How to cook Pork for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

By now I hope you’ve recovered from all the excitement of the Easter weekend. Leftovers have been enjoyed as creative new dishes. The house has been set back to rights and there were plenty of moments together to make you smile for days to come. I also hope the last few weeks have made you more familiar with your Instant Pot and the handy tool it can be in relieving dinnertime stress. You’ll find a page with links to the tips and recipes for several types of meat and proteins in the past several weeks and today it’s all about how to cook pork for the freezer in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

How to Cook Pork Roast in a Pressure Cooker

Here’s a quick video on cooking a pork loin roast in the Instant Pot, along with lots of ideas for how to use your cooked pork when you pull it out of the freezer

The Instant Pot or other pressure cooker makes a great way to cook pork for the freezer.  I will say, it’s not going to be much faster than doing it in the oven, but it is more convenient.  I love that I can set up the Instant Pot right after bringing the meat home from the grocery and start it cooking.  I let it switch to keep warm and then come back on my own time table to shred the meat and put it in the freezer.

For a pork roast or pork loin, add 2-4 cups of water to the instant pot along with the roast.  Season the roast in any way you like.  Simple salt and pepper is the most versatile, but you might also like dried herbs, paprika, crushed red pepper or other seasonings.

Set the pot for a cook time of 55-60 minutes.  If the roast is frozen, add 5-10 minutes of cook time.  It will take longer for the pot to reach pressure when cooking from frozen so you’ll also need to factor that in.

Most of the recipes below are different ways to cook pork, but they make a great jumping off point for using pre-cooked pork you have on hand.  For instance, instead of making the taco recipes from scratch, use cooked and shredded pork, add barbecue sauce and serve in tacos topped with your choice of fixings. We love sauteed green peppers and onions on barbecue tacos!

A Few Classics

  • This Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast only takes a few minutes to prep and the results are fantastic!
  • When cumin is involved, dinner is pretty much guaranteed to be tasty.  This Cumin Pork Roast also calls for black beans so you get even more bang for your buck.
  • My Pulled Pork recipe starts with cooked pork, some tasty spices and the crock pot for a fuss-free dinner that’s sure to please a crowd.
  • Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use cooked pork for a quick and healthy dinner

Mexican Inspired Pork Dishes

A Collection or Pork Sandwiches

Some Tasty Pork Recipes from around the World

  • Slow Cooker BBQ Tacos will make you wonder why you’ve never tried a Korean BBQ taco.
  • Mediterranean Pork with Couscous is a comfort food dish that can be prepared in the Instant Pot but will taste more like it’s been cooking all day long.
  • Brazilian Feijoada is one of those recipes that takes a little more time, but it is so very worth it!
  • If it’s an Asian twist that you prefer on dinner, try this Thai Style Pork that pairs well served on a bed of Basmati rice

The more familiar you become with your Instant Pot, the more recipes you’ll find to tweak slightly and use some of the pork that you’ve cooked and frozen to cut down on dinnertime prep.

Let your imagination be your guide for these ideas, but I promise if you have the pork ready in the freezer, you’re just minutes away from having dinner on the table!


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Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

I’m not sure about you, but we’re really looking forward to Easter this weekend! As you’re considering your final menu and shopping list for Easter, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes. Some have been shared here at Eat at Home Cooks and others are from other blogs. You’ll find a mixture of traditional dishes as well as a few twists on your usual Easter Dinner fare. Whatever your final menu and shopping list includes, I hope your Easter includes a celebration of this holiday and all that it means with your family and friends. And in the meantime, here is pretty much everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Main Course Recipes

Honey Glazed Ham is always a favorite, and with this recipe, you don’t have to buy the prepackaged glaze mix.

This Mustard Orange Glazed Ham is from Laura at Real Mom Kitchen, who adapted an existing recipe to complement the tanginess of mustard with the sweetness of a fresh squeezed orange.

Herb and Olive Oil Roasted Chicken makes a great option for those who prefer a meat other than ham.

Salad Recipes

Shaina at Food for My Family created this Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with asparagus and artichokes that can be prepared up and chilled for several hours while you tend to your other dishes.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad  Tara at Unsophisticook shared her recipe for this refreshing cucumber salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and chilled until the rest of your dinner is ready to be served.

This Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette if perfect for spring with the flavorful mix of berries, nuts and strong cheese. And the dressing recipe mixes up quickly and would be a nice addition to lots of different salads.

Side Dish Recipes

I found this recipe for Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes years ago while preparing one of our first Easter dinners as newlyweds. It was a big hit then with it’s potatoes and loads of cheeses, and it has continued to be a family favorite ever since.

Aimee of Simple Bites has a recipe for Rosemary Potato Strudel with an ingredient list that includes potatoes, rosemary, sour cream and puff pastry. How can it not be tasty with that list of ingredients?

I know the Balsamic Strawberries recipe sounds a bit crazy, but trust me, you really should try this one.

Honey Glazed Carrots are always a favorite with a touch of butter and honey and they free up some oven space since it’s a slow cooker recipe.

Bread Recipes

Hot Cross Buns have been a long-standing Easter tradition that started centuries ago with the Saxons, and it’s always fun to bake a recipe that has stood the test of time.

This  Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread would make a great sweet appetizer to munch on if you’re serving dinner a little later than usual, or even a dessert for those who want some sweetness without an overload of sugar.

This Goat Cheese Biscuit recipe is an adaptation of a biscuit served at Table Fifty Two restaurant in Chicago and Oh my! That’s all I can say about these yummy little things!

Dessert Recipes

There were so many yummy dessert recipes to choose from that they had their very own post earlier this week. You’ll want to check those out before you make that last trip shopping trip. But be warned, you don’t want to check out these recipes if you’re the least bit hungry! Your mouth will definitely be watering.  And if you need even more inspiration, check out this post with 22 more ways to expand your Easter Menu.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of Easter weekends!

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How to Cook Beef for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

With the arrival of spring, our days include more outdoor activities than these past few months. It’s a wonderful shift, but if your family is anything like mine, it can make for some crazy evenings trying to get dinner on the table. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing how to cook different meats for the freezer in the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Knowing how to cook meats quickly in the pressure cooker and being able to stockpile your cooked meats in your freezer will allow time to enjoy both a healthy meal and family time on these longer spring and summer days.

How to cook beef for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

First up, let’s look at cooking beef in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Here’s a quick video for you with tips for cooking beef in your pressure cooker.

Ideas for using frozen cooked beef

Beef and Noodles

  • BBQ beef for hot sandwiches or Korean beef Haystacks or Tacos.

  • Beef pot pie – Try adapting this Chicken Pot Pie by using beef broth and cream of mushroom or celery soup.  If you prefer, you can make your own white sauce instead of the soup, with this recipe for white sauce.

  • Beef tacos – add taco sauce to the beef to season it.

  • Beef Vegetable Soup


Tips for freezing cooked beef

  • You’ll want to have plenty of zip top freezer bags, freezer tape and a sharpie or two on hand. Even though you think you’ll remember what is in each freezer bag, it’s too easy to confuse bags once they’ve been frozen for a bit. Especially since cooked beef can be frozen for 3 to 4 months.
  • Go ahead and label them as shredded beef roast, along with the date you cooked the beef. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did later. If you have a specific recipe in mind for your beef, you’ll find some good ones listed in the next section, then include further prep instructions and sides that you may want to add.
  • Be sure to cool your cooked beef before sealing it in the zip top bags to prevent ice and freezer burn to set in.
  • If you are new to pressure cooking and the instant pot, check out my honest review of two brands I own, the Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart

Which recipe will you start with?

For those of you with an instant pot and the rest of us who now have one at the top of our wish list, it doesn’t take long to see how handy this little powerhouse kitchen appliance can be. So which of these beef recipes will you be fixing for dinner this week? Share with us in the comments and be sure to check back next week for another post on cooking a different meat for the freezer in your instant pot.

And if you don’t own an instant pot, you can use your slow cooker for this too.  Either way, it’s so nice to have the meat cooked and ready to go when you need it.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (with a slow cooker option)

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas has been one of my most popular recipes, both on the site and in my kitchen.  These Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas are destined to be just as popular.

They couldn’t be easier to make.  The Instant Pot version starts with still frozen chicken, adds onions and bell peppers along with a can of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies.

The tomatoes provide not only the extra liquid needed to bring the pot to pressure, but also a fantastic flavor boost.  Canned tomatoes are one of the staples that I always keep on hand in the kitchen.  In fact, I have a whole drawer in the pantry dedicated to tomatoes.  And Red Gold is my favorite brand.

