June 30, 2023
Posted: February 17, 2021 5:15 pm
When you think of soul food, you may think of savory dishes your grandma used to make for family dinners on Sundays. These dishes can bring back fond memories that remind you of your childhood and heritage. However, many of these tasty entrees are high in fat, sodium, and sugar, and often take hours to perfect. If you have an Instant Pot, you can prepare your favorite soul food dishes in half the time, and with healthier ingredients. Here are some delicious dinner ideas that will help you get your soul food dinner favorites on the table in no time.
Pot roast is delicious comfort food when the weather is cold. This delicious dish may also remind you of the family dinners you had as a child. In addition to mushrooms, you can add carrots and potatoes to your Instant Pot for a filling meal that is easy to prepare.
Shrimp and grits is a popular Southern breakfast, but you can enjoy it any time of day. The Instant Pot makes the shrimp especially tender and gives the grits a creamy texture to make this meal a go-to when you’re in the mood for soul food in the morning.
No soul food plate is complete without a helping of savory collard greens. This dish is easy to prepare in an Instant Pot and features a hint of brown sugar and vinegar to complement the slightly bitter taste of the greens.
Beef brisket is a favorite at Sunday dinner, and you can make this savory entree in your slow cooker. The meat is seasoned with a flavorful gravy and onions that go great with your favorite soul food sides.
When you think of Sunday dinners, you likely remember your mom or grandma making a soul food spread that included macaroni and cheese. The Instant Pot makes it easy to prepare this cheesy dish without spending hours in the kitchen.
Gumbo is a hearty soup filled with chicken, sausage, and seafood. It’s one of the best Southern comfort foods and makes a complete meal when served with rice. You can shorten your time in the kitchen when you use your Instant Pot to make this satisfying stew.
Chicken and dumplings is a Southern variation of traditional chicken soup and can also be prepared as a “stew” version of chicken pot pie. This satisfying meal is great for dinner on a cold night, and the Instant Pot cuts your cooking time in half.
Red beans and rice make a delicious side dish for most Southern meals. When you use your slow cooker to prepare this dish, you won’t have to spend as much time in the kitchen, and you won’t compromise the flavor and you can still enjoy all the savory flavors of seasoned red beans.
If you’re having soul food for dinner, you can’t forget about the candied yams. Even though this side dish is sweet, it goes great with savory dishes like macaroni and cheese or collard greens. Instead of putting the sweet potatoes in the oven, place them in the slow cooker to give the yams a creamy texture and a syrupy coating.
Complete your soul food meal with a delicious and easy dessert like peach cobbler. This cobbler only requires four ingredients when you use your Instant Pot, and your friends and family are sure to be impressed.
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