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21 Instant Pot Recipes That’ll Have You Ready To Champion For Change Just Like Instant Pot Lover Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

One of the best things about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has always been how relatable she is, which is why we were thrilled to celebrate her Election Day 2018 win last week. This week, though, she’s delighting us further by being so down to earth that the Congresswoman-elect has taken to Instagram Live to prepare some Instant Pot mac and cheese and talk about politics. That’s right, it turns out the progressive Democrat is a fan of the Instant Pot!

For those that don’t know, the Instant Pot is a magical device that can do up to seven different things in order to cook delicious meals and make your life 100% easier. Its most common settings, as a pressure cooker and a slow cooker, are enjoyed by many every weeknight — including Ocasio-Cortez! So if you’re curious about the types of recipes she’s probably making (and YOU could be making), here are 21 Instant Pot recipes that you can cook up any day of the week.

1. Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup


A classic chicken tortilla soup is one of my absolute favorite recipes to make and it really can’t get easier than when you make it in a slow cooker. All you need is to take advantage of your Instant Pot’s slow cooker setting and this hearty soup will come together in no time.

2. Instant Pot Salmon With Chili-Lime Sauce


Salmon is one of those dinners that’s always welcome because it is simply delicious. And did I mention how it makes you feel, I don’t know, kind of fancy? You’ll feel as if you are sitting at a table at your favorite restaurant when, in fact, you’ve made this one yourself.

3. Crock Pot Carnitas Burrito Bowls


Carnitas made in the Instant Pot? Sign me up! This recipe couldn’t be simpler for the carnitas themselves, though I admit you will still have to get other ingredients to put your burrito bowls together. Don’t worry, it won’t take you too much longer.

4. Pressure Cooker Keto Poblano Cheese Frittata


Making brunch in the Instant Pot has been one of my absolute favorite things to try. I mean, have you seen this oh-so-perfect frittata made with poblano peppers? Invite your girls over for a delectable meal made right at home. Trust me, they’ll be impressed.

5. Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Brown Rice


One of the best ways that you can use your Instant Pot is, of course, to make some rice. But you can take your regular ole rice up a notch by making a super luxurious version, like this cilantro lime brown rice. It will certainly steal the show from any main dish you serve it with.

6. Instant Pot Shredded Mexican Chicken


Everybody loves chicken, amirite? That’s why this Instant Pot recipe is such a winner. You really can’t go wrong here, so make sure you save this one for those days when you have to feed a whole lotta picky eaters — or simply want a meal that you can cook once, then enjoy for lunch all week long. 

7. Instant Pot Vegan Refried Beans


Refried beans are absolutely perfect for taco night, but usually I end up having to buy the canned variety. Well, no more! After you’ve tasted these Instant Pot refried beans (that also happen to be vegan), you won’t be able to go back. They’re just THAT delicious.

8. Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup


If you want a healthier version of your favorite soup, then look no further than this recipe. This Whole30-friendly chicken tortilla-less soup is definitely hearty enough to fill your tummy after those gym sessions. Don’t worry, you can still have it even if you skipped the gym today.

9. Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce


Drumsticks are usually served breaded but you’ll forget all about that once you’ve tasted these super easy drumsticks served in a tomatillo sauce. It’s sort of like salsa verde chicken and, yes, that’s just as delicious as it sounds. Perhaps you should serve it with the brown rice recipe from above?

10. Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef


Just like shredded chicken, shredded beef is yet another one of those foods that you probably love but maybe have never made at home. Trust me, though it’s never been easier than with this Instant Pot recipe that will have you wanting to lick your plate.

11. Best Instant Pot Rice Pudding


Rice pudding, a.k.a. arroz con leche, is a classic dish that I am betting you never thought you could make in the Instant Pot. Hey, it’s true! You don’t just have to save your favorite new kitchen equipment for only savory stuff. You can make dessert too, so why not start here?

12. Instant Pot Taco Soup


Taco soup is the perfect thing to make on Taco Tuesdays in the winter, since it will warm you up from the inside out and provide you with all of those delicious flavors that you’re usually craving on Tuesdays. Or, let’s face it, this would be delicious any day of the week.

