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First my husband and I learned the hard way to only buy cook books authorized by instant pot and this one is. It truly makes a difference in the quality of the food that comes out of our instant pot. Add to that that this one is just chock full of helpful tips for using your instant pot, getting the most out of your instant pot, advance meal prep and clearly indicates which recipes are gluten free and dairy free, or can be modified to be so, as well as which recipes are freezer friendly AND they are healthier than most you find elsewhere. EVERY recipe we have tried so far has been easy to follow and has tasted absolutely delicious. I work 2 jobs Monday through Friday and LOVE this for prepping meals for the week as well as FRESH veggies and then we can get a delicious dinner on the table with very little time and effort. Hands down my favorite of my instant pot cook books!
I've had several IP cookbooks. Some were too "gourmet". Some used processed food ingredients. Then I found Healthy Meal Prep IP Cookbook and I am thrilled! The recipes are ordinary, yet delicious. Best of all there are no processed food ingredients. The ingredients are in your kitchen or easy to find. The recipes are easy to follow too. Well done! I highly recommend this cookbook.
I have a love hate relationship with my instant pot, but Carrie has slowly been swaying my opinion over the last year or so to the “love” side. Many recipes online often aren’t very good or end up taking me MORE time than just baking in the oven or on the stove, which defeats the whole purpose in my opinion.
Carries recipes are well thought out, appealing to a wide range of dietary needs and restrictions (which I happen to have). And for someone who deals with a chronic illness, her tips on what’s freezer friendly is SO helpful.
I love the chicken noodle soup and just made it for a sick friend of mine. Can’t wait to try out more!
I just received my cookbook and couldn't wait to make one of the recipes. I decided to make the Chicken Cacciatore. Thats all I can say is Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!!!! Fantastic, simple whole ingredients, easy to follow instructions and the outcome was just as delicious as the long simmering stovetop or the crockpot version I always made. Next, Chicken Piccata! I've always loved cooking in the IP, but now i'm really excited to cook my way through this book! Thank you, Carrie, I hope your working on book #2!!!!
I guess I was expecting some more Keto/Paleo, and yes, the author does an excellent job of providing "tips" on how to make it more Keto/Paleo for some of the recipes. I've got numerous cookbooks, and I'm always looking for recipes that are "something different" , and I did't find this here. Reason why I titled it, "pretty basic"...The author has done an excellent job for each recipe for times/types of IP release/diet type, and the layout of each recipe, however, for me, there was no "wow" factor for any recipe, that would make me say, "I need to make this tonight for dinner....:", it was just OK. Regardless, if you're looking for an excellent IP cookbook with very clear instructions and layout, then I would highly recommend this cookbook, however, if you're looking for a cookbook that goes beyond the usual recipes, like "hearty beef chili" or "Mongolian beef and broccoli", then I would suggest that you look elsewhere.
Just got Carrie's cookbook a couple of days ago, and I had all the ingredients for the Teriyaki Chicken and Rice. It was easy to put together, easy cleanup, and tasted delicious! I intend to cook through this entire book because all the recipes sound good and the ingredient list seems manageable. I like knowing these recipes hold up to meal prep and can be tailored, if possible, to gluten or dairy free, as well as, vegetarian or vegan!
The book has some great sections aside from the recipes like Basics and Staples and Instant Pot Cooking Time Charts. All in all, I feel like this is a well rounded cookbook that will help you create healthy and tasty meals using your Instant Pot.
Tried our first recipe from here tonight. Beef Goulash page 100. Description states “American version is made with ground beef, pasta, and a variety of spices . . . “. Okay if so where is the pasta listed in the ingredients? It’s not. There is no mention of the pasta there or anywhere in how to prepare the dish. It also doesn’t appear that pasta figures into the nutritional information. Made the dish figuring that this meant to cook pasta separately and serve the goulash over the pasta. What I ended up with was ground beef soup with very watery broth that did not stick to the pasta at all. Plus the recipe calls for 90% lean ground beef but then does not tell you to drain the beef after sautéing - thank goodness I decided to do so because I poured off well over 1/4 cup of fat. I would recommend using 95% lean not 90% and be sure to drain. So now I’m wondering if I was supposed to add the pasta to the instant pot at some point and cook it in there which would have lead to a thicker sauce - but since that isn’t part of the recipe I don’t know if this will work. And i’m Not sure this qualifies as “healthy” given the pasta. Perhaps cooked with leaner beef and less liquid then served over spaghetti squash. I’ll be very leery preparing other recipes in this book given experience with the first one. I will give it 2 stars for flavor but it needs serious modifications. Quite disappointed.