Cooking and meal prep takes the average Canadian about 38 minutes on weekdays and 45 minutes on weekends. Cutting and steaming healthier options can be tedious and overly burdensome tasks for those of us with tighter schedules. Fortunately, serial entrepreneur and innovator Dr. Jiwei (Robert) Wang has revolutionized cooking for over 1 million people across the world with his seven in one appliance the Instant Pot.

For those of us living fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot was designed specifically for us. The device is advertised to reduce cooking times by 2-6 times! Each cooker is fitted with a microprocessor, advanced pressure and temperature sensors to perfect your favourite meals.

The cooker is a “3rd generation” slow cooker that is said to do much more than just slow cook. The machine can also be used as a pressure cooker, steamer, rice cooker, food warmer, saute pan, and even a yogurt maker! The versatility of the machine is a reason that the product has amassed loyal social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.) followings in the hundreds of thousands.

The cooker was designed by Canadian ex-Nortel engineers with the objective of being safe, convenient and dependable. Another testament that even in the kitchen, engineers are continuing to improve our lives by giving us more time to spend with the loved ones we are making meals for.

The social followings really tell a story of why this cooker is so special. The healthier options make it easier for use to live off the right fuels to keep us strong. The tired parent can quickly pop their favourite stew ingredients and have a full meal ready in less time than they spend commuting home from work. The college student can enjoy a well rounded meal even during their busy exam seasons. The Instant Pot really has something for everyone.

We love highlighting Canadian innovation success stories because they illustrate how deeply engineering and engineering technology can be connected to everyday things like cooking. Dr. Wang really has revilutionized the kitchen with his colleagues by giving us another tool to live more happily and healthily.

I would point you in a specific direction for Instant Pot recipes but there really is just so much material out there that I would be hindering you in finding your favourite recipe. Thank you to all those on the Instant Pot team for giving us another great Canadian engineering success story to highlight. To the rest of you, good luck in finding your favourite Instant Pot recipe I know mine is already to eat for tonight.