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Recipes You Didn’t Know You Could Cook in an Instant Pot

You might have noticed that everyone’s talking about the newfangled Instant Pot, and maybe are wondering if it’s really worth all the hype. Everyone’s talking about the newfangled Instant Pot and are madly in love with it and are looking for even more things to prepare in it.

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Either way, the following will explore several things that you can make in an instant pot. This can help those who haven’t committed to the pot yet determine whether it’s right for them, and help those who have one discover some new recipes.

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Paella is a rice-based dish originally cultivated on the eastern coast of Spain in Valencia, but is now popular all around the world, resulting in dozens of different flavor pallets and versions of the classic recipe. Another great thing about it is that paella is fantastic for using up leftover ingredients.

The mythic origin of the meal involves a Moorish kings’ servant making rice dishes by mixing together everything that was leftover at the royal banquets to take home, but today the meal has become a cultural staple that works just as well with fresh-picked ingredients. It’s also very flexible when it comes to swapping out ingredients you’re not a fan of for ones that you are.

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Bone Broth

Bone broth is one of the healthiest things there is for you. It’s full of minerals in a form that your body can easily and efficiently absorb (calcium, sulfur, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus, and others); it contains both sulfate and glucosamine, which reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. It also boosts the immune system and works to heal disorders like allergies, asthma, and arthritis. It is absolutely critical to know that the stock and broth you buy in the store (or make from powder or cubes) aren’t the same thing as bone broth. Store-bought versions tend to be concoctions of lab-created meat flavors combined with the neurotoxin known as MSG (monosodium glutamate). Bone broth is absurdly easy to make in an instant pot and can be used to treat leaky gut syndrome, combat wrinkles, and cellulite (high levels of collagen that your body can actually absorb), and helps with your body’s natural detoxification processes. How can you say no to all these benefits?

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Banana Bread

That’s right; you can bake bread in your instant pot. It turns out there are a lot of desserts you can make in an instant pot, including cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, brownies, creme brule, apple crisp, chocolate cake… is your mouth watering yet? Baked desserts are a fun treat and can serve as an excellent introduction to cooking for children (kids love mashing up bananas, just saying). Not only can you make all these delectable treats in your instant pot, but you can make them faster than you used to in a conventional oven.

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Of course, the above list is only the beginning—pasta, seafood, soups, eggs—you can even make an entire holiday meal in an instant pot! You can air fry foods and meet any dietary restrictions you have by creating vegan or paleo, or keto meals. Of course, if you’re new to the instant pot, it’s a good idea to watch a tutorial online or read an article or two to help ensure that you understand how it works.

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