To my beloved Instant Pot I write this little ode,
you are the pressure cooker that won’t make my kitchen explode.
You let me make dinner before my kids get home from school
in those magic moments before I’m running around like a fool.
Afternoons are full of homework and after-school events,
Thank you for being the one dependable thing that makes sense.
You sauté, slow cook, and pressure cook—all in one appliance.
In me you will find absolutely no defiance.
You’ve taken away one of the daily late afternoon stresses,
How about you learn to dictate spelling words and clean up my kids’ messes?
Wishful thinking, yes, I know,
but Instant Pot, I do love you so.
Thank you for bringing more home-cooked meals to our table
And keeping my mental state after school more stable.
I cherish you, my easy pressure cooker of healthy meals,
And when I speak of you to others I get all the feels.
If my less-than-stellar poem didn’t already give it away, I’m a fan of the Instant Pot. The two of us have been going steady for over a year, thanks to an amazing Black Friday deal in 2015. It took a few weeks for me to get the hang of timing recipes and adjusting favorites, but it’s now an appliance I pull out at least once a week. With my part-time work schedule, I’m generally not home until 2:00 P.M. most days. The Instant Pot allows me to prep and cook meals in the couple of hours I have between work and kids getting home, taking away one of the major after-school tasks that demands my attention. It’s also made me up my meal-planning game. Some nights I even have it cooking the next evening’s supper as we eat that night’s Instant Pot dinner.
Many other ACMB team members share my love of the Instant Pot, and together, we’ve compiled this collection of some of our favorite tried-and-true pressure cooker recipes:
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