Instant Pot 101: Tips, Tricks and Must-Have Accessories.

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Ok, so you scored an awesome deal on a new Instant Pot….. Now what? Where should you start? Well, that’s why I’m here. On Prime day, a few weeks ago, I got in on an awesome deal on the sweet Instant Pot DUOPLUS 9-in-1. Since it was such a good deal, I ended up ordering a pot for my sister too as a wedding gift since she doesn’t have one. So, now I have two Instant Pots and She (understandably) has had lots of questions. I have been walking her through everything and she has done GREAT! Helping her got me thinking, I should write a post for the newbies to come to when they’re starting out. I was a newbie once too and I know how intimidating it can be. Hopefully this is helpful to you, if it is, feel free to share it with your other Instant Pot friends.

If you haven’t gotten an Instant Pot yet, read this: Which Instant Pot is best?

First of all, what’s an Instant Pot? It’s an electric pressure cooker. No, not like the one that blew up in your grandma’s kitchen when you were younger… It has tons of built in safety features to help keep you safe. If you’re new to the Instant Pot, click HERE to read about the different models of Instant Pots that are available and a description of each.

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If you already have your Instant Pot, the first step is taking it out of the box. Yes, it seems simple but I’ve read about people waiting months to use their Instant Pots…. So, take it out!! Remove the packaging, place the silver inner pot into the Instant Pot (Look how shiny, ooooh) Be careful to ONLY put food and liquid inside the removable inner pot and never put food and liquid in the Instant pot without the inner pot. Next, plug the power cord in. Depending on which model you have it may be a removable cord, always make sure that it is securely connected to the instant pot and plugged into the outlet.

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The next step is to do the water test. Some people skip it but I recommend doing it, it’s a helpful test run to learn how to use your new Instant Pot and to make sure everything is working. Once you place the inner pot inside the Instant Pot, add 1 Cup of water and put the lid on. The Instant Pot will NOT come to pressure without liquid. Notice the silicone ring in the under side of the lid, make sure it is secure before every use. When you put the lid on and turn it to close, check the sealing knob to be sure it’s pointing at “Sealing.”

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The Instant Pot will not come to pressure if it’s not sealed. Once you’ve made sure the knob is correct, push “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” depending on which model you have. Using the + or – buttons, move the timer to 2 minutes. You have a few seconds to change the settings or time for what you’re cooking, then you’ll hear a beep and it will begin to come to pressure. Now, we wait. It will take your pot 5-10 minutes to come to pressure, depending on how full it is. For the water test, it shouldn’t take that long. When your Instant pot reaches pressure, the “pin” next to the sealing knob will pop up. Shortly after, the timer will begin. When the two minutes is up the timer will go off. Now it’s time to release the pressure.  There are two terms for how to release the pressure, Quick/Manual pressure release means when the timer is up, you carefully move the knob from “sealing” to “venting” BE PREPARED, IT’S VERY LOUD AND IT WILL SCARE YOU THE FIRST TIME! Haha! I’ve made a quick video so you will know what to expect.

 

 

 

The other, less-scary way to release pressure is to allow it to release on it’s own. When the timer goes off,  the Instant Pot will automatically turn to the “Keep Warm” function and begin the natural pressure release. The natural pressure release takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes. Some recipes call for a natural pressure release for a certain amount of time before quickly releasing the remaining pressure. When cooking meat, a natural pressure release is usually best. You will know that all of the pressure has released when the silver pin drops back down. Only at this time will you be able to open the lid.

 

Now that you’ve completed the water test, you’re ready to make whatever your heart desires! 😊 I suggest starting with something simple such as hard boiled eggs or yogurt.

 

Here are some basic helpful cooking time charts:

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Learn how to make your own Yogurt here: Instant Pot Yogurt

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Here’s an Instant Pot cookbook to help you get started! 🙂
Now, let’s talk accessories. The Instant Pot comes with a measuring cup and a trivet. I don’t use the measuring cup often because I have others that I prefer. The trivet, however gets used daily. It’s perfect for stacking eggs on or for putting meat on to keep it above the liquid if you choose.

