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Insta Pot and meal prep ep 089

From Audio: Ep 089: Instant Pot Mania with special guest, Christy Lingo

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Did you know, 2.0 version of that? It's electronic, it's got a lock on the lid and the way that it works and why it cooks things so much faster, is that all of that steam builds up in that chamber, it creates a pressurized chamber and this is where like a geek out about it and I'm such a nerd, but It increases the temperature that water boils at. So water normally boils at 212°, it increases the pressure to 250°. And that's why your food cooks faster. Because if you're boiling something on the stove or your roasting something in the oven, it can never get hotter than 212 degrees. But in this instant pot it goes to 2 50 which means that it is cooking things a lot faster. So, you know, things like dry beans or brown rice or steel cut oats that normally take, you know, a lot of time on the stovetop or a big roast on sunday, that could take four hours. You can cut that cooking time down because you're cooking it hotter, right? But you're also cooking it like in a more healthy fashion than someone saying, why can't you just put in the microwave? You know, like you're doing the method is is a healthier method of your maintaining more nutrients because it's cooking faster and all of that stuff isn't sort of getting leached out into any sort of cooking liquid or water that you're using And it also is like um you know, for dried beans and things like that, like there are you know you're you're not having to have something that's been canned or frozen or there's any type of preservatives in it. You can cook these things in your house and you can do it quickly. Like I can come home from work and cook dried beans and have them for dinner versus like soaking them overnight and then cooking them for three hours and then you know all that kind of stuff. So that's really where it comes into my passion to tell moms about this to help feed your family good healthy food so much quicker. And do you have like your staple recipes because again you could just google like in spot and then get like overwhelmed with the amount of information which is a good and a bad thing because again it's like where do I even begin if somebody is brand new to this whole instapot world, where do you recommend somebody begin? Sure. So one of my most favorite things that it can do is it can cook meat from frozen because again because the temperature is so much higher and it cooks it so much faster. You don't have that danger zone. Like if you were to put frozen chicken into the oven, it would kind of hang out in this danger zone for a little while where bacteria could grow. So because it's hot and cooks faster. I take frozen chicken breasts. I put it in there with about a half a cup of water, I season them up and it takes about 15 minutes and there is a little bit of time to pressurize in a little bit of time to depressurize when it's done. But all said and done about 25 minutes. I can take frozen chicken out of my freezer and have chicken in like a half hour. That's crazy town. Yeah, it's crazy town because I think that's so that's such a real thing. Especially whether you're a working mom outside the house or you're just busy running your kids from activity to activity or you don't have kids and you're busy working all day. You know you come home and you're like Crap, I forgot to defrost something. So what are your alternatives having cereal for dinner, take out whatever. But this is a way that you could go, oh I can still have a healthy home cooked meal and I'll have to wait till 9:00 to eat it. Sure. And then what I love, So I buy like these big bags of trader joe's, my husband works for trader joe's so I'm a lucky girl there. But we buy these big bags of like £4 of chicken breast and because it's big like your crock pot, you can cook this whole £4 bag. So then what I do is I'll maybe shred some of it up or cube some of it up and keep it in the refrigerator. So then like I'm having a casserole, I can throw it in there. I just want someone a salad, I can put it in there. We want to have tacos. So we've got this to pull from. So it's like not only does it cook it fast, it cooks a lot and now I have not just one meal, but I have three or four meals and you know, so I cook the chicken, I usually try to do one bag a week and then I kind of eat off of that for the week is there's all these like copycat recipes for chipotle cilantro, lime rice out there. So you know that really awesome rice when you get the bowls. So I'll make a big batch of that about once a week. And then you know if my husband's working late or we just want a quick dinner, I've already got my chicken, I've already got my rice. It tastes just like, I mean I think even sometimes better than the stuff you get a spotlight and then you know, it's summer. So you might have tomatoes or peppers or some sort of something growing in your garden and you know, you want to use those things up, chop those up, you've got your rice, you've got your chicken, you've got your burrito bowl. Boom, I love it. So would you say that you probably are actually cooking like Three days a week, you know, but you're having meals for six or 7? Oh well I because I try to cook with food being my thing, I tried to cook um three meals a day, you know, for my kids, I