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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I absolutely love my Quick and Carry Transport Bag!!!! It has been a life saver when traveling with my Instant Pot! There is a 6 Qt option as well as an 8 Qt option. You can order yours here: Pressure Cooker Transport Bag

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For Accessories for the Instant Pot Mini 3 Qt:

If you don’t have an Instant Pot Mini 3 Qt, you can grab it here: Instant Pot Mini 3 Qt

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Isn’t it ADORABLE?? 🙂

Instant Pot Inner Pot 3 Qt

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Instant Pot 3 Qt Glass Lid

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Stackable Steaming Pans for Instant Pot 3 Qt

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Instant Pot 3 Qt Silicone Lid

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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. It comes in a 5qt model as well! 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! 🙂

Ashton

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Fall is quickly approaching which means it’s time to whip out your favorite soup recipes! If you’re like me and love everything about fall, this recipe will win you over in no time.

Are you new to the Instant Pot? Be sure to check out my informative post about where to start when you get your Instant Pot. https://fromarvadawithlove.com/2017/07/25/instant-pot-101-tips-tricks-and-must-have-accessories/

This Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of our families favorite recipes and it is very easy to make in the Instant Pot.

Start out by turning the Instant Pot to Saute mode and allow it to heat up. Add the olive oil, then add the diced onion and bell peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes.

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

Put the lid on and push the pressure cook button. Adjust the time to 12 minutes and allow it to cook. When the timer is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.

Remove the chicken and shred.

Using an immersion blender, blend the soup for a quick 5-10 seconds just enough to give a creaminess to the soup.

Add the chicken back to the soup, add the cilantro and stir.

Serve the soup with your favorite toppings including sour cream, cheese, onion, avocado, tortilla chips, tomatoes, more cilantro, etc.

Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe will win over the whole family in no time!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Dinner, Food, instant pot, Instant Pot recipes, mexican, mexican food, Recipes, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author Ashton- From Arvada With Love

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 Bell Peppers Diced, any color
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 can Corn drained
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can Diced Green Chiles
  • 1 can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro Chopped

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode and allow it to heat up. Add the olive oil, then add the diced onion and bell peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the cilantro and stir.

  3. Put the lid on and push the pressure cook button. Adjust the time to 12 minutes and allow it to cook. When the timer is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.

  4. Remove the chicken and shred.

  5. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup for a quick 5-10 seconds just enough to give a creaminess to the soup.

  6. Add the chicken back to the soup, add the cilantro and stir.

  7. Serve the soup with your favorite toppings including sour cream, cheese, onion, avocado, tortilla chips, tomatoes, more cilantro, etc.

  8. Enjoy!

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Air Fryer Calzones

You all know how obsessed with my Air Fryer I am now, and I love experimenting with new recipes. These calzones are delicious in both the oven and Air Fryer! The Air Fryer is perfect for so many things, including these simple Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with Air Fryer French Fries. (You’ll never make french fries another way, I promise.) It is also a healthier alternative to frying with oil.

Not only does the air fryer cook food quickly and efficiently, it can bake, roast, grill or fry pretty much anything you can think of.

There are several different brands and sizes available which makes choosing the perfect one for you, that much easier. I have added the top 4 selling Air Fryers on Amazon right now, including the Ninja Air Fryer, which is the one I used for this recipe.

For this calzone recipe you’ll need a batch of pizza dough. Be sure to check out this simple Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe of mine!

Divide the dough into eight even pieces.

Roll out each piece into an oval shape.

Add a layer of cheese, then a layer of sauce and then pepperoni. You can substitute whatever fillings you’d prefer to add.

Fold the dough over the fillings and then crimp the bottom layer of dough over the top layer to form the calzone.

Combine the melted butter and italian seasoning and then brush each calzone with the mixture.

Preheat the Air Fryer at 350 degrees for 5 minutes before adding the calzones. Cook the calzones for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. You can also bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes if you don’t own an Air Fryer.

Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Calzones

The most delicious calzone recipe ever! Includes a recipe for the Air Fryer and Oven.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Air Fryer, air fryer recipes, calzones, Dinner, Food, italian, italian food, meals
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 calzones

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Pizza Dough
  • 1 Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Package Pepperoni
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 TBSP Butter melted
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Grab your favorite pizza dough recipe and prepare it.

