Favorite Things Friday: Instant Pot

Favorite Things Friday: Instant Pot

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I broke up with my crock pot (sad story)

How can I express how much I love my Instant Pot?

There are no words flowery enough, there are no sentiments mushy enough and well, I hate to tell you this crock pot, but after all these years, we’re through!

You see, the Instant Pot has stolen my heart–with it’s ability to saute, pressure cook AND slow cook all in the same pot? Well, it’s a dream come true.

It’s everything I want in an appliance!

But you, crock pot? You’re a one trick pony–you do ONE thing.

Your big heavy clumsy crock doesn’t saute like Instant Pot’s does. Nor can you go both ways–slow AND fast.

I’ve replaced your royal counter top position with the Instant Pot–you’ve been banished to the pantry, I’m sorry, but you just can’t compete with that!

And don’t tell the counter top Instant Pot, but I’ve got more than one! Let’s just say I’m into a poly-appliance relationship!  😉

Here’s a great Instant Pot recipe from our One Pot Recipe Collection:

Print Recipe
Garlic and Green Chile Carnitas
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Instant Pot, Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 50 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Instant Pot, Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 50 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in Instant Pot over “browning” setting. Season shoulder roast with salt and pepper. Brown on all sides, then remove and set aside. Saute garlic and onion in Instant Pot for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Rub remaining seasonings all over roast (cumin through onion powder). Place back in Instant Pot, and add all remaining ingredients (broth through bay leaf).
  3. Cover and cook using the pressure cooker setting, put it on high pressure and set the meat button to 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, release pressure and slowly remove lid. Shred with two forks and make sure it’s all saturated in its cooking juices. Remove bay leaf before serving.

 

Crock Cooker vs Instant Pot

Crock Cooker vs Instant Pot

True confession: I’ve been caught cheating on my crockpot and now I have to come clean. Bear with me, will you?

Oh Crockpot–how long have we been together? 30 years? Longer?

Do you remember the early years when your crock stubbornly wouldn’t budge out of your heating element?

Or those colors–avocado green and that strange gold color.

I remember you sitting on my mother’s countertop in the kitchen–and then mine as I left home and became my own cook.

You were given a place of honor in my house–sitting proudly on the countertop unlike any other appliance in my house; except the coffeemaker of course, there’s always the coffeemaker…

At first we created an awful lot of split pea soup, you and me together.

Then I graduated to beef stew and other thick, warming foods. I tried all your recipes in that little booklet you gave me.

There were things that worked and things that didn’t work, but I never once blamed you for any of it. I took full responsibility and promised that I would never leave you.

Until that one day when the Instant Pot people sent me one and it made it’s way to my house.

Oh sure, I thought, I’ve tried pressure cookers before–the Fagor people sent me one back in 2001. I apologized to those nice people and said it was great, but it would NEVER replace my crockpot!

So the Instant Pot didn’t make me want to open it–meh, another pressure cooker.

Till one day, 3 months after receiving it, I opened the box and actually used it.

I sautéed in it at first–then I added meat and vegetables and had stew in mere minutes.

I thought about my 3 day cooking fest to make bone broth–could it be I could do my beneficial bone broth in the Instant Pot in way less time as well?

Oh yes I could!

Not only that, but it came out better than 3 days it takes you to make it, crockpot! TRUE CONFESSION!!

<GASP>

I don’t know what happened next, but my head was spinning…

What was happening?

Where was my loyalty?

How is it that now my crockpot is in the cupboard and I have thoughts of…breaking up and sending my loyal slow cooker to the thrift store?

Well, that’s how it ended my friends.

Not a pretty ending to such a long relationship, but that’s what happens when a young, sexy appliance worms it’s way into your heart with such features as sautéing RIGHT in the insert pan itself, being able to go fast OR slow and never burning or sticking, easy clean up and so much more…

It’s over between me and the old crock.

Done. Finished. Kaput.

