Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fun with Pressure Cooker!

I have always been interested (if a bit leery) in using a pressure cooker to prepare fresh meals in less time. My friend Melissa at The Daily Mel (http://www.thedailymel.com) recommended the Instant Pot, so I bought it when it was on sale on Amazon Prime Day this month (http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-IP-DUO60-Programmable-Generation/dp/B00FLYWNYQ). When it arrived this weekend, I felt a bit overwhelmed with all of the functions but decided to just jump in and cook.

My first meal was Mongolian Beef (http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-mongolian-beef/), and it was a winner for both my daughter and for me. Next up was a recipe for Bright & Tasty Lentils (http://www.hippressurecooking.com/bright-tasty-and-colorful-lentils-lenticchie-in-umido-lentils-cooked-in-tomato-sauce/), and it was also a winner!

Tonight I am making Braised Chicken with Capers (http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/braised-chicken-with-capers/), which will be dinner for my boyfriend tomorrow night along with some steamed asparagus. It sure smelled good even before I started the pressure part of the recipe, so I have high hopes.

I am now feeling more comfortable with the device, and look forward to trying more recipes over the next few months. It has reignited my desire to cook dinners at home despite crazy long days at work; anything that can do that may be worth its weight in gold.