  2. Divide the dough into eight even pieces.

  3. Roll out each piece into an oval shape.

  4. Add a layer of cheese, then a layer of sauce and then pepperoni. You can substitute whatever fillings you'd prefer to add.

  5. Fold the dough over the fillings and then crimp the bottom layer of dough over the top layer to form the calzone.

  6. Combine the melted butter and italian seasoning and then brush each calzone with the mixture.

  7. Preheat the Air Fryer at 350 degrees for 5 minutes before adding the calzones. Cook the calzones for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. You can also bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes if you don't own an Air Fryer.

  8. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

Have you ever made your own pizza from scratch? No? Well, you should! It is so simple and you will never want to order it for delivery again!

With only 6 ingredients, it is so simple to make!

Start out by adding the warm water to a bowl and mixing in the yeast. Allow this mixture to sit for about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-6 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl and allow it to rise for 1-2 hours.

Roll the dough out into a circle shape and then crimp the outer edge of the dough to form a crust if desired. Poke holes with a fork across the dough to prevent it from bubbling up.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Add all of the toppings and then bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy 🙂

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Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

The easiest way to make pizza from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cooking, Food, homemade, Pizza
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Ashton- From Arvada With Love

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 TBSP Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Start out by adding the warm water to a bowl and mixing in the yeast. Allow this mixture to sit for about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-6 minutes.

  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl and allow it to rise for 1-2 hours.

  5. Roll the dough out into a circle shape and then crimp the outer edge of the dough to form a crust if desired. Poke holes with a fork across the dough to prevent it from bubbling up.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Add all of the toppings and then bake for another 10-15 minutes.

I am just starting a new health journey because I am completely motivated to lose weight, sleep better and just feel like myself again, you know? We get so caught up in life sometimes that we forget to take care of OURSELVES. In the last two months I’ve lost almost 20 pounds!! I’d love to chat more with you about my goals and also learn about yours! Feel free to reach out to me by clicking the button below and then clicking on “Health Goals.”  I can’t wait to talk to you!  

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Air Fryer Avocado Egg Rolls

I’m back with another delicious and healthy Air Fryer recipe. I whipped these Avocado Egg Rolls up yesterday and we enjoyed them by the pool with family. They were a huge hit!

If you’ve never used an air fryer before I highly recommend them! I love how it works! It is perfect for so many things, including these simple Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with Air Fryer French Fries. (You’ll never make french fries another way, I promise.) It is also a healthier alternative to frying with oil.

Not only does the air fryer cook food quickly and efficiently, it can bake, roast, grill or fry pretty much anything you can think of.

There are several different brands and sizes available which makes choosing the perfect one for you, that much easier. I have added the top 4 selling Air Fryers on Amazon right now, including the Ninja Air Fryer, which is the one I used for this recipe.

These Avocado Egg Rolls are so simple to make in the Air fryer and I’ve included recipes for two different dipping sauces. Start out by chopping all of the ingredients and combine them in a bowl.

Mix well, mashing the avocados just a little bit as you go.

Add about two tablespoons of the avocado mixture to the corner of an egg roll wrapper.

Fold corner over the filling and roll the egg roll once.

Fold each side in and continue rolling the egg roll.

Dab the final corner with water so that it seals.

Repeat until all of the egg rolls are filled.

Preheat the Air Fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes before adding the egg rolls. Spray each egg roll with olive oil.

Cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes turning half way.

While the egg rolls are cooking, prepare the sauces by combining all of the ingredients.

Serve and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Avocado Egg Rolls

A healthy and delicious snack made in the Air Fryer.

Course Appetizer
Keyword Air Fryer, air fryer recipes, Appetizer, avocado, Egg Rolls, Food, Instant Pot recipes, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author fromarvadawithlove

Ingredients

Avocado Egg Rolls

  • 3 Avocados peeled and diced
  • 8-10 Grape Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro chopped
  • 3 TBSP Lime juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 12 Egg roll wrappers

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Lime Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Sweet Chili Lime Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Siracha
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 TBSP Cornstarch
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar

Instructions

To Prepare the Egg Rolls:

  1. Chop all of the ingredients and combine in a bowl. Mix well.

  2. Add about two tablespoons of the avocado mixture to the corner of an egg roll wrapper.

  3. Fold corner over the filling and roll the egg roll once.

  4. Fold each side in and continue rolling the egg roll.

  5. Dab the final corner with water so that it seals.

  6. Repeat until all of the egg rolls are filled.

  7. Preheat the Air Fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes before adding the egg rolls. Spray each egg roll with olive oil.

