Crushing on the Instant Pot // Southwestern Lentils

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So I bought myself an Instant Pot for Christmas during the Black Friday sales... I even wrapped it, put it under the tree and acted surprised on Christmas morning.

And while I was genuinely excited to get one, I had no idea any kitchen gadget could be this AMAZING ..... I mean, I'm in β€οΈ. I've cooked several meals in it now and it's consistently 30 minutes from prep to table. And it creates flavor depth that usually takes all day to develop.

But I'll admit, I was a little nervous about any take on a pressure cooker. I've seen scary internet videos of pressure cookers gone wrong. But now that I've got the hang of the seal/vent valve.... I'm feeling pretty confident I won't blow my face off.

So tonight I made vegetarian Cheesy Southwestern Lentils & Brown Rice from Platings and Pairings. Her recipe is easy, fast and delicious. I love the spices and the crunch of the brown rice and that all of my boys ate it happily. Even my picky 6 year old made a point to give me a hug and say, "Thank you for making a good dinner" ..... I'm going to take that as a compliment for tonight's dinner and not as a knock against my other dinner offerings..... 

I also served it with homemade guacamole and Louisiana's Hola Nola tortilla chips. And if you want to amp up your Louisiana-local game, grab Camellia Brand lentils, Cajun Boy brown rice and Hola Nola taco seasoning

Next up: steel cut oats on delay start to be ready when I roll out of bed at the last minute.



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