for my tangy Instant Pot Pulled Pork.
Once I made it through these four recipes, I felt ready to try anything. I went on to make hard boiled eggs, spicy shredded chicken, and split pea soup. They all turned out perfectly! I promise to share those recipes very soon. I find myself using my Instant Pot at least once a week. I am so glad to have it, thanks sis 🙂
I hope that you give one or all of these recipes a try!