20 Quick and Toddler Friendly Instant Pot Dinners

I didn’t jump on the Instant Pot band wagon right away.  I figured I already had a crockpot and a rice cooker, why did I need something else? After this thought process for a while, I saw one at a price I couldn’t resist.  Guys, the hype is legit- there’s so much you can do with it.  It’s been fun to try new recipes and I’m consistently shocked how quickly I can make dinner. And it still tastes good! With a new baby, a toddler and a preschooler- finding quick toddler friendly dinners for the Instant Pot became my mission.

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We all know toddlers aren’t the easiest bunch to please.  There are highs and lows with dinner time for sure, but I’ve had a lot of success with the following recipes.  My son Ellis is still two though, so while he may love something the first time- he may shun it the next day as a leftover.  I don’t let this get me down, that’s just how life with a toddler is.  

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Our rule at dinner is that they have to try everything twice.  I’m not going to force them to eat it all, but I’m also not making them a separate dinner.  So they know there is no asking for something else AND it’s the last time they eat for the day.  We go directly to bath and brush teeth from dinner.  

As we’ve been consistent, they know their boundaries. Just like anything they try new- you are not allowed to look at a new dish and say you don’t like it.  It may become your new favorite- which has happened! 

All that to say- there is no magic bullet or recipe for getting toddlers to eat at every meal.  It comes with lots of repetition and clear boundaries. And even then, it’s not anywhere perfect. But it’s a system that works for us. 

Having an Instant Pot (Amazon aff link) has been a game changer for me in finding toddler friendly dinners.  Relieved a little bit of the stress, especially when I’ve forgotten to defrost chicken.  You can still cook it frozen! These 20 have been the most successful with my young children, so I knew that I had to pass them on to other moms as well. Enjoy! 🙂

Toddler Friendly Dinners for your Instant Pot

The best Indian Butter Chicken for your Instant Pot. So quick and a family favorite. Indian Butter Chicken

A healthier and tastier alternative to Hamburger helper- both my toddlers eat seconds every time. Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

Instant pot chicken thighs your whole family will love.Easy Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot chicken breast is a total lifesaver when you've forgotten to defrost your chicken.Instant Pot Chicken (directions for cooking frozen chicken breasts!)

Instant Pot bbq pulled pork is a hit with toddlers and adults alike.BBQ Pulled Pork

Instant Pot lasagna soup is a fun alternative to the traditional dish- and tasty!Healthy Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

Yummy oatmeal bites make a perfect breakfast for picky toddlers.Instant Pot Oatmeal Bites

Quick orange chicken recipe for the instant pot.Easy Instant Pot Orange Chicken

Pressure cooker carnitas for a quick and tasty family dinner.Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Winter comfort meal the whole family will love with this instant pot loaded baked potato soup.Pressure Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Instead of take out, make this perfect mongolian beef recipe in your instant pot.Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Parmesan chicken and rice is a quick comfort meal everyone will love.Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot steak tacos are perfection.Quick & Easy Carne Asada Street Tacos

Chicken burrito bowls are always a hit- everyone in the family can customize theirs with differen toppings.Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

Instant Pot mashed potatoes is perfect for toddler friendly dinners.Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Fried Onions and Bacon

Instant Pot spaghetti and meatballs is truly an even faster version of the all time favorite classic.Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe for a Quick Dinner

Instant pot macaroni and cheese your kids will love.The Best Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot beef stew with potatoesInstant Pot Beef Stew with Potatoes

Instant Pot cinnamon apples are great for babies to adults!Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

Instant Pot lemon butter salmon is the perfect way to get fish into your weekly dinners.Instant Pot Lemon Butter Garlic Salmon with Homestyle Vegetables

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2 thoughts on “20 Quick and Toddler Friendly Instant Pot Dinners

  1. These look great! I’m always on the hunt for new recipes the kids MIGHT like. We’re going through a huge “I don’t like that” phase right now, even with similar consequences. It’s so frustrating (at least tonight’s meatloaf was a hit)! Thanks for the round-up, I think a couple of these will be on next week’s meal plan.

    1. Shantall Bond says:

      I’ve been through a few of these phases with my two boys! Different foods and different ages for both- so it’s super random what they don’t like and when. But then they start surprising me by eating it again! Oh kids. 🙂

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