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Leave Dinner to the Instant Pot

An electric multi-cooker, such as the Instant Pot, is a clean cook’s best friend. This appliance combines the functions of a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker and a yogurt maker all in one. Its pressure-cooking setting is especially handy because it lets you prepare tons of nutritious ingredients in a lot less time than it takes on the stove.

These appliances are particularly good at cutting down cooking time for whole grains and dried beans. In addition, you can quickly steam sturdy vegetables, such as artichokes, beets and whole sweet potatoes; you just place them on the trivet that comes with most models. Multi-cookers also make delicious homemade yogurt, crystalclear bone broth, easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs and tasty desserts – think whole-wheat banana bread and cheesecake. And thanks to the machine’s sauté function, you can brown meat right in the pot before you switch over to pressure-cooking or slow cooking, so an entire meal can be cooked in one pan.

Another plus: electric multicookers control the heat for you and keep food warm after it’s done. And all models have a delayed-start function, which means you can turn the cooker on and walk away until it beeps. No minding the stove!

We’ve tried out a variety of clean recipes in the Instant Pot – everything from chili to sweet potatoes – and we’re still finding new ways to use this incredible tool. If you’ve ever been curious about this appliance craze, the following recipes just might convince you to take the plunge. And don’t forget to check page 68 for some helpful tips to get you started.

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