Today, we are sharing our latest instalment in our series of Instant Pot cookbook reviews. We love sharing recipes with you, but we’re also eager to share great written resources as the Instant Pot grows in popularity, and more cookbooks or guides are on the market. In this post, we’re featuring author Urvashi Pitre's cookbook, Instant Pot Miracle Vegetarian Cookbook.
The book: Instant Pot Miracle Vegetarian Cookbook: More than 100 Easy Meatless Meals for Your Favorite Kitchen Device
The focus: 100 easy meatless meals for Instant Pot.
Featured guest recipe: Instant Pot Chickpeas in Spicy Tomato Sauce & Brown Rice (Chana Masala)
About the cookbook
This follow-up to her best-selling cookbooks Instant Pot Fast & Easy, Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, and The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook, contains 100 new, boldly flavored vegetarian and vegan recipes made entirely in the Instant Pot. The book’s shortcuts, simple instructions, and a wide range of cuisines will usher even the most hesitant of home cooks into a new world of options.
Urvashi, who grew up eating mainly meatless meals in India, used feedback from her 75,000+ Facebook fans to make these vegetarian recipes as accessible as possible. Unlike other vegetarian cookbooks, readers won’t find tofu, seitan, or tempeh acting as a meat replacement. Instead, the emphasis is on fresh, whole foods that everyone in the family will enjoy—even meat-eaters—from Mexican, French, Greek, Thai, and Indian cuisines.
What we love about IT
We love authentic recipes from around the world. This cookbook encourages you to step outside the usual comfort zone and experiment with new flavors and spices. For example, the Rice & Grains section has lovely recipes such as Lebanese Lentils and Rice, Cumin-Cardamom Rice with Peas and Carrots, and Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash and Green Onions.
The science background of Pitre lends to perfectly tested and comprehensive recipes. There's a section at the beginning of the book that explains the buttons on an Instant Pot which often confuses users, as well as answering frequently asked questions. There's a casualness in the explanations that feel like a comfortable teacher you can go to after class when you still have questions. Recipes are laid out very concisely with dietary information in bold directly below pressure time, function, and release time chart.
Who is this Instant Pot cookbook for?
Anyone wanting to have a more plant-based diet. A person doesn't have to be a vegetarian to appreciate the variety of these recipes to add to their meal rotation. The idea of "Meatless Mondays" have become popular. However, Monday doesn't mean salad is the only choice.
There are so many satisfying and flavorful options in this book. The number of pictures is conservative but there is no shortage of recipes. The recipes focus on embracing vegetables for dishes such as Jamaican Mixed Vegetable Curry, Turmeric-Spiced Cabbage and Potatoes Unstuffed Grape Leaves, Kimchi Stew, and Cajun Corn Chowder rather than imitating meat.
Often there are a labyrinth of words with recipes to find essential information quickly. Readers will appreciate how easy it is to find the pressure time, function and type of release in this book of recipes.
About the author
URVASHI PITRE moved to the U.S. thirty years ago with $20 in her pocket, two suitcases, a college scholarship, and a headful of Indian recipes passed down through her family. Now she runs her own global consulting firm. She lost 80 pounds following a restricted calorie, low-carb, keto diet, and she uses her blog, Two Sleevers, to share recipes with others.
She is the author of Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook, Air Fryer Revolution, Easy Keto in 30 Minutes, Every Day Easy Air Fryer, Instant Pot Fast & Easy, and Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets, and Treats.
Her unique recipes, inspiring story, and expert tips have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Bon Appétit, Food52, Health, and more. Pitre was also spotlighted in The New Yorker for her viral butter chicken recipe.
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