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Electric pressure cookers such as the multi-purpose Instant Pot are becoming staple kitchen appliances. They are energy-efficient and cook food faster than many other methods. The insulated cooking chamber or inner pot minimizes the amount of energy necessary to heat food. The rapid heating process of pressure cookers preserves water-soluble vitamins often lost during steaming or boiling. Pressure cookers can prepare simple meals with very few steps and straight-forward recipes. People with busy schedules, or those who dislike cooking, can prepare meals quickly. Cooking or baking aficionados can experiment with the simpler side of complex dishes.

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1. Chicken Breast

A very simple and fast recipe for a busy weeknight is chicken breast in a pressure cooker. It is a fairly inexpensive meal that can be put together and served quickly. The basic ingredients: 2 cups of shredded chicken breast, 2 cups of water, salt, and pepper. The meal cooks for a mere ten minutes. This recipe can be enhanced by soaking the chicken breasts in a marinade overnight or adding additional spices or a few vegetables while cooking.

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