Are you on Instagram? If you are, you might want to come give me a follow over there because…we’ve been remodeling our kitchen! And we’re putting in a concrete counter top in our kitchen this week! Eek! I was sooo skeptical about these, but in the end my husband convinced me and I’m pretty darn excited.
What is NOT so exciting though, is that I’m without a kitchen sink or counters for 7 days!! I really didn’t want to eat junk/take out all week long, so what’s a mama to do??
Three words: Freezer Instant Pot.
I pre-made a bunch of meals for the instant pot and put them in the freezer, so for dinners I’ve been plugging in my IP in my laundry room and cooking up the freezer meals I prepped last week. Win!
Because if you’ve ever remodeled a kitchen…well, you know how difficult it is to function without a working kitchen. It’s truly the heart center of the home, and I’ll be the first to admit I’ve totally taken for granted things like running water and even minimal counter space! I’ll tell you what, my tiny kitchen is gonna feel huge next week when this baby is all done!
In case you want to remodel your kitchen, and don’t want to survive on take out, or if you just want some quick and easy homemade meals to keep in your freezer, I wanted to share some of my families favorite Instant Pot recipes with you.
Thai Peanut Chicken Satay (plus 14 other amazing recipes from The Happy Money Saver) My kids love this, and I usually have all the ingredients on hand so I can make this the night of, or toss it in the freezer.
7 Healthy Instant Pot Freezer Meals (from The Happy Money Saver) This is a downloadable pdf meal plan, it has the grocery list, the step by step prep instructions, and all the recipes. I printed this baby out and used these to survive “Countertop Week” lol, seriously amazing, and so easy. I made all these while my kids watched a movie. Boom.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup (from An Affair from the Heart) This is such and easy meal to whip up. I usually add chopped up broccoli and I use real bacon 😉
IP Orange Chicken (from Sweet and Savory Meals) We love orange chicken in our house! It’s easy to make this a freezer meal by prepping the chicken and sauce separately and freezing.Then thaw and cook as normal.
6 min Pumpkin Oatmeal (from me!): This is a breakfast my kids request all the time. And it’s so darn easy.
- Add 1 can pumpkin and 1 lb Old Fashioned Oats to IP.
- Fill with water to cover mixture by 1 to 2 inches.
- Set on Multigrain setting for 6min.
- Let pressure naturally release, then add any sweetener or flavorings (my kids love cinnamon).
Perfect Sweet Potatoes: These are a huge hit with my family, no they aren’t a meal, but hey, they are too good not to share.
- Add 1 cup of water and trivet into bottom of IP.
- Add sweet potatoes
- Cook at High Pressure for 30min, let pressure naturally release.
- Serve and enjoy.
Have you hopped on the Instant Pot band wagon yet?? I am a minimalist and I am super picky about kitchen gadgetry. On a whole, I feel you pretty much just need a wooden spoon and some good knives, so I resisted the Instant Pot for a long time. But when a neighbor gave me one, I decided to give it a chance and man is it saving my butt this week!
What are your favorite Instant Pot meals? Let me know in the comments so I can give them a try too!
(…once my kitchen is put back together, ha!)