Usually, I am not someone who deems a certain dish to be paired specifically for a season. You know what I’m talking about, those people who only eat chili during football season or soup cannot be eaten during the summer. My typical motto is if it’s good, it’s good any time of the year. But, I do agree that some dishes taste even better when partnered with the perfect occasion — even if that occasion is something as simple as a cozy winter night in.
Coming home from a long day at the office, in the dark (Daylight Savings Time is the bane of my existence), when it’s cold outside is the perfect time for a meal that takes hours to prepare– said no one ever! With the efficiency of the Instant Pot, the following recipes are not just undemanding, but well paired with the winter season. They will warm you up and wrap you in comfort, allowing you to forget for a short while that not only have you forgotten what the Sun looks like, but that your toes were numb all day long!
The pressure cooker makes the following recipes simple to make, so it doesn’t detract from your snug chilly night activities; these recipes compliment a winter night perfectly.
1. Pasta E Fagioli Soup
Soup is a fixture in most homes during the winter. And, this hearty soup ought to be in your family’s winter meal rotation. I can picture it now– all cuddled up on the sofa, with a snug blanket, and a bowl of this comforting soup. Get the full recipe here.
2. Vegetarian Portobello Pot Roast
I know what you’re thinking. Why vegetarian? I went through a vegetarian phase a few years back. That experience taught me how difficult it can be to find a recipe that is delicious and hearty, but also fits the dietary restrictions. If you’re not vegetarian, step out of your comfort zone and give this recipe a try. You won’t regret it!
3. Pepper Jack Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Cheesy Goodness! Pasta is the perfect thing to cook in these pressure cookers because it can be cooked to perfect al dente in just four minutes! This recipe is foolproof. Plus, Mac ‘N’ Cheese is the King of all comfort foods– it’s perfect for a winter evening!
4. Spiced Apple Cider
When I think of winter, I think of snow, lots of blankets, and sore throats. Every year at this time, I get a sore throat; and, every year I make apple cider. This Spiced Apple Cider recipe will not only have you warm and happy, it will soothe even the harshest of sore throats. Get the full recipe here.
5. Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Boil
Okay, I agree– summer is prime time for shrimp and sausage boils. But, this is too good of an Instant Pot recipe to not mention. Plus, there’s just something to be said about this type of meal; they bring sunshine and happiness to even the coldest of days. Here’s the full recipe!