Welcome, Instant Pot Nation!

Before the Instant Pot, I had little interest in preparing my own food. Between managing my career and my ADHD, it was just too overwhelming to get all the ingredients … then plan the kitchen logistics. That all changed when I got a Hungry Girl newsletter with a post that detailed two Instant Pot recipes. By the time I finished the article I was hooked and before I knew it I was trying out a new chili recipe.

I was so excited, I my sister and I immediately made a video to show our family back home.

And here’s the thing: I started cooking at home while caring for a newborn. That’s the power of the Instant Pot. It makes things so easy, and since I was breastfeeding I needed to make healthy meals. Totino’s wasn’t going to cut it. The IP has been a central part of our weekly meals ever since, from various meats to Indian dishes like tikka masala. Nowadays, cooking at home isn’t a special occasion, it’s the default setting.

How do I love thee, Instant Pot? Let me count the ways:

  • I can take meat from frozen to thawed in less than an hour without standing in front of the stove.
  • I don’t have to plan too crazy in advance – if I have frozen meat, a steamer bag of vegetables and some rice, then I’ve got dinner.
  • Clean-up is a breeze – it’s literally one pot.
  • It’s several appliances in one – a steamer, rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, and more!
  • For most of the Instant Pot recipes I find, I can locate the ingredients pre-prepped, often in the freezer section of my grocery store. This means zero waste, and much cheaper! And I’m not lifting a finger to chop. 

This blog is dedicated to all things Instant Pot – and to other “Potheads” like me who just can’t get enough!