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11 Easy Recipes You Can Depend On When You Need A Break

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While many people have been passing the time by cooking and baking while staying home, there’s a difference between doing it because you want to and doing it because you have to. Just because you have the time to hone your sourdough skills doesn’t necessarily mean you want to spend all evening at the stove making dinner!

So if the idea of quick and easy dinner options sounds attractive to you right now, you’re in luck! Because that’s exactly what I have to share with you in today’s post. :-)

More specifically, today we’re talking easy and delicious Instant Pot recipes. Because what could be better than dumping a few things into a pot that does all the work for you? Bon appetit!

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11 Delicious Instant Pot Recipes That Will Make Your Life Easier

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1. Honey Garlic Chicken

This was a favorite stovetop recipe of mine until recently, when I finally adapted it for the Instant Pot! With the help of a tall trivet and a heat-safe bowl, you can cook the chicken and some rice to serve it on at the same time!

Don’t have an Instant Pot? Get the directions for the original stovetop version of this recipe here.

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Ingredients:

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided (or vegetable broth, or water)
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 cup white rice
Sliced green onions, for garnish

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Directions:

  1. Season the chicken thighs with plenty of salt and pepper and the garlic powder, then set aside.
  2. Add the honey, 1/2 cup of the broth (or water,) vinegar, and soy sauce to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Select Sauté and adjust to Normal if necessary. Add some oil to the bottom of the pot, and once the display reads “hot,” sear the chicken thighs on both sides just long enough to brown them.
  4. Next, add the crushed garlic to the chicken and cook for about 30 more seconds, until the garlic is fragrant.
  5. Then pour the liquid mixture from the small bowl into the pot, and use a wooden spoon to loosen the flavorful bits that may have stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  6. Place a tall trivet over the chicken, then press Cancel on your Instant Pot to turn the heat off.
  7. To prepare the rice, rinse and drain the rice then combine it with the remaining 1 cup of broth (or water) in a small, oven-safe bowl. (Note: A small stainless steel mixing bowl works well here. Keep in mind that thicker containers like Pyrex don’t heat up as quickly, so you may need to cook the rice longer.)
  8. Place the bowl of rice on top of the trivet inside the pot, then pressure cook on High for 7 minutes. Allow 10 minutes of Natural Release, then Quick Release any remaining pressure.
  9. Carefully remove the bowl of rice and fluff with a fork, then remove the chicken from the pot. The liquid at the bottom of the pot will be your sauce, so if it’s still a bit thin, you can always use the Sauté function to thicken it up to your liking.
  10. Finally, arrange the chicken on top of the rice, pour the sauce over the top, top with sliced green onions and serve warm. Or feel free to mix it up by serving over veggies, lettuce, or whatever else you like!
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2. Chili

Get the recipe here

When April showers are keeping the temperatures low, there’s no better occasion for a warm bowl of chili! While this hearty chili is cooking away in your Instant Pot, you can focus on making your favorite cornbread (or better yet, putting your feet up and relaxing a while!)

easy instant pot recipes

3. Pot Roast

Get the recipe here

Pot roast always reminds me of Sunday dinners when I was a little girl. This Instant Pot version is perfect for any night of the week, and is sure to go over well with the whole family!

easy instant pot recipes

4. Spare Ribs & “Secret” Sauce

Get the recipe here

My mom’s recipe for spare ribs has been one of my go-to dinners for over 3 decades now! Even my pickiest kids loved these ribs from the time they could eat solid foods, and my Instant Pot adaptation makes it easier than ever!

easy instant pot recipes

5. Cream Cheese Chicken

Get the recipe here

Craving something creamy? This cream cheese chicken couldn’t be easier, or more delicious! Serve a big scoop over lettuce, rice, or tortillas (or anything else, really!)

easy instant pot recipes

Get the recipe here

When I was a girl, my mom used to make navy bean soup the old fashioned way—simmered for hours using a bonafide ham hock. I didn’t appreciated it enough then, but now I can’t get enough of this simple, flavorful soup. And cooking it in the Instant Pot is a total game-changer, because you can achieve the same rich flavor as the classic version in a fraction of the time!

