Just in time for fall and back to school, it’s ten Instant Pot meals that our family loves!
If you don't have an Instant Pot, it's a kitchen workhorse. I like that I can make dinner at 3 or 4pm - it's easier than trying to make it around 5:00 when we're in full on witching hour - and it will stay nice and hot without over cooking. I also love that with an Instant Pot you do the prep work, but don't have to stay by the stove for the cooking. And finally, I love that many IP recipes tend to make a decent amount of food, because leftovers are life.
1. Kalua Pork from Nom Nom Paleo I make the pork and the cabbage that are in her recipe, add them to a bowl with white rice, and top with guacamole. Delicious.
2. Easy & Spicy Jambalaya from my friend Lindsey at All The Nourishing Things This one is so tasty and makes a HUGE pot (like 3 meals worth for our family). It takes some time to make (I give it 90 minutes versus the 26 the recipes lists, though most is hands off), so it's not necessarily a quick meal, but 100% worth it. I also love that it's a full meal. If I'm really feeling fancy I might add a salad, but not really.
3. Chicken Tikka Masala with Peas and Cauliflower by Skinny Taste This is a family favorite when Greg and I want take out but need to make a quick meal at home instead. If the kids are eating with us, I leave out the cayenne. We serve with rice and a sprinkling of cilantro on top.
4. Butter Chicken from Two Sleeves We actually like everything that we've tried so far from her cookbook, Indian Instant Pot, but this is probably the kids' favorite. And like I serve everything, we eat it with rice (or cauliflower rice since it's nice and saucy) and cilantro.
5. Curried Beef and Sweet Potato Stew from my friend Emily at My Everyday Table Love this take on chili! Just a little something different to make it not feel like we're eating the same chili again. Which happens a lot in fall and winter around here. I cut back on the honey a bit because I don't have much of a sweet tooth. And yes, I serve it with rice and cilantro. Maybe I should change up my sides?
6. Sesame-Orange Chicken from Against All Grain This is my current favorite. I love it so much, both kids will eat it, it takes MAYBE five minutes to prep… I mean what’s not to love. Love it with rice and roasted broccoli. It makes extra sauce to drizzle, so cauli rice works well, too.
7. Creamy Southwest Chicken from Wholesomelicious Super tasty and different than the usual curry flavors I tend to go with in the Instant Pot. I've been serving this one over zoodles as suggested in the recipe and it's tasty! I sometimes make the kids rice if I have a feeling it's going to be one of those nights when the only thing my three year old will eat is rice.
8. Stuffed Pepper Soup from me I made this up one day when we had a ton of bell peppers that needed to be used and have made it purposely several times since then. It's a one dish meal, which is my favorite because thinking of sides suck the life out of me.
9. Shredded Salsa Verde Chicken This isn't really a full recipe, but this chicken is great for salads, soup, tacos, enchiladas, etc. Toss chicken thighs (1-2 pounds), one cup salsa verde, and a teaspoon of cumin per pound, and cook for 10-15 minutes. If you want to be fancy you can sauté onions and garlic before adding the chicken. Frozen chicken? set it for 20 minutes instead - love that you can pull this together from the freezer and pantry.
10. Hard Boiled Eggs Again, not really a recipe, but this is the only way I've made hard boiled eggs over the last two years. They come out perfectly cooked every time and with the easiest shells to peel. I don't know why, but I don't question when things work. Place six eggs on top of the steam rack and add one cup water. Cook on high pressure for 4-5 minutes for soft boiled and 6 minutes for hard boiled. Quick release and immediately put eggs in an ice bath.