Saturday, June 16, 2018

Instant Pot Recipe #5: Sweet Potato

Tonight I made spaghetti in the Instant Pot (because its Saturday and I can make and puree the sauce while the kids are napping and I can add all the veggies and they won't even know it :). No one ever tells you how amazing it is when you can get BOTH of your kids to nap at the same time. Well let me tell you, its fran-freaking-tas-tic! Especially when you use the time to cook or study because I can't do either of those things if they are awake - hello anxiety. Spending all morning in the Austin heat and cooling them down in the splash pad (and a packed lunch sprinkled in between) was the best idea I've had in a while! Because both of those kids were knocked out hard while sleeping in the 73 degree house #momwin

(PS... I am normally napping with them on Saturday afternoons but today I got a free Starbucks TRIPLE mocha frappachino on my way home. I was hoping that the sugar and the caffeine would keep me from falling asleep. Now a days, if I sit for too long, I will just fall asleep wherever I am. True Story.) 

and BAM! I skipped nap this afternoon! ;)

Anyways, this post is supposed to be about sweet potatoes, not naps and mom wins. And sweet potatoes (although J won't touch them with a 10 foot pole) are the easiest go-to in the Instant Pot ever. Especially if you are trying to figure out what to cook/pack for lunch the next day. Soooo I have a craving to share with you!

When I was pregnant with Gabe I had a team that I worked with a lot in Austin so my travel was a lot lighter than most projects. This was great because when we'd get together for all day working sessions, I'd have to order us some lunch and this really let me try some new places near the office that I generally wouldn't try. For example, Jason's Deli. I always feel like I could pack my own sandwich from home if I wanted to eat there (I know, I know... they sell more than just sandwiches and even their sandwiches are better than my packed-lunch-wiches). I ordered this sweet potato MANY times and I just can't get enough of it.

So today's sweet potato recipe is brought to you by one of my all time pregnancy cravings - Jason's Deli Papa Verde Sweet Potato!

Baked sweet potato with butter,
USDA-certified organic spinach,
fresh avocado,
roasted turkey breast,
Jason’s own jalapeƱo ranch dressing
[obviously there is CHEESE too]

I'm just going to be 150% honest here and say that when I make this bad boy, it DOES NOT look that pretty. But it tastes almost just as good!

Constructing the sweet potato is definitely more complicated than cooking the potato itself in your Instant Pot. When I do cook something like this, Brad normally calls it "fancy"... but I just like to blend all.the.flavors! And this is great because I usually have all of the ingredients on hand.

So let's get to it, shall we?

The potato is as easy as washing it, putting some water into the bottom of the pot, inserting the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot, placing the potato inside and BAM! Cook that bad boy for like 10 minutes. If you want some in-depth potato cooking instructions and tips, A Mindful Mom has a great post on fluffy baked potatoes.

While the potato is cooking, I normally saute some spinach with garlic and seasoning. I normally have leftover chicken in the fridge, which I warm up if I am going to eat the potato once I am done making it, but I cut it up while it's still cold if I am going to pack this for lunch the next day (I have a weird thing about not wanting to eat cold food.. cold pizza anyone? not for me).

Once the potato is out, I slice it open and just dump all of the ingredients on top! First the cut up chicken, some cut up sliced cheese (I like Havarti), I drizzle some regular ranch (I am not fancy enough to attempt my own jalapeno ranch like Jason), cut up avocado and then plop the sauteed spinach on top. If you're feeling extra cheesy, add more cheese :)

Instant Pot Sweet Potato

  • 1-4 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Place trivet in Instant Pot and add 1 cup water.
  2. Scrub sweet potatoes until skins are clean. Place on top of the steamer basket.
  3. Cover and place vent on lid to "Sealed".
  4. Set on "Pressure Cooke" program and set time for 12 minutes.
  5. When finished cooking, don't open lid. Allow pressure to reduce naturally, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Remove lid and serve.
I like to add ingredients such as diced chicken, ranch, sauteed spinach, avocado and cheese to mine. And next time you're at Jason's Deli... I totally recommend the Papa Verde Sweet Potato. This will do while you're at home, but Jason's does it best :)


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