My mom and her friend had been “bugging me” to cook a three course meal with everything done in the Instant Pot. Their “reason” was that it would be a great way to end my learning project. This is true however, I think that their real reason was just not having to cook. Both of them have Instant Pot as well.
Throughout this learning project they both have been following my weekly progress and waiting for me to try new recipes first.
On one of the Instant Pot Facebook pages a person shared a blog where they compiled and organized tons and tons of Instant Pot recipes. I could spend hours on this blog as there are so many recipes and ideas that I have never seen before plus the organization makes it easy to look through. Each recipe is in a category such as chicken, beef, desserts, etc. plus they have sorted the recipes further under each tab. For example: in the chicken tab they have a heading with whole chicken, chicken breasts, etc. This makes the blog very user friendly.
While looking through the blog I found many recipes I want to try and eventually will. After spending lots of time looking, I decided on the following recipes for the Instant Pot three course meal.
Appetizer: Spinach Artichoke Dip with baguette and nacho chips
Dessert: Oreo Cheesecake with homemade whip cream
My intention was to cook the bacon and make the cheese sauce in the Instant Pot. However, as a time saver and to get the bacon crispy, I cooked the bacon in the oven and cheese sauce on the stove. Looking back, I am just not sure why I didn’t use real bacon bits for the bacon instead. I also then kept the oven warm so, as each dish was done, I was able to keep it warm.
I have read that it is best when a cheesecake has sat in a fridge for 24 hours after being cooked. Therefore, I made the cheesecake the day ahead. This was also a huge time saver on the day I made the actual meal. I cooked the meal at my parent’s house using both my Instant Pot and my Mom’s Instant Pot. I felt like a serious “pot head” at that moment ha! I also discovered that the Instant Pot is by far the easiest way to cook potatoes. So easy and they were cooked perfectly!
I am not the best cook in the world nor do I enjoy cooking that much. In fact, in my video you see my brother opening a can for me! That is because the can had an “easy opening” tab which I somehow broke off and then dinted the can when trying to then open with a can opener. He made fun of me but he is no better at cooking- he can just fix my mistakes ha! However, I love my Instant Pot and use it so much as I find it so easy and such a time saver. It allows me to make nutritious meals without having a lot of cooking skill, pre-planning or preparation time.
To document making the meal and of course eating it, I chose to use the Time-Lapse setting on my iPhone camera. The meal was made over two days and took a total of fourish hours when all said and done (including prep, cooking times, etc.). It is amazing that I was able to show you my entire process in under five minutes. I chose to try the Time-Lapse setting as I knew it was going to be a long process and that many clips would be combined. I also, wanted to compare the iPhone setting to the one on iMovie. Last time I sped it up on iMovie my video was not nearly as long as I only was documenting one thing. I chose to stick with iMovie as I wanted to improve my skills using this program and to try to figure out the things I couldn’t last time in my yogurt post. This time, I was able to successfully add title headings and audio. Now that I have used this program two times, I feel much more confident in my abilities to create and edit a video. I think it will be another go to source to document learning in my classroom as well as having students do projects creating videos.
The meal was a huge success! I even got a good review from my brother who, needless to say, is a little hard to impress. He said my spinach artichoke dip would have been as good as Boston Pizza’s if I baked it with cheese. I said I would take that under consideration for next time ha! He doesn’t really like potatoes or steamed broccoli but said the potatoes were edible and just didn’t eat the broccoli but put the creamy cheese sauce on his chicken! My mom and her friend declared the meal a success and that they will now make all of these recipes themselves. My mom said the Oreo Cheesecake was better than her birthday peanut butter cheesecake. This shocked me as she is a huge peanut butter lover! My dad was just happy this meal wasn’t low carb ha! When growing up the saying was, “the cook never does the dishes!” I finally was able to benefit from it!