The "I Love My Instant Pot®" Cooking for One Recipe Book
From Chicken and Wild Rice Soup to Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Crust, 175 Easy and Delicious Single-Serving Recipes
by Lisa Childs
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 06 Aug 2021
Never waste extra food again with these perfect-portioned recipes for solo cooks all while using your favorite kitchen appliance—the Instant Pot.
We all know and love the Instant Pot! With its quick cooking times and multiple functions, it is a fast and easy way to get a delicious meal on the table. And now you can enjoy all the benefits of using the Instant Pot without dealing with leftovers!
Whether you live alone or need a quick meal just for yourself, this cookbook teaches you how to create perfectly portioned recipes right in your Instant Pot. With 175 recipes, photographs, and an easy-to-understand overview of how the Instant Pot works, this cookbook is a must-have for beginner and experienced Instant Pot users alike.
With satisfying, single-serving dishes for every meal from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between, The “I Love My Instant Pot” Cooking for One Recipe Book is the perfect way to eliminate wasting food while keeping yourself full and satisfied all day long.
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I got a review copy of this without realising it's built around the use of a special, branded electric slow cooker, the likes of which I have no experience of. Still, I can judge a cookbook – especially when, for example, the breakfast section contains ideas that only use the gadget for soft-boiling an egg. I know whether I'd like a quinoa porridge however it was cooked. And what I found here was a book that was quite easy to like. It's light on photos, so some novices may not be able to envisage what they're cooking up a lot of the time. But the book has cut all the yack ("I first met this dish when a lonely goatherd from southern Uzbekistan sold me his grandmother's soul, and now I've made it completely different to what it was my kids love it – and the goatherd was a hit at parties until he died of a surfeit of lampreys!") that posher volumes seem to think we need, and just allows for an encouraging word in our ear about the dishes being tasty, healthy and worth our while. Ingredients aren't impossible to source, instructions are easy to follow. It easily covers Italian influence alongside Asian-styled 'fake-out' meals. I really liked the touch of adapting the "chicken and wild rice soup" for when we have left-over, pre-cooked rice instead of raw – such bonuses only make this even more useful. What it isn't is a volume for someone cutting down on dairy – this will raise the price of shares in cheese no end. As for the gadget, we prefer to use our limited kitchen space on other things, rightly or wrongly. It seems a fine bit of kit, although the different ways of releasing pressure etc would probably cause me more worry and/or mistakes than they might. And the fact it can be used as a slow cooker, and even as a yoghurt former, makes me wonder why they didn't go as far as making it usable for sous-vide cooking. But it does seem to provide easy enough, no-frills home cuisine, and this no-frills, easy book seems a very suitable accompaniment to it. I fully get what it's saying – you don't need a freezer full of batch-cooked soups from a recipe for twelve when you live alone – but often-times a lot of these dishes are good enough they're crying out to be shared. Also, cooking for one means only one thing – no seconds!
Date reviewed/posted: May 10, 2021 Publication date: July 6, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave (#fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Officially authorized by Instant Pot! Never waste extra food again with these perfect-portioned recipes for solo cooks all while using your favorite kitchen appliance—the Instant Pot. We all know and love the Instant Pot! With its quick cooking times and multiple functions, it is a fast and easy way to get a delicious meal on the table. And now you can enjoy all the benefits of using the Instant Pot without dealing with leftovers! Whether you live alone or need a quick meal just for yourself, this cookbook teaches you how to create perfectly portioned recipes right in your Instant Pot. With 175 recipes, photographs, and an easy-to-understand overview of how the Instant Pot works, this cookbook is a must-have for beginner and experienced Instant Pot users alike. With satisfying, single-serving dishes for every meal from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between, The “I Love My Instant Pot” Cooking for One Recipe Book is the perfect way to eliminate wasting food while keeping yourself full and satisfied all day long. I cook every single day with my instant pot in some form or another (I stopped using my stove burners years ago) but I always end up with way too many leftovers. This excellent series (I own them ALL!) shows how one can cook without leftovers and many of the recipes can easily be doubled (or tripled, etc.) easily if you want to feed your family as well. The recipes are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there. What I especially love about the book is that it uses mostly whole ingredients instead of pre-prepared and packaged foods. I do draw the line at making my own cheese beyond a quickly-made mozzarella, and canning tomatoes but the more "ingredients" you use the better. My one nephew says that I never have any food in my house, only ingredients --- that is why I cook so much. I also refuse to eat or cook with Frankenfoods such as "chick'n" and its 88 ingredients vs. 🐔chicken🐔 having one and cheese that does not come from an animal is udder nonsense!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍲 🍲 🍲 🍲 🍲
I think by the time winter ends here in Australia I would have cooked everything in this book! Bloody brilliant and delicious
Cooking for one can be hard, especially if you want to make a hot cooked meal worthy of sharing. This is why I got an Instant Pot (IP) when they first came out. Though I’m married and I also like to freeze left overs for those nights when there’s literally no time to cook, even then I reheat them in the IP. I was so in love with my IP that I gifted them to family and friends for Christmas one year. While most are married, my daughter is single and was hesitant to use it since it was “So big”. Thus this cookbook is the answer for her and thousands of other solo diners out there. From breakfasts to dips to dinners and deserts, this cookbook addresses it all with delicious recipes that are worthy of sharing. If this sounds like you, or you were afraid of the “Pressure Cooker” thanks to your Grammy’s warnings when you were little, order yourself an IP, or dust off the one you shoved back in the pantry. There’s nothing to fear and you will wonder how you ever survived without an IP before now.
