10 Smart Instant Pot Recipes for Lazy Cooks

10 Smart Instant Pot Recipes for Lazy Cooks

Kelli Foster
Sep 14, 2018
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Here's the plan: On those nights you really don't want to cook (you know the ones where all you want to do in sink into the couch with Netflix, after that horrendous commute home), put down the takeout menu and reach for your Instant Pot. I can tell you from experience that this appliance is the secret to low-effort, big-reward dinners you can pull off anytime. These 10 easy Instant Pot recipes were made for moments like these.

1. Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls

With no more effort than layering a few ingredients into your Instant Pot, you'll be tucking into a super-comforting, cheesy burrito bowl in no time.

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2. How To Make Steel-Cut Oatmeal in the Pressure Cooker

All that stands between you and a warm, creamy bowl of oatmeal is about 20 minutes. Just remember to spray the pot with nonstick cooking spray to prevent the oats from sticking.

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3. How To Cook Spaghetti Squash in an Instant Pot

With zero prep work (that means no cutting through a tough squash!) and a speedy cook time, you will never want to cook spaghetti squash in the oven again after trying this method.

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4. How To Make Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Stuffed baked potatoes are always a good idea for dinner when you have zero energy to cook — and here's the easiest way to make it happen on a weeknight. Talk about a game-changer.

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5. How To Cook Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

Even when you don't want to meal prep and don't have a lot of time, you can totally pull this off with barely any effort. It feels almost too good to be true, but I assure you it's not.

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6. How To Cook Lentils in the Electric Pressure Cooker

Having a big batch of lentils on hand is always a good idea. Top them with a fried egg, stuff them in a tortilla for tacos, or use them as a base for a filling dinner salad — it doesn't get much easier than that.

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7. 30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken

Even if you forgot to defrost tonight's chicken thighs, hope is not lost! You can start this saucy recipe with frozen chicken pieces and still get dinner on the table in about 30 minutes.

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8. How To Make Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot chili is what you make when the classic chili cravings are strong but time is short. Best of all, it tastes like it's been simmering all day.

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9. How To Make Easy Risotto in the Instant Pot

This game-changing cooking device will fulfill all your creamy, cheesy risotto desires with almost no-hands on stirring, less broth, and in even less time — while still turning out equally delicious results.

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10. Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

This recipe is all about low effort and big rewards. Thanks to a few pantry staples, this simple braised chicken finishes with a bold, punchy flavor.

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