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I love My Instant Pot – Cooking for One Cookbook

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I am so thrilled to announce my new cookbook that I wrote! Cooking for One has 175 mouth-watering recipes and is available to pre-order now. This book is officially licensed by the Instant Pot Company!

Head to the bottom of this page to pre-order now! Thank you!

In this book, you will find 175 spectacular recipes in 10 different categories including breakfast, snacks, dinners, vegetarian dishes, seafood, and dessert! All of these recipes are tried, tested, and true dishes that were developed and written by me, Lisa.

Who is this book for?

Everyone deserves to eat delicious, hearty, healthy, and easy meals- no matter the portion! You may initially think this book is only for singles or those cooking just for themselves, but I think this book can be enjoyed by anyone!

  • If you ever make personal meals for yourself or others
  • Anyone who is eating a special diet
  • Creative and delicious dishes that can be made using leftover ingredients that otherwise might be wasted
  • College students or working professionals who cook for themselves
  • Stay at home parents who want something different from what their kids are eating for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Someone who prepares food for another person who may have dietary restrictions
  • Making a small meal for a friend or neighbor
  • For anyone who HATES leftovers
  • Also, these recipes can easily be scaled up if you want more portions!

The recipes are all generous single portions, and there are so many amazing tips on how to cook for one if you’re not used to it!

Can I double or triple the recipes?

This is a great question and it’s a difficult one to answer.

Technically, yes you can scale up recipes. But these recipes were specifically written for a single portion and scaling it up like you would a normal recipe won’t necessarily work every single time.

It’s like when you have a recipe for a chocolate mug cake that you make in the microwave. Most of these recipes will include one egg, a couple tablespoons each of butter, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and a pinch of leavening and a good amount of chocolate chips. If you wanted a pan of brownies that serve 9, you wouldn’t use 9 eggs in a full brownie recipe or sticks and sticks of butter, right?

Many of the recipes written in this book can be doubled with no issues. You may need to add an additional 2-4 minutes of pressure cooking time if the pot feels extra full. If you double a recipe that is pot in pot, you will not need to double the liquid in the pot if it’s purely to bring the pot to pressure.

Tripling or quadrupling the recipes will start to get really hairy and I unfortunately cannot stand behind the recipes if they are not cooked as written.

Some of the recipes that include rice for example, will require a little extra liquid to ensure it comes to pressure and won’t burn.

Someday I hope to write a book with all family-sized recipes, but this book was specifically written for single portions. I wish I could say I tested each recipe in a 3, 6, and 8 quart Instant Pot and scaled it for 1-8 servings, but it would have been impossible for the purpose of this book. I hope you can understand!


In the dessert chapter, there is a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bites. If you received a copy from the first printing, the ingredient list erroneously listed one of the ingredients as 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice. PLEASE do not use this! The correct measurement for the pumpkin pie bites is 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

When is it going to come out??

It is available to preorder now and will be published and ready to ship July 6, 2021.

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This is my author photo, taken by Lexi Marie.

Where will I be able to buy it?

You’ll be able to purchase this book wherever books are sold! My amazing publisher has connections with all the big-box stores like Costco and Sam’s Club, along with Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Indiebound.

Did you do the photography?

Since this book is part of the “I love my Instant Pot” series, I did not do the food photography for this book. There is a talented photographer that has done all the photos for the books in this series.

I hope for the next book (😉) I will be able to make more artistic contributions. But the “next book” is still just a concept… it’s a little bit like asking a new mom with a screaming newborn when the next baby is coming! I need a little time to recover from and enjoy this one ;).

Why “Cooking for one?”

Writing a cookbook was not in the plan for me or my business (at least for the next 5 years!)

Truth be told, I almost swore OFF writing a cookbook because I knew the enormous workload and pressure it took to complete such a huge project and the toll it would take on me, my family, and my business.

I knew my time would be better spent working to grow other parts of my business that were more important and bringing me a return.

However, life almost never goes as planned! I have had many, many calls with publishers who have called me in the past with cookbook proposals that they wanted me to write, but they never felt right.

The terms, the vibe, and the concept just didn’t feel right for me at the time. That’s why when I had my call with my current publisher, it surprised me at how receptive I was. It just seemed right. My negotiations with them were quick, professional, and fair. It seemed like it was the right opportunity and the right time to do this!

So, I didn’t actually pick “Cooking for One.” The publisher had this concept in mind and was looking for the right author who would make it a reality. For many reasons, it resonated with me and I accepted!

As I wrote this book, I thought of all the people and instances in my life that I knew these recipes could bless! It kept me going and I was so excited!

Tell me more!

I signed my contract with the publisher in July of 2020. For the next 14 weeks, I tested hundreds of recipes I wrote and developed for this book. 175 made the cut!

I had a couple calls with other authors who had written books of this scale and many of them told me it was impossible to do in the timeframe I had. I committed at that time I would personally write and test every recipe in the book, and not take any shortcuts. I’m proud to say I can stand behind that commitment!

I took a brief hiatus from a lot of my blog and Youtube load to do this book because some days, I was making up to 10 dishes. In ONE DAY. Each recipe took at a minimum, 2 tries while some recipes took…. WAY more than that.

A lot of recipes I thought would be good, but were a total fail! I had to go back to the drawing board to get the amount of recipes required for each chapter. Some days were really discouraging when I had every recipe fail, while other days were amazing when I had 8 recipes that passed!

All in all, it was a really hectic and messy season for our family! I was working my guts out and so was Brett! He was going through finals and he was completing his MBA at almost the exact same time I had my manuscript due. It was a lot. But, we did it! And I can finally share!

I’ll be sharing more behind the scenes moments from the development portion of the book, but for now, I’m just so so so SO excited to finally announce it to the world! A cookbook has been a major request from my readers, and I didn’t think it would happen in this way, but it did and I’m so happy.

Thank you so much for your never-ending support and love!

Can’t wait to see you with all your books! – Lisa


From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!