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7. Swedish Meatballs

Get the recipe at Wildly Charmed

If you’re hunting for something warm, comforting, and as simple as can be, look no further! This one-pot Swedish meatballs recipe uses frozen meatballs, so all you have to do is layer the ingredients, cook, and eat!

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8. Chicken Burrito Bowls

Get the recipe at No. 2 Pencil

I can’t resist anything I can eat with sour cream and guacamole, so this recipe caught my eye immediately! I mean, it’s a bowl packed with chicken, rice, black beans, and cheese—what more could you want? :-)

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9. Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

Get the recipe at Slow Cooker Gourmet

This spaghetti and meat sauce recipe has tons of veggies built right in, but they’re sneaky enough that they may go undetected by your picky eaters. But it’s a win even if you don’t have picky eaters, because who couldn’t use a few more veggies on their plate?

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10. Sesame Chicken

Get the recipe at Seasonal Cravings

Get your takeout fix at home with this deliciously sweet and saucy chicken recipe! And the best part about this recipe? You can have it on the table in around 20 minutes!

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11. Root Beer Barbecue Chicken

Get the recipe at The Seasoned Mom

This sweet and sticky chicken dish is one of those great recipes that you can get a ton of mileage out of! Make more than you’ll eat at dinner, then use the leftovers them to make barbecue chicken sandwiches, salads, or bowls in the days to come.

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  • Thanks for all the ideas – so ready for fresh!

    Navy bean soup is my all-time favorite since childhood. When we moved to the Pensacola area, we love McGuire’s where they still serve up a delicious bowl of “Senate Bean Soup” for .18!

    Per the local newspaper, the Pensacola News-Journal:
    “Of course, there’s a story behind this soup. In the 1920s, an Irish immigrant from County Claire named Padraig McGraith was employed in the United States Senate cafeteria as a dishwasher. Washington, D.C., was a long way from the Emerald Isle, and Padraig missed the hearty soups and stews of home. He also had 11 children, and needed to stretch his grocery budget as much as possible.

    The chefs in the Senate kitchen would listen to Paddy’s homesick laments, and finally decided to ask him how to make an authentic and hearty soup. Paddy assembled the ingredients from what was at hand. Paddy was so sure that the head chef would love his soup that he bet a day’s pay it would be a hit — and it was! Paddy made 18 cents a day at the time, and the cost of the soup has never gone up since 1977, when McGuire’s opened its doors. In Paddy McGraith’s honor, we offer you his Senate Bean Soup today at he same fair price.

    Paddy’s children never went hungry, and his legacy lives on. Here’s how we make it.
    McGuire’s Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-6789 or visit http://www.mcguiresirishpub.com.

    McGuire’s Senate Bean Soup
    1 pound dried navy beans

    4 pints water
    1 bay leaf
    3 whole cloves
    1 large ham bone, preferably with bits of meat left on it
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    2 stalks of celery, including leaves, roughly chopped
    2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    16 turns freshly ground black pepper

    Rinse the beans and place in a large bowl. Add the water and let the beans soak overnight, covered.
    When ready to start cooking, drain the beans and place in a large pot with the ham bone. Add cold water to cover, plus an additional two inches. Bring to a boil.
    Meanwhile make a cheesecloth pouch containing the bay leaf and cloves. When the water is boiling add the pouch, onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender and the meat is falling off the bone, about 3 hours.
    Remove the pouch and the bone. Shred the meat and add it back to the soup before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Joy. I will talk to my team about doing a post for Vegans. I do have many recipes that can be adapted or are vegetarian or vegan. Here’s a little trick when searching for one of my recipes… If you go to Google and search what you are looking for and add Jillee after the subject of the search… For example, search:
      vegetarian recipes Jillee

      In some recipes, you made to tweak it to make it vegan. I hope this helps!

  • I see all the insta pot recipes, but my insta pot is a small one 3 quarts. It is an insta pot duo. None of the recipes give amounts for a small pot. HELP!!!

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