This is an excellent collection of recipes for Instant Pot fans that are cooking for only themselves. There are very few pictures of the recipes, but that gives more space for a variety of tasty-sounding meals and treats, ranging from low calorie to more decadent options.
Plenty of variety from this cookbook. It is a great collection of 1 person recipes sure to delight every type of eater, fussy or not. I just wish there were more dish example photos illustrations. Thank you NetGalley and publishers for this free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Excellent Instant Pot or pressure cooker cookbook. I found many good ideas for my pressure cooker use. I wish more pictures were in the cookbook.
I’ve had an Instant Pot for about a year and a half. I was so excited when I got it because I had heard so many people talk about how great they were. Then I tried it myself and didn’t have good results. I had trouble figuring out the pressure cook function, I kept burning things on the bottom of the pot, and I just couldn’t get the timing right. I felt overwhelmed and like I had wasted my money, so on the corner of my counter it sat collecting dust. I saw this book and thought I’d give the ol’ Instant Pot one more try. Boy, am I glad I did! Although I have a large family, because of certain dietary restrictions I have, I usually cook something separate for myself. I really like the convenience of being able to mix together a relatively simple list of “real food” ingredients, putting it in a pot and letting it cook without much fuss. This frees me up to cook something else for my family at the same time. I like that this is a fuss free cookbook. Everything is customizable, but the ingredients are common, and most recipes don’t entail a lot of steps. If the sodium content of a dish is too high for you, you can reduce the added salt or leave out a salty ingredient. Heavy cream makes for a decadent sauce, but there are numerous things you can substitute for a lower fat content. Don’t want to add sugar? Try a mashed banana. That works great with oatmeal. There are a lot of recipes included, and they are quite varied as far of type of meal and cuisine. So far I’ve made the Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal, Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry(I subbed tofu for the chicken and it still turned out well), Creamy Cauliflower Puree, Pasta Primavera, and Garlic-Chili Fish Tacos with Spicy Lime Crema. I made pasta and the noodles weren’t overcooked and soggy! Everything was really good! It’s given me so much confidence I plan on attempting yogurt soon. My only critique is that I wish more photos of the dishes were included. Not only do we eat with our eyes first, but the photos serve a practical purpose of helping me know what the dish is meant to look like when completed. I recommend this cookbook to anyone who wants to use an Instant Pot, needs simple instructions, and is interested in trying the types of recipes included. Thank you NetGalley and Adams Media for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
It is not easy to find instant pot recipes for 1 or 2 people, so this is a welcome addition to the genre of instant pot cookbooks. The recipes include a variety of dishes and there are enough of them that most people will find favorites fairly easily. If you have been hesitant with your instant pot, this is a good book to get you cooking.
I have been looking for a cookbook that I truly liked for one person. And, The I Love My Instant Pot Cooking for One Recipe Book is the perfect book. The descriptions for the recipes are easy to follow. I will definitely be trying all of them out - one by one, can't wait. What a wonderful book, especially during these times when you are spending more time at home cooking than going out to eat. Thank you for this book!!
I received this from Netgalley.com. Nice resource for creating single meals with foods I usually have in the pantry using the INSTA-POT. Because I haven't invested in any additional doodads for this cooker, I would have liked suggestions using alternative accessories. 4☆
Thank you to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review. I love that this cookbook is for 1 person using the instant pot! I haven’t had a chance to try too many recipes but the macaroni and cheese and the chocolate chip cookie were incredible!