 

If you’re wanting to make cheesecakes, pies, lasagna, taco pie, etc. I recommend grabbing a Springform Pan. These are the ones I recommend. The 7 inch pan fits perfectly in a 6 quart Instant Pot.

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For steaming veggies or making eggs, I love to use this steamer basket. The handles can be easily removed and it fits in the 6 quart Instant Pot.

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An extra trivet is always helpful too!

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To help you make more than one thing at one time, such as chicken and rice, meat and veggies etc… These stackable pans are wonderful!

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Other useful accessories:

 

Instant Pot Mitts

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-Instant Pot Sillicone Springform Pan

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-Stainless Steel steamer basket

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-Instant Pot glass lid

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Extra Steel Inner Pot

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Extra Ceramic, Non-Stick Pot

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-Instant Pot Silicone Cover Lid

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-Instant Pot Cover/Carrier

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Now that you’ve conquered the water test, it’s time to actually cook something 😉

Start with this one: Easy Hard Boiled Eggs- Instant Pot

For more recipes, click here: Instant Pot Recipes

There is so much to learn when becoming an Instant Pot owner, I hope you have found this helpful. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I’m happy to help in any way! 😊

 

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Which Instant Pot is best?

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“Which Instant Pot should I buy?” I get asked this question all the time. My answer? Whichever one you decide will make your cooking life SO much easier… And if you can’t decide, buy two. Ha! When I first heard about the Instant Pot pressure cooker, I heard that it could make yogurt, so when I bought my Instant Pot I made sure that the one I chose, had the Yogurt function. There are now several to choose from, so we will walk through them all right now. 😊

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Let’s start out with the Instant Pot Lux60 6Qt

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This 6qt Instant Pot is perfect for beginners and those who don’t plan on making yogurt, although it is possible to do in this pot. All in all, a great pressure cooker.

Next Up, the most popular, Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1

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This 6 quart Instant Pot is the most popular, and it is the one I reccommend the most! It has the Yogurt button plus many other preset buttons for ease of use. This style of Instant Pot also comes in an 8 Quart version.

The younger sibling of the Instant Pot DUO60 is the brand new Instant Pot Duo Mini 3qt.

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This cute little pressure cooker was JUST released so I’m waiting for mine to arrive. It does have the Yogurt function, it is just half the size of the Instant Pot Duo60. Can’t wait to use it! 🙂

My most recent addition thanks to an amazing deal on Prime day is the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 9-in-1.

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I absolutely love having two pots and this was the perfect upgrade for me. It has a few extra preset buttons when compared to the Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1. I love it!

Next up is the Instant Pot with Bluetooth

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Like you can probably imagine, this Instant Pot comes equipped with Bluetooth which you can use through a free app! Pretty awesome, if you ask me! Check it out here!

And finally, the big daddy, Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1.

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This fancy pot has a completely digital screen and multiple preset functions. You can adjust the pot for cooking at different altitudes which is awesome! This will be my next purchase, a birthday present to myself! HA! 🙂

When you order your Instant Pot, I reccomend ordering an extra Inner Pot.

For more Instant Pot accessories, read here: Instant Pot 101: Tips, Tricks and Must-Have Accessories.

I hope this has been helpful, No matter which Instant Pot you choose, you won’t regret it! 🙂

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Instant Pot No-Boil Yogurt

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Which Instant Pot is best?

Instant Pot 101: Tips, Tricks and Must-Have Accessories.

Alright, so you’ve mastered making yogurt in your Instant Pot, but now you’re hearing that you can make yogurt without boiling the milk first… Well, you’ve heard correctly! It makes life easier and it turns out just as good! 🙂

Step one, grab some Fairlife Milk at your local grocery store. Also grab a yogurt starter of your choice. Any brand works, (Fage, chobani, etc) Just make sure it has active live cultures in it.

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Pour the milk into the Instant Pot, add the starter and stir well. If you’re adding sugar or vanilla, you may do so now.

