Now that school is back in session, getting dinner on the table before the hangry meltdowns begin can feel pretty challenging. Whether you work at the office or are a stay-at-home mom, the truth is, you only have a small window of time to figure out dinner before a code red situation goes down. If I'm not prepared, I end up doling out crackers to buy myself some time, and then just like that, I've torpedoed my chance of getting my girls to eat their veggies. Fortunately, there are some unbelievably tasty Instant Pot recipes for school nights that can be made in 30 minutes or less and will preserve your sanity this school year.
I knew my Instant Pot ($85, Amazon) was worth its weight in gold when I discovered an arsenal of "dump and go" recipes for it. These particular concoctions don't require any dicing, slicing, and sauteeing ahead of time, but rather require you to simply toss in the ingredients and walk away. It's pretty effortless, and yet everything comes out tasting insanely flavorful — like you've been crushing it in the kitchen all day. It's remarkable how fast you can whip up a meal when you've got a pressure cooker as your sous chef.
Plus, you don't have to limit yourself to "traditional" weeknight meals. The 10 Instant Pot recipes below are globally inspired. From Indian Mexican fusion, to bright Thai flavors, to sticky Korean chicken, you can have fun eating your way around the world with minimal prep and cooking time.