Mornings can be busy and can mean that breakfast becomes a quick bite on the go. Dinners can be equally as chaotic with evening schedules and to-do lists. This makes lunch one of the only meals that you can actually enjoy. If you are looking for a way to use your instant pot and create a lunch that is filling and will last you until dinner then here are a few options. These lunches pack a punch but are also easy to make and easy to store if there are leftovers.
Shredded Meat Taco
A quick and easy instant pot recipe for lunch is shredded meat tacos. You simply place the chicken, pork, or beef into your instant pot along with any seasonings or veggies. Consider using turkey or chicken to make it a healthier choice. Cook your meat on the meat setting and then shred the meat with a fork. Mix in any taco sauce or other sauces that you may like and warm your soft flour tortillas or regular taco shells. Fill your tacos with the meat mixture and enjoy. These can be made ahead of time as well, add some Spanish-style rice, beans or guacamole and have a quick ready-made lunch on the go.
Broccoli and Cheese Soup
A simple meal that can really fill you up is a soup and sandwich or salad combo. One of the base soups for this type of combo is something you can make easily in your instant pot and have leftovers for later or freeze it for another meal. Broccoli and cheese soup can be made in less than an hour and use fresh superfood ingredients. Cut up a head of broccoli and mix with garlic, carrots, and onion. Add chicken stock, butter, cheddar, and heavy cream. Cook on the soup timer and enjoy.
Instant pot french dips are a great way to use the meat setting on your instant pot and get used to how it handles your meat based meals. Use a chuck roast meat along with beef broth and seasonings. Cook the meat until tender and dice it or shred it. Place on the hoagie buns and make your dipping sauce. It is quick, easy, and it lets you have sandwich meat for several meals. This is ideal for make-ahead lunches that can pair with soups or salads. When you make your own French dip, it is a lot healthier than you might imagine, especially if you put it on a whole wheat bun.
You can take these ideas and work with them to reach the best options for you and your schedule. This will also give you an idea of how to use different settings on the instant pot to create even more meals.
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