Instant Pot Love

Welp, I never thought these words would come out of my mouth but...I have broken up!  Yep it's a sad day.  I have broken up with my CROCKPOT and my MANUAL PRESSURE COOKER!  Gotcha! It is true...the grass is greener on the other side.  All of a sudden my IG and FB feeds became bombarded with romantic posts about this new found love for the....wait for it....Instant Pot!  I was intrigued and a little skeptical.  It is an all-in-one electric pressure cooker and  slow cooker.  What what????   Now let me back up a few years...39 to be exact, when my mom-in-law gave me this:

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This a manual pressure cooker I have used for years.  My mother-in-law taught me how and I have used it to cook peas, beans, veggies, and meats.  I never dreamed we would part after all these years.

I started researching the Instant Pot after I saw my friend Kristen's post about it.  She bought hers on Amazon on the Prime Sale.  I missed that sale but I started following Marissa on Instagram @Instanpotlove  and she posted about another sale on Amazon.  I ended up getting mine for $69.99. There are several different models to choose from ranging in price from $80 to $180.  The more expensive ones even have Bluetooth. Really? 

Anyway I purchased the Instant Pot IP-LUX50 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 5Qt/900W, Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior HERE!

I am in love!  it has not failed me yet.  We can have a quick and delicious meal in a matter of minutes.  My first attempt was to cook some FROZEN, YES I SAID FROZEN chicken breasts to shred and use for tacos or chicken salad.  I used THIS recipe.  The chicken turned out perfect!  

Next...I tried soup.  We are big soup-lovers especially in the cool months.  I love my my mom's Vegetable Soup recipe so I decided to give it a shot.  I browned and sauteed hamburger meat and onions on the SAUTE' setting.  Then I dumped all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and set it on the MANUAL SETTING  for 15 minutes. Voila! It was done and awesome! You can find my mom's recipe HERE.  Little Patsy Jane adds spaghetti noodles to hers. Sometimes I do, but I try to watch our carb-count so I usually leave them out. Delish with or without.

Then OMG, I found a Chicken and Dumpling recipe on Pinterest.  I made it last night and it was yummy!

The Chicken and Dumplings recipe is here.

Ok now, for you skeptics...there is absolutely NOTHING to be afraid of. I know you are probably thinking the steam is scary. Y'all. Spending hours in the kitchen is REALLY scarey! Don't you think? There are tons of recipes on Pinterest.  Just search "Instant Pot."  Also I have created a board titled "Instant Pot" HERE.  If I have time to slow cook, I use the CROCKPOT setting.  Once the food is done there is KEEP WARM button.  Easy peasy!!! Promise!

So, anybody have one?  anybody want one? I would LOVE hearing your comments! (BTW, this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own).  Enjoy!