Let’s face it, everyone is looking for ways to reduce time in the kitchen. We are all busy, often tired yet we must eat. My favorite way to save time and the stress of having prepare a full meal at the end of the work day is to use my pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
Forget the slow cooker, the Instant Pot is where it’s at baby.
A couple winters ago I bought a pressure cooker. While it was a bit of a learning curve at first, I realized it was a fabulous investment. You see, there were days in my crazy, busy, brain-fog life as a single mom that I would forget to think ahead. I’d forget to pull the meat out of the freezer. The sink would still be full of dishes or I would just be plain ole tired.
The pressure cooker saved my life on more than a few occasions. I could pull out an entire roast from the freezer. Add it to the pressure cooker with a few other ingredients and have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. AND, the meat came out deliciously tender.
Fast forward to this summer when I finally bit the bullet and bought an Instant Pot. The question at first was, why do I need both and Instant Pot and a pressure cooker. Well, the Instant Pot has far more features, including the programmable feature. It now has replaced my slow cookers.
You can slow cook, pressure cooker, use it as a rice cooker, steamer, warmer, yogurt maker and it’s easy to use.
Because I cook from scratch there are times I’ve got more than one thing going at a time. Broth, rice, legumes, stew -whatever. When I cook – I cook. I often do bursts of cooking at one time. So having both has been a godsend. If I had to choose just one though -it would be the Instant Pot. You don’t have to have the stove on and it’s not loud like the stove top pressure cooker.
Seriously, if you don’t have one – add it to your Christmas list or get one soon to save your life in the kitchen when it comes to food prep and meals for your family.
Just this past week, I whipped up a quick dinner in under 30 minutes. It was amazing! I’m happy to share the recipe too so you can see what delicious food you can make in a pressure cooker.
Oh and by the way, the pressure cooker or Instant Pot make the best broth and the best risotto ever. You don’t have to be a gourmet cook and slave over the stove to have risotto anymore…..Never tried making risotto, because the process was too intimidating? I assure you, even a kid could make it in the Instant Pot.
- 1½ - 2 pounds rope sausage (any kind you like - I get pastured sausage from a local farmer), sliced diagonally into ½ inch slices
- 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or to taste )
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 3½ cups stock or water
- 1½ cups bell peppers, diced
- 2 small summer squash, seeded and diced
- 2 cups scallion greens or onions (I don't tolerate onions so we use the greens)
- Handful or two of leafy greens, any kind, chopped
- Mix seasoning and salt . Sprinkle sausage with the seasoning mixture. Heat butter in open pressure cooker on medium-high heat or in the Instant Pot on the saute feature. Add sausage; cook and stir 3 minutes or until browned. Add onions if using; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened. Add broth and bring to a boil.
- Stir in rice, bell peppers, squash, greens, scallion greens. Close lid. Bring pressure cooker to full pressure on high heat. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Release pressure and let sit 3 more minutes.
- Remove lid. Stir and serve. Top with chopped cilantro and more cajun seasoning or hot sauce if desired.
- Be careful because food out of a pressure cooker is quite hot -it may take a few minutes to cool before it's ready to fork into your mouth! Enjoy!
Oh, and did I mention that meals come out so tender and I find that they are much easier to digest due to this – and I almost always use bone broth in my Instant Pot/Pressure cooker meals too. If I’m out of broth, I stir in some gelatin.
*Be sure to read the instruction manual that comes with your pressure cooker to familiarize yourself with the features of your cooker.
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