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I have to admit to you, I was skeptical about the instant pot. A few years ago, everyone was getting one and I wasn’t so sure I needed one.
I don’t like clutter. My kitchen cabinets are small. I don’t like to own a lot of small appliances.
My slow cooker has been the workhouse of our family. It has seen us through football season and basketball season. I was sure we didn’t need another thing cluttering up this space.
But then, my mother bought me one. I have this one if you are curious. It showed up on my doorstep last spring. I had no clue how to operate it. Honestly, I was afraid it was going to blow up or something.
Brad was the one to start using it first. He made rice and cooked an amazing pork roast in it!
I’ve been learning how to use the instant pot too. With very little effort and time, I can get dinner cooked and on the table fast. I don’t have to prep it all in the morning like my crockpot. I can come home from the after school carpool shuffle and have dinner cooking while I go out and finish shuttling kids around.
Heck, even my teenagers can use it to start dinner!
I talk to so many friends who don’t even know WHAT to cook in the instant pot. I recommend starting here:
Freezer Meals in an Instant. Erin’s recipes are amazing and easy to cook.
FreezEasy. I bought a yearly subscription. I use it often. They have a great Instant Pot section here.
Pinterest! I created an Instant Pot board here. I’m adding to it daily and trying all kinds of new recipes!
I’ve even put together some of our family favorites too! If you are struggling with WHAT to cook, I’ve got you covered.
Twenty-five easy, family friendly recipes you can try. And as always, let us know your families go-to instant pot recipes! We would love to know!
THE BEST INSTANT POT CHICKEN RECIPES
Butter Chicken from Well Plated
Crack Chicken from $5 Dinners
Chicken Burrito Bowl from No. 2 Pencil
General Tso’s Chicken from Adventures of a Nurse
THE BEST INSTANT POT BEEF RECIPES
French Dip from Julie’s Eats and Treats
Taco Meat (Whole 30) from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Korean Beef from I Heart Eating
Beef and Sweet Potato Stew from $5 Dinners
Meatloaf from Sidetracked Sarah
THE BEST INSTANT POT SOUP RECIPES
Chicken Taco Soup from The Salty Marshmallow
Creamy Tortellini and Spinach Soup by 365 days of crockpot
Taco Soup by Mooshu Jenne
Wendy’s Copycat Chili from Sidetracked Sarah
Loaded Baked Potato Soup from 365 days of Crockpot
THE BEST INSTANT POT PASTA RECIPES
Creamy Ziti from Cooking with Karli
Chicken Alfredo from No. 2 Pencil
Mac and Cheese by The Salty Marshmallow
Spaghetti from The Salty Marshmallow
Penne and Sausage from Paint the Kitchen Red