The Ultimate Guide on How to Make Oatmeal

This post is all about How to Make Oatmeal! We tested so many different types of oatmeal recipes with different cooking methods until we found the three that produced the best oatmeal! We used both old fashioned rolled oats (on the stovetop and instant pot) and steel cut oats (in the instant pot) and perfected recipes that are great for a warm hearty breakfast or make ahead prep for the week!

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How to Make Oatmeal

It’s another How to Wednesday post and today we are talking all about How to Make Oatmeal. But not just any oatmeal, we set out in search of the best oatmeal and the best cooking method! There are so many different choices out there and we tried them all to pick which ones were no only the tastiest, but also for the easiest and quickest cooking method to get you a whole grain, gluten-free, easy breakfast on the table, with leftovers serving as meal prep.

For a few weeks in a row, we made A LOT of oatmeal. We tried and tested every type of oatmeal and every method we had heard of. After eating lots of oats (so much so that we haven’t eaten any since) we have decided on two methods (stovetop and Instant Pot) using two different types of oats (rolled oats and steel cut oats) as the BEST METHOD of How to Make Oatmeal. Each recipe produces a slightly different taste and texture of the oats and each has it’s own redeeming quality and characteristics.

Our favorite oatmeal recipes are for:

  • Stovetop Rolled Oats: This is hands down the quickest method to cook rolled oats. It’s done in under 15 minutes and results in nicely textured creamy oats.
  • Instant Pot Rolled Oats: This is the easiest method to make rolled oats that results in a super creamy oatmeal that doesn’t require any stirring and is done in around 30 minutes, which means you can start it as soon as you wake up and breakfast will be done for you (and your family) by the time you’ve showered and gotten ready!
  • Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats: This is the quickest and easiest method to cook steel cut oats! The hands-off cooking method takes almost the same amount of time as rolled oats and is super creamy. The texture of steel cut oats has more bite to it!

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You may notice some omissions in this post and that’s because we tried them, and didn’t like it. The biggest omission from here is that we did not include slow cooker overnight oats. We tried making them more than 4 times with both rolled oats and steel cut oats and in the end we just felt that they tasted like they were overcooked. We even tried making them with the “warm setting” on the slow cooker and they still were not to our liking.

This is obviously a matter of preferences, but we preferred to have oats that still kept a nice texture so we are not including instruction on cooking them overnight in a slow cooker. We also are not including quick oats here, because we felt it did not take much more time to make the old fashioned rolled oats  and felt they have a far better texture. Are you sensing a theme here? We prefer the oats that keep there structure well and do not get cooked so much that they turn into one mass and so that is why we are recommending these three methods to make the best oatmeal.

Does Oatmeal Taste Better with Milk or Water?

When oatmeal is cooked with just water it is REALLY plain. We preferred a combination of almond milk and water in our recipes, but you can feel free to sub in other milk whether it be dairy or dairy-free. We like the combination of milk and water because it was perfectly balanced and the flavor didn’t overwhelm the oats, but also brought some creaminess to them.

Tips for Making Rolled Oats Recipe

We are recommending to make old fashioned rolled oats with two methods: stove top and instant pot! The stove top is the quickest method with oatmeal ready in about 15 minutes. If this still feels like too much than you can make ahead of time and simply reheat it! The other method is in the instant pot which is the easiest method. It requires no stirring and you can accomplish other things while it’s cooking!

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How do you make the best steel cut oats?

The instant pot is the best method to cook steel cut oats! It’s the quickest method, that produces the best taste and texture. But there is a catch: you can’t cook them straight inside the pot! We found that some parts of the oats got overcooked and produced a rubber-y oatmeal, so we used the pot-in-pot method to make the oatmeal. This simply means we cooked the oatmeal inside of a bowl that sat on a trivet! It produces the most luxuriously creamy oatmeal, without any cream!

Are oats gluten free?

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they can sometimes be processed in a facility where wheat products are also processed so there can be cross-contamination. If you are sensitive to gluten be sure to purchase oats that are labelled gluten-free!

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What can I put on top of oats?

There is an endless number of toppings you can add to oats! Below find some examples with a suggested amount for a typical serving bowl of oatmeal. Have fun and mix and match these serving suggestions!

