Homemade Instant Pot Versions of Processed Foods—Wanting to cook more from scratch and use less processed foods? Try these 14 boxless, jarless and canless alternatives!
Homemade Instant Pot Versions of Processed Foods
Cherry Pie Filling
Homemade cherry pie filling is a snap in the Instant Pot! Add cherries, lemon juice and sugar to your pot and pressure cook for 1 minute! Use cherry pie filling in pies, bars and dump cakes.
Homemade spaghetti sauce seems a lot harder than buying a jar of Ragu but it really isn’t hard at all. I have two different Instant Pot spaghetti sauces. One is a meaty sauce and the other is a basic (but delicious) marinara sauce.
When I was young, I always thought it was such a treat to go to my grandma’s house because she would buy foods my mom wouldn’t. One of my favorite things was a canned creamed corn. Looking back I have to laugh because now I don’t like the canned creamed corn at all. However Instant Pot creamed corn with bacon is an over the top delicious side dish that adults will love.
I am not a fan of pancake mixes. I can’t explain the taste but I do know that I don’t like it. However, homemade sunshine pancakes are the best pancakes on the planet and they have ingredients that you probably have at home. You can make this batter into pancake bites or just make the batter and cook the pancakes on a griddle. Either way you win breakfast!
And if you love whole wheat pancakes I have a delicious homemade mix with whole wheat flour and oatmeal. It’s my kids’ favorite!
I have nothing against Smuckers but homemade strawberry jam with fresh, juicy, sweet strawberries really can’t be beat! Instant Pot strawberry jam can be made with less sugar and it only takes 3 ingredients.
Shells and Cheese
I remember seeing Velveeta Shells and Cheese on commercials and at the store as a kid and just wishing so much that we could have it at our house. No such luck. My mom never bought processed foods for us kids. Now, looking back I can see that was a good thing! My son, Skyler, is in love with my homemade shells and cheese so much that he asks for it at least once a week.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
I love those bags of Flips Pretzels with the white chocolate or milk chocolate covered pretzels. But if you’re in the mood to dip your own pretzels the Instant Pot method is the way to go! Use the Instant Pot as a double boiler to keep your melting chocolate at the perfect temperature.
Rice-A-Roni makes a great side dish for grilled meats or many other meals. You can make your own at home in the Instant Pot with just a few pantry items.
I love the big tubs of Sabra Hummus at the grocery store but did you know you can make your own hummus at home for a fraction of the cost? It’s easy with your Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Hot Chocolate
Move over Swiss Miss! Make homemade hot chocolate. It’s so creamy and chocolaty and my version is over the top! It’s more like dessert than a drink.
Sure a can of Manwich is easy but have you tried making your own sloppy joe sauce? It tastes amazing and you just need a few ingredients.
Chicken Noodle Soup
No more Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup! Make your own. Replicate the comforting bowl of chicken noodle soup that Grandma used to make at home in your Instant Pot.
For yogurt lovers like me making Greek yogurt in my Instant Pot with a $2 gallon of milk has been a game changer. It’s incredibly inexpensive and tastes creamy and delicious. I do love Fage yogurt at the store but I don’t love the $6 price tag on one carton of it. Now I can make 5 times that much yogurt for the same price.
I remember one time as a child camping in Yellowstone and my mom cooked hamburger helper for us over a camping stove. I thought it was the best thing I’d ever tasted. Haha!!! Now I know better and I know that homemade Hamburger Helper tastes 100 times better than the boxed stuff.
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