Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

This Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is incredibly easy to make (no draining required), perfectly creamy and fluffy, and always so delicious! So many of you have made and loved my favorite stovetop mashed potatoes recipe.  But for those of you looking to put your pressure cookers to work this Thanksgiving (or any day of […]

This Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is incredibly easy to make (no draining required), perfectly creamy and fluffy, and always so delicious!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

So many of you have made and loved my favorite stovetop mashed potatoes recipe.  But for those of you looking to put your pressure cookers to work this Thanksgiving (or any day of the year), I’ve been testing out various methods for how to make mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot and have finally landed on a good one to share with you today!

These Instant Pot mashed potatoes are made with the same list of ingredients that I always use to make my mashed potatoes perfectly creamy, fluffy and flavorful — including two types of potatoes (Yukon Golds and Russets, for optimal texture and flavor), cream cheese and milk (to make them extra creamy), a generous amount of butter (because…mashed potatoes), however much garlic you prefer (to make yours more or less garlicky), and sea salt and pepper to season.

But instead of boiling and then draining a huge stockpot full of water to cook your potatoes on the stovetop, the Instant Pot makes it easy by doing everything for us with the push of a few buttons!  No draining required!  All the potatoes need are 6 minutes of high pressure-cooking, followed by a quick release.  Then to eliminate some of the excess water that remains, simply use the “Sauté” function to briefly boil off about half of the remaining liquids, and then mash the potatoes right there in the same pot with all of your favorite creamy mix-ins until they reach your desired level of chunkiness or smoothness.

This method is one-pot cooking at its best and even a step easier than the stovetop version.  So if you own a pressure cooker, I highly recommend giving Instant Pot mashed potatoes a try!

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Sushi Rice

This basic sticky sushi rice recipe is easy to make in a rice cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop.  Perfect for making sushi, poke bowls, onigiri and more! Get ready, friends, because we’re learning how to make sushi this week!! ♡ I’ve been looking forward to this series of posts for awhile now.  But […]

This basic sticky sushi rice recipe is easy to make in a rice cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop.  Perfect for making sushi, poke bowls, onigiri and more!

Sushi Rice Recipe

Get ready, friends, because we’re learning how to make sushi this week!! ♡

I’ve been looking forward to this series of posts for awhile now.  But before we dive into a full tutorial on how to make my favorite easy maki rolls, there’s an essential first step that we all need to master first — how to make sushi rice.

This classic vinegared (“sushi” literally means “sour-tasting” in Japanese), firm, sticky, short-grain white rice is the foundation for all sushi.  And, at least in my opinion, it’s one of the main factors that separates the so-so sushi from the stellar sushi.  The good news for us is that excellent sushi rice is quite easy to make at home in either a rice cooker, pressure cooker or on the stovetop.  And all you need to make it are five basic ingredients!

I admittedly go the non-traditional route and just use a basic mixing bowl and spatula for the rice-folding process, which is a method that has always works just fine for us.  But if you would like to make your sushi rice the traditional Japanese way, I have included options below for how to use a wooden hangiri, rice paddle and a fan to fold and cool your sushi.  Whichever method you choose, the end result will be a delicious batch of seasoned sticky rice that will work perfectly in your favorite recipe for sushi, poke bowls, onigiri and more.

So round up these basic ingredients, and let’s make some sushi rice!

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How To Cook Lentils

A complete tutorial for how to cook lentils (French, green, brown, black and red lentils).  Plus tips for how to season and store lentils, and lots of my favorite lentil recipes! I’ve been getting so many requests for this post lately, so I’m happy to say that it’s finally ready to go. Here is my […]

A complete tutorial for how to cook lentils (French, green, brown, black and red lentils).  Plus tips for how to season and store lentils, and lots of my favorite lentil recipes!

How To Cook Lentils (Red, Black, Brown, Green, or French Lentils)

I’ve been getting so many requests for this post lately, so I’m happy to say that it’s finally ready to go.

Here is my complete guide to cooking with LENTILS! ♡

It’s no secret that I’m a mega fan of cooking with lentils.  We keep a few varieties stocked in our pantry at all times, and love adding them to everything from soups to salads, curries to tacos, veggie burgers to pastas, and so much more.  I especially love cooking with lentils because they are packed with good-for-you fiber, protein and minerals.  But mostly, lentils are one of my favorite ingredients because they are versatile, inexpensive, hearty and so delicious!

That said, I get a lot of questions on here about the differences in various types of lentils, and how each type should be used and cooked correctly.  So today, I have a new tutorial with everything you need to know about how to use and cook the most popular types of lentils (brown/green, French, black and red lentils).  Plus, I’ve included tips for how to season and store your cooked lentils, answers to many of your lentil FAQs, and most importantly, I have included a list of my favorite lentil recipes to hopefully give you some inspiration to put these legumes to delicious use.

