I have never enjoyed cooking.
My 20’s consisted of mostly eating out with the occasional ramen, pasta, and mac n cheese mixed in. That lifestyle led to a life of debt and extra weight.
Over time I learned more of my way around the kitchen but cooking never became a consistent thing for me. Besides not enjoying or having patience for the process, the long hours at my job made cooking feel even more undesirable.
Eventually, I met my partner and he took over the responsibility of feeding us at home which made a huge difference in my life and in our finances. When I transitioned out of my job it became my turn to take over that responsibility. I was dreading it until I discovered the joy of using an Instant Pot. I bought one used off Craigslist for $50.
Discovering the Instant Pot changed the game for me. I now make huge meals (I usually double each recipe I make) to have food that lasts for days. Making a meal now only involves chopping and dumping the ingredients in the pot. I have also found recipes online that I really love so I look forward to the meals I cook. I’ve hosted many dinners using Instant Pot meals and have had friends be impressed with my cooking (little did they know it was the easiest thing to make).
I also use the Instant Pot to make the most perfect boiled eggs and cook chicken and salmon from frozen to perfectly done in only a couple minutes. Chicken salad sandwiches have become a staple in our household and the Instant Pot makes it so easy.
To make your life easier I have compiled my favorite Instant Pot recipes below (all soups because I have been on a soup kick for the winter). Enjoy and let me know how you like them!
P.S. Before you go out a buy a new Instant Pot, do what I did and try to find one used. You can check Craiglist, Offer Up and Facebook Marketplace.