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Put the lid on. It doesn’t need to be sealed though since it doesn’t come to pressure during the Yogurt cycle.

Push the Yogurt button and make sure it says “Normal” NOT “Less” Use the “+” and “-“ button to adjust the time to say 8:00 for 8 hours.

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When the 8 hours are up, put the yogurt in the fridge and let it cool at least 6 hours or overnight.

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Enjoy!

Top with some agave and compote!

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Instant Pot Strawberry Compote

Instant Pot Blueberry Compote

For a fun way to eat your yogurt, try making some Homemade Yogurt Tubes!

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Instant Pot No-Boil Yogurt

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 8 Hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An Instant Pot recipe for easy No-Boil Yogurt.


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Ingredients

-1 gallon Fairlife Milk

-2 TBSP starter yogurt of your choice. (must have live cultures)

Directions

1.Pour the milk into the Instant Pot. Whisk in the starter, make sure to mix well. You can add sugar or vanilla now if you want.

2.Push the Yogurt button and make sure it says “Normal” NOT “Less”

3.Use the “+” and “-“ button to adjust the time to say 8:00 for 8 hours.

4.When the time is up, allow the yogurt to cool in the fridge overnight. Serve with some agave or Strawberry or Blueberry Compote! YUM!

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Instant Pot Chili

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Who doesn’t love a nice hot bowl of chili? As a kid, this was one of my favorite meals…. and it still is! Making it in the Instant Pot is just too easy to pass up, so I adapted our recipe for the Instant Pot.

If you’re new to the Instant Pot, start here:

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This recipe is really simple, so get ready for a delicious dinner! 🙂

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Start out by dicing the onion and bell pepper and mincing the garlic.

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Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode and allow it to heat up before adding the olive oil. Add the ground beef and Cook until brown. Drain the grease then Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper and sauté 2-3 minutes.

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Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.

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Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes before quickly releasing the rest of the pressure.

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When all the pressure has released and the pin has dropped, carefully open the lid and stir.

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Top with sour cream and serve! Enjoy! 🙂

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  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An Instant Pot recipe for this family favorite meal.


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Ingredients

-1 lb ground beef

-1 Onion diced

-4 cloves Garlic minced

-1 green bell pepper diced

-1 can diced tomatoes

-2 cans kidney beans

-1 cup beef broth

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp black pepper

-1 tsp cumin

-1 tsp oregano

-1 bay leaf

-1 TBSP chili powder

-1 tsp sugar

-1 TBSP olive oil

-pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

1.Chop the bell peppers, onion, garlic.

2.Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode and allow it to heat up before adding the olive oil. Add the ground beef and Cook until brown. Drain the grease then Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper and sauté 2-3 minutes.

3.Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.

4.Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes before quickly releasing the rest of the pressure.

5.Stir.

6.Top with cheese and sour cream and enjoy!

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Instant Pot Jambalaya

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Just when I think I couldn’t love my Instant Pot anymore, I pull together a recipe like this Jambalaya and fall in love all over again! This is a simple, cajun recipe adjusted for the Instant Pot or Pressure cooker.

If you’re new to the Instant Pot, start here:

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Which Instant Pot is best?

This recipe calls for Creole Seasoning, and if you have trouble finding it in the grocery store like I did, you can easily make your own. You probably have all of the ingredients on hand! Click here for a simple recipe: How to make Creole Seasoning. Easy!

Once you’ve made your Creole Seasoning, grab the rest of your ingredients and get ready for a flavorful dish! 🙂

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Feel free to add shrimp or crawfish to this dish, I decided to stick with smoked sausage (instead of Andouille sausage) and chicken. The smoked sausage isn’t as spicy, and I have little mouths to feed! 🙂

Start out by chopping the onion, garlic, bell peppers, celery and tomatoes and set aside.

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Slice the chicken and sausage. Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode and allow it to heat up before adding the olive oil. Add the sausage and chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes.

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Add the onion, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes and celery and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

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Add the seasonings, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth and rice and stir. (If you’re adding shrimp or crawfish, remove the tails and add them now.)

