Do you ever feel like the hardest part of making dinner is actually coming up with an idea? Do you have intentions to plan your menu each week but you never actually get around to doing it? Do you ever forget to pull the meat out of the freezer in the morning but suddenly remember as you’re sitting in rush hour traffic or in the pickup line at school?

Welcome to the club because we’ve been there, too. For most of us, life is busy. As working adults, often with active kids, or a busy social calendar, and perhaps even elderly parents you’re helping to care for, there are only so many hours in the day to accomplish all that’s on the to-do list. And sometimes things like dinner get lost in the shuffle.

The wonder appliance
But now thanks to this wonder appliance called the Instant Pot,  you can get a healthy, homemade dinner on the table in about 30 minutes, even if you forgot to pull the meat out of the freezer at the start of the day.

You’ve most likely heard of this Instant Pot – it seems to have been a popular Christmas gift and has quite the presence on social media.  The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker that speeds up cooking 2 to 10 times, uses less energy, and produces healthy food in a convenient fashion. There are a variety of models on the market but most Instant Pots are multi-cookers and can serve as your slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, food warmer and more. Bonus, right?

Dinner ideas
With Instant Pots, you can easily put together a nutritious meal for your family, even on the busiest of weeknights. Need inspiration for what to cook? You can find oodles of recipes all over the internet, but we think there are a few things you can’t go wrong cooking in the Instant Pot.

  1. Pot Roast. You won’t need hours to turn an okay cut of meat into a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth meal. The instant pot does this in just a fraction of the time. And trust us, you won’t be disappointed with this version!
  2. Mashed potatoes. No need to peel and boil potatoes on the stove. Throw some spuds in the Instant Pot and watch with amazement when they are ready to be mashed in less than 10 minutes.
  3. Chicken noodle soup. Toss in your broth, chicken, carrots, celery, and noodles and set the table. This favorite soup will be ready to go in about 20 minutes.
  4. Ribs. There’s nothing like fall-off-the-bone ribs, especially as the weather warms up and you’re ready to dine al fresco. The Instant Pot can get ribs ready in about a half hour (finished off with a broil in the oven).  
  5. Mac and Cheese. If you’ve got little ones around, you know this is a favorite dish – either as the main course or the go-to side. With the Instant Pot you can create cheesy, savory mac and cheese in less than a half hour, perfect for those nights when you walk in the door and the kids ask “what’s for dinner?”

We promise this isn’t a sponsored post for the Instant Pot. We’re just a fan of the appliance and the way it easily makes it possible to serve healthy dinners, even for the busiest families.


Swing by Ashley’s Pastries to grab fresh dinner rolls, a loaf of just-baked French bread or our famous salt sticks as the perfect companion to your Instant Pot meal. A simple touch like this can make any Tuesday night dinner feel special. And really, what’s better than winding down at the end of a long day than with a shared family meal?