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Easy Kid-Friendly Instant Pot Recipes for Moms

It’s no secret that the Instant Pot is one of my absolute favorite things on the planet. That’s because there are SO many kid-friendly Instant Pot recipes for moms to choose from!

{Side note: if you’re new to the Instant Pot, and/or are overwhelmed by the idea of a whole new kitchen tool, start with my Beginner’s Guide to the Instant Pot. You’ll be a pressure cooking pro in no time!}

Maybe this is a weird statement to make as a food(ish) blogger, but mealtime is probably my least favorite time of the day as a mom. Surely I’m not alone in that, right?

Getting a toddler to actually eat a full meal is a battle to begin with. Finding a meal that is actually acceptable to a picky toddler, and offers them some form of nutrition is its own struggle. And having the time and space to actually cook that meal is a whole ‘nother level.

That’s where the Instant Pot comes in to save the day!

So many Instant Pot meals are inherently mom-friendly, because they’re fast, they’re easy, and they’re mess-free.

(Basically my top three priorities for EVERYTHING as a mom these days. Recipes, activities, outfits, home projects…)

But, as all you moms know, making a meal kid-friendly has a whole ‘nother set of rules.

What makes these Instant Pot recipes kid-friendly?

As a general rule, kid-friendly recipes need to be:

  1. Tasty, but not too flavorful – we’ve all heard a toddler complain about their applesauce being “too spicy…”
  2. Simple, but not boring – ever tried to serve your kid plain chicken breast? No dice.
  3. Healthy, but not obviously so – heaven forbid they actually spot a real-life vegetable mixed in with their meal.

Trying to find meals that check all three of these boxes, AND actually sound appetizing for you – a full-grown adult with a palate that goes beyond frozen chicken nuggets and grapes – can be a lot more difficult than you’d expect.

Luckily for us, we have all of the internet at our disposal, and there’s no shortage of recipes for us to dig through on Pinterest.

SO, to save you the agony of aimlessly scrolling through Pinterest and picking recipes at random (been there, burned that), I’ve compiled a few of my family’s favorite kid-friendly Instant Pot recipes.

These are my go-to meals that meet all of my mom-friendly requirements, and all of my kids’ picky toddler requirements. Win/win!

Kid-Friendly Instant Pot Recipes

What are your family’s favorite Instant Pot recipes?

What are y’all’s favorite recipes? Leave ’em in the comments, so I can try them out – I’m always in need of new mealtime ideas around here!

The best kid-friendly instant pot recipes your whole family will love! These recipes are fast, easy, AND delicious, and your kids will never guess they're healthy too.


Tuesday 14th of January 2020

It's official--I need an Instant Pot! All of these recipes sound great for busy moms like me!

Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

THANK YOU! I've been needing some new IP recipes and these will be perfect to try out with my family.

Lori Geurin

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

I love making recipes in my Instant Pot and these are perfectly geared for kids... I can't wait to try the steel cut oats!


Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Every time I see recipes like this, I wish I had an instant pot. I definitely have to get one soon!

Amber Myers

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Yum, I need to try some of these. I do have an Instant Pot that I need to use more often.