try not to do a whole lot of prepackaged stuff. What I do is I am using it on a regular basis, but I'm getting these stockpiles built up. So for lunch I can go, no, no, I I totally interrupted you. But are you a freezer person? Because that's like a whole other show, like do you freeze your you do we have to have to talk about that? But yeah, so like I could make a big batch of something, like if I make a big batch of rice and I know that I'm gonna be super busy the next week, I would maybe freeze half that batch of rice because it doesn't go, you know, it isn't so good after more than a week, but then I would have it frozen and then I could just pull it out and again when I make my chicken or whatever, I've got the rice going or if I want to throw it into some soup or some casserole or something like that. So I'm always sort of forward thinking and like am I making this meal today? But can I also use these parts and pieces going forward for something else? And again, like I might make the rice today, but then use it with some beef that I'm cooking a couple of days later, Gotcha. So really, I think the simplest thing for somebody to do is pick the stuff that you like or that you know that your family likes and get a few things that you can use these variations and just trying to maximize that right, just maximize it for whatever your next upcoming week is and there is a little bit of meal planning prep that's required of this like there is and it's in it for me, you know, it used to be like, I used to dread meal planning because I felt like each and every recipe was in and of itself, you know, if I'm making a casserole, that casserole doesn't really become something else and you know, and I know that it's possible to do this without the incident pot, but it is the thing that has made me realize that you cook these parts and pieces and I do have plenty of recipes that I like to do that are full recipes, you know, there's like one pot pasta recipes or soups or chili's or things like that, things that you know you said are more like the cold weather foods and things like that that I do like to do. But what it has done is because I'm cooking these parts and pieces, it's helped me to think okay if I, you know, like I said, I've got the rice here, I've got the chicken here, I've got the beef here, you know, how can I reuse those things. And so for me it's made my meal planning easier. And I, you know, I know that not everybody cooks that way, you know, some people prefer to just like throw something in the oven or let it cook all day in the crock pot. And that's the great thing about this instant pot is that it's not only a pressure cooker, but it can be a slow cooker. So if you want to cook all day, it came from an organizing standpoint, it can take the place of things like a rice cooker or a crock pot or you know, some of these other bigger things that you haven't saute in your kitchen, you can saute in it and I love it because there's less splatter, I think the cleanup of it is so simple. You know, I'm not, it's, it's super easy for those of you who have, don't own an instapot or our own one and haven't used it is the cleanup is super easy. And what I love that is because it's tall and the sides are high, like I've sauteed vegetables and if I'm going to do something or onions or peppers or whatever and where normally if you saute on the stovetop, you get some splatter that's cleanup, there's no like the cleanup is so minimal from, you know, so I just I just like all around, it's great, I just know for myself that I had to just change my mindset and I was like who better to help me in just terms of how I'm going to use it because I think I still had it in my mind of more of the slow cooker versus the pressure cooker and changing like the rapid, you know, functionality of it for just cooking everyday meals well. And so one thing that is like, you know, for instance a sunday roast, like we used to only have big meals like that on a sunday or on a weekend or on a day off when we have time and now because you can cook it so much faster from a meal planning standpoint or from a mom standpoint where I am so tired of eating the same thing over and over again. I can now have a roast that I put in there at four o'clock in the afternoon and we can still eat dinner at six o'clock at night. So it expands the, the options that you have in meal planning as a mom who just, you know, we all get in these ruts where we eat the same thing over and over again. So that's just another way that I feel like it helps to simplify mom is okay, I don't have to eat these five things because I only have an hour to prep food. I now have a whole world of things that have opened up to me or I don't have to always feed my kids breakfast cereal in the morning because I can cook steel cut oats in 20 minutes and then they can have that good. Hearty steel cut oats for breakfast as opposed to, you know, a bowl of cereal. Oh my goodness. It's just the options are endless, their endless. So I want you to tell our listeners and we'll have again, we'll have links, show notes because you've done a lot of, um, whether it's blogs, um, that's video, blogs, people, um, or other, you know, facebook lives or whatever. You've had a, you have a lot of stuff out there on your platforms talking about your obsession with the instapot, is that correct? It is very correct. I, um, I, I joke that my husband I think is afraid I'm