If you think you don’t need this cookbook because you cook for a family, you are wrong! The I Love My Instant Pot®" Cooking for One Recipe Book is for every cook who owns an amazing Instant Pot. It’s not just for those who live alone. You’ll use this cookbook if you want to try a special recipe before cooking a larger amount. Or do you have someone in your family with special dietary needs, sensitivities or allergies? Or a child who will only eat one kind of vegetable (we all know that child) so you want to prepare it in as many different ways as possible? You’ll find solutions to those problems in I Love My Instant Pot®" Cooking for One Recipe Book. After a brief lesson on how to use the Instant Pot and some memorable cooking hacks - use the yogurt button to proof bread dough - the recipes begin. Organized traditionally by meal, they include separate categories for snacks, soups, side dishes, vegetarian meals and more. My favorites include maple sausage pancake bites, 3 minute corn on the cob and chicken and wild rice soup. Most of the recipes are high in calories. That’s not a problem because you can either use a substitution or choose a low calorie dish for your next meal. Sodium counts are also high and, if you are on a low salt diet, you should plan to substitute. For example, low salt bouillon can take the place of a bouillon cube. I Love My Instant Pot®" Cooking for One Recipe Book fills a need and should be on every Instant Pot cook’s shelf. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Adams Media and Lisa Childs for this ARC.
The book provides a brief introduction of how to use an Instant Pot and the supplies needed to make the recipes. A variety of flavorful recipes is included. Preparing for a solo meal with this cookbook does not mean that the meals will be plain or boring. More illustrations would be welcome, though the illustrations that are included are colorful and helpful. I was given a copy of The 'I Love My Instant Pot' Cooking for One Recipe Book' in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. All opinions are mine.
I love my Phillips fast/ slow cooker, which does the same stuff as the Instant Pot. The recipes in this book are easy to cook, delicious, and use mostly easily accessible ingredients - all my priorities in a cook book. I love cooking, but with a busy life, find tools such as the Instant Pot very helpful. I recommend this book to those that love to cook rapidly, using a pressure cooker. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Love how simple this book makes the instant pot experience. We have a Ninja Foodi instead of the instant pot but I often use instant pot recipes without any issue. I can't wait to try out some of these recipes. The format is approachable and the recipes seem like they have appropriate portion sizes as well. Looking forward to trying these!
This is such a smart cookbook! While I have a large family, so I do not often consider recipes "for one," I'm drawn to this cookbook because they are all in the instant pot, which usually means minimum clean up. This appeals to me because I have a household of super picky eaters and sometimes I just want to make myself something more sophisticated. The recipes are easy to read and the instructions make sense. The photos are sporadic but mouthwatering. I do like when the nutrition information is included. Recipes that I look forward to trying include: Addictive Shrimp Alfredo, a whole bunch of the soups, and all the desserts, especially the Rice Pudding, which always reminds me of growing up with my grandma eating it around Easter time every year. I will be putting this on my list of physical cookbooks to buy for my shelf. I would recommend this for anyone that is looking for smaller meals.
I've been reading the "I love my Instant Pot Cooking for One", an advance digital copy from Netgalley, by Lisa Childs. This is my honest review. This may sound silly but, I don't own an Instant Pot. I thought it would be wasted counter space, since most of the time I cook for one. So I was excited to read this to determine if it was worth the investment to purchase one. I really appreciated the clear usage instructions since I have no manual. It was easy to understand & the accessory list was helpful. I had no idea you could prepare eggs in the pot, loved the frittata recipe. I'm fortunate to have a freezer & have always cooked large pots of soup to freeze. Summers where I live are extremely hot, these recipes gave me a better way to have soup & not heat up the kitchen. I couldn't pick a favorite, they all looked tasty. The tips scattered throughout were helpful. The side dish recipes had both new ideas & classics. The snacks & appetizers section made my mouth water & I would definitely make the pot stickers. The sections for chicken, seafood, and the vegetarian mains were all equally appealing and not overly complicated. The pictures of the finished dishes are beautiful. I would certainly try the mushroom stroganoff. While the rice, beans & grains section was good, I would've liked more dry bean recipes instead of the canned beans. The deserts looked scrumptious, I would try the creme brulé. Overall a very useful cookbook that I would use. You've made me a convert & now I'm going to have buy that Instant Pot!
This is a very nice book with easy recipes and good tips. I have the smaller Instant Pot, but I was able to adjust the ingredients. I liked the tips provided throughout the book and the recipes that I tried were quite tasty. Looking forward to trying more. If you are new to the Instant Pot, this is a good book to start your cooking journey.
These recipes are unique, fabulous and perfect for one. They’re easy enough to double, triple or whatever quantity you’d like to adjust to too. Refreshing, healthy, delectable and indulgent.
I recently purchased an Instant Pot and have been looking for some recipes. There are quite a few good recipes to try. I do recommend this.