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Close the lid, turn the knob to sealing and cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes before quickly releasing the rest of the pressure.

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Stir and enjoy! YUM!

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Instant Pot Jambalaya

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An Instant Pot recipe for this delicious Southern dish!.


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Ingredients

-1 12oz package of Andouille or Smoked sausage sliced

-1-2 Chicken breasts diced

-1 Onion diced

-4 cloves Garlic minced

-1 red bell pepper diced

-1 green bell pepper diced

-2 cups diced tomato or 1 can diced tomatoes

-3 celery stalks sliced

-2 cups white rice

-3 cups chicken broth

-2 TBSP olive oil

-1 TBSP soy sauce

-1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

-1 tsp Creole seasoning

-1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning

-1/2 tsp Salt

**OPTIONAL- 1-2 Cups of shrimp or craw fish

Directions

1.Chop the bell peppers, onion, garlic, celery and tomatoes and set aside.

2.Slice the sausage and chicken.

3.Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode and allow it to heat up before adding the olive oil. Add the sausage and chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes.

4.Add the onion, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes and celery and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

5.Add the seasonings, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth and rice and stir. (If you’re adding shrimp or craw fish, remove the tails and add them now.)

6.Close the lid, turn the knob to sealing and cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes before quickly releasing the rest of the pressure.

7.Stir and enjoy!

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How to make Creole Seasoning. Easy!

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Tonight we’re making Jambalaya in the Instant Pot and it calls for Creole seasoning. It’s so simple to make! Chances are, you already have all of the ingredients in your spice cabinet.

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This is all you need:

-Salt

-Black Pepper

-Onion Powder

-Garlic Powder

-Paprika

-Thyme

-Dried Basil

-Oregano

-Cayenne Pepper

Add all of the ingredients to a small glass jar for storage.

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Mix it all together, and store until use. That’s it! 🙂
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Enjoy!

Tools Needed: 

Small Mason Jar

Easy Creole Seasoning

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple way to make Creole Seasoning.


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Ingredients

-1 tsp Salt

-1/2 tsp Black Pepper

-2 tsp Garlic Powder

-2 tsp Onion Powder

-2 tsp paprika

-1 1/2 tsp Thyme

-1 Tsp dried Oregano

-1 tsp dried Basil

-1 tsp Cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to an air tight jar and mix.
  2. Seal and store until use.

 

That’s it!

Enjoy!

Ashton

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Instant Pot Jambalaya 

Easy Hard Boiled Eggs- Instant Pot

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One of the first things that I recommend new Instant Pot owners make is Hard boiled eggs. They’re SO simple and they peel so easily!

If you’re new to the Instant Pot, Start here:

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Which Instant Pot is best?

There are a few different methods for making eggs in the Instant Pot, and you’ll discover what works best for you! I’ve found that what’s called the “5-5-5 method” works the best, but the “6-6-6- method” works as well.

What does that mean?? It means, you cook the eggs on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes, then when the timer  goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally for  5 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure. THEN put the eggs into an ice bath for another  minutes. After that, you  can peel your eggs and you’ll see how easily the shells slide off.

If you notice your eggs aren’t cooked, you can try the 6-6-6 method exactly the same way, just adding an extra minute to each step.

Simple enough right?

Here we go.

Grab some eggs. As many as you want. I’ve done 18 at a time before. 🙂

For this recipe you can use the trivet that came with the Instant Pot, or you can use a steamer basket. Both will work perfectly!

Add 1 Cup of water to the Instant Pot. Then place the trivet in the bottom. Stack the eggs on top of the trivet. Close the Instant Pot and turn the venting knob to sealing. Cook the eggs on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes, then when the timer  goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally for  5 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.

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Next, carefully lift the Instant Pot inner pot out and carry it to the sink using a towel or Instant Pot mitts. Fill with water and ice and leave the eggs to cool for at least 5 minutes.

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Now you can peel your eggs, and watch how easily the shells slide off!

