Last weekend I spent an idyllic day at the pool with my family, but when we came home, there was nothing for dinner and it was the witching hour. To say that our blissful pool day turned sour would be a bit of an understatement. I scrambled to whip something up, while both my girls were in meltdown mode. If you can relate, you'll be happy to know that there are some amazing summer Instant Pot recipes that cook under 30 minutes that will barely disrupt your day of summer fun.
If you're not already a proud owner of an Instant Pot, now might be the time to dive in. The art of pressure-cooking has got quite the cult following, and it's not hard to see why: Crowd-pleasing staples from grains to soups to meats cook in a fraction of the time it would over the stove — it is called an "Instant Pot" after all. And fans love that you can basically leave the appliance unattended (that means you can do laundry, catch up on some shows, read, work, or play with their kids) while the appliance does all the cooking for you. They come in an array of sizes, too, to suit each family's individual needs, but in my humble opinion, go big or go home. Sure a smaller pot will barely take up any counter or cabinet space, but with an 8-quart, you can easily cook whole chickens, and have the room to double recipes, which means you'll likely have leftovers for days.
Whether you're an Instant Pot pro, or new to the game, these simple summer recipes will save the day when you're time-crunched and hungry.