Lentils are a powerhouse ingredient to have in your pantry right now.  So stock up, and let’s get to cooking lentils together!

Different Types Of Lentils (Red Lentils, French Lentils, Brown Lentils, Black Lentils)

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How To Cook Farro

My favorite method for how to cook farro!  Plus tips for how to toast and season farro, how to freeze farro, and a collection of my favorite easy farro recipes. Our series on pantry staples continues today with my all-time favorite whole grain — farro! Guys, are you already doing lots of cooking with farro?  […]

My favorite method for how to cook farro!  Plus tips for how to toast and season farro, how to freeze farro, and a collection of my favorite easy farro recipes.

How To Cook Farro

Our series on pantry staples continues today with my all-time favorite whole grain — farro!

Guys, are you already doing lots of cooking with farro?  If not, I sincerely can’t recommend it enough.  Farro has long been a staple in my pantry and one of my favorite whole grains to toss into soups, salads, grain bowls, stuffed peppers, fried “farro” rice, risottos, porriges, and so much more.

I’m especially partial to farro because of its oh-so-satisfyingly chewy texture and toasty, nutty flavor.  But I also really love that this whole grain is packed with nutrients, including lots of fiber and protein, plus a generous serving of vitamins and minerals.  It’s easy to substitute farro in any of your favorite recipes that call for rice, quinoa or other grains.  It’s quick and easy to cook, and also keeps well in the refrigerator or the freezer.  And if you happen to have an Instant Pot at home, you can also pressure cook it too!

Seriously, there are so many good reasons to incorporate this whole grain into your diet.  So here are all of my best tips on how to cook farro — including various options for how to season it, if you would like — as well as some of my favorite farro recipes to give you some inspiration.

Let’s cook some farro! ♡

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Ultimate Chili

My ultimate chili recipe is simmered with all of the classic ingredients we know and love, plus a few secret seasonings that make this chili extra-memorable and a total crowd fave. Believe it or not, this is actually the very first classic stovetop chili recipe that I have posted here in 10 years of blogging. […]

My ultimate chili recipe is simmered with all of the classic ingredients we know and love, plus a few secret seasonings that make this chili extra-memorable and a total crowd fave.

The BEST Chili Recipe

Believe it or not, this is actually the very first classic stovetop chili recipe that I have posted here in 10 years of blogging.

I’ve blogged about just about every other kind of chili imaginable — especially various kinds of vegetarian and chicken chili recipes, which are my usual go-tos.  But over the years, you all have continued to send in requests for an outstanding classic beef chili recipe here on the blog too.  One that’s guaranteed to be a crowd favorite at game day parties or around the table for cozy weeknight dinners.  One that can be simmered in a big pot on the stovetop, or made even easier in the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot as well.  One that’s rich and hearty and doesn’t skimp on the best ingredients needed to achieve the very best flavors.  And most importantly of all, a chili recipe that’s delicious enough to win the whole dang cook-off.

Well, here you have it.  Friends, meet the best classic chili recipe I’ve ever tried. ♡♡♡

It’s full of all of the classic beef chili ingredients that we all know and love.  But there are also a few extra special flavors simmered in there that — I’m convinced, at least — make this chili recipe ultimately stand out above all the rest.  It’s a chili recipe that’s big and bold and doesn’t shy away from some smoky heat.  But it’s still incredibly easy to make and, of course, pile high with as many of your favorite toppings as possible.  (You know my mantra — more is more when it comes to chili toppings!)

As always, I’ve also included lots of tips below for how to customize this chili recipe exactly the way you prefer, including how to make it spicier or milder, heartier or brothier, gluten-free or lightened-up, etc.  Plus, I’ve also included tips for how to store and/or freeze this recipe, if you would like to save the leftovers for easy meal prep for the month ahead.

Bottom line — I’m convinced this chili recipe is a winner and sincerely hope you love it too.  So let’s make some!

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Learn how to make the best Instant Pot shredded chicken that is full of great flavor, nice and tender, and not overcooked. Hey friends!  I’m back today with a meal prep recipe that you all have been requesting — how to make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot!  ♡  Or more specifically, how to make […]

Learn how to make the best Instant Pot shredded chicken that is full of great flavor, nice and tender, and not overcooked.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Recipe

Hey friends!  I’m back today with a meal prep recipe that you all have been requesting — how to make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot!  ♡  Or more specifically, how to make Instant Pot shredded chicken that is:

  1. flavorful
  2. tender and easy to shred
  3. not overcooked

I agree that Instant Pot chicken can be a bit finicky at times.  But I’ve been testing different methods and cook times these past few months, and am happy to report I’ve landed on a winner-winner-chicken-dinner recipe that’s incredibly easy to make and checks all of those boxes.  I’ve included my favorite all-purpose chicken seasoning in the recipe (from my popular baked chicken breasts) that goes with pretty much everything.  But if you are interested, I have also included some of my other favorite seasoning variations too if you would like to mix things up.

