I'm so excited to share this post with you guys because it's about something I am OBSESSED with, my Instant Pot! I use mine about 3 times a week and it has been saving my life lately. If you don't have one yet, you need one and today is the perfect day because we found a KILLER deal for you!! Keep reading to get all the sale details, why I love it so much, plus all my favorite recipes!
Instant Pot deal details
Right now you can get the 8 qt Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker for 31% off! That makes it only $95.93 (reg $139.95). Such a steal!!
This Instant Pot comes with 14 different settings: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. You seriously can do alllllmost anything with this little guy!!
What is an Instant Pot?
So what is an Instant Pot? As the microwave is to the oven, the Instant Pot is to the crockpot. It's a pressure cooker that can cook your food in a fraction of the time it would take in a crockpot or even the oven! If you leave for work or church or wherever and forget to put your food into your crockpot, you might as well plan on grilled cheese for dinner because there's no way your food will be done if you didn't get it in there that morning.
BUT with the Instant Pot, you can come home from your day and your crockpot meal would be done within the hour, sometimes as quick as like 30 minutes. SO awesome!!
A few people have told me that their Instant Pot intimidates them and YES I agree, it intimidated me at first too! The scariest part for me was the steam release at the end. It steams up while it's cooking, and at the end when the timer goes off you either let it “naturally release” by just keeping it on seal and letting the steam come out slowly, or you do “quick release” by pushing the steam release over to “vent.” Steam will come shooting out of that valve and the first time you do the quick release you might fear for your life (ha!) but every time after it's not scary. You'll get used to it, just try it!!
Why use an Instant Pot?
Why use an Instant Pot instead of a crockpot? Besides it being even quicker and more convenient than a crockpot, it also keeps moisture in meat so much better, so you can cook with lower fat meats and still have them taste extremely tender without drying out at all. It cooks not only at high pressure, but high heat too, which is why it cooks so efficiently.
Instant Pot Recipes
Instant Pot salsa chicken For this recipe my mom uses green salsa, but the Pace salsa we always have on hand is great in this recipe (plus it's Neil's favorite salsa to snack on!). This dinner couldn't be easier. It's frozen chicken and a jar of salsa cooked in the Instant Pot, and then you add in a can of black beans, cheese, and frozen corn. I usually serve this with rice, but it's also good on a salad or with chips! 15 minutes start to finish!! Basically a miracle.
Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
Rotisserie Chicken Tacos: I originally got the base for this meal idea from the Clean Simple Eats winter meal plan and it's quickly become a family favorite. It's so easy to grab a rotisserie chicken when you're out and about (which is awesome because you can also use the chicken for sandwiches or salads), and then for this meal all you do is add a tablespoon of taco seasoning to some chicken and put it in tacos. The Clean Simple Eats recipe has a special delicious sauce that's super healthy to put on these too but if you're just looking for quick and basic and you don't care about the macros, you can just use plain sour cream!
A Bountiful Kitchen Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff: Made this when we had the 18-19 year old missionaries over for dinner and they ate up every last bite! My kiddos loved it too. To die for delicious!
Our Best Bites Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: We make these at LEAST once a week! So simple, and perfectly cooked every single time.
A Bountiful Kitchen Instant Pot Chile Verde: Another huge win! It makes a ton of food and you can use it for tacos or enchiladas or burritos, or even just over rice, and the flavor is insanely good.
A Bountiful Kitchen Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: I absolutely LOVE pork tenderloin. I even used the cooking directions in this post to make this older recipe of my mom's that I love and have on our dinner rotation at least once a month. Everyone in my family scarfs this when I make it and it is so nice to have it done in about 45 minutes start to finish instead of 2 hours! Thank you Instant Pot!
Hard Boiled Eggs
A Bountiful Kitchen Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs: I have to admit, I actually really don't love hard boiled eggs, but my kids are obsessed! I also don't love trying to time boiling them and not having them crack, but this Instant Pot method is the easiest of all time ever and literally perfection every time!!
White Cheddar Potato Soup
White Cheddar Potato Soup: This white cheddar potato soup is absolutely delicious! I don't even like cream-based soups usually, but I LOVE this one. It comes together so easily and tastes delish as leftovers too.
Beef Stew: My kids are absolutely OBSESSED with this Instant Pot stew. They act like they won the lottery when I make this and the leftovers don't last long at all. It does take a little longer than some of these other recipes to fully come together, just because you basically heat up the instant pot twice! So I always allow about an hour and a half start to finish. But the great news is, you only spend maybe 10 minutes cooking!
The Best Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
Mac & Cheese: If all your kids want to eat right now anyway is Mac & Cheese, YOU NEED to make this recipe. It absolutely is the most delicious and if you need an easy side dish to take to a family with a main dish that the kids might not eat but the mom will love (like, salad!) then THIS is the easy but delicious go-to recipe you need in your life.
Honey Sesame Chicken
Honey Sesame Chicken: This technically is a slow cooker recipe, so you can either use the slow cooker method in your IP or you can cook it in the IP with the pressure cooker (or manual) method for like 12 minutes instead! Everyone scarfs this up in my house, and it's so easy to put on top of rice for a super simple but delicious dinner.
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts
I also really LOVE cooking frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot! I do this maybe once or twice a week to use in any recipe that requires cooked chicken. I stick my frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, put 1/2 cup chicken broth or water in the pot, and then set it to “poultry” 10 minutes. I make sure the valve is set to “sealing” and I allow it to naturally release, instead of pushing it to “venting” right when the timer goes off. This just allows the steam to slowly release.
Don't miss out on this 31% off 8 qt Instant Pot deal! Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe? Tell me about it in the comments so I can try it too!