My new, highly favored appliance, the Instant Pot?

Well it can only be described as TRUE LOVE.

And that my friends, is my story. The truth is out…finally.

I feel better–thanks for listening. 😉

Love,

Leanne

PS–At Saving Dinner, we love cooking in ALL of our one pot appliances–have you seen our One Pot Recipe Collection? It’s amazing!

Favorite Thing: Just Juiced Veggies

Favorite Thing: Just Juiced Veggies

I’m going to bet you money that you have never binged on broccoli or kale.

And I’m further going to bet that your cravings have little to do with vegetables.

That’s why I’m in LOVE with Just Juiced Vegetables–it’s one of my FAVORITE things!

Being able to get 5-7 servings in a simple scoop of this tasty supplement in your smoothie every morning, helps you become the very best you can be.

Or you can even drink it alone by itself!

That’s right–ONE scoop equals 5-7 servings for fruit and veggies, wow!!

Here’s the thing, 87% of people in the US don’t meet the recommendations for fruit consumption and a whopping 91% don’t meet the recommendations for vegetable consumption!

That’s a serious, health crisis-level issue.

Researchers from UCLA report that people who eat 7 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily were 42% less likely to die from any cause compared to those who ate less than a serving.

Just Juiced Veggies will help you achieve your goal of getting more veggies and fruit into your life—without juicing! And unlike juicing, Just Juiced Veggies has 4 grams of fiber and provides digestive support with probiotic and digestive enzymes.

Add to that the phytochemical sulforaphane derived from broccoli seeds, “the missing link” to good health according to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the long lasting antioxidant power of Just Juiced Veggies is stunning and truly a must-have supplement.

And THAT is why Just Juiced Vegetables is one of my most favorite things!

Favorite Things: Smoothie Tools

Favorite Things: Smoothie Tools

Everything you need to make a GREAT smoothie!

First things first–if you’re going to make a fabulous, nutrient-dense smoothie with everything you need to get your day started, you’ve gotta have the right stuff!

That means–ingredients, tools and some delicious recipes to keep you satisfied, full and happy.

Let’s start with ingredients because that’s absolutely critical. There are 3 components to every good smoothie: adequate protein, the right amount of fiber and the right amount fat.

Protein

Protein, specifically Perfect Paleo Protein is highly recommended because of the clean lean ingredients: just 100% grass fed collagen with a touch of stevia and natural chocolate or vanilla for flavoring. There’s also an unflavored which is just 100% grass fed collagen.

Fiber

Next up is fiber–I’m madly in love with our FiberMender 3.0. It’s made from konjac root (glucomannan) and can absorb up to 50 times it’s weight! The Japanese call it the “broom of the intestines” and it does just that, plus helps you feel full and satisfied as well.

Fat

Then there’s fat–fat is the one thing most people skimp on when it comes to a great smoothie in the morning. Fat in the form of nuts, MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) or avocado all work with protein and fiber to keep your appetite under control.

With a smoothie of this caliber, you can go 4 to 6 hours without feeling the need to eat. Add a scoop of L-Glutamine to your smoothie and you can effectively kill sugar and carb cravings, too!

Then there’s the blender itself–this is important.

I’ve used them all from the really expensive ones to cheap ones I want to toss out the window.

I do love my NutriBullet and use it regularly. The design is super easy and as long as you respect the fill line, it never leaks!

I also have a little travel blender (yes I’ve made smoothies in the airport before!) from Hamilton Beach that works in a pinch when I’m on the road. Considering it’s under $20, it’s a pretty good little workhorse.

Here’s a smoothie that’s a favorite of mine–

 

Print Recipe
Leanne’s Favorite Smoothie
Leanne's Favorite Smoothie
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo, Smoothie
Servings
serving
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Paleo, Smoothie
Servings
serving
Leanne's Favorite Smoothie
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add all ingredients; blend until smooth and enjoy! For a thinner smoothie, add more unsweetened coconut milk.