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Are you a working mom who is short on time? Are you a stay at home mom who is worn out at the end of the day to put an elaborate meal together? Are you a single mom who just needs all the help you can get? This post is for you and any other instant pot beginners who are looking for tips and tricks that making cooking a lot easier.
Ever since I bought the instant pot, I started to think of cooking the same way I think of dressing to go out on a winter’s day. I started to deconstruct all my recipes into layers so that I can cook multiple dishes one after the other in the instant pot with minor adjustments.
If you go to a restaurant kitchen, you will notice all the sauces are in squeeze bottles. There are stations for grilling, frying, roasting etc.. There’s a line where dishes are deconstructed so that each chef assembles a part of the dish that’s required.
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The instant pot allows you to assemble a dish in the same way. Deconstruct the entire meal so that you can put ingredients in one at a time. Each time, a new seasoning is added, a new ingredient is added, a new dish comes out of the pot. You can use a few ingredients from the dish made before so that prep time is lessened. You can also prepare a meal with multiple side dishes all in one pot in a sequence.
Here’s the sequence I follow:
1) Every dish needs a stock. Every dish requires some meat or vegetables. I always start with making fresh stock whether it’s chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables. I throw in parts of the meat/bones of my main dish and put in some water, spices to make the stock. It takes about 30 minutes on soup setting in an instant pot.
2) Once the soup is done, I will take half of the soup with all the vegetables or meat out, put it in a blender with some cream. Then, there you go, first course is done. It’s lovely soup.
3) I take the leftover stock out of the pot to reserve it for cooking my side dishes.
4) Making the main dish, whether it’s meat loaf, pork, beef or chicken, roasting meat in an instant pot is a no brainer. It’s usually 30 minutes on high pressure for roasting meat.
5) I take the meat out of instant pot. Then, I pour in the stock, I add vegetables, pasta and seasoning for a pasta side dish. The leftover juices from roasting the meat will be picked up when I pour in the stock which adds natural flavor. Alternatively, I put in rice or vegetables for a rice side dish. Instant pot gets it done in less than 12 minutes.
Now, after 30+30+12 = 1 hour, I have cooked a complete meal: soup, main dish with a side dish of carbs.
That’s what I call time saving. What do I do when the Instant pot is going, I play with my son. I just intermittently go into the kitchen to turn on the next step in the process.
I have yet to try making dessert in the instant pot. But, you can try with these recipes here:
Instant Pot Dessert Recipes
Here are some main dish instant pot recipes:
Easy Instant Pot Recipes
Here are some pasta dish instant pot recipes:
Instant Pot Past Recipes
Here are some of the cooking times for various pastas:
Perfect Pressure Cooker Pasta
The post really is a life saver in my household. We cook healthy meals for little to no time.
I hope you will find it helpful for your family. If you find the instant pot helpful, add it to your amazon wish list or click to buy here:
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