Guys, I am OBSESSED with the instant pot! I use it almost every single day. I didn’t realize how many people have an Instant Pot, but rarely use it because of not knowing times and settings for certain foods.
Let me tell you. I felt the same way when I first got mine! Over time, I learned specifics that work best for some things I cook in it on a regular basis. I keep it SUPER simple so I think you will find this cheat sheet helpful to get you started.
This is the particular one that I have in case you’re curious. The mini is plenty big enough for me since I’m usually just cooking for myself. If you have a family to feed, you may want to go with a bigger size.
Gooey, sticky rice makes my heart sing! If you love it as much as I do, you HAVE to try this first.
*I use the exact same process for quinoa too. The only difference is that I use 1 cup of quinoa to 1 cup of water. (I add extra water to the rice to make it stickier)
I use the same setting for all of these. The only difference is the way I prepare them before adding them to the pot. For beets, I trim the top and bottom, then slice in about 1/8 inch slices. For the squashes, I cut them in half and scrape the seeds from the center.
I am honestly not a big recipe type of person. I keep my meals really simple by thinking in the context of selecting a carb, fat and protein. Then, I simply add herbs (like cilantro, garlic or onion for example) to that!
These are the most basic things I cook on a very regular basis, which helps a ton with prepping a larger quantity of food quickly to use throughout the week.
For more about beets and their health benefits, check out this blog.