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. 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!

Meatball Sandwich

instant pot meatball sub

Aunt Bee’s Recipes

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 recipe.

Southwestern Chicken and Rice

instant pot southwest chicken and rice

Meaningful Eats

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 recipe.

Mac and Cheese

instant pot macaroni and cheese

Six Sisters Stuff

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 recipe.

Taco Pasta

instant pot taco pasta

Foody Schmoody

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 recipe.

Baked Potato Soup

instant pot baked potato soup

Living Locurto

Yup, the instant pot does soup, too! With fall approaching, I’m so glad to have stumbled upon this recipe for a warm, hearty, easy-to-make and, frankly, beautiful baked potato soup. Hell, I’d eat this in the dead of summer. Get the recipe.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

instant pot hawaiian barbecue chicken sandwiches

Eating On A Dime

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 recipe.

Cilantro Lime Rice

instant pot cilantro lime rice

Two Peas And Their Pod

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 recipe.

Beef Stew

instant pot beef stew

Family Fresh Meals

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 recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

instant pot apple cinnamon oatmeal

The Typical Mom

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 recipe.

Chocolate Lava Cake

instant pot chocolate lava cakes

Paint The Kitchen Red

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 recipe.

Peach Cobbler

instant pot peach cobbler

Southern Family Fun

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 recipe.

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

instant pot dill pickle potato salad

Graceful Little Honey Bee

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 recipe.

Monkey Bread

instant pot monkey bread

Food N Service

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 recipe.

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