I believe that preparing and eating home cooked meals more frequently is good for our overall wellness. However, I also know that it can be difficult to fit shopping, prepping and cooking into a busy schedule, so I am always looking for ways to simplify. About a year ago, I purchased an Instant Pot after reading about it on many of my favourite cooking websites. It took me a while to make the purchase as I already have a well equipped kitchen, but I haven’t regretted my decision. The Instant Pot is a programmable multi-cooker that can act as a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker and sauté pan. I have also used it to warm food and proof bread. I think what I like best is that I can pretty much throw everything into one pot and then forget about it: no checking or stirring. It will even keep dinner warm until we are ready to eat, and clean-up is quick and easy.
Pictured above is a delicious and filling vegetarian lentil tortilla soup from the website Peas and Crayons. It made just enough for five, two cup mason jars: an inexpensive and healthy lunch I could throw in my bag in the morning before I left for work.