Instantpot

You Should Buy a Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

You Should Buy a Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

One of the best decisions I made for enhancing my plant-smart kitchen was the investment into an Instant Pot IP DUO60. The Instant Pot brand name is easily recognizable, and in the world of kitchen appliances has started to become "timeless" much like KitchenAid mixers. 

Anyone who knows me personally (or through my YouTube videos), will know that I do not typically make decisions lightly. I would rather not spend hard earned money over and over again because something is not reputable - or, in the case of kitchen appliances, because they start out working great but end up breaking down after just a few months (or years). I have had my Instant Pot for a year now, and it continues to work well, bringing to life with ease some great vegan dishes ranging from simply slow cooked beans to more complex dinner meals and everything in between. 

How To Cook My Smoky Flavored Beans in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

How To Cook My Smoky Flavored Beans in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Cooking my smoky flavored beans is made incredibly easy with my Instant Pot pressure cooker. It can take between an hour to multiple hours of cooking, but ultimately requires very minimal energy on my end. It may require some experimenting to find a setting and cook time that works best for you. For my smoky flavored beans, I recommend setting the Instant Pot to cook under pressure for about one hour. It can then sit on the low heat setting to continue simmering and bring out the natural flavor of the beans for a few hours more. I have found this to work best to make the beans meet my tastes, and it is a perfect cook time as I am able to go out back and work in my garden or setup in my bird blind to get some nice wildlife photographs you may have already come to love.

Chickpeas and Garlic for Hummus Instant Pot - Recipe from Vegan Under Pressure!

Chickpeas and Garlic for Hummus Instant Pot - Recipe from Vegan Under Pressure!

It can sometimes be difficult to tell if the food advertised in cookbooks is all it is made out to be. Food can be made to look good in pictures, but in real life might not taste so good. I thought it would be a neat idea to try putting the unique cookbook Vegan Under Pressure to the test, as I was so nicely provided with a free copy to send to one lucky winner of our Plant-Smart Living Giveaway. I am pleased to say that the end result of this hummus recipe is great!

How To Cook Farmer Fred's Panini-Grilled Carrot Reuben with a Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

How To Cook Farmer Fred's Panini-Grilled Carrot Reuben with a Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

The Panini-Grilled Carrot Reuben is a bit of a "classic" in the Plant-Smart Living kitchen. Farmer Fred has come to realize that, as strange as it may seem, carrots have a quality that make them a good replacement for meats that would traditionally adorn sandwiches. The convenience of the shape paired with the juiciness, and subtle sweetness makes carrots an appealing alternative to meats without going down the "rabbit hole" into having literal replacements like a veggie burger. The Grilled Carrot Reuben requires a little bit more preparation than many recipes we have, however the payoff when it is fully prepared is quite amazing!

How To Cook Swiss Chard in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

How To Cook Swiss Chard in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Swiss chard is one of my favorite vegetables due to it's taste, versatility in recipes, and nutritional content. Medical doctors would agree that Swiss chard is a "nutritional powerhouse" as it is an excellent source of Vitamin A, K, C as well as magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber. Swiss chard is one of those miracle vegetables that I always like to mention to people who are questioning if they can really get the essentials for living from eating a plant-based diet. I have the added benefit of growing this veggie in my organic garden as well, which helps me to live the sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle I desire.

How To Cook Red Beets in an Instant Pot DUO60 Pressure Cooker

How To Cook Red Beets in an Instant Pot DUO60 Pressure Cooker

One thing we love to do here at Plant-Smart Living is step outside into our organic vegetable garden to pick the vegetables we are going to prepare. Today, red beets are on the menu and we are planning to show you how you can prepare them in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. We are currently using the Instant Pot DUO60 model, but the suggestions provided here may be transferable to other models of Instant Pot cookers, as well as other brands of pressure cookers. If you have not yet purchased this appliance, we would suggest you check out our pressure cooker review as we have found an Instant Pot to provide us with quick access to more diversity in our whole foods, plant-based diet.

How To Cook Kale in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

How To Cook Kale in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Cooking fresh kale in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is surprisingly easy. I always enjoy eating kale (and most other vegetables) in their raw, unaltered form, but the reality of vegan eating is that it is sometimes best to "mix it up" from time to time. There are times when I return home from a long work day and just need something easy. My Instant Pot DUO60 Pressure Cooker provides me with the opportunity to make something tasty without having to spend a large amount of time in the kitchen. Much like other appliances like a microwave or oven, once you add the food you are planning to cook, you just set the time and let it do the rest.

How To Cook Delicious Apple Crisp in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

How To Cook Delicious Apple Crisp in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

I wanted to provide some detail on how you can cook apple crisp in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. I am using the affordable Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. Those eating a whole foods, plant-based diet and exploring a vegan lifestyle may quickly come to ask the question, "What do I eat for desert that is sweet and tastes good?" Unfortunately, modern society has ingrained in our minds that the tastiest foods have a lot of unneeded sugar and processing. I have found that nature provides us with plenty of sweet treats. Apples serve as an excellent base when looking for something like this because of the natural sugars, yet they are still very nutritional and a key element of a vegan diet. I am happy to say that cooking some apple crisp is not all that difficult, and is actually made easier by using a pressure cooker!