4 Easy Instant Pot Recipes

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We like to call it “miracle worker” but it’s officially known as an Instant Pot and it has changed our lives. The Instant Pot, for those who’ve yet to discover this kitchen tool, is a pressure cooker (just one of its many talents), and it has grown in popularity as of late because of how quickly it can prepare amazing meals. When time is of the essence, and so often in our lives it is, then an Instant Pot can become a real lifesaver for weeknight meals. If you’ve recently added this gadget to your kitchen, let us recommend a few recipes to help you break in this handy kitchen tool. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the amazing food that your Instant Pot can produce!

Instant Pot Chicken Florentine

If you’re fans of the traditional chicken Florentine you’ll be just as pumped to know that you can make it in an Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) in less than half the time it would take to make normally. All the facets of the original dish are still in the mix – chicken, spinach, mushrooms (optional), and spaghetti – but now you don’t have to stand over a stove or preheat your oven to get it on the table…it practically cooks itself! Check out the recipe on 12Tomatoes.

Instant Pot Butter Beef

It’s hard to believe that a chuck roast can become completely fork tender in just over an hour, but thanks to the Instant Pot, it really can. We admit that we were a little skeptical about the popular appliance when we tried it for the first time, but both the Instant Pot and this amazing recipe had us hooked from the get-go! This butter beef tastes so good, plus, it doesn’t hurt that there’s an endless list of things you can do with shredded, tender beef. Click here for the recipe.

5-Minute Instant Pot Potato Salad

We’ve sung the praises of the Instant Pot before, but we’re here with another recipe that’s sure to blow your mind. It’s Instant Pot potato salad and it only needs four minutes for the potatoes and eggs to be cooked! That’s right, just five minutes of cook time!! While it does take a minute or two more to assemble the whole thing, this is the easiest potato salad recipe ever. Click here for the recipe!

Instant Pot Cheesy Beef and Potatoes

Okay, if you were on the fence about Instant Pot, try this on for size: it can cook potatoes in 10 minutes. Ten. Minutes. Isn’t that insane? Here, we’ve got a super filling, protein-packed, cheesy masterpiece for you – beef and potatoes instant pot casserole. So this is a bit of a two-part process, in that we cook the beef and potatoes in our Instant Pot and then bake it in a 9×13-inch baking dish to turn the cheese into melted perfection, but it’s all worth it in the end! And you can still get this dish on the table in under half an hour! Check out our recipe.

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Sarah Cool.

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Frenchman Discovers Chicken Head In Fast Food Meal, Is Offered Conciliatory Milkshake (Video)

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Something tells us this isn’t what they mean when they call it “brain food”… (video below)

A Frenchman was in for a most fowl (get it?) shock last week when he discovered what appeared to be a fully intact — albeit deep-fried — chicken head lurking among his order of chicken wings from a French fast food restaurant called Quick.

Mounir Bessaih, who was dining at a southern France location on the outskirts of Montpellier last week, had already tucked into his order of wings when he made the unsavory discovery.

“I almost bit into it!” he reportedly told Le Parisien. “I thought it was a bone. In fact, it was the chicken beak and then I discovered the eye and crest…”

As to be expected, Bessaih did what any man in 2016 would naturally do, and immediately documented the revolting scene on his phone. It didn’t take long before his video was posted to LiveLeak, where it has been viewed more than 60,000 times, as of April 26.

Social media taken care of, Bessaih then proceeded to bring the chicken head to the counter, where he claimed managers offered him compensation… in the form of a milkshake and a coffee, reports The Local.

“They offered me free meals, but even so, I don’t plan to go back,” he said.

Quick, which was bought by Burger King in late 2015, released an apology via their official Facebook page for the incident.

“The team of the quick of Saint-Jean De Vedas and the supplier of chicken wings are sincerely sorry about the mishap known by a customer of the restaurant on 18 April and shock that has produced the discovery of a head of fried chicken in a Bag of chicken wings,” the French-to-English translation reads. The statement goes on to assure that, fortunately, the “unacceptable incident” did not pose any health risks.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a customer has reportedly found an unordered appendage in their fast-food meal. In March 2005, restaurant chain Wendy’s was investigated due to a claim made by a Las Vegas woman that she had discovered a human finger in her bowl of chili (it turns out, the woman had allegedly planted her husband’s severed finger there in a scam to get money, according to the New York Times). Then in 2006, an Indiana diner found a finger on his TGI Friday’s burger after a restaurant employee accidentally cut it in the kitchen, according to Fox News.

What makes this particular case special is that, unlike his antecedents, Bessaih didn’t find the remnants of a finger in his food — oh no. He found an entire skull.

Watch the gross scene happen below, if you can stomach it:

Sources: Le Parisien, The Local, Facebook via Quick, Fox News, New York Times / Image and video credits: LiveLeak

Tags: Burger King, chicken head, liveleak, quick
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Five Easy Dinners For Each Day Of The Week

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We’re here to answer the question you probably ponder every night: What should you have for dinner? Here are five delicious, easy meals to cook on busy weeknights.

1. Homemade Hamburger Helper

Beef stroganoff from scratch in less than 30 minutes? Is this too good to be true? It takes just one pan and tastes so much better than the boxed stuff. Ground beef, mushrooms, sour cream, and thick egg noodles go together beautifully in this comfort food favorite.

2. Easy Tomato Baked Meatballs With Polenta

Filling, savory meatballs covered in tomato sauce and cheese, on a bed of creamy polenta. It’s easy to make, and the leftovers might even be better than the original dish if you fry the polenta into crispy strips.

3. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep, so you can throw everything into your crock pot before you leave in the morning and come home to hot tortilla soup that will warm you right up. Garnishes like chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado, diced red onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips or chips are all perfect.

Pro tip: Make this for company. Hide the slow cooker and pretend that you spent hours preparing the soup. If you tell them it took all day, you won’t technically be lying.

4. Thanksgiving Salad With Wild Rice And Lemon Dressing

This versatile salad is exciting and hearty enough to be a great dinner on its own, but you can also make it for company and impress your Thanksgiving crowd. You can substitute the under ripe mangos for apples, but trust us that the mangos bring a perfect bright flavor and texture. If you’re looking to switch the salad up, you can also throw in some grapes, pecans, walnuts, feta cheese, goat cheese, white cheddar cheese, quinoa, or farro. They are all excellent.

5. Smoked Salmon Frittata

Dill, smoked salmon, red onion, fresh tomatoes, scallions, capers and cream cheese come together to dazzle your palate and remind you that sometimes you need to make Brinner, also known as breakfast for dinner. Help yourself to some mimosas while you’re at it.

The leftovers keep well, so you can share this 6-serving frittata or have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the week.

Sources and Photo Credits: Damn Delicious, Real Food By Dad, Gimme Some Oven, Pinch of Yum, Baker By Nature

Tags: dinner, kid friendly, quick, recipe, weeknight
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