Whether you are feeding a crowd or just a few, Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes will be a hit. And you’ll soon see they couldn’t be easier!
Instant Pot Green beans!!
We love eating this Strawberry Chicken Salad all summer long! A little crusty bread is all you need for a complete, refreshing meal!
If you are anything like us, you have been filling these “last days of summer” with as much sun and fun as you possibly can. Or perhaps you are amoung the many who have already started school and all sorts of busy activities. Either way, You should add this refreshing salad to your regular menu, especially while the days are still so warm!
Does your family like iced tea?
Probably the easiest recipe to share with you.
Instant pot iced tea
I make this Instant Pot Iced Tea about once a week, especially in the summer. The whole family loves it!
Here’s what I do:
5 bags – we like just plain old black tea.. usually grab the Organic Black Tea at walmart!
A whole lot of water
Sweetener of choice – or two 🙂
Fill up your instant pot with cold or room temperature filtered water. I usually fill up to the Max line. Plop those tea bags in (removing the paper tags)
Close lid and seal. Set to 3 minutes.
This will take a while to heat up, since it’s a lot of water.. I would say about 20 minutes or so.
Once the 3 minutes are up, Manually Release the Pressure.
Fish out the tea bags. Here’s a time saving tip: Tie the tea bags all together and then they are easier to spoon out of the tea.
I let it just set there for awhile to cool a bit.
Now you can sweeten it. If you sweeten it while it is still a bit warm the sugar will dissolve really easily.
I usually take half of it out and then put regular sugar in Mr. Love’s half and our Sugar free natural Sweetener in the other half.
I found these super cute glass jars at Walmart for 3 whole bucks 🙂 and they fit perfectly in the fridge!
What ever container you wish to use is fine, your tea is now ready for the fridge! It really is great tasting tea. If black tea isn’t your thing you can follow this same recipe for green tea.. really any kind you like! 🙂
One of my favorite oven dinners is Creamy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli.
So, I set out to convert it to the IP. The Result was an amazing dinner done under 30 minutes (and that’s with frozen chicken)
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I used my 8 qrt DUO, and started out with 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot, and then the trivet. ( I just happen to like chicken when it isn’t sitting in the liquid, but either way works.)
This particular day I used Bone-in chicken thighs. But you can use Chicken Breast too. And if you want to save yourself a step, just buy boneless.
Then I added a second trivet on top of the chicken. and the bowl of rice. If you don’t have a second trivet you can put the bowl directly on top of the chicken.
In the bowl I put 1 cup of Uncle Ben’s brown rice. and 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth, Plus a slab of butter. Then placed the bowl on top of everything. This method is called Pot in Pot cooking ( or PIP)
Set the lid, and make sure valve is set to seal. Then select Manual (or pressure cook) button and adjust to 23 minutes.
Make sure it is on high pressure.
The Pot came up to pressure surprisingly quick. And then when the 23 minutes was done, I let it naturally pressure release (NPR) for 5-10 minutes. While I waited, I cheated a little bit and steamed my broccoli in the microwave. I could have waited and removed the chicken and rice and stuck the broccoli in the IP (If you want to do this, just select 0 minutes on the manual setting)
After releasing the remaining pressure, I set the bowl of rice aside. and took out the chicken. reserved the liquid for anything I need chicken broth for this week, and took the chicken off the bones.
I dumped in two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup and a splash of milk and dumped everything back in the pot to stir.
A sprinkle of pepper and paprika and dinner is done! (You don’t need salt if you are using the canned cream of mushroom soup)
I really love brown rice cooked like this in IP. It comes out fluffy and soft every time!
Applesauce in the Instant Pot!
Applesauce could not be easier using the Instant Pot and it is soooo delicious!
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First off we are blessed to live close to a lot of great Apple Orchards. The Apple Hill Growers are an annual family outing for us. And we always bring home our favorites, This year we grabbed Apple pie (to be baked later), Apple Cider, and a box of apples!
I started by peeling all of the apples.
If you don’t mind the skin you should totally skip this step!! This step was definitely the most work, but since my little guy will be eating it I decided it was necessary!
Then just a quick ruff chop and throw them in the pot!
I had a lemon so I squeezed some juice to preserve color and brighten flavors..(this is especially helpful if you have to stop in the midst of making this, to attend to two hyper boys and a fussy babe)
Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
and your favorite seasonings.
Applesauce is awesome because you can really add any flavors, seasonings you want to.
Want to pack in as much health benefits as possible? Here’s some easy ideas.
Butter (healthy fats)
Pink Salt ( trace minerals)
Local Honey (great for seasonal allergies) ** Not appropriate for little guys under a year though.
place lid on and seal.
Set on Manual for 3 minutes! The Pot will come to pressure then cook for 3 minutes. Let it natural release completely. Turn off the pot, so it doesn’t stay on keep warm. (depending on how many apples you do at a time, this will take about 15-20 minutes) Walk away and let it cool off.
Then my other favorite kitchen appliance comes in super handy. If you have an immersion blender you can blend the apples up right in the pot!
They aren’t very expensive so grab one on amazon before you make your first batch of applesauce.
You can store your applesauce however you want. Usually I put some in a mason jar for my bigger guys.
And my awesome squeeze station pouches for the baby ( I freeze most of these)
And there’s always the old standby ice-cube trays for the freezer, This is perfect for applesauce because I love to add applesauce to baby’s meal if what I have fresh for him needs a little more! 🙂
Either way, it is yummy and just wonderful! I have discovered I enjoy applesauce best when it’s still warm so don’t forget to pour yourself a nice helping while you put the rest away! 🙂
Happy Instant Pot to you all!