Instant Pots and Slow Cookers are great devices to have if you want to prioritize mealtimes and healthy, fresh ingredients. There are so many different recipes that can be made. You can even make breakfast in them, who would’ve thought?
The slow cooker was invented in the 1940s to cook cholent, a stew traditionally eaten on the Sabbath by Eastern European Jews. Now, regardless of your background, you might find yourself reaching for your slow cooker when you need a simple way to cook nutritious meals and save time. As more and more women joined the workforce, the popularity of the slow cooker rose as a woman could be cooking without even being home.
Okay, but what about the instant pot? If the slow cooker is your marathon runner, then the instant pot is your 100-meter sprinter.
Does this Google Search Look Familiar to you?
Now we have all been there. It is much too easy to store your slow cooker or instant pot in a faraway cabinet and forget to use it.
If so, we’re here to help. We are going to show you some new ideas for meals-- yes, even one for breakfast.
Let’s get Creative!
Do not be afraid to switch up recipes to fit your tastes or what you already have in the pantry. For example, using vegetarian options rather than meat can be done through swapping with tofu, lentils, or beans. Or if you don’t like the taste of coconut, swap coconut milk with dairy milk.
Recipes We Love
1. Press the “Sauté” function on the Instant Pot and set the timer to 10 minutes. Add the coconut oil and heat until it shimmers. Add the curry powder, cumin, and turmeric. Stir continuously with a rubber spatula to toast the spices until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
2. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir to coat in the spices and sauté for 2 minutes. If the pot gets too dry, add a tablespoon or so of chicken broth to prevent the onions from burning.
3. Add the tomato paste and stir; cook until the tomato paste deepens in color, 1-2 minutes.
4. Add ½ cup broth to the pot. Stir.
5. Add the diced chicken thigh and salt, continue to mix. Make sure the chicken is coated with spices by stirring.
6. Press the “Cancel” button to turn off the “Sauté” setting. Secure the lid, ensure the pressure valve is set to “Sealing” then program to High Pressure for 5 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pot to come to pressure. Perform a quick release once the timer goes off, being careful of the hot steam as it escapes.
7. Combine cornstarch with one tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Pour this mixture and the coconut milk into the pot, then stir.
8. Add lime juice, cilantro, and salt if desired. Serve over rice, or with vegetables.
Makes 6 servings
Nutrition per Serving (about ¾ cup): 360 calories, 22g fat, 32g protein, 10g carbs, 3g fiber, 310mg sodium
Recipe by Danielle Esposti adapted for lower sodium and lower saturated fat.
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Let's talk safety for a moment.
Always make sure your device is on a flat surface, not sitting on top of its cord, and far away from the edge of a counter. Some models of the Instant Pot have newer features that allow the pressure release to happen automatically. If your model doesn’t have this feature, we recommend pressing down on the valve to the side with a wooden spoon so that your hand isn’t near the hot steam. No matter the model, give it ample space to release all that air pressure. Instant Pots and Slow Cookers are fantastic devices for all mealtimes. It’s time to dust yours off and get to cooking.
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