8 Ways to Meal Prep With Your Instant Pot

These Instant Pot meal prep ideas will make the upcoming week a lot easier to tackle. Meal prepping Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs is a game changer!

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Meal prepping can make your week ahead a lot easier to tackle! The ease of having prepared staples to eat all week long will save you precious hours on busy nights, and might even encourage you to eat things you’ve already cooked instead of opting to go out. Instant Pots have also stepped onto the scene as a time saver, and they can help shave even more time off your usual Sunday meal prep. Here’s how!

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Make the Rice

It’s a staple in so many dishes, from stir-fry to salads and burritos. Having cooked rice on hand can be a great base for all sorts of made-ahead recipes. It’s totally hands-off when it cooks for 20 minutes in the Instant Pot, so you can spend time cooking other things.

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Hardboiled Egg Recipe Instant Pot
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Hard Boil a Dozen Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are a fantastic source of protein, and are obviously tasty in your favorite egg salad. But they can also be tossed into mixed greens, added to noodle bowls and more. (Here are dozens of hard boiled egg recipes for inspiration!) They only take 10 minutes to cook in your Instant Pot, no watching required.

Don’t miss our guide on how to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs.

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Make Your Own Yogurt

For super easy and creamy yogurt at home, turn to your Instant Pot. Your mornings will be a whole lot brighter when you can run out the door with a prepared parfait! (Yogurt can be more than your breakfast, too.)

See all the recipes that work beautifully in an Instant Pot.

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Pre-Cook the Quinoa

Another easy grain to throw in the Instant Pot and walk away is quinoa. (Here are 50 ways to love this supergrain.) The perfect bed for a ton of leafy greens or starter for a colorful protein-packed salad, you’ll definitely want to prep meals using quinoa.

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Make Homemade Chicken Stock

…or any homemade stock or broth you’d like! Prep veg stock, beef stock and chicken stock with your Instant Pot for soup and more all week long! Not only will making your own stocks and broths at home allow you to control the salt, flavors and seasoning, it’s a pretty hands-off process. Here’s how to get started!

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Cook a Chicken Dinner

Chicken is low in fat and high in protein, making it a staple for healthy dinners. You can make a chicken dinner in your Instant Pot—no oven required! Just add your seasonings and let it cook while you prepare meals for the rest of your week.

Shh! We’re cluing you in on our best Instant Pot secrets.

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Prep Some Shredded Protein

Looking for a new way to eat your chicken or pork? Throw it into the Instant Pot. In just about two hours you’ll be left with perfectly tender and juicy meat that’s super easy to shred, perfect for everything from grain bowls for lunch to tacos for dinner.

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Mediterranean Pork and Orzo
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Cook Meals a Day (or More) in Advance

It doesn’t have to be one food that you’re cooking in the Instant Pot. If you have a recipe in mind, like this Italian Shrimp ‘n’ Pasta, or orzo with chicken and herbs, make a batch and serve all week long.

Make sure you know how to get the most out of your Instant Pot.

Jacqueline Weiss
Jacqueline is a blogger and writer, passionate about sharing the latest in helpful tips and trends in food and cooking. In her spare time, you’ll find her trying new restaurants and experimenting in the kitchen.