Category: Side Dish – Instantly Delicious


Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with boiled potatoes and cabbage. I believe that kale is the most authentic cruciferous vegetable – please correct me if I am wrong.  I prefer cabbage, so that is what I use.  People use a variety of sturdy green vegetables. Use your favorite. For St. Patrick’s Day, I usually serve corned beef with boiled carrots and potatoes, and then braise cabbage separately in butter.  I wanted a change this year, so I made colcannon, which is a family favorite.  I made it ahead of time in myInstant Pot® and then froze it.  I will thaw and reheat on St. Patrick’s Day.


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love gathering with family and loved ones over great conversation, amazing food, and an overall feeling of gratitude.  We have a lot of family at our table with different dietary needs, and at Thanksgiving we make it a point to have at least one favorite for every person.  We have a couple of vegetarians and a vegan.  We have little kids and big kids. We even have some adults who are a little (or a lot) picky.  One thing that most everyone seems to love and doesn’t require any modifications is Cranberry Sauce. Here is an easy recipe for Cranberry Sauce prepared in the Instant Pot®.


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® 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.


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.


My mushroom risotto recipe is by far my most pinned recipe.  It is easy and delicious.  While not necessarily a technically perfect risotto, it is pretty darn close and makes for a pretty impressive dish to serve to dinner guests.  As I was putting my garden to sleep this weekend, I noticed that my sage is still looking quite good.  We have had a mild autumn,  and I don’t believe anything has been touched by frost.  I decided to cut off a few sprigs and use it in this Instant Pot® Pumpkin Risotto.  ​It offers a hint of sage, which complements the pumpkin and nutmeg beautifully.  This fall inspired risotto works well as an entrée or side.  It also makes for a delicious recipe for your Thanksgiving menu.


Ratatouille. ​​Did I spell that correctly?  ​Ratatouille in an Instant Pot® ​- yes! Did you ever see the cute Disney movie by the same name?  Despite my hatred for rats (hey, big city living), I adore that movie. I could watch it again and again, and it always warms my heart.  I also adore ratatouille.  It is a really easy dish to prepare.  Savory, stewy, and the perfect side for chicken, fish, or even as a pizza or pasta topping.  It is naturally vegan and gluten-free, which makes it a great dish to have in your recipe repertoire.


When my husband and I were dating and in our first few years of marriage, our favorite restaurant was a Middle Eastern place that served amazing kebabs over a bed of ​dill rice.  ​To this day, I still love this rice more than any other. It is sprinkled with buttery lima beans and the fragrant and unexpected flavor of dill.  Recreating this favorite was a breeze in the Instant Pot®. ​Now to work on my kebabs.


I recently made amazing ​Baked Beans in my Instant Pot®. ​As soon as my younger son walked into the kitchen, he said, “baked beans?” His eyes lit up, until I said that they had bacon in them.  He’s a vegetarian.  He sweetly asked if I could make him vegetarian baked beans. How could I let him down?  After a little trial and error, I came up with a winner.


Quick and Easy Baked Beans in the Instant Pot® -

I should call these Instant Pot® Baked Beans – Bacon Beans,  because they are made with a ton of bacon. Oh my gosh, they are good. Sweet, spicy, and EASY.  I will admit that I usually just open a can of baked beans and call it dinner, but these are easy enough to make that I should not do that any more. The recipe makes a ton, so make it tonight and freeze half for a meal in the future.