Instant Pot January + Giveaway

What Is New Monthly Series?

  • Starting in January 2017, we are introducing NEW Monthly Series
  • On the 1st of every month I will announce a series theme for the upcoming month.
  • Cooking method, an appliance, ingredient – anything and everything about cooking healthy. Feel free to leave your ideas below.
  • Throughout the month I will post new recipes.
  • I want you to make it yourself and come back and tell me how it went.

January Theme – Instant Pot

I’m super excited to cook with Instant Pot during the month of January. Your meals are going to taste SO GOOD this month, pinky promise!

In September, I wrote 10 reasons I’m not buying Instant Pot. Black Friday – I bought it. At the end of January, I wrote 15 Things You Should Know About an Instant Pot.

Clearly, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions but so worth it. I love my electric pressure cooker!


$100 Amazon Gift Card to 1 lucky winner. Sponsored completely by me because I appreciate each and every one of you.
 $100 Amazon Gift Card

Winner is @veras_cooking via Instagram entry.

How to Enter

1. Make any recipe I posted this month and take a picture.

2. Post on Instagram, Facebook page or Facebook group using #ifoodreal and #ifoodrealmonthly hashtags (you must use both), or email it to me.

3. Do it as many times throughout January as you wish. 1 recipe = 1 entry.

4. Bonus entry: tag 1 friend in the comments of your post.

5. To be eligible to win your Instagram profile must be public, otherwise I won’t see it.

6. 1 winner will be chosen randomly on the 1st day of next month.

So, let’s get cooking?

Instant Pot January Recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

1. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chili

2. Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

3. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

4. Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Instant Pot Beef Stew

5. Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

6. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

If you have any questions, check out FAQ below or ask in a comment.


Are your Instant Pot recipes healthy?

Absolutely. As healthy as they can be. Let’s be nice to each other and remember that everyone has their own understanding of “healthy”. #its2018

Is Instant Pot January family friendly?

Totally. I tested the heck out of Instant Pot during December and coming your way are our absolute healthy and delicious favourites – approved by 5 kids and 4 adults during family holidays. #kidseatrealfood

I assume some of you bought Instant Pot on Black Friday or got one for Christmas. Many of you already have one. I have 8 Quart Instant Pot (Model IP-DUO80). #itsbig

I will include 2 recipes each time: for 6 Qt and 8 Qt models. I recommend to buy 8 quart only if you feed 5+ people, love leftovers or cook a lot of soups. Otherwise, 6 quart Instant Pot will suffice. #trustme

All main meals that are warm and comforting (#janury), and that make sense to be made in Instant Pot. At the end of the day, it’s about saving time. #instantpoteggs

Next – Healthy Meal Prep February

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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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  1. So glad you are doing Instant Pot recipes! My main issue with my Instant Pot is how much liquid to put in when I’m trying to convert a traditional recipe to Instant Pot. Many times I end up putting too much liquid in and then it won’t come to pressure and cook properly. Very frustrating. Definitely a learning curve to this appliance.

    1. Hi Carrie. I recommend reading this article about max levels. You should have no issues with pressure afterwards. This appliance is mathematical haha. I found regular recipes need some adaptation because during pressure cooking many ingredients get overcooked and flavours intensified. So, really a mathematical approach by trying what works. I hear you. Well, you will enjoy this month’s recipes then.

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