Having a yummy, wholesome, home cooked meal for dinner each night is a part of the typical dream lifestyle. But who has the time? By using an instant pot to make your meals you won’t need time to have home cooked meals every day!
Below are some the most basic instant pot recipes to help get you started:
Unlike a slow cooker, an instant pot lets you make healthy, budget friendly meals in a matter of minutes instead of hours. It can bring you back to cooking basics and save you on the kinds of groceries that add up quickly the way things like frozen pizzas do.
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With an instant pot cooker you can plan your weeknight dinners for the week much more easily. Instant Pot is one of the main instant pot brands, but there are many brands of pressure cookers you can choose from for your instant cooking needs.
Instant Pot’s website also has their own list of recipes for you to choose from. The recipes below come from a couple different sources, and are some of the most basic recipes you’ll want to to start saving on your grocery bill and getting back to the basics of homemade meals.
You can do so many things with potatoes, mashed potatoes being one of the most popular American dishes. With the quick and easy instant pot you can make comfort foods like potato soup as well.
3lbs russet potatoes (cut into cubes)
1 cup chicken broth, or water
1/2 cup milk or half and half
3 tbsp butter
- put potatoes, broth or water in the pot
- seal the lid
- select pressure cook and adjust to high
- set timer for 8 minutes
- After 8 minutes turn the valve to venting to manually quick release the pressure
- drain potatoes and set the liquid aside
- add milk (or half and half) and butter
- add back the liquid you set aside as needed
Rice is a side dish that can go with almost any meal. For instance, you can serve chicken and rice along with some steamed vegetables for a rounded dinner.
1 cup rice
1 cup water
1 tsp oil
a pinch of salt
- rinse rice
- add rice, water, oil, and salt to instant pot
- lock lid and set steam valve to seal
- cook 4-8 minutes
- let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release manually
Beans are a healthy source of protein and can also go well with a lot of other dishes. You can use beans in different soups and salads as well as a side dish to your main meal.
1 lb black beans
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
6 cups vegetable/chicken broth or water (Use 4 cups liquid for every 1 cup beans. Make sure the pot is not filled more than halfway so your beans have room to expand)
- put everything into the pot
- turn valve to sealing
- press beans and chili
- release pressure naturally for 20 minutes before opening
Instant pot chicken may be one of the most popular dishes to make. Chicken is cheap and with some seasonings and sauces it can make a truly delicious meal. You can even use chicken thighs for some extra tender flavor.
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried chives
1/4 tsp onion powder
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- set to saute and add oil
- sear chicken on both sides until golden
- transfer to a plate and add spices to the chicken
- add broth to pot
- put trivet in pot and put chicken on the trivet
- Lock lid and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes
Vegetables are an important part of our diet, but we often forget about them. With a pressure cooker you can easily whip up any assortment of your favorite veggies to go along with almost any supper. Buying fresh vegetables is often cheaper than buying them frozen too.
1 cup water or vegetable broth
1lb fresh, trimmed green beans
1 1/2lbs chopped red potatoes
- pour water into the pot
- put steamer basket into the pot
- place vegetables into the steamer basket
- secure the lid
- steam for 5 minutes and let sit for 5 more minutes
- season the vegetables to taste
Next to bread, pasta may be one of the world’s favorite carbs. Healthy pastas can be a great source of grain in your diet when eaten in moderation. Pasta can also be a great base for a lot of creative dishes.
4 cups water, plus more as needed
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 (16 ounces) package penne pasta
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil OR 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Freshly grated parmesan, romano, or mozzarella cheese for garnishing
- put the water, vegetable oil, salt, and pasta into the instant pot
- place rack in the instant pot
- put the tomatoes, garlic powder, basil, red pepper flakes, and salt into a pot on top of the rack
- lock the lid
- select high pressure and set to 3 minutes
- quick release the lid
- strain water out of the noodles and combine the pasta and sauce
These are just a few examples of some super basic instant pot recipes that you can use to make an unending array of meals throughout the week. Make your meals quickly each night or cook in bulk and have awesome leftovers for the rest of the week.
These aren’t the only basic recipes you can do with a pressure cooker though. Take a look at the READ MORE section at the bottom of this article for more essential instant pot recipes.
Learn all about taking care of your instant pot, “How to Use an Instant Pot to Save You Money.”
For a collection of beef recipes, including beef stew, “Most Popular Instant Pot Beef Recipes.”
For instant pot pulled pork, “Instant Pot Pulled Pork.”
For roasting pork in the instant pot, “How to Roast Pork in the Instant Pot.”
Instant pot boiled eggs recipe, “Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.”
For some other ways to save money on your grocery bill read, “How to Save Money on Food Costs.”