I’m A Convert!

For my birthday I got a pressure cooker! I’ve wanted an Instant Pot for a few years now but was too nervous to bite the bullet and buy one for myself. I kept seeing everyone rave about it and almost bought one on Black Friday a few months ago…and then again chickened out. I am so excited that I got one for my birthday!

I was nervous about using it and read through the guide (it wasn’t 100% clear but I muddled my way through the instructions).

I used this recipe from the guide book because I was a little intimidated, honestly, and didn’t want to try something else for the first time.

I added the chopped onion, garlic, seasonings, etc. I used chicken tenderloins and they were frozen.

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about whether or not chicken could cook in 15 minutes from frozen…It took about 10 minutes or so for it to reach pressure. Michael made guacamole while it pressurized. It sounded like a plane gearing up for take-off. LOL Then all of a sudden it beeped and started counting down from 15 minutes. (I followed the instructions and used the “poultry button”).

After 15 minutes it beeped again. Michael unlocked the steam release valve (my one gripe with it was that the instructions weren’t very clear about the release valve) and then it was ready to open. I looked and the chicken looked done! I was SO shocked to see that chicken looked cooked (FROM FROZEN!) after 15 minutes. What kind of witchcraft is this?!?!?!

Like seriously, the chicken was cooked and easy to shred like it had been in the crockpot for 6 hours. I shredded the chicken and then put it back in the pot to soak up the fluids.

I topped the salads with the shredded chicken. Dinner was served! Michael was super impressed. I was super impressed. WOW! This is going to be a serious life saver for work nights when we don’t have a lot of time or forgot to defrost something for dinner.

I know I am super late to the game, but YAY! I am a total convert and will be using the crap out of this thing!! ๐Ÿ˜€

QUESTION: Tell me your favorite pressure cooker recipes!ย 

6 Responses

  1. Most of the recipes we’ve tried have been from Skinnytaste.com and I would recommend them all. We’ve made the split pea soup many times and it is fantastic (we make it without the ham). We’ve also made many chicken dishes and soups. Just search on her Instant Pot recipes.

    For me I’m not sure about the time saver part – because it still takes awhile to come up to pressure and then to release it’s pressure. We tend to use it on Saturday and Sunday nights when we have a bit more time.

    1. Good idea. I like her recipes a lot.
      As for the time saver part, I think it will help us because you can put frozen proteins in it. A lot of times we forget to defrost something and then we’re scrambling. This will help a lot.

  2. That’s the beauty of a pressure cooker! I love my IP because unlike my old pressure cooker, I don’t have to monitor the heat to make sure the pressure stays. Cooking from frozen is pretty amazing, too. Almost everything we have made has been great. It’s great for doing batches of hardboiled eggs, steel cut oats, soups.

    FYI – if you try Alton Brown’s beanless chili recipe – it needs a lot more liquid. Found that out the hard way LOL.
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  3. One thing I love about the pressure cooker – chili and soup with dried beans on a weeknight!! So I assemble it all in the pressure cooker, set it on high for 40 minutes, we go to the gym and just let it natural pressure release until we come home.

    https://loveleafco.com/easy-weeknight-chili-cornbread-bowls/
    https://www.skinnytaste.com/pressure-cooker-smoked-turkey-black/
    https://smittenkitchen.com/2010/01/black-bean-soup-toasted-cumin-seed-crema/

    Other recent recipes that were good:
    https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/10/pressure-cooker-beef-stew-recipe.html – more hands on but super delicious and tastes like it cooked all day
    https://smittenkitchen.com/2018/02/korean-braised-short-ribs/ – made these for the Olympic opening ceremonies – so so good
    https://pinchofyum.com/instant-pot-noodles/ – not very “sticky” but tasty

    https://www.seriouseats.com/2017/03/pressure-cooker-recipes.html – some seriously good recipes in this round-up. We’ve made the chili con carne, the thai green curry with eggplant, the chicken masala, the chicken lentil stew….

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