5 Speedy Suppers: Instant Pot Wonders for the Weeknight Warriors

Chef Brainy

5 Speedy Suppers: Instant Pot Wonders for the Weeknight Warriors

Hello, my fabulous foodies and kitchen gangsters! Today, I’m here to sprinkle some magic into your mundane meal prep with the mighty Instant Pot, the kitchen wizard that’s about to zap your weeknight dinner woes away. Whether you’re new to the pot or you’ve been steaming up a storm, these recipes are about to become your trusty culinary sidekicks when time is not on your side!


Ever felt like you’re racing against the clock, trying to whip up something edible after a long day? Fear not! Your Instant Pot is about to take you from frantic to fabulous with minimal fuss. These recipes are your ticket to a delectable dinner destination, providing a port in the storm of busy weeknights.

Easy Instant Pot Meals

1. The One-Pot Spaghetti Spectacle

Forget waving a white flag in defeat — with this one-pot wonder, you’ll be raising a fork in victory!


  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles
  • 1 jar (24 oz) marinara sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • Salt and Italian seasoning to taste


  1. Brown the beef or turkey on the ‘Sauté’ function. Season with salt and Italian seasoning.
  2. Break spaghetti in half and place tightly over the meat.
  3. Pour in water, then the marinara sauce. Do not stir — we’re not stirring up trouble!
  4. Seal the lid, cook on high pressure for 8 minutes, then quick release the pressure.
  5. Toss that spaghetti like you’re conducting an orchestra, and serve!

2. Turbo Chicken Tacos: A Fiesta in a Flash

Tacos in a pot? Ay caramba! You’re about to toss a taco night faster than saying “más salsa, por favor.”


  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Tortillas and taco fixings (lettuce, cheese, salsa, sour cream)


  1. Place chicken in the pot and sprinkle with taco seasoning.
  2. Pour in broth, close the lid, and cook on high for 15 minutes.
  3. Quick release, then shred the chicken with two forks in the pot, mixing it with the juices.
  4. Load up your tortillas and build your taco towering high.

3. Savory Beef Stew: Comfort in a Click

Consider this a bear hug from good ol’ grandma in stew form, ready in less than an hour.


  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • Salt, pepper, and thyme to taste


  1. Sauté beef and onions until browned, sprinkling with love, salt, pepper, and thyme.
  2. Add carrots and potatoes, then pour in the broth.
  3. Seal the deal (literally), and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure naturally release, and open the pot to a stew that’ll warm you to the core.

4. Vegan Chickpea Curry: A Plant-Powered Speedy Supper

This dish is like that one friend who’s always glowing with good health – radiant, spicy, and full of zest.


  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro and cooked rice, for serving


  1. Sauté onion and garlic until they’re fragrant enough to motivate your neighbors to pop by.
  2. Stir in curry powder, chickpeas, tomatoes, and coconut milk, then close the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Quick release, garnish with cilantro, and pair with rice that’s fluffier than your favorite pillow.

5. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Salmon: From Sea to Table in Minutes

Swim upstream against the current of kitchen monotony with this zesty, garlicky sea favorite.


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dill for garnish


  1. Pour water into the pot and add the trivet with salmon on top.
  2. Season the salmon with garlic, then lay a few lemon slices on each fillet.
  3. Seal your sea-vessel (the pot), cook on high for 5 minutes, and quick release.
  4. Hello, Omega-3s! Garnish with dill and a squeeze of lemon.

Getting Started and Tips

Ahoy, Instant Pot rookies! Here are some tips to set sail:

  • Water is key: Always add liquid to prevent the burn signal from ruining the party.
  • Chopping is your friend: Smaller pieces equal faster cooking.
  • Quick release vs. natural release: Quick release is like an emergency stop; use it for delicate foods. Natural release is the chill way to let pressure drop gently.
  • Test things out: The Instant Pot is not a one-size-fits-all. Use these recipes as a canvas and paint with your own flavors!

Conclusion: Your Adventure Continues

Bravo, chef! You’ve smoothly navigated through the rapids of weeknight dinner-making. With these Instant Pot revelations, you’re set to conquer the kitchen with the confidence of a culinary crusader. But don’t let the journey end here; let these dishes be the stepping stones to your very own flavor escapades. Swap ingredients, spice things up, and most importantly, have fun — because in the end, isn’t that what cooking’s all about? Now go forth and Instant Pot like you’ve never potted before! 🍴✨