We have 3 growing boys in our house and growing appetites! Meat Loaf and potatoes have become a staple for us. And our 7 year old even calls it his ” Favorite Dinner ever”.
This Instant Pot meatloaf and potatoes are of course easy (our favorite thing about the Instant pot), cooked in one pot and done without heating up the house with a hot oven on for an hour! (we only turn on the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the top at the end. But, more on that later!)
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The boys love to help mix this all together. We have begun to have more enjoyable times working in the kitchen together recently, I can actually give them simple jobs to do without freaking out! 🙂 (yay! Mom win)
We have these kids’ kitchen tools for them to use!!
Instant Pot Meatloaf and potatoes
Is there anything more comfort food than that?
Here’s how we make our Instant Pot Meatloaf and potatoes
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Start by peeling and chopping your potatoes. We love this automatic peeler!!
Add 1 and 1/2 cups of water to the instant pot, and place the trivet down too ( this prevents any potatoes sticking to the bottom and causing the burn notice.)
pour the potatoes into the pot.
Next, mix all of the meatloaf ingredients together..
Place frozen chicken in Instant pot, pour all ingredients except cream cheese over chicken. place lid on pot and set valve to seal.
* If you want to make rice with this, now is the time to prepare it and stick it on top of the rice, see instructions below.
set Instant pot to manual 18 minutes. let Naturally Release to 5-10 minutes.
meanwhile, make noodles.
release remaining pressure and mix in the cream cheese. breaking up the chicken a bit.
Serve over noodles or rice.
(if making brown rice with this meal, increase time to 23 minutes)
To make brown rice with this meal, you just need an oven safe bowl that fits inside your pot. mix in 1 & 1/2 cups of brown rice, 3 & 1/3 cups water or broth, 1 TB butter. stir, and place a trivet on top of chicken in Instant Pot, bowl on top of trivet, then cook, increasing time to 23 minutes. NPR for 5 -10 minutes before opening the lid.
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Have you tried the Sous Vide egg bites at Starbucks? Well, these Instant Pot Egg Bites are soooo much cheaper and just as yummy!
You can whip these up in just a few minutes and have them all week long. It’s a great option for when you are all running out the door!
I love eggs, but, sometimes it’s just not practical to get a pan out and fix up eggs in any form, on busy mornings. But with this Instant Pot Egg Bites recipe, It makes it as simple as just grabbing one out of the fridge on the way out! I’ve even seen some people stack these egg bites mold to make twice as much at a time. ( I would just add a minute or two to the cooking time, if you are stacking the molds)
You can make these anyway you like your eggs, I enjoy them with a little spinach, ham and cheese!
I love throwing them into the Instant Pot and letting the magic happen!
I know I say this a lot, but This recipe for Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes really is simple! I think you’ll like them!
Here’s how we make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Cut up your Sweet Potatoes, If they aren’t gigantic ones like we’ve been getting lately, you can throw them in whole, just poke a few holes in them with a fork first. (and add a couple more minutes to the time.)
place 1 cup of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot insert. use the trivet and either just throw those potatoes in there or you can put them in a handy steam basket.
Place lid and make sure it is set to SEAL. Then press pressure cook (or manual) and adjust the time to 8 minutes.
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes in just a few minutes! A great Side Dish for any meal!
For perfectly consistently cooked Sweet Potatoes, I like to slice my them up before cooking.
(you can totally throw them in whole after poking some holes in them if you want, just add 3-5 minutes cook time depending on size)
pour 1 cup of water into the insert of your Instant Pot. Then put the trivet in.
Now either place sweet potatoes right on top of the trivet OR use a steam basket (makes it easier to take out)
place lid and check that lever is switched to seal. press Pressure Cook (or Manual) and adjust the time to 8 minutes.
Naturally Release Pressure for 5 minutes or more. Then Release remainder of pressure.
remove from the Instant Pot
Season to your liking and enjoy!
~ My favorite is simply, butter, pink salt, and a little mozzarella cheese.
I know we are heading into Spring, but we have had a few cold rainy days still. So, this cozy stew was perfect! It’s really one of those recipes where anything goes, and if you like more meat or more veggies, whatever you’d like go for it!
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew
Really, this recipe is more like a starting place 🙂
I started this recipe with a “block” of frozen stew meat pieces. You can use fresh or frozen.
Dust it with a little flour and saute with some butter in your instant pot. When using thawed meat you can get a nice sear on the meat and it adds some extra flavor. But, even with the frozen this stew ended up being flavorful and tender!
Add a little oil (any you prefer) and add the onion, salt, and pepper. stir. Now just throw in the mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, and butternut squash to the pot!
Pour in 2 cups of beef broth and all the seasonings!
Now it’s time to cook your Instant Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew
Today I’m going to share with you a very special recipe. This recipe has made me famous! Bet you didn’t know I’m a little bit famous huh? Well, to 5 little people that call me Auntie I am, and mostly thanks to this yummy chicken dinner! All because I made it, once upon a time when they (there was only 4 of them at the time) came to spend the night. The result was they loved it and went home telling my sister that she HAD to make aunties chicken!
It use to be done in the crockpot and take 6 hours. But, we don’t settle for that anymore around here, do we? let me share with you my simple, yet amazing recipe for
If you’ve been around at all, you have probably heard about Elderberry Syrup and it’s amazing benefits for boosting immunity. Making my elderberry syrup in the instant pot couldn’t be much simpler. And many have been asking how we do it, so I wanted to just type it out here for you!
This recipe originally came to us from my amazing friend Andi, (you can follow her on Instagram for amazing Essential oil tips) Andi is one of my bosom buddies and has lent her wisdom about a lot of life things but especial the use of essential oils to help my family stay above the wellness line, and I am so very grateful to her for it!
Are you looking at how you can use the Instant Pot to help with your feast during these Holidays! One easy dish is our instant pot cranberry sauce.
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite sides, one of those things that completes that traditional Thanksgiving meal! It seems like a necessity to me, in order to have that perfect bite with a little turkey, a little gravy, cranberry sauce. yuumm!!
Another great idea with this cranberry sauce is an appetizer!
Place a block of cream cheese on a tray (softened) and pour this cranberry sauce over it. serve with crackers or even graham crackers.
Its sure to be a favorite and you can rest easy because the instant pot has done the work for you!
Also, take a look at our Instant pot Mashed potatoes recipe