I loved Lisa Child's smart, savvy pressure cooker tips and suggestions. In particular I loved her suggestion of using a 6 quart Instant Pot versus a 3 quart Instant Pot when cooking for one. Her kitchen equipment and tools suggestions were spot on too. For example I use a 1/8 teaspoon daily as I am cooking for two. If you can find a 1/8 teaspoon when looking for measuring spoons, I highly recommend buying a measuring spoon set that has that spoon. As to the recipes they are varied and sound yummy. Some of the recipes you'll find include: Small-Batch Bacon-Cheddar Egg Bites Easy Hearty Beef Stew Loaded Baked Potato Salad Cocktail Shrimp Cheesy Stuffed Peppers Mushroom Pork Tenderloin with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Garlicky Whole Lemon Chicken Thighs and Rice Loaded Barbecue Chicken Bowl Spicy Clam Pasta Pasta Primavera Homemade Refried Beans Gooey Chocolate Chip Sundae Easy Mango Sticky Rice The recipes do contain nutrition making it easy to watch your caloric intake. Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.
I love The “I Love My Instant Pot” Cooking for One Recipe Book! It has comforting classic dishes, trendy wraps/bowls, and exotic dishes from other lands. There are also fast and easy dishes with little prep. All of the recipes include nutritional information. Don’t be shocked by the high calorie count. The author obviously loves her meat. I wouldn’t be able to eat 4 of the Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks at one sitting. The Cajun Dirty Rice with Andouille Sausage includes 1 1/2 cups of sausage and 3 cups of cooked rice per serving. No wonder it has 1,229 calories! The book has innovative ways of cooking the pasta/rice side dish with the main entree all in the instant pot at the same time. It includes all types of recipes from appetizers to desserts. My only complaint is that not every recipe includes a photograph. But the recipes sound so delicious, The “I Love My Instant Pot” Cooking for One Recipe Book earns 5 stars! Thanks to Adams Media and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Love this book! I'm home by myself for breakfast and lunch most days, so this cookbook has been a godsend. It has made cooking for myself so much easier. I use it at least 3x per week. The recipes work out really well. The instructions are clear, the ingredient amounts are correct, it's just really great.
So happy to find new uses for my Instant Pot other than cooking mass quantities of meat for my dogs. Seriously, this cookbook is a godsend since my husband is out of town a lot that cooking my favorite recipes is doable now. I love grits but hate cooking them on the stove top except I'll by making mine with butter. Sweet grits are not my thing. It would be nice to see those type of substitutions mentioned in the recipe. Like for the Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake it should be more versatile to use any bread of your liking. Not everyone keeps Texas Toast on hand. I love soup and can't wait to try some of the soup recipes like: Loaded Baked Potato, Spicy Vegetable, Corn and Chicken Egg Drop and Tomato. I have to go now because I made myself so hungry by talking about all of these great recipes that I have to go make something!
This cookbook caught my eye because the one thing I thought you couldn't really do with a multicooker, is to cook for one person, i.e. single serves. Reading through the book, I selected some recipes to try, and after making 7 of them, I have to say it is possible! All 7 of those recipes worked. I wouldn't say I liked them all, but the recipes are accurate. Instructions are clear, and although there aren't many photographs, what you do get for each recipe is a simple nutritional breakdown. This is really important because most of the recipes are calorie-dense and carb-heavy. An astonishingly high proportion include cream as an ingredient. So although it's not a cookbook I would buy for myself, I'm giving it 3 stars for the accuracy of the recipes and the information provided. What I learned is that you can use a multicooker to cook for one, but where I think this type of book might have even more value is in the fight against food waste. The single serves are great way of using up the last little bit of something, rather than throwing it out.
I have had my Instant pot for a while but haven't had a good cookbook to use with it. So I am very please to say this one a really good one that I have enjoyed.
I really like the idea of an instant pot cookbook with smaller size recipes. All the other books seem to be for a large family and geared to have leftovers. I thought there was a great variety in the types of recipes, focusing on different meats, vegetarian, side dishes, soups, breakfast and dessert. It's so hard to adapt recipes in the instant pot since it is sealed and you can't monitor the progress, but every recipe i tried worked and came out tasting well. I recommend this for anyone looking for smaller size, tasty instant pot recipes.
This is a great book because it's always hard to cook for one (and even just two) without having more leftovers than I can actually eat. These recipes really helped out a lot.
I’ve recently purchased an Instant Pot and enjoyed reading and trying out several recipes. There is a wide array of approachable meals that I found easy to include in my weekly lineup. I especially appreciated the calorie counts and dietary information, for those trying to restrict their caloric intake. I found that quite helpful!