My Top 10 Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms


By now you've probably heard about the Instant Pot, the slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in all wrapped into one holy grail of kitchen appliances. You may be thinking of buying one or you may have one collecting dust somewhere because you're too intimidated to use it. Don't be afraid! I implore you to take a chance on this kitchen wonder. You will not regret it! If you are like me and find yourself trying to figure out dinner at 5pm, this is your savior. With the Instant Pot you can have all of those homemade meals that used to take hours in a slow cooker ready for dinner in a snap and you don't have to be an experienced cook either!

Here are ten easy and delicious recipes to get you started or if you're already on the bandwagon, to add to your must try recipe list.

1. Easy Chicken Breasts

A simple recipe for tender, juicy and flavorful chicken breast.

Recipe and Pictures: A Pinch of Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts(+Video Tutorial)

2. Any Day Pot Roast

Who says pot roast is only for Sundays? With a 20 minute prep time and then cook time of a little over an hour, you could be eating pot roast on a Wednesday!

Recipe and Pictures: Damn Delicious Instant Pot Pot Roast

3. Sous Vide Egg Bites (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

Save some money and customize to your liking! Great to make ahead for a grab and go breakfast or snack.

Recipe and Pictures: Garden In The Kitchen Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites

4. Honey Garlic Chicken

This was the first InstaPot recipe I tried and I was hooked. With ingredients you probably have in your pantry already and 25 minutes in the pot you have a meal that everyone in the family will love.

Recipe and Pictures: Diethood Instant Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe

5. Crispy Carnitas

Carnitas that don't take all day, but taste like you spent all day on them? Yes...it's possible with this magic machine! Your prep time is only 5 minutes! How's that for easy?Freeze any leftovers for enchiladas, soups, tacos, burritos, nachos or to throw in burrito bowls.

Recipe and Pictures: Gimme Some Oven Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

6. Healthy Black Bean Soup

Move over Panera! This is is one of my favorites to make and eat throughout the week and it's also toddler approved.

Recipe and Pictures: Food Network Kitchen Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

7. Keto Creamy Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This Keto friendly dish takes 15 minutes prep time and 15 minutes cook time. Perfect for last minute meals. Serve over some zucchini noodles or potatoes if you aren't counting carbs.

Recipe and Pictures: Savory Tooth Instant Pot Creamy Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Spinach

8. Award Winning Chili

Nothing beats a warm bowl of chili with all the fixings on a cold winter day...or any day. This is one of my absolute favorites recipes and ready in under an hour.

Recipe and Pictures: Oh Sweet Basil Award Winning Instant Pot Chili

9. Healthier Orange Chicken

Craving Chinese food, but not craving the sodium bloat that comes with it? This is a quick and healthier version of your favorite take out that's ready in just 30 minutes...faster than delivery.

Recipe and Pictures: Sweet and Savory Meals Instant Pot Orange Chicken

10. BBQ Pulled Pork

Who doesn't love tender, juicy pulled pork sandwiches? This recipe is ready in 45 minutes and is Kansas City girl approved!

Recipe and Pictures: Creme De La Crumb Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

BONUS: Need Dessert???

Vanilla Cheesecake

Full Disclosure: I haven't tried this one, but I've heard that it's ridiculously good and who doesn't love the idea of a cheesecake that's easy to make?

Recipe and Pictures: Food Network Kitchen Instant Pot Vanilla Cheesecake

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