Four Kid Friendly One Pot Dinners
When scrolling pinterest I always click on a recipe that says quick , easy or kid friendly, any one else?! By the time dinner comes around I need life to be simple and these four kid friendly one pot dinners are a life saver. I have even made these house before during nap time and then re heated them for dinner and they still taste great.
For the fried rice dinner feel free to make your when fried rice, we LOVE the frozen one from trader joes and tend to use that instead of making my own. I also sometimes use a bag of mixed frozen veggies when in a pinch for the chicken sausage dinner. I think fresh or frozen veggies this meal still taste great.
Four Kid Friendly One Pot Dinners
Insta pot Bacon & Turkey Meatball Pasta
- frozen meatballs
- pasta – we used a veggie pasta
- fresh basil
- parm cheese
Add your frozen meatballs to the insta pot. Next add your pasta, bacon , cherry tomatoes, sauce & basil. Add 3-4 cups of water . Season with salt & pepper . Set insta pot for 10 min high pressure. When its done do a quick release . Add parm cheese , mix and enjoy!
Chicken fried rice
- Trader Joes fried rice & veggie mix
Cook chicken in your favorite oil, we use olive or coconut. I tend to season with just salt & pepper but feel free to season your chicken however you like. Once chicken is cooked remove from pan and shred. Next add the frozen fried rice and an egg, mix well. Add your chicken back in and cook till rice is done.
Chicken Sausage & veggies
- chicken sausage
- sweet potato
Add everything to a pan , season with salt and pepper . Cook till chicken is done and veggies have s
Chicken noodle soup ( insta pot)
- 4-6 cups chicken broth
Cook chicken in insta pot . Follow directions for your pot. I usually do about 10 minutes depending on chicken thickness. Once cooked shred or cub.
Next add everything else to the pot . Cover and set to seal. Pressure cook for 4 minutes and then use the quick release to vent . Mix and serve!
Before Baby Freezer Meals
When I was pregnant with Brody I had big plans to make some freezer meals for after but I never got around to it! Now that I have my insta pot meal prep is so EASY that I had no excuses this time around. Below are the meals & recipes that I have made , most are pretty healthy and will serve me, my husband and Brody.
I have been making double batches of the meals below, one for us to eat now and one to freeze so I feel like I am a meal prep queen!
Before Baby Freezer Meals & Recipes
I made this in my insta pot. I followed the directions for the meat balls but made some changes for the rest. I plan to reheat on the stove tope so I will be adding 2 cups chicken broth, zucchini, carrots and pasta on the day we eat this! Everything else got frozen.
There are tons of recipes out there for pie. Mine is my mother in laws recipe . I made the pie but did not bake it. I will bake from frozen the day we eat it.
these are mainly for Brody but will be great if we are in a pinch or to add to a meal/salad for lunch
I did a double batch of this because we love taco soup!! On the day we eat this I will add avocado and some more cheese .
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I also frozen some plain shredded chicken , I plan to make buffalo chicken zucchini boats with it but it can be used for other recipes .
Everytime I make kodiak pancakes I make a double batch and freeze them for post baby. Just heat up from frozen in the microwave. These will be perfect for me or Brody for a quick breakfast.
Id love to know your favorite make ahead & freeze recipes! Share some below .
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Insta Pot Cashew Chicken & Rice
This Insta Pot Cashew Chicken & Rice meal was so EASY to make and it was a huge hit ( even Brody loved it) This will definitely be added to my list of go to meals.
- 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 red pepper , chopped
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 cups brown rice, prepared
- 1 green onion, sliced thin
Turn insta pot on and hit saute . Add oil, chicken and garlic. Brown all sides of the chicken
Next add in your water, soy sauce , vinegar , brown sugar and peppers . Mix well. Add the lid , seal the valve and hit pressure cook/manual for 8 minutes. Once its done cooking use the quick release to release the pressure. Add your cashews . Turn pot back on, hit saute , cook for a few minutes to thicken sauce.
Serve with rice , top with green onions .
Insta Pot Pulled Pork
My first real meal made with my new insta pot was a SUCCESS! I found this pulled pork recipe here and we made sandwiches for dinner. Brody even liked it ( although it ended up being too spicy for him because of the sauce I used! )
I did change this recipe a bit. I bought all my ingredients from Trader Joes. What I love most is this did not take all day to make . When it was all done the total time was about two hours.
My ingredients :
- pork loin
- 1 cup bbq sauce – Sriracha & roasted garlic bbq sauce
- 1 cup chicken stock
- coleslaw – packaged tahini, pepita & apricot slaw kit
- rolls – sweet pull apart Aloha rolls
Here are the cooking instructions