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The instant pot was a huge deal when I purchased it a couple of years ago.  I quickly joined social media groups to get recipes and ideas.  I did use it, about seven times since I purchased it.

I am not a big fan.  I quickly noticed that one of the highest praises it was receiving was that it was a one pot cooking mechanism yet people were buying all kinds of other gadgets in order to cook other things in it. Wait!  This is supposed to save me time and clean up.  If I’m using multiple gadgets why don’t I just cook it on the stove top as usual?

But I gave it a try. The first thing I tried was a beans and ham.  I do have to say it had a lot of flavor.  It was delicious and the cooking time was greatly reduced.  Then I tried a roast, well ok, but the instructions said  not to add the vegetables until that last half of cooking.  My thought well I can put it all in my slow cooker at one time.

I tried a few other recipes, my own, and they just didn’t work out and they usually scorched on the bottom.  I was frustrated and annoyed.  I’m a pretty good cook so why can’t I cook with an instant pot?  Most of the recipes I came across were not recipes for things I would eat.  I purchased an instant pot cookbook, same thing, the recipes were not recipes I would cook.

I put it in the pantry and didn’t take it out again until yesterday.

I came across some information the other day about cooking in the instant pot and took the time to read it.  I think it was called the top ten no-no’s for the instant pot.  OH!  Now I’m understanding why my recipes did not work.

I quickly looked on Pinterest and found a ground beef recipe.  I decided I was going to give it another try.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this but I’m not great at following directions.  LOL  Even with recipes I throw in my own twist.

This recipe was from the blog:  Foody Schmoody Blog.  Here’s the link to her recipe:

On with the story….

Yesterday was a busy day. I signed up for an online class to help me learn about this new career direction and I needed to get it done.

Now I can multi-task pretty well unless I’m learning something then my focus is intense and I block everything else out.

I’m in the middle of this online class and my phone rings, not once but three times.  No, I don’t know you, not you either, people please quit calling me I’m trying to get work done.  Don’t get me wrong, if I would have known them I would have chatted for a couple of minutes.  

My son’s dog was being needy.  Very needy. He would sit by me having to touch me. If I moved he moved.  When I got up to walk to the printer he walked beside me almost touching my legs.  “Hey, you’re going to make me trip, stop!”

Needless to say, I was getting frustrated and annoyed.  Or like most of my instant pot meals ‘scorched’.

It was finally time to start lunch.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Oh No! You really shouldn’t try a new recipe in the instant pot when you are already feeling ‘scorched’.  But I did.  

Yes, I put my own twist on the recipe.  

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

1 lb. ground turkey

1 cup chopped onion

3 cloves garlic

4 cups beef broth

3 tablespoons tomato paste

2 chopped mini bell peppers

½ tsp pepper, thyme and salt (1/2 tsp all 3)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

16 oz elbow macaroni

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

First oil to brown the meet, then added the onion, garlic, peppers, seasonings and Worcestershire. Then a little of the broth to deglaze the bottom of the pan.  Then the rest of the broth, tomato paste, and macaroni.  Changed IP from sauté to manual for 5 minutes.  Sealed it up.  When it was done mixed in half the cheese, then the rest of the cheese on top.  I put the lid back on to help the cheese melt but did NOT turn the IP on.

This recipe looked delicious, smelled delicious, but……..guess what……it scorched on the bottom.  Not a lot and it didn’t taste scorched.  In fact, it was AWESOME!

So first, let me say, if your using a ground meat that has less fat than ground beef you may want to use more than the 1 tablespoon of oil.  I think this is why mine scorched.

It was while we were eating that I had this thought; I had let little things get me ‘scorched’ today.  I had, in those moments while I was working, not been the best person I could be.  I should have added my own twist to the situation instead of letting the situation twist me.

As I get about my business today I need to remember to add my own twist and not let myself get ‘scorched’. Slow my roll and enjoy every minute whatever challenges those minutes bring.

I hope you’ll join me in being the best people we can be today and every day.

You can find the original recipe and my twist on the recipe on my Pinterest bard ‘My Recipes’. Just look for me under my name tinareich.

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