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Drop the T...it’s an Insta-Pot

For Christmas, my mother-in-law gave me an Instant Pot. I call it an insta-pot. I think that is a better name.

Anyway, I love to cook and usually don’t buy into gadgets but the hype was more than I could take. I was extremely excited when I got it but also a bit skeptical. I immediately took it out of the box when I got home and used it to make rice…without reading any of the instructions. It actually turned out pretty well for not using the pressure knob correctly.

I have used my insta-pot three to four times a week since Christmas and I don’t see any signs of slowing down. What I love the most about it is being able to take frozen meat, put it in the pot, and have a meal in 25 minutes. My favorite is chicken breasts with peppers, onions, and taco seasoning. In 20 minutes the chicken is cooked perfectly and the veggies are tender. All you have to do is shred with a fork and fill taco shells, or corn tortillas (and top with cheese for enchiladas), or top corn chips with the mixture for nachos. So versatile.

My second favorite thing is all the recipes on the internet for the insta-pot. Some of them are really hilarious. For example, the insta-pot hard boiled egg recipe. I can’t imagine the insta-pot would make boiling water and dropping an egg into it any easier. The headline for that recipe is “Never boil a pot of water again.” I have never thought of boiling water as a daunting task.

Regardless of your position on the difficulty of boiling water, there are a lot of great recipes and I want to share my favorite one so far: Salisbury Steak Meatball from the food blog Skinnytaste.

There’s a deep seeded reason I love this cafeteria room staple. When I was a kid, I always brought my lunch to school. Only once or twice each month would my parents allow me to purchase lunch from the cafeteria and I always wanted to buy on salisbury steak day.

Mark remembers feeling the same way about this dish. When I made these meatballs, it brought back all the feelings. They are hearty, warm, fillings, and so delicious. Maybe even better than what the Elm Grove Eagles were serving up in Kingwood, Texas.

The blogger claims they are only 271 calories per serving and a serving size is five meatballs (I wonder if half-pound meatballs count?). Do yourself a huge favor and serve the meatballs over the cauliflower puree. You are welcome.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it even if you don’t have an insta-pot. But you should probably get one. And don’t call call it Instant Pot. It’s insta...way more fun. #gonnagetit

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