It Is Definitely Worth It

This title could refer to so many different things, but this time it is all about the Instant Pot! The Instant Pot is all the rage right now and with good reason. (Target peeps find yours here. Amazon peeps find yours here. Also found it at Williams & Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.)

Instant Pot

I got my Instant Pot on Friday and have used it 3 times already! It is super easy, once you get passed the slight learning curve. I have not even glanced at the recipe booklet, but with due time I will get there. I have just used Pinterest and the Internet to figure it out quickly.

Our first night of owning it, my husband and father in law tested it out to make sure it worked (we are pretty sure it was a return since they are sold out or backordered everywhere right now!). Just did some simple water to see how it works and how long it actually takes to pressurize, cook and de-pressurize. Brian wanted to test it out right away, so he just googled a Peach Cobbler recipe and found a simple one to try. We tried it the next day!

  • 3 cans peaches (we used the light syrup version)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

We used the manual setting for the Instant Pot and cooked it for 22 minutes, per the recipe he found. It actually took about an hour from start to finish because the Instant Pot takes about 15 minutes to warm-up/pressurize + actual cook time + cool down/de-pressurize time. But still super easy. We just dumped everything in closed the lid and set the timer. When it was done, we had fresh Peach Cobbler and topped it with some ice cream.

Peach Cobbler
Pic Credit: buildingourstory.com

One change we would make is to do real peaches. We found that it was a little on the gooey side, and we think it was because of the canned peaches + syrup.

The next night we made brown rice for our Steak Burrito Bowls. Again, we just went to the internet and found the time we needed to cook the rice. The Instant Pot has a rice setting, but that pertains to white rice (it only takes 8 minutes!). With Brown Rice, we just used the manual setting again and cooked it for 20 minutes. I just put it in before prepping everything else. Cooked it perfectly.

brown-rice-instant-pot

Last night I completely forgot to about dinner! And this is why I am obsessed with the Instant Pot! It cooked frozen chicken in 25 minutes!! I love this Chicken Cream Cheese Chili Recipe and followed all ingredients as listed. Adjusted the time to 25 minutes for the chicken and left it! We were pretty skeptical that we would need to cook it longer, but I was pleasantly surprised when we pulled it out and I was able to shred it! We like to serve it over rice and use chips to eat it (my kids like it rolled up in a tortilla).

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Pic Credit: Food.com

So far, so good with our Instant Pot! I need your favorite recipes though! Comment below or add the link to your Instant Pot faves! Definitely loving this new toy.

~xo~

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