December 10

The Best Things to Prepare in an Instant Pot

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by Julie Baker

One of the best things about Paleo is that it’s focused on simplistic foods that nourish and energize the body. But let’s face it, some paleo recipes are unnecessarily complicated and can take too much time to prepare. Since you probably have a busy life and plenty of things you want to do besides slaving away in the kitchen to keep your belly full, here are some of the easiest and best things to prepare in an Instant Pot.

Easy Ribs

Do you like ribs that are so tender they fall right off the bone? Then you’ll love this recipe! There are only three steps involved, which is why so many people keep this recipe in their weekly Paleo dinner rotations. Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 racks baby back or St. Louis-style pork ribs
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar
  • Sugar-free BBQ sauce

Directions:

  1. Remove the membrane from the ribs.
  2. Mix together the coconut sugar, chili powder, and salt in a small bowl, then rub over ribs.
  3. Add trivet rack to your Instant Pot along with 1 cup of water. Stand the rib racks upright on the trivet.
  4. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 25-30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally after cooking.
  5. Finish cooking your ribs by broiling or grilling to achieve that crisp texture. Make sure they reach an internal temperature of at least 145⁰ If you want the most tender and juicy meat, cook your ribs until the internal temperature is between 195⁰ F and 203⁰ F.

Boiled Eggs

If you currently boil your eggs in a pot on the stove, it’s time to adopt the convenient Instant Pot method! It is so easy and takes away all the guesswork (no more spin tests on the counters to see if your eggs are fully cooked!) You’ll never want to go back to boiling eggs in a pot again.

Directions:

  1. Insert a trivet or steamer rack into the Instant Pot.
  2. Add 1 cup of cold water.
  3. Place as many eggs as you would like on the trivet rack.
  4. Close the lid and set the program to “Egg.” Alternatively, you can set the program to “Pressure Cook” on high for 7 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off, release the pressure using the vent button and use tongs to transfer the eggs immediately into an ice bath. This will stop them from cooking and will help the shells fall off more easily when you peel them.

Butternut Squash

Cooking squash in the oven takes a long time and requires a bit of forethought. Fortunately, you can still throw together a healthy butternut squash recipe when you’re running short on time if you use the Instant Pot. Here’s how.

Directions:

  1. Insert a trivet or rack into the Instant Pot with a cup of water.
  2. Set the program to Pressure Cook or High, then set a 25-minute cook time on high pressure.
  3. When the squash is done, allow the steam to release naturally for at least 5 minutes before opening the lid.
  4. Use the trivet handles to lift the squash out of the Instant pot and transfer it to a cutting board.
  5. Using tongs to hold the squash still, cut it in half with the other hand. Remove the seeds and the peel, mash the squash up, and enjoy!

These recipes can come through for you when you’ve had a busy day and need fast, healthy ideas for dinner or lunch. Give them a try today for low-carb, delicious meal options that fit within your Paleo eating standards.


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Food, Health, Instant Pot


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