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Look at that! 🙂

Beautiful!

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YUM! Enjoy 🙂

Tools Needed:

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Trivet or Steamer Basket

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Servings: 6-12
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

-Eggs, you can cook as many as you want at a time.

-1 Cup water

Directions

  1. Add 1 Cup of water to the Instant Pot.
  2. Add Trivet to Instant Pot and Stack eggs on the trivet.
  3. Close the lid, turn the knob to sealing and cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release for another 5 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.
  4. Put the eggs into an ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Peel and eat!

 

That’s it!

 

Enjoy!

Ashton

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Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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Who doesn’t love Tomato soup? It’s been raining all day here in Colorado and this was the perfect way to warm us up! We made grilled cheese sandwiches to go with and my sons absolutely loved it! It’s super easy to make too which is always a plus! Grab your Instant Pot and let’s get started.

If you’re new to the Instant Pot start here:

Which Instant Pot is best?

Instant Pot 101: Tips, Tricks and Must-Have Accessories.

You only need a few ingredients for this dish:

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Dice onion and chop garlic. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and allow it to heat up. Add 2 TBSP of oil to the pot. Then add the onion and garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

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Add the rest of the ingredients except for the heavy cream to the pot and stir.

Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, quickly release the pressure.

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Blend with an immersion blender, I love mine! Then add the heavy cream and stir.

Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich, and enjoy! YUM! 🙂

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Immersion Blender

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

-3 15oz cans of diced tomatoes

-1/2 onion diced

-1 Cup heavy cream

-1 TBSP dried Basil

-1 tsp Italian seasoning 

-3 cloves garlic minced

-2 Cups chicken broth or water

-1 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

-2 TBSP olive oil

-Parmesan cheese for garnish- optional

Directions

  1. Dice onion and chop garlic.
  2. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and allow it to heat up. Add 2 TBSP of oil to the pot. Then add the onion and garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the heavy cream to the pot and stir.
  4. Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, quickly release the pressure.
  5. Blend with an immersion blender then add the heavy cream and stir.
  6. Top with parmesan cheese and Serve! YUM!

 

Enjoy!

Ashton

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Instant Pot Meatloaf and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Anytime that I can get Hayden (my 7 year old) to eat red meat (beef, pork etc) is a win for me! Anytime I’ve made meatloaf before, he’s hated it and since he loves everything I make in the Instant Pot, I decided to give it a shot! Well, it was a HUGE success… the only problem? I didn’t make enough, apparently. haha!

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Okay okay, this is a relatively easy dinner to prepare, so I had my sons help me out! Grab your ingredients and let’s go!

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Start by washing, peeling and dicing the potatoes. Place them in the Instant Pot. Add the chicken broth, butter, salt, pepper and onion/garlic.

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Mix the ingredients for the meatloaf together. Spray your pyrex dishes or 7-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.

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Add the meatloaf to the dishes or pan.

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Mix the ingredients for the meatloaf sauce and then spoon the sauce over top.

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You can make this all in one pot by placing the trivet on top of the mashed potatoes and then placing your dishes or springform pan on top. You can also cook them separately if you have two Instant Pots.

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If you are making the meatloaf and potatoes separately: add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pot and place your dishes or springform pan on the trivet inside the pot. Cook for the same amount of time.

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If you’re making the meatloaf and potatoes in the same pot: Close the lid, adjust the venting knob to “Sealing” and cook on HIGH pressure for 20 minutes. Quickly release the pressure and remove the meatloaf.

Mash the potatoes and add more butter, heavy cream and cheddar cheese if you’d like.

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Enjoy! 🙂

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The kids went crazy for it, they ate every bite and begged for more! Mom win! 🙂

Tools Needed:

Instant Pot

Small pyrex dishes

7-inch Springform Pan

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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A simple and delicious Instant Pot version of this delicious meal.


