By Carl Hanson
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Prep these staples on the weekend in your Instant Pot®, and you'll have all the basics for supporting main dish recipes during the week. These are the rice, bean, and grain recipes that add heft and substance to stews and other dishes that you can also make fast in the Instant Pot. They'll stretch your budget while helping to get dinner on the table faster. Keep these top-rated recipes on hand for quick dinners any time.

"I haven't cooked rice on the stove since buying my electric pressure cooker!" says LauraF. "It's so easy and you can vary it up however you like; add spices or seasonings before cooking or fold in nuts and dried fruit after cooking." Serve with Instant Pot® Red Thai Curry Chicken and Instant Pot® Galbi (Korean-Style Short Ribs).

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"I don't buy canned beans anymore; I use my pressure cooker to cook them from dry every time," says LauraF. "I don't even have to think about soaking them ahead of time, since that's not needed. If you do decide to soak, check your appliance manual because cooking time will be shorter." Try your red beans with Instant Pot® Red Beans and Rice.

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The Instant Pot produces "perfect fluffy quinoa," says Food Lover. Tammy Lynn adds, "Worked perfectly--nicely cooked and fluffly. Make sure to release the pressure right away." Try with Instant Pot® Keto Chicken Thighs in Lemon-Garlic Cream Sauce and Instant Pot® Chicken Cacciatore"

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"You can use your pressure cooker to cook dried black beans from scratch in under an hour (way faster than soaking them overnight and cooking them on the stove!)," says LauraF. "And, you can skip buying them canned. If you do decide to soak, check your appliance manual because cooking time will be even shorter." Enjoy with Instant Pot® Salsa Chicken or Instant Pot® Chicken Tacos.

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"Polenta, a staple of Northern Italian cuisine, is traditionally made by adding cornmeal to boiling salted water and stirring with a wooden spoon until your biceps aches!" says Kim's Cooking Now. "You can achieve the same results by letting your Instant Pot® do all of the work for you! We like to serve this topped with browned Italian sausage and pork ribs that have simmered in a sauce made with onions, garlic, basil and tomato sauce until the ribs are falling off the bone-tender! Serve with additional cheese, if desired. Delizioso!" Enjoy with Instant Pot® Tomato and Beef Sauce.

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"Instead of buying canned chickpeas, I use my pressure cooker to cook them from dry," says LauraF. "I don't need to soak them ahead of time, and I can keep the fresh cooking liquid for different uses (like subbing for chicken broth!) If you do decide to soak the beans, check your appliance manual because cooking time will be shorter." Try it with Instant Pot® Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Chickpeas.

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