When you want dinner on the table but don’t have the time to stand over the range cooking it on busy weeknights, the Instant Pot can really save the day. Stumped as to what to make in your pressure cooker? Look no further! We’ve rounded up lots of different Instant Pot meals that are perfect for busy weeknights.
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If you struggle to get dinner on the table, you need two things:
Getting organized is key, and finding quick and easy recipes are my specialty! Instant Pot Meals are fast and often cheap, too. You can do so much more than just make soup with your Instant Pot. You may also want to check out my Busy Moms Survival Guide for more tips and ideas on how to get meals on the table without going crazy!
How is an Instant Pot Different from a Crock Pot?
An Instant Pot is basically a pressure cooker that cooks food quickly while a Crock Pot or “Slow Cooker” typically takes 4 hours or longer. Both devices make cooking easier for busy moms, but the slow cooker requires planning ahead and usually prepping the meal in the morning. Instant Pot meals are made just before mealtime and require less planning.
Instant Pot Tips
Check out these tips and resources from my friend Deb to help guide and simplify making Instant Pot Meals.
Instant Pot Meals Perfect for Busy Moms
My Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe is super easy and very delicious!
Instant Pot Chicken Wings will be a hit whether you’re making them as an appetizer for a party or as a quick meal.
Make Beef Stroganoff for your family in under 30 minutes… that’s including the pressure release time.
If you’re in a hurry, make this Asian Chicken in the Instant Pot. It’s also a wonderful recipe for the slow cooker, too, if you have more time.
Pulled pork is one of my favorite foods in the world, but sometimes I don’t want to wait all day to enjoy it. This Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe will let you enjoy it in under 2 hours!
Mongolian Beef and Broccoli is a flavorful, easy dish with tender beef and lots of yummy sauce – it’s one of my favorite instant pot meals!
As good as this Mongolian Chicken looks, it’s even better the next day making it the perfect dish to pull double duty for dinner and lunch.
Going meatless a few meals a week can save loads of money. And you won’t even miss the meat with this Instant Pot Lo Mein. It’s chock full of veggies!
We had pot roast for dinner on many Sundays when I was growing up, and it’s still one of my favorite comfort foods today. Pressure Cooker Pot Roast ensures you get your favorite “tastes like home” dish on the table in no time.
Speaking of comfort food, you don’t want to miss Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings! Look at how creamy and delicious it looks!
Do you like Wendy’s chili? Our family loves it, and with this Instant Pot Wendy’s Chili Copycat recipe, we can have it whenever we like.
Did you know you can make Instant Pot Meatloaf? It’s so easy and so tasty!
Ham and White Bean Soup is a wonderful meal to make in a large pressure cooker. You’ll have lunch ready for days!
How about a 15-minute recipe? Instant Pot Orange Chicken is not only super quick, but it’s kid-friendly, too. Pair it with rice and veggies to round out an easy meal.
With only five minutes prep time, this Chicken Taco Bowl recipe is sure to save the day on those busy weeknights where you hardly have any time to make dinner.
For breakfast, lunch or dinner, try this Mexican Egg Casserole with sausage, spices, and lots of healthy veggies.
What’s the one no-fail food that kids always eat? Spaghetti! Now you can make it with your pressure cooker.
Zucchini and Tomato Soup makes a great lunch when you’re looking for something light and healthy.
One bite of this Instant Pot Mac and Cheese and it is going to be your new go-to recipe!
Our Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Dinner recipe has become the most popular of our Instant Pot Meals!
Nosh on this 21 Day Fix Burrito Bowl to satisfy your appetite without ruining your diet.
And whether you’re sick or simply craving a familiar dish, there’s never a bad time to have a big bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup.