Tools – Instant Pot

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Losing a good amount of weight requires time, dedication, will power, and a whole lot of help.  I write a lot about different tools that have helped me on my journey to losing 60 pounds, and this one is NUMBER ONE.

I remember a scary incident when I was little with a pressure cooker.  It blew up and left beef stuck to my Grandma’s ceiling…lol  I never thought about using one before, probably because of that, and then I starting seeing those infomercials with that crazy annoying dude and I started getting curious.

So I started researching and decided to go with the Instant Pot.  It was love at first site, and after I realized how flippin’ easy it was to use I was hooked.

It is a new way of cooking, so there was a learning curve, but once you get the basics down the possibilities are endless.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind:  You might see all these “5 minute chicken!” and “10 minute Pork Roast!” things flying all over Pinterest.  I hate when bloggers do that because people get discouraged when it isn’t just 5 minutes.

Your pressure cooker has to come to pressure, which honestly can take 10 minutes sometimes.  Some recipes need to come down from pressure on their own, which can take 15 minutes.

No, this is no time traveling wonder that will always have your dinner on the table in 5 minutes, but it will make making dinner much, much easier.

And more delicious.  The flavors are infused by the cooking method making things taste better.  Also once you have your prep done you can just walk away and let it do it’s thing, like a slow cooker but your dinner will be done in a half hour instead of 4 hours.

I easily make things like this:

rice

and this:

ib

and this:

one pot meal

and this:

noodles

and this:

meatballs in pot

Well, you get the point.  I could go on forever.  All these recipes are on my blog if you click category Instant Pot.

So it’s just cooking, right?  How is this the most instrumental tool in my weight loss arsenal?

Have you ever been driving home from work/picking up the kids after a hellacious day, tired as all get out, and you still need to cook dinner?  You have it planned, but know you are going to have to spend the next 30 minutes to an hour making dinner and you are just tired and hungry and want to eat?

So instead of cooking what you planned to cook you hit a drive through or order take out on your way home.

This, my friends, was the story of my life.  I always had the best intentions, but I work hard like most of us, and I am was just tired.  I wasn’t fat because I was lazy.  Lazy is probably the last word that should be used to describe me.

I was fat because I didn’t have a plan.

Enter the Instant Pot and as I learned to use it things started changing, along with my waist line.  The eating out all but stopped, because if I had something planned for dinner I didn’t dread it because I was tired.  I knew I could throw it in the pot and relax for a bit and then eat.  It was enough that it kept me out from grabbing a pizza or Chinese food.

Ease of use and not to get all braggy but my food was just plain better than eating out caused me to be able to stick to my plan waaaay easier.

There seem to be a lot of like minded indivduals out there because my Instant Pot Healthy Recipes Facebook group has over 20,000 people!  It’s great because all kinds of healthy recipes are shared – Weight Watchers, Paleo, Whole 30…You name it, someone is sharing their favorite recipes.

The Instant Pot that I have is the Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer.

I also have the Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer because I am an addict and I have a problem.

Do some research – read some recipes, visit some blogs.  If time constraints and the fact that your life is just so busy is holding you back, you just might want to check this out!

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