Sweet:

  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup / honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, nuts, shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons drizzled almond butter, peanut butter or sun butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 1/4 fruit like berries, banana or chopped apple (you can also add the apple while cooking for a twist)
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (such as chia, flax, pumpkin or sunflower)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen peptides (add while still hot and stir to combine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon spices like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Savory:

  • 1 strip crumbled cooked bacon or sausage
  • 1-2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon spices like cumin or chili powder

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How to Make Oatmeal

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4

Ingredients

Stove Top Rolled Oats

  • 4 cups water (or water and milk combination)
  • 2 cups (old-fashioned) rolled oats
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (optional)

Instant Pot Rolled Oats

  • 2 cups (old-fashioned) rolled oats
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • pinch of salt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup milk of choice (we used almond milk)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

For Serving for each portion

  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup / honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, nuts, shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons drizzled almond butter, peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 1/4 fruit like berries, banana or chopped apple (you can also add the apple while cooking for a twist)
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (such as chia, flax, pumpkin or sunflower)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen peptides (add while still hot and stir to combine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 strip crumbled cooked bacon or sausage
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoons sliced green onion

Directions

Stovetop Rolled Oats:

  1. In a pot over medium heat bring water to a boil with salt
  2. Add oats and lower the heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the oatmeal is creamy and tender. Stir in maple syrup, if using.
  3. Serve immediately with toppings, as desired or for make-ahead place in individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Instant Pot Rolled Oats:

  1. In a 6 or 8 quart instant pot, place metal steaming rack and 1 cup of water inside the inner pot.
  2. Inside a heat safe medium bowl mix together oats, remaining water, milk of choice, pinch of salt and maple syrup, if using. (see note about bowl)
  3. Place the bowl on top of the rack, place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove bowl from Instant Pot and serve with desired toppings.
  6. If preparing make-ahead oatmeal, place into individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stove top with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats:

  1. In a 6 or 8 quart instant pot, place metal steaming rack and 1 cup of water in the inner pot.
  2. Inside a heat safe medium bowl mix together oats, remaining water, milk of choice, pinch of salt and maple syrup, if using. (see note about bowl)
  3. Place the bowl on top of the rack, place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove bowl from Instant Pot and serve with desired toppings.
  6. If preparing make-ahead oatmeal, place into individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stove top with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are strict gluten-free make sure to buy oats that are labelled as being gluten-free!
  2. We used stainless steel and pyrex bowls during testing. 
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Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

This Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe is an easy weeknight dinner win! This classic American dish comes together quick, with minimal prep and mostly hands-off cooking thanks to the Instant Pot. It’s made using REAL ingredients and is so hearty! It’s paleo and Whole30 friendly (if served without noodles), dairy and gluten free and a delicious meal the whole family will love!

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Honestly I’d never tried beef stroganoff before making this recipe, but I’m glad I finally did because it’s such a delicious and easy dinner! It’s one of the most popular google dinner searches, so we knew it was time to make a cleaned up version that didn’t require any canned soup or junky ingredients. Our version here is dairy-free (made creamy with coconut cream) and option to serve it with gluten-free noodles or over zoodles (we recommend sweet potato, butternut squash or carrot zoodles).

We love the rich and hearty flavor to the sauce! We use paprika, mustard and tomato paste to add a depth and umami flavor to the sauce, that is then thickened up with a bit of arrowroot and rounded out with our non-dairy choice of coconut cream. You can’t taste the coconut in it either!

Our choice for beef was to use a sirloin steak, but if you can’t find that some other options would be a chuck roast or top round. Just make sure to slice it thinly!

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How do you make beef stroganoff in the Instant Pot?

We opted to make this Beef Stroganoff in the Instant Pot because it makes for really tender meat thanks to the pressure cooker and largely hands-off cooking after you’ve sauteed the aromatics and built up the flavor. So while the recipes says it takes about an hour to make, most of this time it is hands-off cooking so you can be getting other tasks done while dinner is cooking.

To make in the Instant Pot:

  1. Saute your aromatics (we use mushrooms, onions and garlic) and beef
  2. Add your base flavors in (we use paprika, mustard and tomato paste to build up a nice rich flavor)
  3. Deglaze with liquid and cook in high pressure!
  4. After you release the pressure we add in a thickener and creaminess (coconut cream) to finish it off.
  5. Serve with gluten-free pasta or noodles and ENJOY!

How do you make beef stroganoff in a pressure cooker

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Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:37 Inactive Time 00:15 Total Time 00:57 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil, divided
  • 10 ounces (about 10) cremini or baby bella mushrooms, stem removed and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 pounds beef sirloin (see note), thinly sliced about 2" long
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup bone broth or beef broth.
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • 12 ounces cooked gluten free noodles or zoodles, for serving

