Getting a healthy dinner on the table is so quick and easy when you have a pressure cooker and a few amazing Family Instant Pot Recipes by your side! These recipes are not only fast, but kid-friendly and delicious!
Family Instant Pot Recipes
We are a busy family. School. Work. Schedules that need constant collaboration, shifting and reorganizing. Pets that need to be walked. Girl Scout patches that need to be sewed. And everything that falls in between.
Oh and then there are meals! Meals have to be made. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and even snacks. Apparently this family of mine wants to be fed regularly (seriously?) and I have started to lean (hard) on my Instant Pot for making meals happen fast and minimize the dishes!
My slow cooker has been my kitchen wingman for years. I love the set-and-forget vibe of slow cooker recipes, since I could throw a recipe in before I left for work in the morning and come home to dinner done at the end of the day.
And while all of that is awesome, it also required me having my act together in the morning. Which didn’t always happen. And if I wasn’t thinking about our dinner plan at 7am, I often found myself scrambling to get dinner on the table.
So, when I found the glory of the Instant Pot, gosh…life changed and dinner time became infinity easier.
What is an Instant Pot?
Brace yourself, because if you don’t already know the glory of an Instant Pot…life is about to become magical. Instant Pots are basically the unicorn of kitchen gadgets, after all.
An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that cooks food up silly fast! Like, mindblowingly fast! And it also has a lovely sauté feature so that you can brown meats, sauté onions and simmer down soups without having to dirty any extra dishes. And clean up is SO easy!
So, while I still love using my slow cooker for dinners when I have the time and the sense to think ahead, I find myself more often then not reaching for my Instant Pot when making meals for my family that are easy, delicious and low on the mess-o-meter.
Handy tools and pantry staples for making healthy family Instant Pot recipes
- Instant Pot
- Immersion Blender
- Wooden Spoons
- Chef’s Knife
- Epicurean Cutting Board
- Canned Coconut Milk
- Chicken Broth
- Vegetable Broth
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Instant Pot healthy family recipes
Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken. This is a great staple recipe! Make it in minutes and have easy and delicious pulled chicken on hand for sandwiches, salads, casseroles or just to throw onto a plate next to some roasted veggies!
Instant Pot Morning Glory Oatmeal. Pressure cookers are not just for making dinner easier! Throw this delicious and healthy oatmeal into your Instant Pot to cook up while you go about getting ready for your day or, you know, drink your coffee while it is still hot!
Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans. This is a delicious vegetarian family Instant Pot recipe that is delicious as it is easy! Great over some rice for a budget-friendly dinner! And this recipe makes for amazing leftovers.
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken. The ultimate easy dinner! This family Instant Pot recipe is made with just 3 ingredients!
Instant Pot Paleo Pumpkin Chili. A great fall recipe that can be enjoyed any time of the year. Cozy, hearty and delicious. Just sub in butternut squash or sweet potato puree if you don’t have any pumpkin on hand!
Strawberry Beet Instant Pot Applesauce. This homemade applesauce is easy, delicious, has no added sugar and gets its amazing color from beets! Kid-friendly and the perfect way to get veggies in at breakfast, lunch, snack or whenever!
More healthy recipes made in Instant Pot
Instant Pot Black Bean & Butternut Squash Soup. You are going to be amazed by how much your kids love this soup! Hearty, easy to whip up and veggie-loaded with delicious butternut squash. This soup is vegan and gluten free.
Instant Pot Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili. Another vegetarian IP recipe that your family will love! Cozy flavors, delicious and done in about 20 minutes!
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli. This recipe is not only total comfort food, but packed with broccoli! It is naturally Paleo on its own, but we love it over a little steamed rice, with roasted potatoes or even our favorite pasta.
Mashed Instant Pot Potatoes with Cauliflower. A healthy and delicious side to any dinner. If you love mashed potatoes, you will love this healthy mix of potatoes and cauliflower. A super kid-approved dish that gets extra veggies on the table with minimal work.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Chicken Curry. A kid-friendly curry! Super easy and delicious. Make it vegetarian by subbing the chicken with some cooked chickpeas!
Instant Pot Pinto Beans. I make these beans alllll the time! Great for adding to burritos, tacos, over rice or mashing up and enjoying as a healthier refried bean!
Need even more IP family recipes?
Instant Pot Creamy Mushroom Chicken. This recipe is a family favorite and a great way to get mushroom iffy-kiddos to warm up to them, as the favor and texture of this dish is heavenly. Totally healthy comfort food.
Instant Pot Lentil Soup. This lentil soup is insanely delicious, easy to make, loaded with vegetables and is going to leave your whole family licking their bowls.
Instant Pot Pulled Pork. Simple, delicious, tender and drool-worthy. This recipe is super flavorful, easy and hearty, this is going to be a new dinner staple.
Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Hamburger Soup. An Instant Pot twist on a recipe I grew up eating, this soup is a complete meal that is like a hug in a bowl. It is sure to become part of your kids’ childhood memories too!
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Salmon (from frozen!). Whoops! Did you forget to defrost something for dinner? Happens to me all the time! And no worries when you have an IP by your side to help you out. This salmon is easy, delicious and cooks from frozen in just minutes.
Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. Make a batch of this and a few grilled cheese sandwiches and curl up to an easy and delicious dinner your family will adore!
Other healthy recipes you are going to love…
- Veggie-Loaded Whole30 Recipes
- 15 Family-Friendly Whole30 Soup Recipes
- Kid-Friendly Vegetable Soup (+ how to serve it to picky eaters)
- Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes