Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup Taste Test Tuesday features a traditional Minestrone soup! Just 160 calories/5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!

I’m looking forward to doing a Taste Test Tuesday series of recipes that I’ve been anxious to try from cookbooks, magazines, Pinterest, etc. So, to kick this off, I chose this Minestrone Soup from Bob Warden’s ‘Great Food Fast’ book of pressure cooker recipes. I made it in my Instant Pot, it’s a multi-cooker: a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot all in one. This recipe worked beautifully using it! I honestly could have soup of any kind every day, all months of the year! I tweaked the recipe slightly using kale instead of spinach and elbow instead of shell pasta, because that what I had on hand. You’ll love that one serving is only 160 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup | CherryBlossomKitchen.com

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Instant Pot Steamed Green Beans

Steaming green beans or any vegetable is such an easy method of cooking in general, and making these Instant Pot Steamed Green Beans is a huge time savor (they only cook 1 minute!) and preparing them this way preserves the nutrients and color. Done perfectly every time! I’ve become a little obsessed with this amazing kitchen appliance, have you noticed? Well, I’m doing my best to eat healthy and not wait until January 1 to evaluate my food choices, and using the Instant Pot makes quick work of cooking healthy!  🙂

Instant Pot Steamed Green Beans| Cherry Blossom Kitchen

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Instant Pot Faux Mashed Potatoes No-guilt faux mashed potatoes using cauliflower, aka Caulimash!

Enjoy your (faux) potatoes and eat them too! You can, when you use cauliflower instead of high-carb potatoes, your family won’t know the difference! This delicious, low carb Instant Pot Faux Mashed Potatoes (aka Caulimash) recipe is my go-to for a ‘mashed potato’ dish. I think you’ll love it too! If you haven’t tried making it in the Instant Pot, give it a try, it’s super fast, and steaming vegetables and cooking food in a pressure cooker or crock pot preserves the flavors, you’ll never go back to stove or microwave cooking again!

Instant Pot Faux Mashed Potatoes (Caulimash!)| Cherry Blossom Kitchen

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