I admit that I’d never thought too much about the flavor difference of canned tomatoes until I visited Red Gold in Indiana and then did a taste test myself.  Red Gold actually tastes like tomatoes.  Really good, farm fresh tomatoes. In fact, Red Gold was recently named the best canned tomato by Epicurious.  The tomatoes are grown on family farms in the Midwest and the Red Gold company is family-owned.  Those things shine through in every aspect, including the flavor of the tomatoes.

We usually wrap the chicken fajita filling in soft taco shells, adding cheese, sour cream and other fixings.  But it also makes great nachos.  Or try serving it over rice.

Using the Instant Pot makes the whole process quick.  You can have the entire meal done in about 30 minutes and that includes putting the ingredients in the pot, allowing time for it to come to pressure and to cook.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (with a slow cooker option)

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 2 lbs. frozen, boneless chicken tenders
  • 3 Peppers (Green, Red, and Yellow), sliced
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 Package of Taco Seasoning
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Toppings – sour cream, cheese, guacamole, etc.
  1. Put frozen chicken tenders in pot.
  2. Add peppers and onions and pour tomatoes over the top.
  3. Sprinkle taco seasoning over everything.
  4. Seal the lid and set the cook time to 12 minutes. Do a quick pressure release.
  5. Serve in tortillas with toppings.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Red Gold, however all opions are my own.

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Instant Pot Beans for the Freezer

I’ve been making this recipe for years in the slow cooker.  It’s one of my favorites, because you get a lot of bang for your buck and for your time.  Using the Instant Pot makes it really easy too.  Not that the slow cooker is hard to use, but the Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) makes it faster.

This recipe makes a lot and that’s a good thing!  Freeze the beans in 1-2 cup quantities, depending on your family size.  You can use them just like you would canned black beans.  A quick thaw int he microwave and they’re ready to be added to:

  • tacos
  • quesadillas
  • enchiladas
  • casseroles or soups
  • mash them to make “refried” beans


The kids love having these in the freezer for a quick snack or late meal.  Grab a tortilla, cheese and any other fixings you like and you have a healthy, quick meal.

Since I’ve made these a number of times, I’ve learned that you can substitute for the diced jalepeno.  I don’t always have a fresh pepper on hand, so I’ve used a can of diced green chilies or diced jalapeno instead.  Any of these options works fine.

For you visual learners, you can watch the facebook live post on cooking beans for the freezer in the instant pot or slow cooker.

Instant Pot Beans for the Freezer
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans
  • 1 lb. dry black beans
  • 10 big cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies or diced jalapeno
  • 1½ tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbs. Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs. black pepper
  • water - enough to cover the beans, but no higher than half way mark on pot
  1. Sort and rinse beans. Place in the instant pot.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the pot.
  3. Set manual cook time for 25-30 minutes, depending on how soft you like the beans.
  4. Do a natural pressure release.
  5. Mash or keep them whole.
  6. Can be frozen for later use.


Instant Pot Beans for the Freezer



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Chicken Salad with Chick Peas – easy lunch or dinner

Hellmann’s Mayonnaise recently contacted me asking if I’d like to try their new Organic Mayonnaise.   I gave a quick yes!  Hellmann’s is my favorite mayo and this one is really good.

I decided to try it in a chicken salad.  This recipe is a little different than most chicken salads and it’s really good.  The dressing is creamy and flavorful, despite the simple ingredients.  Red onion lends a punch of flavor and cucumbers add crispness.  The chick peas and chicken are a surprisingly good combo.

For this recipe, I used chicken I’d cooked in the Instant Pot.  More on that another time, but I will say that’s a great way to cook a bunch of chicken.  I used part of the chicken for this recipe and froze enough for two more meals.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Chicken Salad with Chick Peas:

The ingredient list is very simple.  The salad comes together quickly and is very healthy too.  It would make a great packed lunch or easy dinner.

Chicken Salad with Chick Peas - easy lunch or dinner

Serves: 4 servings

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chick peas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumber
  • ⅓ cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods Organic Original Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. dried mint
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  • crumbled feta, optional
  1. Combine chicken, chick peas, cucumber, feta, Hellmann's® Organic Original, mint, onion and lemon juice in large bowl.
  2. Serve over fresh spinach. Top with crumbled feta, if desired.

Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise is made with organic cage-free eggs, organic expeller-pressed oil, and no artificial flavors and preservatives.  Hellmann’s also has a certified vegan dressing and it’s delicious! It has the same rich, creamy taste, but it’s eggless, cholesterol free—with 10g of fat per serving- and made with non-GMO sourced ingredients.

You can find both Hellmann’s Organic and Hellmann’s Vegan by going to Target.  Use the Cartwheel app to save 20%.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time in writing this post, however all opinions are my own.

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Easy Sheet Pan Dinner Using Frozen Chicken Tenders


I have been loving sheet pan dinners.  It’s one of my favorite ways to cook, because it’s so easy to incorporate the veggies with the meat and end up with a full meal with minimum effort.  That’s my kind of cooking!

Recently I decided to try it with frozen chicken tenders.  I didn’t even want to bother thawing them.  Because they’re so thin and small, they thaw and cook quickly.  This means you can easily start them from frozen.   [Read more…]

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30 Recipes for Leftover Turkey (or Rotisserie Chicken)

I hope you’re lucky enough to have a lot of leftover turkey meat after Thanksgiving dinner.  Having cooked turkey (or chicken) in the freezer is one of my biggest time-savers.  There’s no end to what you can do with it!

In fact, if you’re not cooking the turkey for Thanksgiving, you still might want to take advantage of the sale prices and buy one to cook just to have the meat in the freezer.  You won’t regret it!  A quick thaw in the microwave and the turkey is ready to use in a recipe.  You can substitute turkey for chicken in most any recipe.  I have thirty possibilities that my family enjoys for you right here in this post!


Quick White Chicken Chili

Quick White Chicken (Or Turkey) Chili

Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Jambalaya

15 Minute Skillet Chicken (or Turkey) Jambalaya


15 Minute Chicken (or Turkey) Fiesta Skillet

Creamy Chicken Florentine Quesadillas

Creamy Chicken (or Turkey) Florentine Quesadillas

Brie, bacon and chicken baked potatoes

Brie, Bacon and Chicken (or Turkey) Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Tomato Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

Tomato, Pesto Chicken (or Turkey) Quesadillas


Quick and Easy Chicken (or Turkey) and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls

3 Costco Rotisserie Chickens yield 5-6 meals. 13 possible recipes

13 Recipes for Rotisserie Chicken or Leftover Turkey

10 Recipes to Use Costco Rotisserie Chicken

10 More Recipes for Rotisserie Chicken or Leftover Turkey


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Quick and Easy Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls



I pulled this recipe together one night from ingredients I had in the pantry and fridge.  I was after a healthy meal that would make use of what we had on hand.  These Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls did just that!

I happened to have a bag of Super Grains in the pantry that I’d picked up in Walmart once. If you don’t have super grains, use quinoa or rice or any other type grain you like.

We topped the grains with chicken, red peppers, tomatoes, fresh spinach and feta crumbles.  The chicken was already cooked and in the freezer, so it just needed a quick thaw in the microwave.

The feta we used was fat free and I wouldn’t recommend that.  I accidentally picked up the fat free version instead of regular.  It’s okay, but not great.  You could easily make this meal dairy free by leaving off the cheese.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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9 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners Your Family Will Love

You know I’m all about good food. But if I can make dinner time easier? I’m on it. That’s one of the reasons why I really love my slow cooker. I can let it do all of the time-consuming work and the flavors of slow-cooked food are usually incredible. I make dozens of slow cooker meals all time, and I also make it a point to keep my freezer well stocked with freezer friendly foods for all kinds of meals. But freezer cooking and slow cooker dinners aren’t the only ways to save time on dinner prep.

I’ve recently fallen in love with a new-to-me way to prepare delicious meals for my family: sheet pan dinners! Sheet pan dinners are sort of like the one pot meal of the oven. You put everything on one big sheet. Prep time is minimal, and clean up is a breeze! My family has loved the sheet pan meals I’ve tried out so far. And there are lots of ways you can vary what you put on the pan so it never gets boring.

These are nine of the meals that I’ve made for my family in the past year or so. We keep coming back to them because sheet pan meals aren’t just easy, they’re really tasty! And no one minds having fewer dishes to clean up afterward either.  In my book, it’s a win on every side.


There’s a basic formula for sheet pan dinners:   [Read more…]

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