  8. Cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes turning half way.

To prepare the sauces:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together then serve with the egg rolls.

Air Fryer Beef and Cheese Taquitos

Continuing with my latest obsession- the Air Fryer… last night we made Beef and Cheese Taquitos along with Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa, and let me tell you, I have not seen my sons eat that fast in a very long time! They absolutely loved it!

If you’re new to the Air Fryer, it is the greatest kitchen appliance since the Instant Pot and I absolutely love pairing them up to make dinner! This is the one I use:

These taquitos turned out amazing and they are so simple to make! Feel free to use flour OR corn tortillas, whichever you prefer. We love flour tortillas!

Begin by browning the ground beef and seasoning with taco seasoning.

Fill each tortilla with 1-2 tablespoons of ground beef and top with cheese.

Roll tortilla up and secure with a toothpick. Continue until all of the taquitos are filled.

Preheat the Air fryer to 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes before adding the taquitos.

Cook for 10-12 minutes, turning the taquitos over halfway through.

Serve with a lime crema (sour cream with lime juice) and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Beef and Cheese Taquitos

Crispy and flavor packed taquitos made in the Air Fryer!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Air Fryer, air fryer recipes, Appetizer, Dinner, taquitos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Ashton

Ingredients

  • 12 Flour or Corn Tortillas
  • 1 pound Ground beef cooked and seasoned
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef and season with taco seasoning.

  2. Fill each tortilla with 1-2 tablespoons of ground beef and top with cheese.

  3. Roll tortilla up and secure with a toothpick. Continue until all of the taquitos are filled.

  4. Preheat the Air fryer to 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes before adding the taquitos.

  5. Cook for 10-12 minutes, turning the taquitos over halfway through.

  6. Serve with lime crema and enjoy!

I am just starting a new health journey because I am completely motivated to lose weight, sleep better and just feel like myself again, you know? We get so caught up in life sometimes that we forget to take care of OURSELVES. In the last two months I’ve lost almost 20 pounds!! I’d love to chat more with you about my goals and also learn about yours! Feel free to reach out to me by clicking the button below and then clicking on “Health Goals.”  I can’t wait to talk to you!

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Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

Hey everyone! I’m back with another AMAZING and delicious Instant Pot recipe!

If you’re new here, or have never used an Instant Pot before, be sure to check out my tutorial at Instant Pot 101!

This dish is so simple and packed with flavor and nutrition. With 13 grams of protein per 1 cup serving, I’m happy to give it to my sons who always gobble it up!

Make sure to rinse the quinoa well before starting to prevent the quinoa from splitting.

Feel free to swap the seasonings for taco seasoning, or use cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

I’ve included a video tutorial below so you can see just how easy this dish is to make in the Instant Pot!

See? Simple right?

Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends who love the Instant Pot!

Ashton

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Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

A simple and flavor packed side dish made in the Instant Pot.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Appetizer, instant pot, Instant Pot recipes, pressure cooker, pressure cooker recipes, pressure cooking
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 303 kcal
Author Ashton

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Quinoa rinsed
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Green Chiles 4 oz
  • 1 TBSP Cilantro chopped
  • 1 TBSP Green Onions chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 TBSP Lime Juice

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode and allow it to heat up before adding the olive oil.

  2. Add the diced onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes before adding the rinsed quinoa, diced green chiles, tomatoes, beans, chicken broth and seasonings. Stir well.

  3. Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook at high pressure for 1 minute. When the timer is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.

  4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, add lime juice, cilantro and green onions then serve.

  5. Enjoy!

I am just starting a new health journey because I am completely motivated to lose weight, sleep better and just feel like myself again, you know? We get so caught up in life sometimes that we forget to take care of OURSELVES. In the last two months I’ve lost almost 20 pounds!! I’d love to chat more with you about my goals and also learn about yours! Feel free to reach out to me by clicking the button below and then clicking on “Health Goals.”  I can’t wait to talk to you!

