Does anyone know whose day would not improve if they had more time and fewer dishes to scrub? Neither do I.
Famous for hands-off meals and cook times that are almost too good to be true – not to mention the possibility of performing multiple cooking methods in a single pot – the practical Instant Pot can be just what you need to do healthy, homemade meals a common occurrence.
In addition to faster cooking times, it is said that the pressure cooking method used by Instant Pot is to retain more micronutrients in food. Whether you eat paleo, vegan, vegetarian or keto or follow any other guidelines, Instant Pot offers enough features to make meals your way.
Breakfast Instant Pot recipes
Breakfast is the easiest way to start the day with a high note, but it is probably the hardest meal to commit to some people. I mean, would you rather have 15 extra minutes of lovely sleep or sloppy scrambled eggs?
With an Instant Pot, your everyday morning outlook becomes much more appealing. No scarfing down a granola bar because you chose extra sleep, and no one regrets the choice to wake up early and cook breakfast, just to be left with a counter full of dishes to clean on arrival at home.
Easy Instant Pot Breakfast Burritos
A blend of eggs, cream, diced vegetables, cheese and your choice of protein simmers in a thick scramble in Instant Pot. This recipe does more than you need for a seat, so it is perfect for scooping forward portions and storing them in the freezer for later use. The scope of manual work required for these simple burritos is to package the egg mixture in tortillas.
Easiest Instant Pot Steel-cut Oats
Steel-cut oats are the least refined type of oats and have a chewier texture than rolled oats. They are full of fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. The downside is that they take a long time to cook on a hob, and they must be babysitting, otherwise they can burn. Cook Time in an Instant Pot? A whopping 4 minutes, plus some time to release the pressure from the Instant Pot.
Slot Frittata Breakfast Casserole
To start the day with a great nutritional wallop, try this vegetable-laden frittata-type stew. Packed with peppers, onions, spinach and cheese, this frittata is rounded when it comes to nutrients. Best of all, with just 10 to 15 minutes of preparation time to chop and sauté vegetables, you can make several servings and have a lightly heated breakfast that is ready for the following days.
Instant Pot Crispy Breakfast Japanese Sweet Potato
Potatoes are my morning carbon, but they are either undercooked if I try to make them morning or, soggy if I prepare before and heat them in the microwave. This recipe promises crispy sweet potatoes with lemon peel – a morning bowl I would invest in an instant pot for.
Instant Pot Crustless Quiche Lorraine
"Crustless Quiche" can be the largest oxymoron ever created in the culinary world, because traditionally it is a quiche about flaky crust. But I will run with it, because this cross-free version looks just as good. It's simple too: just put bacon, onion and cheese in your Instant Pot-pan insert, pour whipped eggs over the top and let Instant Pot do its thing for a few minutes.
Lunch Instant Pot recipes
As breakfast, lunch tends to produce its own debate: Should I go for takeout? Eat a protein bar at my desk? Skip it altogether?
With a little premeditation and of course an Instant Pot, lunchtime woes again.
Instant Pot Pork Lettuce Wraps
This lunch recipe is a two-step – first you need to cook whole wheat berries in your Instant Pot, then the pork – but it's worth it. Throw two of these into a Tupperware and you'll be drunk for hours after lunch, without the dreaded afternoon accident. Keep the remaining mixture chilled and scoop the salad leaves when you are ready to eat them again.
Instant Pot Chili
Chili is one of my favorite meal packages. It is hearty and easy to eat, and not so full that I feel sluggish after having a bowl. The problem is that it takes literal hours to prepare, and I don't like to sacrifice my entire Sunday to whip up a pot of chili, no matter how glorious it makes my home air. With an Instant Pot, the chili sink times from hours to just 30 minutes.
Instant Pot French Onion Soup
As chili, soup is a favorite lunch option for me because it is light and nutritious for both the stomach and the soul. French onion soup is something I normally only order at a restaurant because it seems fancy and scary to do at home. But this recipe requires only 10 minutes of prep time before popping everything into an instant pot for an hour and 20, which sounds completely feasible.
Cool Ranch Chicken Salad Wraps
Don't be fooled by the name of this recipe. The shredded chicken that comes here can be used for tacos, sandwiches or anything else you can think of putting chicken-spiced spices on. That being said, a scoop of this Instant Pot chicken on a crispy salad leaf topped with avocado and ranch sounds just like the lunchtime pick-me-up I always crave.
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
A pure classic. Chicken and rice is a meal with many flavors: Tweak this recipe with your favorite spices. In 15 minutes of prepared time and 45 minutes of swimming, you can do enough chicken and rice for several workday lunches.
Dinner open pot recipes
So breakfast is a fight and lunch is a personal blow (for-Instant Pot). It brings us to dinner, which, if you are something like me, is often preceded by the internal "We have food at home" talk as you sulk over your favorite takeout joint.
Again, with a quick kick, relaxing dinners are just an hour away, or just minutes if you prepare your meals ahead of time.
Instant Pot Spaghetti
While spaghetti is not considered a difficult meal to do, it leads to a significant amount of cleaning. On a stove you need a separate pot or pan for pasta, meat and sauce. In an Instant Pot, everything boils together simultaneously. Who knew spaghetti could be even easier?
Instant Pot Greek Chicken
If you are willing to (and remember) marinate this chicken for 4 hours before pushing it into your Instant Pot, make it a seriously satisfying and picturesque dinner. The cook time is only 18 minutes, so I recommend marinating the chicken overnight so it is ready to throw in when you get home from work.
Kung Pao Chicken
Instead of longing to glance at the takeout signs and food signs on your homebound commute, you can zip along happily thinking of the Instant Pot King pao chicken waiting for you at home. This one can be done in a slow cooker or an instant pot, but both versions look just as delicious and healthier than you would get from Panda Express.
Pressure cooker Pork Loin with Bourbon Apple sauce
Yes, you can eat gourmet food on weekdays. Apple and pork are a classic combo, but add to the bourbon for a new twist and taste that you may not enjoy at regular intervals. This recipe also uses the flavors of garlic, thyme, rosemary and Dijon mustard for a taste straight out of a dimly lit dining dining room.
Instant Pot Pot Roast & Potatoes
Fried and potato was a staple meal during my childhood, and it is still a meal loaded with nostalgia for me. I'm willing to bet a lot of people feel the same way about this classic tasty dish. Depending on the size of your grill, an Instant Pot will tend it in just 45 minutes to an hour, and then you can dig into a plate full of dismantled roast beef, carrots and potatoes.