I discovered the Instant Pot at the beginning of this year and it has since rocked my world. Originating in Canada, it has since taken the U.S. by storm with its multi-function design that combines a slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker, and more into one device. Before the Instant Pot came into my life, I was very hard-pressed to make meals at home. Part of it was meal planning, but the execution had a lot to do with it too. I wore myself out mentally just trying to figure it all out. Today? Even with a full-time job and a baby, I make meals at home most days of the week.
Here are a few reasons you may really like the Instant Pot if you have ADHD.
I Don’t Have To Remember To Thaw Meat
I don’t plan well enough that I can have raw meat sitting in the refrigerator. And it’s a pain remembering if the meat is still good. Thus, all my meat gets frozen. Only problem with that is if you don’t remember the night before to take out what to thaw (which ALSO forces you to decide what you’re doing for dinner the next day), it’s a pain in the ass. Yeah, it’s a first-world problem. But when you’re contending with the millions of other decisions you make in a day, taking this out of the equation can be huge.
I Don’t Have To Stand There And Watch My Food Cook
When I’m cooking said meat, the last thing I want to be doing is having to stand there and watch it while it cooks. I either get completely bored and try to multitask or I’m just miserably browning meat or flipping chicken breasts thinking of all the million other things I should be doing. Now? I drop that meat into the Instant Pot and use that time to knock out another task while my dinner cooks. I’m literally setting it and forgetting it. Some people really get into it and have one pot for veggies and/or grains and another for meat, but for me all I need is my one LUX60 6-quart model.
Meal Planning is a B-R-E-E-Z-E
This is the best part. With the meat portion of my cooking taken out of the equation – the rest is a breeze. All I have to do is throw a steamer bag of veggies in the microwave, then a steamer bag of rice, quinoa or couscous. If you’re feeling really sassy, you can buy spice blends like Trader Joe’s 21 Season Salute or Chili Lime Seasoning Blend and mix and match your meats, veggies, grains, and spices for an unlimited amount of easy foods made with whole ingredients. Want to add some fruit in there? Grab some frozen bags of that, too (but make sure it’s the sugar-free kind). You can also try the tons of recipes out that are out there – including my two favorite Instant Pot comfort foods.
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