going to leave him for my instant pot sometimes as much as I talk about it and I love it. But yes, um, you can find, I actually have a playlist on my Youtube channel. If you go to simple solutions organizing on youtube, there's a playlist of some instant pot tips ideas. Um, I did a summer playlist of all things like corn on the cob and things like that that you can do. And uh, that's in that playlist or even why you would want an instant pot. I kind of delve a little bit deeper into what are the reasons why you would want to have an instant pot in your life and then on places like instagram, I'm always, you know, sharing recipes or what I'm cooking in my instant pot now. Just to kind of say like, hey, I don't, I don't just make videos about this. Like you can see in everyday life, in my instagram stories, how I am using this thing to make my life easier. I love it. I'm totally downloading that playlist for sure. I absolutely am. So okay. So this is normally the time of my conversation where I ask our guests where they struggle with organizing and where they are rock stars. But Since you've already been on the show, we've already asked you that question. So if those of you who are curious, I suggest that you hop back to episode 52 which was my last um, time Christie was on the show and we were talking, I believe we were talking about like holiday gifts, right? I think that's what we were talking about. It was we were talking about like trying to make magic in the holidays and not stress. This is true. And here we are now talking about summer stuff. But I want to ask you aside from your instant pot, what organizing products are you loving these days? So I am obsessed with, there's a company called speed that makes office supplies and they have these polyvinyl pockets that are self adhesive labels that come in. I really like the index card size but they have a business card size and four by six size also. And what they're great for is your plastic bins or anything hard sided like shelving or something like that that you want to be able to put a label on. But you want to be able to change it out because I often see like people just right with like magic marker on the sides of the band you that's like a pet peeve of mine. It makes me crazy. And you know they also have like blue painter's tape or something like that. This is just a little bit more, you know a little sugar way to do it. But I love that you can just take an index card, throw it in there. You can type it out on your computer and print it out if you want to. Um I've even done the four by six size. Like if people have a lot of like home decor items and there's several different things in the bin and just saying like picture frames isn't good enough like they want to see which picture frames are in there. I take a picture of it and I slide that four by six picture into the label thing and then they can look at and be like oh this is the been that that picture frame is so it's it's like the protective sheets for like a notebook. Exactly. Self adhesive and sized to fit labels. Okay, make sure you send me that link so I can include that and it's in the notes that Perfect. Yeah I saw that come through this morning while I was drinking my coffee. Thank you. So um that's awesome. I will have to check that out because yeah that's one of my big things. And also a lot of times when you label a been sometimes those labels, if they've been on a while, it's hard to peel them off if you want to switch it out if something was a seasonal and now it's something else or whatever. So kids two things are always changing and so you spend all this time organizing your toy room and then all of a sudden those aren't the toys that you want to put in there anymore. So you pull that label out, it's really easy to make picture labels because you just print them out on those index cards. So you go to Amazon swipe the picture printed on that and then when it changes what's in the band, you put a new new card in there. I love it. I love it, Christie and I love all of your amazing ideas. Thank you so much for hopping on our show again and sharing some strategies and tips with our listeners for those of you again who are just tuning in. We have a partner program with amazing organizers like Christie that um is we call the S. P. O. Partner program. So if you are a professional organizer out there, I would like to learn more about our program and how you can get involved. Please email us at info at simply the letter B like boy organized dot com. And if you are just a listener out there who is loving what we're, what we're talking about, please take a moment and um leave us a review on itunes. It really does help our other listeners find us and it really makes a difference to everyone out there in podcast world. So thank you so much Christie and thank you for tuning in for another episode of this organized life. We will be back next week. Take care. Thanks for listening to this organized life. If you like what you just heard, please share this podcast. One free checklists and articles to help you get organized visits, simply be organized dot com. That's simply the letter b organized dot com, simply be organized dot com. We hope you'll join us next week for another edition of Disorganized Life. This is venice steve mittleman, social media creation, steve minutemen social media dot com. Alright
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