Category: Instant Pot ® – Instantly Delicious

Easy Instant Pot® Applesauce -

 Every fall, my family goes apple picking. I have a precise “type” of apple picking experience that I look for.  I do not want hay rides or jumpy houses. Corn mazes are out. I just want straight-up apple picking, preferably without a million other people. I go for the really small orchards. It’s a favorite tradition and as soon as the calendar turns to September, I try to scope out the perfect weekend. This year was a challenge. My teenager is running cross country, so most Saturdays are occupied by meets.  Sunday is typically devoted to NFL and if there is a home game, we can’t spend it at the orchard. Then, it was a bad year for apples in my area.  Blossoms froze in the spring and many orchards had no apples or very limited picking. We finally found the perfect orchard and thankfully were able to get some really amazing apples. I made ​Easy ​Instant Pot® Applesauce first.  It is one of the easiest things to make in an Instant Pot® and I needed it for the recipe I will be sharing very soon – APPLE BUTTER!


Instant Pot® Buffalo Chicken Wings

In my family, fall means football.  Football means family. Family means food.  Most Sundays, if we aren’t attending a Bears home game, we are at my parents, gathered around the TV, surrounded by never ending snacks and food.  Staples include chips, salsa, and nacho cheese. We also have popcorn which my dad makes in the whirley-pop and my mom makes some sort of comfort food (we are Bears fans – we need it) and a delicious dessert. Last weekend, I decided to make my own wings in the Instant Pot® for NFL Sunday.  They were awesome and a perfect addition to the non-stop feast. Plus, they are slightly less fattening, because they are not deep-fried in oil.


Instant Pot® Mexican Chicken Soup

I have been on a soup kick lately.  At this time of year, the days can be cool, and like today, they can be a bit hot. Mexican Chicken Soup is perfect for both warm or cool days and a great end-to summer/start-to-fall entree.  Mexican Chicken Soup prepared in an Instant Pot® quick and easy to put together and can be on the table in about 30 minutes, so it is great for a busy weeknight – my favorite! My kids love when I have a bowl of tortilla chips on the table – they just crush them and add to their soup bowls.


Instant Pot Tomato Basil Sauce - Thick, rich, and delicious.

This time of year makes me a little sad.  My kids are growing up so fast, and late August always means that a new school year is right around the corner.  For some reason (and it happens every year), I tire of caring for my garden.  Maybe it is because September marks the end of our summer fun.  Maybe I am gearing up for busier days of school and work commitments, or maybe I am just ready for the change in seasons. That said, I usually grow an abundance of basil in my garden.  I diligently water it all summer and then for some reason, I just stop.  This year, I decided I was not going to kill off my basil before I could use it up.  This Instant Pot® Tomato Basil Sauce uses half a cup of basil.  I made a significant dent in my plant and feel so good about making something so delicious for a late-summer dinner.  Tomato Basil sauce is easy, fresh, and fast and it translates really well to cooking in the Instant Pot.


Instant Pot® Spanish Millet Pilaf -

Have you heard about the Quick & Carry Bag for your Instant Pot®? I hadn’t either, until I was contacted by the company and sent one to test.  I was so excited by this bag, that I immediately asked if I could host a giveaway for my readers. The Quick & Carry Bag is great because it not only allows you to store and organize your Instant Pot® and accessories (if you have a small kitchen like me, this is great), it also allows you to travel with your bag. If you go on road trips or camping or want to bring food to a family gathering or holiday, the insulated Quick & Carry Bag allows you to bring your pot with you.  It’s really well made, sturdy, and it’s a great accessory for Instant Pot® owners. One lucky reader who enters our sweepstakes will receive their very own Quick & Carry Bag for their 6 or 8 quart pressure cooker. Additionally, the first 25 people that register at will receive a 10% off discount on a Quick & Carry Bag.

*I was given a free Quick & Carry Bag to test.  I was not required to review the product and have not received any compensation from the Quick & Carry company for my honest opinion.


Basic Millet in an Instant Pot® pressure cooker -

I first learned about millet from my friend Kim Lutz of Welcoming Kitchen. She was writing her fifth cookbook, Ancient Grains, and she needed recipe testers. I was lucky enough to be able to help her out. Her recipes are delicious, healthy, vegan, and many are gluten-free. Kim has a ton of great information about it and other ancient grains in her cookbook, which I use frequently.

I have had the  bag of millet from recipe testing over two years a year ago sitting in my freezer and honestly, I had forgotten all about it. I had planned on making a rice pilaf today, but I was all out of white rice.  I went looking through what I had and found the forgotten bag of millet.  I am so glad I did! Millet cooks up fluffy like quinoa, couscous, or rice, and it is naturally gluten-free. It also keeps really well in the freezer, if you happen to forget about it.  If you can get your hands on millet, you should definitely try it. I also suggest that you get your hands on Kim’s book, because it is amazing.


Instant Pot® Roasted Crispy Potatoes -

Yesterday it looked like rain. I was hemming and hawing about whether or not we should grill. My plan was to make chicken and baked potatoes on the grill. Since the weather looked dicey, I decided I should choose a quicker cooking method for the potatoes, in case we had to bring it in. While I often “bake” potatoes in the Instant Pot®, I had the taste for roasted potatoes. I have probably said it a million times, but I HATE lighting my oven in the summer.  Something about the design of my tiny kitchen or my crappy oven means my whole house gets really hot. No thanks. I decided I needed to use my Instant Pot® to mimic roasted potatoes. I am so glad I did. They were DELICIOUS and everyone loved them.


Instant Pot® Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya -

Jambalaya is a creole dish usually made with andouille sausage and chicken. The delicious addition of peppers, onions, and celery (the holy trinity of Creole and Cajun cooking) make for a flavorful, savory stew, which is often served over rice. It is also a great dish for those following a paleo or low-carb diet. The heat can be adjusted with the addition of cayenne powder. I also serve it with hot sauce, for those who like it extra hot.


Today is Father’s Day. We have a big day planned which includes hiking and biking and enjoying some deliciousChicago-style Italian Beef Sandwiches for dinner. But before that, we will need some lunch.  It is pretty hot right now, so I have been using my Instant Pot® a lot. I have a teen and pre-teen boy and they are HUNGRY. One way to keep them full and from free-range grazing in the snack cabinet is to make pasta. They both like alfredo sauce. WIN! My younger son, who doesn’t really even like broccoli, ate two bowls. You could easily add cooked chicken breast, but I kept this vegetarian. Pasta Alfredo is very delicious, and the best part is that you won’t heat up your kitchen when you make it.


Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. And when most people think summer, they think grilling outside. I’d much rather grill and be outside any day of the week, but sometimes cookouts can get rained out, or you run out of propane or charcoal (not that this has happened to me), or the grill is loaded with other food, and you need to do some of the cooking indoors.  TheInstant Pot® can come to the rescue in these situations. So as your plan your summer cookouts, think about how you can use the Instant Pot® to make your cookouts even better.  Here are some favorite recipes to share at your next cookout.