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!
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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.