Credit: fromarvadawithlove.com

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

-2 lbs ground beef

-1/3 Cup onion diced

-1 Tbsp milk or heavy cream

-2 Tbsp steak sauce

-1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

-2 cloves garlic minced

-1/3 Cup bread crumbs

-2 eggs

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

For the Meatloaf sauce:

-1/2 Cup ketchup

-3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

-2 Tbsp brown sugar

For the Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

-3lbs potatoes washed, peeled and diced

-2-3 tbsp butter

-3/4 Cup chicken broth

-1/3 Cup milk or heavy cream

-1/4 Cup onion diced

-2-3 cloves garlic minced

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/2tsp pepper

-1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Start by washing, peeling and dicing the potatoes. Place them in the Instant Pot. Add the chicken broth, butter, salt, pepper and onion/garlic. Mix the ingredients for the meatloaf together. Spray your pyrex dishes or 7-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add the meatloaf to the dishes or pan. Mix the ingredients for the meatloaf sauce and then spoon the sauce over top.
  2. You can make this all in one pot by placing the trivet on top of the mashed potatoes and then placing your dishes or springform pan on top. You can also cook them separately if you have two Instant Pots.
  3. Close the lid, adjust the venting knob to “Sealing” and cook on HIGH pressure for 20 minutes. Quickly release the pressure and remove the meatloaf.
  4. Mash the potatoes and add the heavy cream, more butter and cheese if you’d like.
  5. Serve! YUM!

 

Enjoy!

Ashton

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Instant Pot Chicken Picatta

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This has been my favorite dish for SO long! I just HAD to adapt the recipe for the Instant Pot. Simple, delicious and kid-friendly! 🙂

If you’re new to the Instant Pot, start here:

Instant Pot 101: Tips, Tricks and Must-Have Accessories.

Which Instant Pot is best?

You can serve this dish over pasta like I did, or over rice or mashed potatoes. It would also be delicious by itself! 🙂

If you have two Instant Pots, you can prepare the pasta at the same time by following these directions: How to Cook Pasta in the Instant Pot

Grab your ingredients, and let’s get started! 🙂

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This jar of bouillon mix was on close out sale at our local Kroger so I decided to try it, it added so much flavor to the dish! I used it for the pasta as well and it was delicious!

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Start out by Turning the Instant Pot to Sauté and allow it to heat up. Add 2 TBSP of oil or butter then add the garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes.

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Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper then add then add them to the Instant Pot and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

 

 

Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest and capers to the Instant Pot.

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Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and Cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes. Quickly release the pressure when it’s finished cooking.

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Remove the chicken and slice. Mix the cornstarch and water then add it to the pot. Add the heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to thicken for 5 minutes.

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Serve over Pasta, rice or mashed potatoes. YUM!!! 🙂

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Tools Needed:

Instant Pot

 

Instant Pot Chicken Picatta

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-1 lb thin sliced chicken breasts

-1/3 Cup lemon juice

-1 Tbsp lemon zest

-1/2 Cup chicken broth

-1/2 Cup heavy cream

-1/4 Cup capers

-3-4 cloves garlic minced

-1/4 Cup grated parmesan cheese

-1/2 tsp Sea salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

-2 TBSP olive oil or butter

-1 TBSP Corn starch mixed with 2 TBSP Cold water

-1 Cup sliced mushrooms (optional)

-shredded parmesan cheese for topping (optional)

Directions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté and allow it to heat up. Add 2 TBSP of oil. Add the garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper then add them to the Instant Pot and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  3. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, zest and capers.
  4. Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and Cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes. Quickly release the pressure.
  5. Remove the chicken and slice, Turn the Instant pot back to Sauté, add the cornstarch/water, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese and stir. Allow the sauce to thicken for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta or rice.
  7. To learn how to make pasta in the Instant Pot read this: How to Cook Pasta in the Instant Pot
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    Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Fiesta Taco Pasta

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Another simple, delicious and Kid-Approved Instant Pot meal! Such a good feeling when the kids love what you make… and the Instant Pot makes that easy for me! This recipe has just enough spice, and is packed full of protein! YUM!

