My 27-year old daughter had expressed an interest in what an Instant Pot had to offer. I found a great deal at Kohls for the Duo mini 3 qt. -> bought it and offered to literally hold ‘Instant Pot School’ with her. I didn’t want her to struggle, hesitate or leave it unused.
My plan worked! I bought the food, found the recipes and away we went.
- We started with her all time favorite, Mac & Cheese. She is a fan of the Kraft ‘blue/gold’ box kind and I wanted to steer her away from that. We used the recipe found at https://www.platingsandpairings.com/best-instant-pot-mac-cheese/
- Next a Chicken/Rice recipe that she had found on Pinterest – it also gave me a reason to show my daughter how easy it was to put together your own taco seasoning from scratch (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/46653/taco-seasoning-i/)
- Spaghetti squash – cooked whole – https://thisoldgal.com/instant-pot-pressure-cooker-spaghetti-squash/
- Kung Pao chicken – We improvised on this dish as I had some gorgeous Baby Bella mushrooms that I knew she would love. We followed the instructions, but used chicken thigh meat and rather than throw in zucchini or red peppers – tossed some quartered baby bella mushrooms. https://www.copymethat.com/r/kPqGJzV/kung-pao-chicken/
- Rice – We decided to follow the 1-1 rule for rice-to-water ratio, but use the RICE button on the Instant Pot. I explained that this was a ‘program’ and that she can also use the 4-minute Manual button. (We actually researched what the ‘RICE’ button would do VS the MANUAL method. Turns out, it actually monitors the rice as it cooks.
All in all, a wonderful day of daughter bonding and sharing of my passion for cooking.
- Show others how to release the pressure with a towel covering the spout (this is scary)
- Show others how to clean/care for their new Instant Pot
- Introduce them to the sealing ring – how to clean it
- Be patient
Once we had made all this glorious food – she needed to port it home – I happened to have a new set of PYREX glass dishes/lids. We conveniently placed the food into the new glass bowls. She now has a slew of food for the week and a greater appreciation for new cooking methods.