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Help me fall in love with my Instant Pot

bblonde | Dec 29, 201708:34 AM     24

(I tried to search the CH website for IP ideas but something must've gone wrong with my search as it only yielded 35 results and not very much info. If you have better success, please just post the link here. I cannot be the only one with this query!)

So after all the rage, I got an instant pot for Christmas. It was even on my list, and yet I'm having buyer's remorse. I thought with a new baby in a few months and trying to eat healthier, it'd simplify everything. I'm not sure I dislike it per se, I just don't see the advantage in it yet. I like my crockpot, though it has the usual downsides to everything being kind of overcooked and/or texturally challenged and it seems that IP does too. I also like that my crockpot I can come home and it's DONE. And I guess there's a familiarity with crockpot.

Now I've only made two recipes in the IP thus far. I made a baked potato soup which, though while a success, I'm not sure it was any faster/easier in the IP than it would've been stovetop. Last night I made chicken enchilada soup in the IP and the main advantage was a) I put in frozen chicken breasts, and b) had I forgotten to set up the crockpot the IP could handle it in under and hour (but this is not usually an issue).

I've been poring over pinterest and google for ideas and while I've found some interesting recipes, it seems that most I could do in the crockpot (which has its own faults, but I do like using it in a bind). Can I make interesting meals in the IP with unique flavors? Without much time? What can I do to make it worth its real estate in my kitchen?!

Thank you so much for your suggestions.

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