Directions

  1. Set a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker) to saute. Once hot add 1 tablespoon oil and cook mushrooms until all the liquid has evaporated about 7 minutes.
  2. Add remaining oil and add onion, cooking until beginning to soften about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and beef and stir, cooking for 2 minutes until it begins to brown.
  4. Add spices, tomato paste, and mustard and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Shut off the saute and add red wine vinegar, fish sauce, broth and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 12 minutes and allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure.
  6. Meanwhile in a small bowl a slurry by mixing together 2 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of arrowroot.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of the slurry to the sauce at a time, until it has reached the consistency you desire. Add frozen peas (if using), coconut cream and cook an additional 3 minutes.
  8. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning.
  9. Serve over gluten-free noodles or zoodles.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you can't find a sirloin steak you can also use top round or a chuck roast.
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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

These melt-in-your-mouth Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs are SO delicious and SO impressive but are SO easy to put together! And thanks to the Instant Pot, the braising time is slashed without sacrificing any of the flavor. This decadent dinner is naturally Paleo and Keto and Whole30 friendly and when paired with a side of quick cauli-mash will be the hit of the dinner table!

How long does it take to cook beef short ribs in the pressure cooker?

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

Back in the summer when we were brainstorming recipes that we wanted to create for the upcoming Fall season, we knew that some new Instant Pot recipes were a MUST. And when thinking of warm, hearty and comforting food, braised meat is the first that comes to mind! While I have a version of Short Ribs in my cookbook, this flavor-packed Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe is becoming a quick favorite. It has all the flavor of meat that has been braised for hours but in a fraction of the time thanks to the Instant Pot. We paired this heart dish with a side of quick cauli-mash and we’re glad we did.

We opted to use boneless beef short ribs in our recipe, but this recipe will work with bone-in ribs with a slightly longer cooking time (increase by 10 minutes). The resulting sauce that cooks with the short ribs is so decadent. It is full of umami flavor thanks to the sear on the meat, the balsamic vinegar and coconut sugar (If you are restricted by sugar simply leave it out).

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How do you cook short ribs in the Instant Pot?

It’s so simple!

  1. You sear the meat using the saute function until it’s nice and browned to deepen the flavor of the resulting sauce.
  2. Add some aromatics to the pot (we use shallots, garlic, carrots and rosemary).
  3. Deglaze the pot with liquid (we use wine and beef broth, but you can use all beef broth)
  4. Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes, with a natural release for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce the sauce further, adding the optional thickener if desired.
  6. Serve with cauli-mash and enjoy! (Note: It’s even better the next day, so you can make this ahead of time if you want and reheat when ready to serve)

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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 01:00 Inactive Time 00:25 Total Time 01:45 Serves 4

Ingredients

For Beef Short Ribs:

For Cauli-mash

Directions

For Beef Short Ribs:

  1. Season the short ribs generously with salt and pepper.
  2. In a 6 or 8 quart Instant pot, press the saute function to heat up the pot. Once hot, add oil.
  3. Sear beef, about 5-7 minutes per side, in batches if necessary. Remove beef and set aside.
  4. Add shallots, garlic, carrots, rosemary to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add red wine, beef broth to the pot and scrape up and browned bits from the bottom to deglaze the pan. Shut off the saute function. Return the beef to the pot and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.
  6. When finished, use the natural release for 10 minutes and then use the quick release function to release the remaining pressure.
  7. Once the pin has dropped, open the pressure cooker and remove the meat from the pot and set aside. If there is a large amount of fat sitting on top of the liquid, skim off and discard (see note).
  8. Add balsamic vinegar and coconut sugar (if using) and turn on the saute function to reduce the liquid for 10 minutes.
  9. If you want to thicken up the sauce: add 2 teaspoons arrowroot to a small bowl. Take out 2 tablespoons of the sauce from the pot and whisk it in the arrowroot to make a slurry. Pour the slurry back in to the pot and continue to boil for 1 minute.
  10. Return meat to the pot and let cool briefly.
  11. Serve with cauli-mash (recipe below).

For Cauli-mash:

  1. Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water and place in a steamer basket and bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to a  simmer and place in cauliflower florets, cover the pot and steam until nice and tender, about 12-14 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, using a hand blender, (or food processor) blend steamed cauliflower with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oil and until fully combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  3. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. If using red wine make sure that you are using a red wine that is tastes good! Whenever cooking with wine you always want to make sure that they wine tastes good enough to drink because the flavors can shine through!
  2. If you are cooking this ahead of time it is much easier to remove the fat once the sauce has cooled, so feel free to skip this step and wait for it to chill. If you are serving it fresh and wish to remove excess fat skim it off gently with a spoon.
  3. We opted to use boneless beef short ribs in our recipe, but this recipe will work with bone-in ribs with a slightly longer cooking time (increase by 10 minutes).
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Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta (Gluten-Free)

This Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta comes together quickly in the pressure cooker and is packed with veggies, chicken, and creamy cajun flavor! It’s gluten-free and an easy weeknight cajun pasta recipe everybody will love!