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Air Fryer Chickpeas

I am having so much fun experimenting with my new Air Fryer! If you’ve never heard of it, it is basically the best kitchen appliance since the Instant Pot…. and you all know how much I love my Instant pot! These two appliances make the perfect pair. Anything you can make in the oven, you can make in the Air fryer.

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One of our favorite snacks is roasted chickpeas and I love how easy they are to make in the Air fryer! These are absolutely kid approved, my sons love them!! If you’re searching for an addicting yet healthy snack, look no further! Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans are packed with protein and fiber and what I love about this snack is that you can mix up the seasonings to try different flavors. This recipe is for Ranch flavored chickpeas!

Start out by draining and rinsing the chickpeas.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well coated.

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes before adding the chickpeas.

Cook the chickpeas at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, tossing/stirring the chickpeas every 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Try not to eat the whole batch at once….. just kidding, we always do 😉

Ashton

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Air Fryer Chickpeas

An addicting and healthy snack for anyone in the family!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword Air Fryer, air fryer recipes, roasted chickpeas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Ashton

Ingredients

  • 1 can Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Dill
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.

  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well coated.

  3. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes before adding the chickpeas.

  4. Cook the chickpeas at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, tossing/stirring the chickpeas every 5 minutes.

  5. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Lasagna

One of our favorite meals is lasagna, we are Italian so of course, it is a staple meal in our house! I’ve been making it in the Instant Pot and I am finally sharing my recipe with you!

Grab your favorite pressure cooker or Instant Pot and let’s get started! If you’ve never used an Instant Pot, check out my Instant Pot 101 post!

These stackable pans make this lasagna a breeze to make, but any 7 inch round pan will work!

Start by browning the Italian Sausage with the onion and two cloves of garlic.

Drain the grease and then add the pasta sauce to the meat and allow it to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, two cloves of garlic, pesto sauce, egg and seasonings.

Break the lasagna noodles in half, add pasta sauce to the bottom of the pan then start layering the lasagna.

Begin with a layer of noodles, then meat sauce, then another layer of noodles, then the ricotta mixture and finally a layer of mozzarella. Repeat at least twice and finish with a layer of meat sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Cover the pans, add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Instant pot, and place the pans on a trivet or directly into the pot.

Put the lid on, turn the venting knob to “sealing” and cook on HIGH pressure for 25 minutes. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.

Carefully remove the lid and pans from the Instant Pot. Place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.

Note: You can freeze the lasagna in the pan for future use. The cooking time will be the same. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Lasagna

A family favorite made in the Instant Pot.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Dinner, instant pot, Instant Pot recipes, pressure cooker, pressure cooker recipes, pressure cooking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Ashton- From Arvada With Love

Ingredients

  • 1 box Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 24 oz Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP Pesto Sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated

Instructions

  1. Start by browning the Italian Sausage with the onion and two cloves of garlic.

  2. Drain the grease and then add the pasta sauce to the meat and allow it to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, two cloves of garlic, pesto sauce, egg and seasonings.

  4. Break the lasagna noodles in half, add pasta sauce to the bottom of the pan then start layering the lasagna.

  5. Begin with a layer of noodles, then meat sauce, then another layer of noodles, then the ricotta mixture and finally a layer of mozzarella. Repeat at least twice and finish with a layer of meat sauce and mozzarella cheese.

  6. Cover the pans, add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Instant pot, and place the pans on a trivet or directly into the pot.

  7. Put the lid on, turn the venting knob to "sealing" and cook on HIGH pressure for 25 minutes. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.

  8. Carefully remove the lid and pans from the Instant Pot. Place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can freeze the lasagna in the pan for future use. The cooking time will be the same. 🙂

Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Ok, you all know how much I love my Instant Pot and I love experimenting with new recipes! This one has been a favorite in my house for a few years and I had fun converting it to an instant pot recipe!

If you’ve never heard of an Instant Pot, check out this post, Instant Pot 101.

Dice chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. Mince the garlic.

Add the chicken breasts, chicken broth, pasta, garlic and Italian seasoning to the Instant Pot.

Put the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. When the timer goes off, carefully release the pressure by turning the venting knob to venting.

