The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that has become very popular in the past few years and with good reason. It is not the pressure cooker I remember from growing up that potentially landed its contents on the kitchen ceiling.☺︎ This modernized wonder is capable of sautéing vegetables before closing it up to make soups or stews. It can also be used to make bone broth, soup, hard boiled eggs, rice and more – one model has a yogurt setting and there is also a blue tooth model for the super tech savvy (that would be my younger sister, not me.) This past week alone I made a dozen hard boiled eggs all at once while I was getting lunches made for our boys in the morning, I made bone broth from frozen chicken (that’s my gelled broth with fat on top in the bowl in the picture-it jiggles!), and Sweet Potato Chili (using semi frozen ground beef). If you’re noticing a frozen trend, I am using up what we have in our freezer and this appliance is helping me to to that without sacrificing flavor while also saving me time. I am loving the Instant Pot!
Over on The Kitchn is a good post that discusses how this modern pressure cooker multitasks and performs like 7 different appliances. That’s especially nice in this era of “the life-changing magic of tidying up” – less to have in our kitchen cupboards!
Erin Chase from $5 Dollar Dinners and My Freez Easy will be offering a 4 module Electric Pressure Cooking 101 beginning January 24, 2017. This low cost online course includes meal plans, recipes and grocery lists along with the videos. I will be taking this class myself to learn more about how to use my Instant Pot – I admit to being someone who let mine sit on the counter for months before using it because I was intimidated by it. I am an experienced cook and not usually that way with appliances. I am not an affiliate for this program, just a fan of Erin’s – I have found her to be very down to earth and easy to understand in any previously purchased products.
Jennifer Robins of Predominantly Paleo, just released a book dedicated entirely to this powerhouse kitchen appliance. In it she includes flavorful and fast recipes that range from dinners to bread to dessert (even egg nog!). There’s a recipe for a part of every course in this cookbook and they all look amazing especially if they can be made in no time!
Grain Free Donuts
Back Porch Paleo is the blog from mom and daughter duo Michelle and Makenna. They have a whole section dedicated to grain free donut recipes they’ve created that are delicious!!! These recipes taste as good as they look and there is no frying involved. We’ve made the “Mini Churro,” “Mini Chocolate Turtle,” “Gingerbread Mini,” and “Egg Nog Mini” versions. I’m getting hungry just typing those titles! It’s so nice to have these recipes if you do eat gluten free/grain free for the occasions when you want to indulge in a donut. These recipes do all require Otto’s Cassava Flour that is a grain free flour not yet available in most stores, but you can order from the Otto’s site or from Amazon. Otto’s is a small company and I met the owners at Paleo f(x) a few years ago – they are truly such a kind couple who happen to have an adorable son named Otto☺︎.
I spend quite a bit of time in the car driving around for various reasons (taking kids to school, commuting, running errands, etc.) so a few years ago I started listening to podcasts to make the time spent in the car more pleasant. Podcasts have become a great way to learn more and be entertained. Here a few of my recent foodie finds that you might find fun too:
Your Last Meal With Rachel Belle – Mario Batali Listen as Mario describes what he would eat for his last meal and then hear what Rachel does to “dig” into the meal – fun background and not at all morbid as you might think at first from the show title.
The Alton Browncast – Best of 2016 If you’re an Alton Brown fan, you will love this podcast and this episode is a highlight of the year one including a favorite food blog mention thanks to one of my favorite snacks – guacamole.
Burnt Toast – Fat Isn’t Bad, Stupid Is Bad Michael Ruhlman is the guest on this episode from earlier last year that ran in the Washington Post having to do with his opinion on cooking, eating and shopping better.