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Sometimes you just want some creamy, pasta comfort food! Am I right? I simply cannot get enough of this dish! We’ve tested this cajun chicken pasta recipe multiple times now to get the pasta cooked just right in the pressure cooker, and every time this recipe has been a huge hit.

It’s an easy recipe to make, and makes enough for a crowd and/or leftovers!

Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta in Instant Pot

Just look at all that goodness! Creamy with a little kick! If  you’ve been wanting to make pasta in the Instant Pot, today is your day. We use gluten-free pasta, so we’ve made sure it won’t get mushy on you, but you can use any pasta you’d like! They all may cook slightly different, do keep in mind!

Can you cook pasta in an instant pot?

Absolutely yes!!!

How long do you cook pasta in the instant pot?

It really depends on your type of pasta! We’ve tested this gluten-free pasta multiple times to get the time right, and found the magic number here.

What is the best Cajun seasoning?

I love to make my own! My blend includes garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and more! See below!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe in Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:13 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:33 Yields 6

Ingredients

Cajun Seasoning

Pasta

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine Cajun-seasoning ingredients. 
  2. Using the sauté function, add in garlic, onions, and peppers and sauté for 5-7 minutes until beginning to soften.
  3. Add in chicken and half of cajun spice mixture cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is mostly cooked through.
  4. Shut off the pressure cooker then add pasta and broth and set on high pressure for 3 minutes.
  5. Once finished, use the quick release function.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together mayo and remaining cajun seasoning.
  7. Add cajun mayo and baby spinach to the pot and toss well to combine, making sure not to overmix to avoid pasta breaking apart.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If you're using regular pasta, you may need to cook for an additional 1-3 minutes.
  • To make without the Instant Pot:
    1. Cook Pasta
    2. Make chicken as directed in steps 1-4 in a skillet over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through.
    3. Mix together mayo and remaining seasoning.
    4. Drain pasta and combine with mayo mixture and chicken.

Note: Recipe updated on 10/17/18 to change the amount of liquid used to cook the pasta based off of feedback from commenters.

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Two-Ingredient Salsa Chicken (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

This two-ingredient Salsa Chicken recipe is made in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker and is the perfect, easy meal prep recipe. It’s simple, fast, and makes the perfect shredded chicken to put on top of salads, in tacos, in burrito bowls, and so much more!

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If you love my shredded all-purpose chicken, you will love this easy salsa chicken. I use it in my freezer burritos, on top of salads, and on burrito bowls- to name a few! Use green salsa verde or your favorite red salsa for the easiest shredded chicken recipe ever! Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean Kitchen Shred with two forks and get ready to devour! Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

How do you cook chicken to be shredded?

Use the slow cooker or the pressure cooker to make the best, and easiest shredded chicken! 

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How do you make shredded chicken for burritos?

I love using the slow cooker or the Instant Pot, but you can also poach your chicken on the stove-top! All three directions are below!  Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

The perfect meal prep addition that is so simple to prepare!

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Shredded Salsa Chicken (Instant Pot)

Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 0:20

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chicken in the insert of your pressure cooker.
    Season with salt and pepper.
    Set to manual 20 minutes on high pressure.
    Quick release, then once the valve has gone down, remove chicken and shred with two forks.

Recipe Notes

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How To Make The BEST Taco Meat (In The Instant Pot!)

Want to make the BEST taco meat ever? This taco meat recipe is loaded with hidden veggies and is made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! It comes together in under 30 minutes and tastes like your favorite classic, indulgent taco meat! It’s whole30-compliant and a recipe the whole family will love!

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Growing up I LOVED Taco Bell. Yes, you read that right. I have given up my love for Taco Bell, but I haven’t given up my love for classic beef tacos. This taco meat recipe tastes like the classic taco meat you love, but made healthy and delicious. From one taco lover to another, I promise you’ll love this recipe! You are going to love how quickly this taco meat is to make, and how you sneak all the veggies into your families taco night!

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What spices do you put in taco meat?

  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Optional: cayenne pepper!

How much liquid do you need in an instant pot?

  • Usually about 1 cup!

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How do you make the best tacos?

Follow this recipe and I promise you will have the BEST taco night ever!

 

How To Make The BEST Taco Meat (Instant Pot)

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 0:25 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • Optional: 1 zucchini, diced
  • Optional: 2 celery sticks, minced
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup salsa of choice
  • At the end, add spinach

Directions

1. Saute veggies for 2-4 minutes until soft.
2. Add in the meat and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned.
3. Add in spices and mix to combine.
4. Seal the lid and then cook under high pressure for 15 minutes.
5. Turn the knob to quick release.
6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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