I pretty much always keep a container of shredded chicken in my freezer to pull out and use in everything from easy chicken soups, to chicken salads, to chicken green salads, to chicken enchiladas, to chicken stir-frys, to chicken casseroles, to buffalo chicken dip and so much more.  It’s a healthy, affordable and versatile protein to always keep on hand.  And of course, when making shredded chicken from scratch (versus shredding a rotisserie), you get to be the one to control the seasonings and you can choose to use organic chicken, if you would like.

So pull out that pressure cooker, and let’s make some Instant Pot shredded chicken!

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Beef Stew

My favorite cozy, hearty, comforting beef stew recipe — easy to make in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot, and always so delicious. For years and years, you all have been requesting a classic beef stew recipe here on the blog.  So today, I’m happy to report that I’ve (finally!) photographed my favorite one to […]

My favorite cozy, hearty, comforting beef stew recipe — easy to make in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot, and always so delicious.

Beef Stew (Crock Pot or Instant Pot)

For years and years, you all have been requesting a classic beef stew recipe here on the blog.  So today, I’m happy to report that I’ve (finally!) photographed my favorite one to share with you.

Meet my go-to beef stew recipe. ♡

I’ve been making versions of this classic beef stew ever since I very first started teaching myself how to cook back in the day.  And while there are now all sorts of creative and modern twists you can make on the classic nowadays, I’ve gotta admit that the throwback original will probably always be my fave.  Those of you who grew up with beef stew know exactly what I’m talkin’ about — ultra-tender juicy steak, hearty potatoes, savory mushrooms and veggies, all slowly simmered together in a rich, savory, tomato-herb gravy until dinnertime.  Oh, and while it cooks, this stew also has the added bonus of making your home smell absolutely amazing.

I’ve included instructions below for options to either slow cook this recipe in the Crock-Pot (my old standard) or in the Instant Pot (much speedier).  And of course, I’ve also included suggestions for a number of fun add-ins that you’re welcome to include too.  Bottom line, if you’re craving some meat-and-potatoes comfort food, this beef stew recipe won’t let you down!

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Easy Cochinita Pibil

This 5-ingredient cochinita pibil recipe is extra-easy to make in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, it’s full of the best savory citrusy flavors, and it can be served in everything from tacos to burritos, nachos and more.  (This post contains affiliate links.) We ate approximately 1 million tacos during our trip to Mexico City this summer.  Which […]

This 5-ingredient cochinita pibil recipe is extra-easy to make in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, it’s full of the best savory citrusy flavors, and it can be served in everything from tacos to burritos, nachos and more.  (This post contains affiliate links.)

Easy Cochinita Pibil

We ate approximately 1 million tacos during our trip to Mexico City this summer.  Which meant that, naturally, I came home with approximately 1 million new recipe ideas to try.  (I hope you’re ready for lots of Mexican food this fall!)  But amongst all of the amazing dishes we tasted, this trip officially convinced me that my first priority upon arriving back home needed to be finally learning how to make one of my favorite classic pork recipes that we saw offered at just about every street taco stand in Mexico City…

cochinita pibil.  ♡

Also known as puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote, this traditional Mexican pulled pork originally hails from the Yucatán Peninsula, but is now widely popular all over Mexico and beyond.  The pork itself is flavored with a super-simple marinade of tart citrus juice and achiote paste (<– our bright-red starring ingredient that looks super-spicy, but actually tastes quite mild and delicious).  Once the pork has been marinated in the achiote mixture, it is traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground pit-bbq-style until it is ultra juicy and fall-apart tender and crazy delicious.  It’s then shredded and served with pickled red onions and fresh cilantro, plus maybe a few sliced habañero peppers if you’re looking for an extra kick.  Basically, think of cochinita pibil as carnitas’ more colorful, citrus-y, achiote-y, slow-cooked, cousin from down south.  Muy típico, y muy delicioso.

Similar to pork carnitas, there are about a million ways to serve up cochinita pibil — loaded up into street tacos, tucked into burritos, sprinkled on nachos, or whatever else may sound good.  Also, as is the case with most pulled pork recipes, I’m also pleased to report that cochinita pibil cooks up beautifully in the pressure cooker or slow cooker too!  I know, we’re officially veering from tradition here.  But if you’re like me and don’t currently have easy access to banana leaves or an underground bbq pit, this recipe provides an accessible way to make a quick batch of cochinita pibil that still tastes absolutely amazing.

Oh and bonus?!  With pressure cooking or slow-cooking, there’s also no need to let the pork marinate for hours and hours in advance before cooking.  So all you need for this recipe is about ten minutes of prep time, plus about 1 hour in the Instant Pot (or 4-8 hours in the Crock-Pot).  Then the most delicious batch of authentic-tasting cochinita pibil can be yours to enjoy in time for dinner.

Let’s make some!

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