6 Reasons We’re Hopping on the Instant Pot Bandwagon

The Instant Pot has taken the world by storm. Here's why we're loving it.

Life moves at an ever-increasing pace, and families struggle to keep up. Preparing healthy meals often is pushed to the side in favor of time-saving takeout and fast food. But good nutritious meals are a must for a growing, healthy family. Ready to cross the dinner finish line with the least hassle and fastest time? It’s the perfect moment to give the Instant Pot (aka pressure cooker) a try. We offer six reasons.

1. It’s a time-saver

We know how much people love their slow cookers. They can be an easy way to ready a meal, but a lot of early-morning prep is required. And when you’re trying to put breakfast on the table and hustle kids off to school, the dicing, chopping and mixing required at that point in the day could be a challenge. With an Instant Pot, you still have the prep work, but you time-shift it to later, because most Instant Pot meals will be ready to serve in about half an hour. Fans call it “magic” and their “best friend” for making delish dishes like this Buffalo Mac & Cheese in a flash. One piece of advice: If you’re making meat dishes, such as this Beef Brisket, don’t just hit the “beef” button and go. Meat tends to take longer, so follow the times as recommended in each recipe. Try all of our favorite Instant Pot recipes.

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2. It makes meal prep easy peasy

You’ll have no more multiple pots and serving dishes to scrub after a meal. The Instant Pot cooks two to six times faster and it replaces six to seven common kitchen appliances. The stainless steel pot with no coating will cook this delicious Apple Balsamic Chicken in minutes. Plus, it cleans easily and the inner pot is dishwasher-safe. A favorite feature is the saute setting, which lets you thicken dishes or even cook pasta in a homemade soup right in the Instant Pot. Learn if you can also cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot.

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3. It’s a healthy cooking companion

Endless recipes for Instant Pots are yummy, fast and good for you. Take Pressure Cooker Turkey with Berry Compote; it has lean white meat, tangy raspberries and blueberries, and chili flakes for a kick. Light and delicious. Your Instant Pot doubles as a slow cooker, too. Stay healthy with these skinny slow-cooked recipes.

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