13. Pressure Cooker Ropa Vieja


If you loved the Mexican shredded beef, then you might also love this recipe. Ropa Vieja, literally meaning “old clothes” for those not familiar with the Cuban recipe, is a great dish that is a pain to make at home… Unless, of course, you have the Instant Pot and can make it in a snap.

14. Vegan Garbanzo Bean Soup


If you’re looking for a healthy meal to make in your Instant Pot, then you have to go for this vegan garbanzo bean soup. It’s exactly the kind of dish that you will be craving come this January when the new Congress (and our girl Ocasio-Cortez) starts. Plus, obviously, you’ll want healthy dishes that actually taste good, right?

15. Pollo A La Brasa (Peruvian Chicken)


Peruvian chicken is absolutely delicious and thankfully makes a huge portion, which is great since you will definitely want seconds and thirds with this recipe. Your best bet is to make this whole thing in your Instant Pot on a Sunday night and then eat the rest for lunch during ther week.

16. Instant Pot Black Bean Soup


A classic black bean soup has always been one of my favorite recipes to make but I admit that it can take a while. However, with the Instant Pot, that work becomes super easy. And did I mention that this is also one of the cheapest things you can make, too? Yeah, that’s super awesome.

17. Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup


You can never have too much soup and when it’s a soup like this, then you’ll want to have it over and over again. The thing about chicken enchilada soup is that it’s hearty and really filling so, really, this soup will be your whole dinner. Nothing wrong with that, though.

18. Pressure Cooker Arroz con Pollo


Arroz con pollo made in the pressure cooker is one of those tricks that makes the dish taste incredible and, best of all, takes so little time that your guests will not only be impressed by the flavors but they’ll be impressed by how quickly you got food on the table. If you end up making enough for leftovers, I wouldn’t blame you.

19. Instant Pot Mexican Beef Stew


Beef stew is the kind of dish that you can easily keep in your back pocket for those days when you’re really craving meat. It’s simple but delicious, which is what makes it a recipe that you will love. And isn’t that what all of this is about?

20. Vegan Lentil Tortilla Soup


If you’re vegetarian (or striving to be) but not exactly sure if you can still take a lot of advantage of your Instant Pot, then look no further. This tortilla-style soup is made with lentils, which makes it full of protein and also hearty AF. And those yummy toppings on the top? Yeah, it will make it Insta-perfect, too.

21. Easy Smooth Pressure Cooker Flan


I had to include another dessert on this list and what dessert is better than a traditional flan. you might not have ever thought to make your own before but now, thanks to your Instant Pot, you can do just that. And with the holidays coming up, you’ll be really glad to have this recipe on hand.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House

Those of you who have been following Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s career closely know that the “Green New Deal” has been a cornerstone of her platform since taking office in January. The “Green New Deal” is, according to the Sierra Club, a piece of legislation that aims to “mobilize vast public resources to help [the US] transition from an economy built on exploitation and fossil fuels to one driven by dignified work and clean energy.” On Tuesday, the Senate voted against passing the legislation by a margin of 0-57–an outcome that was largely expected.

What was unexpected, however, was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s reaction to a fellow House member who dismissed the trailblazing bill as one that would only benefit “rich liberals.”

“If you are a rich liberal from maybe New York or California [the Green New Deal] sounds great,” Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin (R) stated. “Because you can afford to retrofit your home or build a new home that has a zero emissions, that is energy efficient, affordable and safe.”

Needless to say, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not view the goal of reducing carbon emissions as a liberal fantasy in the same way Rep. Duffy did.

When it was her turn to speak at the committee hearing, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mince words in her rebuttal.

“When we talk about the concern for the environment as an elitist concern, one year ago I was waitressing in a taco shop in downtown Manhattan,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue. You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint…Call them elitist…People are dying!”

After the journalist and liberal media personality Brian Tyler Cohen Tweeted out the video to his 43,000 followers, the video quickly went viral–garnering more than 8 million views and 64,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

Latinas, as usual, took to Twitter to support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

The reaction on Twitter proves that combating climate change is not an issue that only effects elite liberals.

