As a person who loves to cook but doesn't have unlimited money to spend on ingredients or hours to dedicate to creating a three-course meal every night, my Instant Pot is my go-to kitchen appliance. It's perfect for people who don't typically meal plan for the entire week because you can cook a hearty meal — like beef stew, for example — in an hour, compared to eight in a traditional Crock-Pot.
In an effort to get a little more organized and stick to a budget in 2019, I decided to fully test my Instant Pot loyalty by only eating meals I made in it for an entire week. While there were definitely some bright spots in my little experiment, like everything tasting amazing, I also met a few challenges along the way. Read through to see what I've learned by going full-on Instant Pot for a week.