20 Ridiculously Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy School Nights


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Raise your hand if you have ever fallen victim to the drive-thru window or some other form of take-out food on a busy school night.  C’mon, raise those hands!  I won’t judge you.  I have most definitely done the same thing.  Because it can be so hard to juggle all of the kids’ activities AND get a home-cooked meal on the table for dinner.  (Some of us don’t even get the chance to sit down as a family to eat dinner at least one night during the week because we are en route from one activity to another over the dinner hour.)

Easy Instant Pot Recipes

A couple of years ago, I finally gave in to Pinterest Opens in a new tab.pressure (haha is that really a real thing?) and bought myself an Instant PotOpens in a new tab..  I figured I would use it here and there to speed up meals when I had forgotten to defrost meat in time for dinner.  I can tell you with confidence that my Instant Pot Opens in a new tab.has quickly risen to the rank of Kitchen All-Star and gets used at least 2 times a week, bare minimum.  We have taken our IP camping and I use it for weekly lunch prep. It’s a really convenient time saving tool (pressure cooker) and cooks up savory meals in a fraction of the time that my slow cooker is capable of. Between the Instant Pot and our air fryer, I am finding it so much easier to get delicious dinner on the table, even when our nights are super busy.

Besides cooking meals, you can even use this multi-function cooker for things like cooking hardboiled eggs and making yogurt!

Did you just get an Instant Pot?  Here’s a great starter post:  You Just Got An Instant Pot. Now What? Tips for Using Your New Instant PotOpens in a new tab..

New Instant Pot

Did you know you can accessorize your Instant PotOpens in a new tab.?

10 Nifty Gadgets to Take Your Instant Pot Game to the Next Level

In addition to the dinner ideas you will find below, I now have several other Instant Pot recipe roundups on the blog.  Check them out:

Game Day and Tailgating Instant Pot Recipes

I scoured the interwebs for some really super easy Instant Pot recipes using common ingredients so that you can join me in trying to cut out some of the fast food dinner purchases this year!

1. Instant Pot Pot Roast

Instant Pot Recipe

2. Instant Pot Buttery Lemon ChickenOpens in a new tab. from Mama Instincts

3. Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed PotatoesOpens in a new tab. from You Wash I’ll Dry

4. Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

Easy Instant Pot Fajita Chicken

5. Easy Pulled Pork Instant Pot RecipeOpens in a new tab. from Slick Housewives

6. Instant Pot Buttery Ranch Pork ChopsOpens in a new tab. from Eating on a Dime

7. Beef and Broccoli Pressure Cooker Recipe Opens in a new tab.from I Save A to Z

8. Instant Pot Spaghetti

Spaghetti in Instant Pot

OR! Make spaghetti on the stove and use your IP to make this Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe!

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Overhead

9. Instant Pot Cajun Chicken and RiceOpens in a new tab. from Leelalicious

10. Instant Pot Mac and CheeseOpens in a new tab. from Six Sisters Stuff

11. Instant Pot GoulashOpens in a new tab. from I Don’t Have Time for That

12. Instant Pot Chicken and Vegetables

Chicken in Instant Pot

13. Instant Pot Honey Glazed HamOpens in a new tab. from Dana Vento

14. Instant Pot LasagnaOpens in a new tab. from My Crazy Good Life

15. Instant Pot Orange ChickenOpens in a new tab. from A Fork’s Tale

16. Coca Cola BBQ Ribs Instant Pot Recipe

Coke BBQ Ribs

17. Pressure Cooker Shrimp Paella Opens in a new tab.from My Forking Life

18. Instant Pot Butter Chicken Opens in a new tab.from The Typical Mom

19. Instant Pot Cheesy Ranch ChickenOpens in a new tab. from Passion for Savings

20. Instant Pot Italian Sausage PenneOpens in a new tab. from One Hangry Mama

21. Easy Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Legs

instant pot bbq legs

22. How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

23. 30 Minute Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

WW Chicken Tortilla Soup Instant Pot


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