Written By Allen Brown
Long gone are the days when women spent most of their time in the kitchen preparing dinner for the family. The people of today lead incredibly hectic, chaotic lives, barely even having a spare minute to grab a bite to eat! I can safely say that times have dramatically changed since past times and no doubt people all around the globe dread the thought of having to find the time to cook a slap-up 3-course meal for a family gathering. Well, people fortunately I am about to reveal how you can cook a delicious 3-course meal in a speedy fashion! Here are 3 quick and simple instant pot recipes to produce a top-notch meal in a jiffy! All dishes serve 4.
Instant Pot Soup – Taco
This scrumptious taco soup is the perfect option for a mouth-watering appetizer when feeding the family on a dreary autumn night! The masters of recipes behind www.corriecooks.com explain that not only will this recipe satisfy those tastebuds with its rich, vibrant flavors but it is also packed with vital protein! This is the perfect option when looking to prepare a starter in record time, taking around 30 minutes.
Ingredients Consist Of
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb of ground beef
- 1 chopped up onion
- 1 tbsp of taco seasoning
- 3 cups of beef stock
- 12 oz of red beans
- 3 oz of canned chopped chilies
- 12 oz of canned crushed tomatoes
- Add a little salt/pepper to taste
First of all, you need to switch on the instant pot and select the setting to ‘saute’.
Add a little oil to the pot then add the chopped-up onion, ground beef and cook for 6 minutes. Then it is time to add the chopped chilies/spices into the pot, cooking for a further 2 minutes, making sure to stir well. Then it is time to pour into the pot the beef stock and the crushed tomatoes whilst continuing to stir gently. Now it’s time to close the lid and cook on a high-pressure setting, cooking for a further 6 minutes. Then once it is done be sure to do a quick pressure release then open up the lid to add the can of red beans, stirring them in as you do. Continue to cook on the saute setting for a further 5 minutes, then dish out and enjoy!
Instant Pot Broccoli and Chicken
This delicious broccoli and chicken dish is great for providing your family with a main that is tasty and also incredibly healthy. This dish is packed full of flavor and holds the great benefit of being totally dairy-free, low in carbs, and contains one of your 5 a day! This dish is the perfect way to provide a balanced, hearty meal to your loved ones in only 25 minutes!
- 1 lb of boneless/skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove chopped up
- 2 cups of chicken stock
- 3 cups of broccoli floret, either frozen or fresh however must be thawed
- 1 tbsp of cornstarch
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Add a little salt/pepper to taste
Start by cutting the chicken breasts into small, bite-sized pieces, making sure to season a little with salt/pepper. Next set your instant pot onto the saute setting and add a touch of olive oil. Add your onion to the pot and cook on saute for around 2-3 minutes until onions become almost caramelized. Then it’s time to add the garlic, cooking for a further 1 minute. Now add the chicken, ensuring to toss until completely coat with oil and cook for 1 minute. Continue to cook whilst pouring in the stock then close the lid, cook on high pressure for 7 minutes. After the stated time, do a quick pressure release and open the lid. Then use a cup to combine the cornstarch with 1 cup of cooking liquid, to result in creating a slurry. Once again set the instant pot to the saute setting, then add the slurry by pouring over the chicken whilst stirring. Then throw in the broccoli before closing the pot, continuing to cook on saute for a further 6 minutes. Then serve up and tuck in!
Instant Pot Chocky Pud
This pudding is not only one of the many oven-free dessert options but is also a dish that caters to all, after all, we all love chocolate! Not only does this dessert hold the scrummy factor but it is also crammed with protein, making it not only a wonderful treat for the family but also a desert with nutritional values and takes only around 30 minutes!
- 1 cup of whipping cream
- 2 ½ ounces of chopped up dark chocolate
- 2 eggs (yolks only)
- 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
- ½ tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tbsp of vanilla
The first step is to pour the cream into a saucepan, simmering on medium heat. Then add the chocolate, stirring until the chocolate becomes smooth. Once done take the egg yolks and place them in a bowl, also adding the cocoa, vanilla, and brown sugar, make sure to mix up well. Then begin to add the warm chocolate slowly whilst constantly whisking the mixture and pour the entire contents into a baking dish, being sure to cover the dish over with foil. Now it is time to place the baking dish onto the trivet and add around 1 ¼ cups of water into the instant pot, then safely place the trivet in. Close down the lid of the instant pot and set it to “manual” at low pressure for around 22 minutes, releasing the pressure naturally over 5 minutes through the vent. Once done open up the lid of the instant pot and remove the dish. Be sure to remove the foil and place it directly into the fridge.
Being equipped with an instant pot surely does take the pressure out of cooking a sometimes strenuous and time-consuming 3-course meal. You can cook up a storm in the kitchen in just half the time and still provide some delicious and truly scrumptious dishes!