This post y’all is not a recipe. More of an “Look, I know you’re feeling lazy, but this is a super easy thing to do while being lazy and then afterwards you’ll feel so proud and productive” motivation kind of post. I have my work horse moments, but this was not one of them.
My love languages are tied – quality time and acts of service. However the way I enjoy showing love…is through food. I love cooking food for others, to the point where I’m annoying and I’ll stare you down as you eat to make sure that it is enjoyed. I’m that person. But that’s not to say that I want to get my butt up on a Saturday morning and whip out a full-fledged breakfast for you just because I love you. I’m still human; I still love myself, my warm bed on a winter morning, and my hot cup of coffee. Alas, here we are.
Boo thang got me an Instant Pot for Christmas. Let me take you through his perspective first and then we’ll catch back up. So awhile ago, I happened to be at work and for whatever reason, he was not. I had menu planned out the week and that day was supposed to be pot roast in the crock pot. I have about the most minimal crock pot there is, like not even a ‘keep warm’ setting AND THAT’S FINE. However, since I leave for work before dawn and come home after it’s dark, it can present a dilemma. But he was home so BAM! I had prepped everything (but I did forget to chop the onion, that was my bad.) Laid all the non-perishable items out on the counter beside the crockpot and told him, “at 9:00, do this” and texted the link to the recipe which you can find here at Coco and Ash. Here’s parts of our conversation…
I can’t in good conscience let you see the end of the conversation because someone was getting frustrated and they tend to get a potty-mouth. For shame. But he was concerned that he had messed up and I assured him, that, “I’m sure you did fine, send me a pic.” And he did.
Poor guy. On top of that, the wind knocked out the power that day so try to salvage it as we could…meh, better luck next time.
Which brings us to the Instant Pot: for Christmas he wanted to get me a big (holds a pot roast) crock pot that had WiFi, so that he wouldn’t be in that predicament again, and I could control it from work. So thoughtful! So he’s looking online and everyone is raving about the Instant Pot and bless his heart, he thought that’s what it was. It isn’t, but I’ll use it! Sweet man. He leaves earlier for work than I do and as aforementioned, I like to show love with food. So I try and prep him some breakfast, he takes leftovers, the man will not go hungry! One of my favorite things to do is to make to-go yogurts!
Get you some Fairlife milk. I like the red one, whole. Dump it in the IP. Now dump in one of those 16oz Natural Bliss creamers in as well, yep, the whole thing. And If for whatever reason, Walmart Grocery has to sub your item and gives you the coconut version…IT’S OKAY! It isn’t overwhelming and it’ll be fine. Now dump 2 spoonfuls of real yogurt in the IP as well and eat the rest so that it’ll tide you over because I know you want some now but you HAVE TO WAIT! So close the lid, and press the yogurt button. and come back to it in 8 hours. Go feed the animals, drink your coffee,
maybe clean the house and grade papers, watch some Netflix. You do you, Boo. When 8 hours is up, you can do a quick release (that means turn the scary knob so that it can vent all the hissy-scary steam, you won’t die like I originally thought.) And pop that puppy in the fridge overnight.
At some point while all this yogurt business is going on, you should probably make a fruit compote. I’ve done various mix-in’s but the fruit is my fave. So easy. Get berries, red, blue, purple, whatever floats your boat, and put them in a medium sauce pan. You only need to add enough water to just cover the bottom surface. This next part is up to you: sugar. I like to add more than just a teaspoon or so because I’m from the south and I’m not going to deprive myself of that just because it’s fruit and healthy. Life’s too short. So I sprinkle and taste, sprinkle and taste. Then put this over medium heat. Now stir. Let it bubble up, let it thicken, and stir. Lots of stirring. The heat breaks down the fruit into wonderful compote-ness AND your whole house will spell of sweet berries and you will be so proud! When it starts sticking to the sides, you’re done. Let it cool. Add it to the bottom of your to-go yogurt jars, then spoon in some yogurt on top of that. And pop in the fridge.
Side note: if you don’t entirely plan ahead and run out of compote before dishing yourself out some yogurt, this Love Crunch Granola from Wally World will also work in a pinch!
Congratulations, you are a domestic Goddess. Homemade yogurt and compote?! Girl no one can touch you!