One-pot cookery is an absolute lifesaver for busy families and households, especially on weeknights. Being able to gather and prep a big old pile of ingredients and chuck them all in one cooking vessel saves on washing up, time, and energy. Instant Pots, with their fast cooking speeds, make the process even easier. In celebration of the marvel that is one-pot Instant Pot cookery, we're taking a look at the six best cookbooks available to provide you with inspiration and expert guidance.
Food and diet blogger Gina Homolka, the bestselling author of the Skinnytaste range of cookbooks, turns her sights to one-pot options in this volume. 120 photos and 140 recipes are on offer for not just your Instant Pot, but Dutch ovens, slow cookers, skillets, and air fryers. These and Gina's signature cooking tips should inspire your next one-pot creation.
Laura Arnold makes use of your Instant Pot's saute, rice, and steamer functions in this cookbook that brings Southern cooking classics to your dinner table. With breakfast dishes, side dishes, sauces, stocks, and desserts, this cookbook offers easy recipes for the likes of pimento mac and cheese, bourbon sweet potatoes and brown sugar BBQ ribs.
The Martha Stewart Living team has collated over one hundred one-pot meals that work as easy all-in-one meal options with very little washing up to be done afterward. The pressure cooker recipes include the likes of short ribs with potato-carrot mash, kale and white bean soup, chicken cacciatore, easy chickpea curry, and classic beef stroganoff.
Author and "Healthy Delicious" blogger Lauren Keating is keen to point out this cookbook isn't about dieting, but creating nutritious and satisfying meals using just one pot. With an introduction to Keating's "Eat Well, Live Well" philosophy, this book goes on to offer up from scratch recipes for pressure cookers, slow cookers, and Dutch ovens, all of which can be made in your Instant Pot.
Best-selling author Meredith Laurence, known as "The Blue Jean Chef," brings her signature tips, techniques, and a wealth of helpful imagery in this one-pot compendium. Complete with pressure cooking charts, this offers foolproof recipes with the benefits of one-pot clean up. In this book, you'll find a varied selection of recipes from absolute classics like New England fish chowder to more adventurous dishes like pad thai.
This cookbook wins hands down on the number of recipes included with more than 500 dishes covered. As well as a wide range of Instant Pot meal-in-one recipes, there are Dutch oven specialties, cast-iron skillet suppers, and slow cooker classics. Going beyond the Instant Pot arena, there are also sections on sheet pan meals and pizza and pasta night ideas. It makes for a comprehensive collection of tried and tested simple meal solutions.
All these cookbooks come recommended, but we love our overall choice, Skinnytaste One and Done (opens in new tab) from Gina Homolka. You honestly won't realize you're eating healthy options with gorgeous hearty recipes like beef goulash macaroni and carne asada fries.
If you're looking for a cookbook that goes beyond just Instant Pot options, the Taste of Home One Pot Favorites (opens in new tab) recipe collection gives you over 500 dishes to work your way through with various cooking methods covered.
Fans of Southern cooking should definitely try Laura Arnold's Instant One-Pot Meals (opens in new tab). Arnold makes the most of your Instant Pot's multi-functions with Southern-inspired meals that can all be cooked in just one pot.
Amy-Mae has been writing about consumer technology since before the iPhone was even a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye. She started out in magazine publishing with the UK lads' mag 'Boy's Toys' then moved online with startup Pocket-lint.com as the first full-time member of staff, helping grow the site to one of the UK's largest gadget sites. Amy-Mae then moved to Mashable when it only had a staff of around 10 people. After working her way up to a senior role there, Amy-Mae left in 2014 to have her daughter. Since then Amy-Mae has continued to contribute to Mashable and The Daily Dot, keeping up-to-date with the latest consumer technology and social media trends. For iMore.com, Amy-Mae gets to her explore her love of home cooking, concentrating on all things kitchen tech.
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