In fact, many Latinas view climate change as one of the most pressing issues in politics today.

@AOC Thank you for being a voice of reason. Your words come from the heart of many Americans who believe in helping our fellow man; who believe that clean water and air for ALL is top of the list of Congressional concerns. We MUST save the planet.— Janet (@SurruscoJanet) March 27, 2019

According to environmental scientists, the clock is ticking when it comes to both reducing and preventing humanity’s negative environmental impact.

Many Latinas experience first hand that negative consequences of the climate change crisis.

We, the people of communities like the Bronx where @AOC represents and the 7th where @AyannaPressley represents and the 5th Suffolk, where I represent are the original EJ warriors. We have been poisoned 4 generations w/ bad air, water & land. It’s not elitist, its righteous.— Rep. Liz Miranda (@lizforma) March 27, 2019

In fact, the affects of climate change disproportionately impact low-income Americans who are often displaced due to the destruction of unusual environmental occurrences.

Of course, there were those Latinas who were just ecstatic that they finally felt truly represented by a Representative.

All. Of. This! #AOC is my voice! @AOC represents my voice and my concerns for this country!!!! https://t.co/Ek8q3O36Q6— Alicia Figliuolo / adotfig on ig (@AliciaFigliuolo) March 27, 2019

It’s not every day that Latinas feel that their voices are being heard by politicians.

Some Twitter users reminded everyone that the devastating effects of climate change should not tainted by partisan politics.

The real question should be how ignorant are those old white men who don’t understand that #climatechange is real and will destroy humanity. #ScienceisReal We know the answer, they are driven by #Greed #GreenNewDeal— Michele Garron (@bassm67) March 27, 2019

Facts should not be made into a Republican vs. Democratic issue. The negative impacts of climate change are widely accepted by the scientific community.

Although the Green New Deal didn’t pass in the Senate, we’re very sure that this isn’t the end of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fight against climate change.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Graces The Cover Of Time Magazine


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Graces The Cover Of Time Magazine

Whether they like it or not, Republicans’ most-loathed Democrat and the left’s most-terrifying congressional freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a phenom, at least that’s what Time magazine has called her in their cover story of the New York representative.

Ocasio-Cortez will have her first Time cover for the magazIne’s April 1 issue, demonstrating, as its national correspondent Charlotte Alter notes in the story, that she’s the “second most talked-about politician in America, after the President of the United States.”

While critics have alleged she’s obsessed with the spotlight, Ocasio-Cortez, who shot to fame after beating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary to represent New York’s 14th District last June, says she misses not being the center of attention.

“I miss being able to go outside in sweats,” she told the magazine. “I can’t go anywhere in public and just be a person without a lot of people watching everything I do.”

But her ability to capture national attention allows the political newcomer, who views herself as an activist who is more interested in “moral imperatives than on incremental policy wins,” to accomplish her biggest objective: winning hearts and minds. This, she believes, is how you transform a nation.

While detractors on both sides of the political aisle write her policies, like her Green New Deal proposal, off as fanciful, Ocasio-Cortez contends she’s thinking ahead and is more concerned with defining the Democratic Party’s agenda for the decades that follow.

“By the time legislation actually gets through, it is five years from now,” she says. “So everything we introduce needs to have 2025 or our kids in mind.”

Referring to the congresswoman, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, as the “Wonder Woman of the left, Wicked Witch of the right,” the Time feature shares Ocasio-Cortez’s story as a nerdy Bronx-born, Westchester County-raised child of Puerto Rican parents to a struggling Boston University alum who worked as an organizer and bartender while trying to keep her and her family afloat following the death of her father, the 2008 financial crisis and her own mounting school debt to Brand New Congress recruiting the political novice to run for office after receiving a letter from her brother about his sister’s might.

This month, Ocasio-Cortez also scored a spot on the cover of Rolling Stone, appearing alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and fellow freshman Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) as the four Democratic “Women Shaping the Future.”

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