Instant Pots and Review of Dinner in a DASH

At the beginning of last year I became aware of the enormous Instant Pot craze, which had probably been going on for awhile, but I was slow on this one. (Is it me or did they miss out on a huge opportunity to call it Insta-Pot? Ah, well.) Food bloggers were sharing recipes and it seemed everywhere I turned, there it was: Instant Pot!

Since I’m one of those people who love gadgets and new techie things, I looked into the Instant Pot, found a review by a foodie that said it probably wasn’t useful in a vegetarian kitchen, so I moved on.

However, I recently read about the Instant Pot Ultra, which pretty much does everything except make and serve you coffee (that may be to come). The very interesting things that the Instant Pot Ultra does is that it cooks dried beans in a fraction of the time it usually takes. It hard-boils eggs. It cooks rice. And, it can make yogurt. Plus, it can act as a slow cooker. So, I’m definitely intrigued by the Instant Pot Ultra, but I don’t know if I’m intrigued enough to buy one yet.

Do you have an Instant Pot? While I very much would like the convenience, I’m wondering if quick chili tastes the same as chili that’s been cooked for a long time. Can an Instant Pot marry flavors the way that long cooking does? If you use one of these, let me know. I’d love to know more, especially if you are someone who loves to cook.

And this leads me to Dinner in a DASH: 75 Fast-to-Table and Full-of-Flavor DASH Diet Recipes from the Instant Pot or Other Electric Pressure Cooker.

Dinner in a DASH: 75 Fast-to-Table and Full-of-Flavor DASH Diet Recipes from the Instant Pot or Other Electric Pressure Cooker by Nancy S. Hughes

Harvard Common Press

Quarto Publishing Group

March 12, 2019

Blurb: Keep your body in tip-top shape with the one diet that all doctors love—and with the speed and convenience of pressure-cooking!

The DASH Diet, developed at the National Institutes of Health in the US, is a low-salt, low-sugar, low-fat diet that is good for everyone—but especially for people with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or excessive weight. That’s a lot of us! Remarkably, nearly one-half of the population has one or more of those health issues. For those who luckily do not, the DASH diet is a terrific way to keep your body in optimum health and to ward off problems down the road. The DASH diet is the diet most often recommended by cardiologists.

Until now, there has been no cookbook for tasty and fast DASH meals in the Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker (or “multi-cooker”). In Dinner in a DASH, veteran healthy-cookbook author Nancy S. Hughes delivers 75 recipes that get you from here to a nutritious and delectable dinner in a flash. You’ll get all the minerals and proteins you need without an excess of saturated fats, salt, or sugar.

These are delicious meals that don’t compromise on flavor. From a homey and comforting Marinara Chicken with Parmesan to an adventuresome plate of Shrimp-Stuffed Poblano Peppers, and from an elegant Salmon on Spinach with Tarragon Mustard Sauce to a casual and carefree Flank Steak with Mushrooms, you’ll do your body a world of good while enjoying every minute. Each of the recipes comes with complete nutritional data, and the book opens with a wealth of tips and tricks for mastering the Instant Pot and other electric pressure cookers. For fast and easy dinners full of flavor and nutrients, this is an indispensable book.


Considering how much salt is put into the foods we eat from restaurants, cans, or other meals, most of us could probably benefit from cutting back on its use in our own cooking. Besides being a diet recommended by cardiologists, the DASH diet has been rated very highly for weight loss as well as heart health.

In Dinner in a DASH, Nancy S. Hughes has developed DASH recipes that can be cooked in the Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. After looking over these recipes, a lot of them can also be cooked without an Instant Pot if you have the time, and actually there are some I couldn’t imagine using an Instant Pot for, but maybe that’s because I don’t have one…yet.

The recipes run the gambit of meals, from soups, salad, wraps, entrees, to, yes, even desserts! A cheesecake in your Instant Pot!

The other nice things about this cookbook for me is that the recipes aren’t just geared to carnivores. There are recipes for pescatarians, vegetarians, and several are easily adaptable for vegans. And, as I was reading some of the recipes using sausage, I immediately thought about the flavorful vegetarian sausages that would work so well in these recipes.

I also like the variety of foods used throughout the recipes as well as the wide appeal of the recipes.

Each recipe also comes with complete nutritional information, which is handy.

Who would love this cookbook? Instant Pot users of all kinds, even ones who don’t necessarily need to cut back on their sodium intake.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


4 out of 5 butterflies

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