The Instant Pot has got to be one of the most convenient things ever invented. It’s a slow cooker, steamer, and pressure cooker all wrapped up into one little appliance. Speaking from experience, the Instant Pot does the lazy person and the college student a world of good—based on the wealth of love for it on the Internet, it’s also great for anyone with kids in school or a busy lifestyle in general. Because it’s such a versatile tool, you can use it for a wide variety of quick and easy meals. Whether you’re in a rush and need a quick dinner or you don’t really feel like putting that much effort into cooking, get yourself an Instant Pot and you’ll be able to whip up these tasty and effortless meals in no time!
Instant Pot 6-Quart 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, $49.99 at Walmart
Well worth adding to your kitchen arsenal.
Homemade, healthy, and flavorful ramen that’s almost as quick as the packaged kind? The Instant Pot makes it possible—and makes perfectly soft-boiled ramen eggs effortless too. Get the Instant Pot Chicken Ramen recipe.
Let’s be honest–when has anybody ever had a bad meatball sandwich? It’s just unheard of. With this recipe for Instant Pot meatballs, now you can have a meatball sandwich within minutes. And isn’t that the American dream? Don’t worry; if you don’t want to make the meatballs from scratch, you could throw frozen meatballs in an Instant Pot, too! Get the Instant Pot Meatball Sandwich recipe.
As intricate as this meal sounds, it really is as simple as throwing everything into a pot and having a delicious dinner in 30 minutes. This chicken and rice recipe has the makings of a perfect dinner: it’s fast, it’s simple, and there’s cheese on top. Get the Instant Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice recipe.
This wouldn’t be a properly written article if mac and cheese wasn’t mentioned. The best part about this Instant Pot mac and cheese is that the cook time is literally five minutes. A mac and cheese dinner in five minutes? Is this even real life? Get the Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe.
Taco pasta is my guiltiest guilty pleasure. It’s so fun to make, and it’s delicious no matter how you make it. This recipe takes taco pasta into the Instant Pot world. With only six ingredients and ten minutes of cooking time, you’ll be able to feed your family in the cheapest, easiest, and most delicious way possible. Get the Instant Pot Taco Pasta recipe.
Yup, the Instant Pot does soup, too! And this particular recipe turns out a warm, hearty, easy-to-make and, frankly, beautiful baked potato soup perfect for chilly weather. Hell, I’d eat this in the dead of summer too. Get the Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup recipe.
Perfect on a potato bun, this sweet shredded chicken is a simple guaranteed hit at any outdoor party! For that extra Hawaiian vibe, I highly recommend enjoying this with a piña colada. Get the Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken recipe.
One of the Instant Pot’s many skills is the ability to cook rice, so why not take advantage? In 22 minutes, you’ll have a flavorful (and cheap!) new favorite side dish. Spice up any dinner with this cilantro lime rice that may as well come straight from an authentic Mexican restaurant. Get the Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe.
The Instant Pot is the eighth wonder of the world for giving us Crock-Pot-quality beef stew without the Crock-Pot time. This recipe for beef stew is flavorful, filling, and done in 15 minutes! Get the Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe.
When I found this recipe for a quick and flavorful oatmeal I thought, “This thing does breakfast too?!” Mornings are hectic, so this five-minute breakfast should take some stress out of the day. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of apples and cinnamon in the morning? Get the Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe.
If you’re using the Instant Pot for breakfast, you may as well use it for dessert too. It’s the perfect appliance for one of those days where cake is mandatory (and we’ve all had those days). You’ll be enjoying this gooey lava cake within ten minutes. Hallelujah! Get the Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake recipe.
If you aren’t a fan of chocolate cake, you could whip up a peach cobbler in 20 minutes. This recipe calls for ten minutes in the pot, ten minutes to cool, and all night to enjoy. And it’s not a real peach cobbler unless you throw a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Get the Instant Pot Peach Cobbler recipe.
Prep time is only ten minutes for this tasty and flavorful dill pickle potato salad. You can actually cook the eggs and potatoes together, so you’ll have a quick and easy last minute treat to bring to that barbecue. Get the Instant Pot Potato Salad recipe.
Monkey bread is the holy grail of sweet treats. You can eat it for dessert at a picnic, bring it to a brunch, or just go to town in your pajamas on a Friday night. This recipe takes just under a half hour and it’s supposed to serve two, but we won’t judge. Get the Instant Pot Monkey Bread recipe.
Instant Pot 6-Quart 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, $79.99 on Amazon
If you haven't joined the cult of pressure cooking yet, maybe now's the time?
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