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Get ready for a super fast meal! 🙂 Here’s what you’ll need:

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Start by turning the Instant Pot to Sauté and allowing it to heat up. Add 2 TBSP of oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

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Pick your favorite meat, because the meat in this recipe can be substituted so easily! Ground beef, turkey or chicken works! Add 1 lb of your meat of choice to the pot and brown it. Drain the grease if necessary.

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Add the rest of the ingredients except for the cheese and stir.

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Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and Cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Quickly release the pressure. Add the cheese and stir.

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Serve and Enjoy! 🙂

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YUM!

Tools Needed:

Instant Pot

For more Instant Pot recipes: Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Fiesta Taco Pasta

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

 

-1 lb ground beef, turkey or chicken

-1 lb (one box) pasta of your choice

-3 Cups beef or chicken broth

-1/2 onion chopped

-3 cloves garlic minced

-2 bell peppers (any color) diced

-1 can black beans

-1 can Rotel (or 1 can tomatoes and 1 can diced green chiles)

-1 can olives

-1 can corn (optional)

-1-2 cups shredded cheese

-2 TBSP olive oil

 

Seasonings:

-1/2 tsp Sea salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

-1 tsp chili powder

-1 tsp cumin

-1 tsp oregano

-1/2 tsp paprika

-1/2 tsp onion powder

-1/4 tsp cilantro leaves

-pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

1.Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté and allow it to heat up. Add 2 TBSP of oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes.

2.Add ground beef, turkey or chicken and brown. Drain grease.

3.Add the rest of the ingredients except for the cheese and stir.

4.Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and Cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. Quickly release the pressure. Add the cheese and stir.

 

Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread With Dulce de Leche

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Oh my gosh!! I’ve never tasted anything like this… A delicious spin on a favorite treat! I have made it in the Instant Pot and in the oven and it is simply incredible either way! If you’ve never heard of the Instant Pot, start here: Instant Pot 101: Tips, Tricks and Must-Have Accessories.

If you’ve never heard of Dulce de Leche it’s a delicious caramel-like sauce that can be served with desserts… or eaten with a spoon, haha!! It’s so tasty, so I decided to add it to my banana bread recipe and it turned out amazing!

 

Grab your ingredients, and let’s get started!

Start out by sifting the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Set aside.

 

 

Using a Mixer, Beat the butter and two kinds of sugar until smooth.

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Add the mashed bananas, yogurt, vanilla, eggs and mix. Then slowly add the dry ingredients and mix well.

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Fold in the chocolate chips.

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Spray a 7-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into the pan. Add Dulce de Leche to the top along with another handful of chocolate chips.

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For the Instant Pot: Add 1 Cup of water to the Instant Pot.  Cover springform pan with foil, place on trivet and lower into the Instant Pot. Cook on HIGH pressure for 60 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release before quickly releasing the pressure.

 

For the oven: Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool completely before cutting.

Serve and enjoy!

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Click here for a simple Instant Pot Dulce de Leche recipe!

Tools needed:

Instant Pot

7 inch Springform Pan

Stand Mixer

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Dulce de Leche

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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A simple and delicious way to prepare this dessert. Includes an Instant Pot recipe as well as an oven recipe.

Ingredients

-2 Cups Flour

-pinch of salt

-1 1/2tsp baking soda

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 Cup white sugar

-1/2 Cup brown sugar

-1/2 Cup butter (1 stick) room temperature

-1/4 Cup Dulce de Leche

-1/4 Yogurt or sour cream

-1 tsp vanilla

-2 eggs

-2 mashed bananas

-1/2 Cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, mashed bananas, yogurt, vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spray a 7-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into the pan. Add Dulce de Leche to the top along with another handful of chocolate chips.
  6. For the Instant Pot: Add 1 Cup of water to the Instant Pot. Cover springform pan with foil, place on trivet and lower into the Instant Pot. Cook on HIGH pressure for 60 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release before quickly releasing the pressure. For the oven: Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool completely before cutting.
  7. Serve! Follow This recipe for a simple Instant Pot Dulce de leche recipe.

 

Enjoy and feel free to share!

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