Remove the lid, turn the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode, then add the heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and spinach. Stir continuously for 1-2 minutes until the spinach is wilted and the liquid is absorbed.

Top with more parmesan if desired and serve.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

A simple and flavor packed pasta dish made in the Instant Pot.

Course Main Course
Keyword instant pot, Instant Pot recipes, pasta
Servings 6 People
Author Ashton

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 16 ounces Pasta (One box)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 8 oz Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. Mince the garlic.

  2. Add the chicken breasts, chicken broth, pasta, garlic and Italian seasoning to the Instant Pot.

  3. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. When the timer goes off, carefully release the pressure by turning the venting knob to venting.

  4. Remove the lid, turn the Instant Pot to "Saute" mode, then add the heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and spinach. Stir continuously for 1-2 minutes until the spinach is wilted and the liquid is absorbed.

  5. Top with more parmesan if desired and serve.

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

It has been WAY to long since I have posted an Instant Pot recipe and after a recipe request, here we are!

If you are new to the Instant Pot, feel free to check out my very informative post about them. 🙂 https://fromarvadawithlove.com/2017/07/25/instant-pot-101-tips-tricks-and-must-have-accessories/

We had these Chicken Enchiladas last night and they were delicious. They may not look pretty but the flavor is out of this world. Both of the boys absolutely loved them.

Season the chicken with taco seasoning, then add 1 Can of enchilada sauce to the instant pot along with the diced onion, garlic and chicken breasts. Reserve the second can of enchilada sauce for a later step.

Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the venting knob to sealing. Push the “manual” or “pressure cook” button and adjust the time to 15 minutes. When the timer goes off allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure by carefully turning the venting knob to venting. 

Shred the chicken and get ready to assemble the enchiladas. Spray the bottom of a pan with cooking spray.

This is the pan I love off of Amazon, it’s great because you can use it by itself or stacked to cook more than one batch of enchiladas or whatever you’re making. 🙂

Tear two corn tortillas in half and layer the bottom of the pan. Add a spoonful of enchilada sauce to the tortillas. 

Add a layer of chicken, then a layer of shredded cheese. Continuing these steps, add two more layer and finish with a layer of tortillas, enchilada sauce and cheese.

Add 1 cup of water to a clean instant pot inner pot. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, place the pan on a trivet and place into the instant pot. 

Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the venting knob to sealing. Push the “manual” or “pressure cook” button and adjust the time to 15 minutes. When the timer goes off quickly release the pressure by carefully turning the venting knob to venting. 

Allow the enchiladas to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 

**Note: you can use precooked chicken instead of raw. Just warm the chicken in a pan with taco seasoning and enchilada sauce then continue with the rest of the steps. 

So delicious!!! Enjoy! 🙂

Ashton

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Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Simple and delicious chicken enchiladas made in the instant pot. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Dinner, Easy, enchiladas, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Ashton- From Arvada With Love

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 cans Green Enchilada Sauce mild
  • 1 can Diced Green Chiles
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded cheese Mexican blend
  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 2 TBSP Taco Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken with taco seasoning, then add 1 Can of enchilada sauce to the instant pot along with the diced onion, garlic and chicken breasts. Reserve the second can of enchilada sauce for a later step.

  2. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the venting knob to sealing. Push the “manual” or “pressure cook” button and adjust the time to 15 minutes. When the timer goes off allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure by carefully turning the venting knob to venting. 

  3. Shred the chicken and get ready to assemble the enchiladas. 

  4. Spray the bottom of a pan with cooking spray. Tear two corn tortillas in half and layer the bottom of the pan. Add a spoonful of enchilada sauce to the tortillas. 

  5. Add a layer of chicken, then a layer of shredded cheese. Continuing these steps, add two more layer and finish with a layer of tortillas, enchilada sauce and cheese. 

  6. Add 1 cup of water to a clean instant pot inner pot. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, place the pan on a trivet and place into the instant pot. 

  7. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the venting knob to sealing. Push the “manual” or “pressure cook” button and adjust the time to 15 minutes. When the timer goes off quickly release the pressure by carefully turning the venting knob to venting. 

  8. Allow the enchiladas to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 

  9. **Note: you can use precooked chicken instead of raw. Just warm the chicken in a pan with taco seasoning and enchilada sauce then continue with the rest of the steps.