I don't know about you, but when the weather is warm I want my family meals to be quick, easy, and relatively painless. In other words, I want to put my Instant Pot to work. This magical electric pressure cooker has pretty much replaced most of the other cooking devices in my kitchen. And, thankfully, there are more than a few summer instant pot recipes using eight ingredients or less that make summertime meal prep a breeze, giving me more time to sip iced tea (or mojitos) on my patio.
Need something to use up all of the tomatoes and zucchini people are giving away? Try Instant Pot Ratatouille. Forgot to pick something up for a summer picnic? You can make homemade potato salad in your Instant Pot in about 10 minutes. Looking for a healthy way to use that bag of beans that's been sitting in your cabinet forever? Why not try burrito bowls with Chipotle Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice? The rice will come out perfect every time, and the beans cook in less time than it takes for you take a shower or watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy. And if you are craving something sweet, you can make this peach cobbler with only three ingredients — all in your Instant Pot and without turning on the oven.
If you don't already have an Instant Pot, well, you probably should get one. And if you already do, be sure to check out these summer-inspired recipes that you might even get your kids to eat: