Quick and Easy Dinner? Instant Pot to The Rescue!

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Back-to-school time is always busy for my family. And if you have kids, I’m sure you can relate to this chaotic transition too!

During this time, it can be a challenge to put healthy meals on the table. But I have found something that makes the process SO much quicker and easier.

I am thrilled to share with you my new favorite kitchen hero: The Instant Pot.

Now, before we dive into what makes the Instant Pot so wonderful, I want to preface this by saying I am not an affiliate for Instant Pot, so I don’t receive any kind of commission if you buy one. My enthusiasm is genuine and I just truly love the product. And since it has reinvigorated my pleasure for being in the kitchen, I had to share it!

Let’s start with the basics.

What exactly is an Instant Pot?  

An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker.

Total transparency: I always thought pressure cookers were scary because I had heard stories about them exploding in the kitchen and causing burns...yikes. No thanks.

But the Instant Pot is a new, improved design and very safe. And instead of sitting on the burner, the Instant Pot sits on the counter.

Think of it as an electric crock pot, but rather than being a slow cooker, it cooks things very quickly.

The Instant Pot has made cooking SO much faster and our meals turn out extra tender and delicious.

I can cook all of my Paleo favorites too, like sweet potatoes, grass-fed beef stew and delicious chicken curry...in less than half the time. I like my sweet potatoes nice and soft, so instead of putting them in the oven to bake for an hour, I place them in the Instant Pot and 13 minutes later, they are done!

I found learning to use the Instant Pot was quite simple too!

For example, if you want to sautée garlic and onions for your stew recipe, you can leave the lid off and sautée them right in the Instant Pot. Once they are done, you can add your meat, bone broth, veggies and spices. (Yep, you read that correctly, you can cook it all in one pot, rather than having to use a separate pan, which makes clean up much easier.)

And once all of the ingredients are in the pot, just put the lid on tight and press GO!

Because pressure and heat build up inside the pot, the food becomes tender and all the flavors meld together beautifully...and then dinner is ready!

I’m excited to share that the Cotten family plan for this weekend is to teach my husband Matt how to use the Instant Pot.

I count my blessings every day that I found a man who loves to cook, and I’m thinking the Instant Pot will make it easier for him to get yummy, nutrient dense family meals on the table. I’ll let you know how it goes...

If you’re wanting to learn more about the Instant Pot, I recommend checking out NomNom Paleo and Michelle Tam’s guide to Instant Pot cooking here, along with her 10 Best Instant Pot Recipes.

I haven’t tried them all (yet), but I’ll keep you updated!

Also, look for the link in her article that discusses which Instant Pot to buy. I made Michelle’s Thai Beef Stew last week (shown in the picture above) and it was crazy good!

Do you have an Instant Pot and any lovely recipes to share? Or how about your favorite slow cooker recipe? Most slow cooker recipes can be converted for the Instant Pot too!