Meal planning may sound challenging, but many of us have it down to a science for dinners. However, what about lunches? Mornings are often too busy and we forget to pack a nutritious lunch. Lunch is a meal that you can enjoy with a little planning. You can use your Instant Pot to create a filling lunch that will be better than a boring sandwich or drive through meal on the go.
Instant Pot Lunch Ideas
Broccoli and Cheese Soup. A soup and sandwich combo is a popular lunch idea, but you can create your own spin on a classic with your Instant Pot. Since the Instant Pot can help you make meals in bulk, you will have enough to take with you all week! You could also freeze it for a dinner appetizer too. Broccoli and cheese soup and be prepared in less than an hour and can be created with fresh ingredients. Get started with a head of broccoli and mix in onion, garlic, and carrots. Since you need liquid in your Instant Pot, don’t forget the chicken stock. You can also add butter, your favorite cheese (I like cheddar), and heavy cream. Use the soup timer and enjoy!
Tacos With Shredded Meat. Taco Tuesday can be enjoyed with your Instant Pot! Shredded meat is easy to do with chicken, pork, or beef paired with your favorite vegetables and seasoning. You can use turkey to make it healthier as well. Prepare your meat on the meat Instant Pot setting, and shred it with a fork when ready. You can use your favorite taco sauce and warm your soft taco shells or crispy shells as well. Top with cilantro and hot sauce for a spicy noon meal.
Whole Chicken. The Instant Pot is well-known for cooking whole chickens quickly, and this is a bargain way of preparing lunches. Shred the chicken for tacos and use the leftovers for a sandwich, soup, or salad! You can also use your Instant Pot for the EASIEST hard-boiled eggs (the shells come off so smoothly!), which would be a great salad topping as well.
French Dip Sandwich. It has been a long time since I’ve had a good French dip sandwich, but the Instant Pot makes it easy so now I have no excuse! Once you are familiar with your Instant Pot and understand its settings, you can use a chuck roast along with beef broth and seasonings. Once the meat is tender, you can carve or shred it. Use hoagie buns and prepare your dipping sauce. This is a quick and easy way to have a better-for-you lunch! When you make it yourself and have control of the ingredients, it is healthier than you think. Swap the hoagie bun for a whole wheat bun or go bunless!
Use these ideas as inspiration for your next Instant Pot meal. With a little bit of preparation, your meal planning can be easier! Instant Pot is perfect for lunches AND dinners, and you might replace several of your kitchen appliances once you master the art of your Instant Pot. Forget a rice cooker and a pressure cooker. Now you can truly do it all with your Instant Pot.