Getting dinner to the table in a timely fashion can get complicated. From t\deciding on a menu to grocery shopping, prepping, and cooking, it’s a lot after a busy day. A popular solution to this problem has been the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot saves a lot of time when trying to get food on the table. However, now meal kits designed for the popular kitchen appliance have made it even easier.
These kits provide everything you need, and you don’t even have to shop for ingredients or come up with your own recipes! When it comes time to cook, you simply put all the ingredients in, adjust the settings according to the instructions, and bam! You have dinner!
There have been more than a few companies to come to market with Instant Pot meal kits. Tiller & Hatch tops our list for its attention to sustainability and a tasty chef-developed menu. Tyson Instant Pot Meals is the best grocery store pick in our two runners-up, and What a Crock is the best for specialized diets. Let’s look at all of the options and how to select the best one for you.
Tiller & Hatch is a meal delivery service that specializes in Instant Pot meals. On their menu, you’ll find delicious dishes such as Chili Mac with Beef, Italian Gnocchi with Chicken, and Cajun Style Chicken Stew with Pork Andouille Sausage. A few benefits to Tiller & Hatch include:
- Flash-frozen whole ingredients for freshness
- New chef-developed recipes added to the menu regularly
- Sustainable packaging
- Ready in under 15 minutes after pressurization
- Flexible plans with no commitment
- Starts at $2.85 per serving
Tyson Instant Pot Kits offer easy meals in one simple package. Tyson paired up with Instant Brands, the creator of the Instant Pot, to create fully prepped kits that include Tyson’s all-natural chicken with no antibiotics, long-grain rice or noodles, and flavorful sauces. They have also now added creations with beef and pork. You’ll find choices such as Chipotle Seasoned Chicken, Creamy Stroganoff Beef and Noodle, and Hatch Green Chile Chicken and Rice Casserole. Benefits of Tyson Instant Pot Kits include:
- Fresh ingredients with all-natural proteins
- Ready in under 30 minutes
- You can easily find them at local retailers
- Four-six servings per package
- Most entrees are under 500 calories per serving
- Multi-serving options start at $9.99
What a Crock is a meal delivery company specializing in fully prepped slow cooker meals, but they have also tested several of their recipes in an Instant Pot and provide those instructions. Some Instant Pot-tested dishes include New Orleans Braised Beef, Firecracker Chicken, and Sausage Scallopini. There are some great benefits to using What a Crock, such as:
- Order by the portion to get the exact amount you need
- Customize some ingredients like white rice versus cauliflower rice
- Shipped frozen so you can keep in the freezer for when you need them
- Seasonally updated menu
- Special dietary options like low carb, low calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free, or low sodium
- Portions start at $8.99 each though you’ll find lower pricing with sales
Seeti Indian Meal Kits are delicious one-pot meals delivered to your door to quickly get dinner on the table. A few of their delicious dishes include Quinoa Mung Khichdi, Palak Paneer, and Kali Dal. A few key benefits to Seeti include:
- Order vegetarian-style or vegan style
- All organic ingredients
- Serves 3-4 people per meal
- Add on additional aromatic sauces to use in your own dishes
- Nut-free selections
- Meals start at $11.99
Instant Pot Meal Kit Buyer’s Guide
Every company offers something different, so consider these three factors when deciding the best option for you.
Delivery vs. Grocery Store
Instant Pot kits can either be delivered to your door with some companies, or they can be found at the grocery store. If you are already going to be grocery shopping for something else, it is handy to be able to pick up a ready-to-cooked meal like the Tyson Instant Pot kits. However, if you don’t have time for shopping, doorstep delivery is quite convenient. Consider which would be best for you when making your selection.
Frozen vs. Refrigerated
Some kits are delivered frozen and go in the freezer, while others are refrigerated. If you are not planning on using the kits within a week or so, you should opt for a frozen kit so that it stays fresh until you are ready. Tiller & Hatch and What a Crock are the two frozen options.
By the Portion vs. Family Size
Many of the kits are sold in multiple servings, commonly referred to as family size. This means that there are anywhere from 2-6 servings per kit, depending on the company. The other option that has come to market is ordering by the portion where you can order the exact amount you need. Depending on your household or family size, one of these options might suit you better than the other.