Hi friends! I hope 2017 is off to a great start for you! So far, I’ve done really well with my nutrition goals (more veggies, more protein, & less processed junk). My fitness routine has been great too! I’ll be sharing more of that with you next week.

In the meantime, I have to share the kitchen appliance that is helping to make dinnertime a breeze (while also helping my family stick to healthy home cooked meals). The Instant Pot has been nothing short of amazing!

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I’ve had my eye on an Instant Pot for the past 4 months. In fact,  it has been in my Amazon shopping cart for awhile. I was waiting for the price to drop before making the purchase. On Thanksgiving, the price dropped from $99 down to $59, so I went ahead and bought it.  I am pretty sure this is my all-time favorite kitchen appliance!

If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s an electric pressure cooker. You can do all sorts of amazing things with it. You can use it like you would a rice cooker, slow cooker, or steamer. You can also sauté and brown things in it. But the most important feature is that it cooks meals faster with less energy while preserving more nutrients.

I cannot tell you how many times we planned to have chicken for dinner, but I forgot to take it out of the freezer. It drives me crazy when this happens. Well, with the Instant Pot, it doesn’t matter. You can cook frozen chicken breasts in it and it only takes 25 minutes!

Here are a few meals I’ve made using my Instant Pot:IMG_5848 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve made turkey meatballs & spaghetti (6 minutes), white chicken chili (25 minutes), and BBQ pulled pork (25 minutes). Our favorite was the BBQ pulled pork. I’ll be sharing the recipe with you guys, but I have to make it again to record all of the ingredients.

Tonight, I’m going to make a red lentil butternut squash soup in it. Hopefully, it’ll turn out as good as everything else has.

Have you tried the Instant Pot? If so, what is your favorite meal to make in it?