Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

470

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups water (divided)
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar your favorite pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces dry spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté. Once heated, add the olive oil & heat. Add beef, break the beef up into pieces with a wooden spoon and season with the salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook, stirring and breaking the beef into smaller and smaller pieces, until cooked through and no longer pink (about 5 minutes.)
  2. Turn off the sauté function and add 1/2 cup of the water to the pot. Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any stuck-on bits. Add the sauce and stir to combine well.
  3. Break the spaghetti strands in half and spread them in one or two layers over the ground beef mixture. Do not stir from this point on.
  4. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups water to the pasta. Remember — no stirring here.
  5. Seal the Instant Pot. Set to cook on HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. The cooker should take between 10 and 12 minutes to come up to pressure.
  6. Open the pressure release valve (quick release) as soon as the 8 minutes cook time is up. Open the Instant Pot and stir the spaghetti into the sauce. Turn off the Instant Pot and remove the insert from the pressure cooker. Add Parmesan cheese as desired.
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Salsa Chicken – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Salsa Chicken

1 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

16 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 jar salsa
  • 2 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • salt (optional)
  • rice (microwaveable or can make your own), taco ingredients, or some other side to go with chicken

Instructions

  1. Put the salsa and chicken into the Instant Pot.
  2. Set the pressure cooker to poultry or manually set it to high pressure for 15 minutes.
  3. When it’s done, manually release the pressure. Shred the chicken with two forks. Taste for seasoning, and add salt if required (depending on how salty your salsa is).
  4. Serve over rice (*can use microwaveable rice or make your own), or as a filling for tacos.
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Beef Stew – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Beef Stew

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb stew beef, cut into 1-in chunks (can often get pre-cut beef)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • rice or mashed potatoes (optional – for serving)

Instructions

  1. Dice onion
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute function and brown the onions and beef cubes in one tablespoon of oil.
  3. When the beef has developed some nice brown bits, add the soy sauce and ½ cup water.
  4. Set to high pressure for 35 minutes.
  5. Manually release pressure.
  6. Remove beef and set in a separate dish. Boil remaining sauce using the Instant Pot’s saute function until reduced and thickened.
  7. Serve sauce and meat over rice (*can use microwaveable rice or make your own) or mashed potatoes.
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Coconut Turmeric Chicken – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Coconut Turmeric Chicken

2 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • rice (can use microwaveable rice or make you own)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in the Instant Pot and add the coconut cream and turmeric, stirring to combine.
  2. Cook on the poultry setting, or 15 minutes on high pressure.
  3. Use quick release to release pressure.
  4. Add salt to taste. Serve over rice.
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Lentil Soup – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Lentil Soup

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Dice onion
  2. Using the saute function on the Instant Pot, brown the onions in 1 T olive oil.
  3. Add lentils, tomatoes, and 2 cups water.
  4. Cook on manual at high pressure for 20 minutes.
  5. Release pressure with quick release or natural release. Add salt to taste.
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Honey Soy Chicken – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Honey Soy Chicken

2 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • Rice (can use microwaveable rice or make your own)

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken, honey, and soy sauce into the Instant Pot.
  2. Cook on poultry setting or 15 minutes on high pressure.
  3. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve over rice.
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Hawaiian Chicken – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

458

Hawaiian Chicken

5 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 x 16 oz bottle barbecue sauce
  • 1 x 20 oz can pineapple tidbits (drained)
  • OPTIONAL – side of rice (can do microwaveable or make your own), salad, or vegetables

Instructions

  1. Place your trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot and add about a cup of water (depending on the size of the Instant Pot) and a tablespoon of the pineapple juice.
  2. Mix together your pineapple tidbits and the barbecue sauce.
  3. Cover the chicken breasts with the barbecue-pineapple mixture, and then place onto the trivet.
  4. Make sure the lid is securely sealed, place the Instant Pot on manual mode and cook with high pressure for about 13 minutes. Don’t forget to place the steam valve over to “sealing”.
  5. When time is up hit cancel and allow 5-10 minutes to naturally release pressure.
  6. Remove your chicken from the Instant Pot with tongs and serve
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Chicken and Yellow Rice – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 6

378

Chicken and Yellow Rice

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, small
  • 2 cups brown basmati rice
  • 1 3/4 cup 33% reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  • 1 teaspoon packed fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 lb raw chicken breast

Instructions

  1. Dice onion.
  2. Using 6 qt Instant Pot, turn on to sauté mode on normal heat.
  3. Heat olive oil and sauté onions until translucent, 3 minutes.
  4. Press CANCEL to turn off Instant Pot.
  5. Add broth and brown rice to the pot and mix with onions.
  6. Stir in frozen carrots, frozen peas, frozen corn, turmeric, saffron, oregano, bay leaf and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. IMPORTANT: Stir the rice and veggies to make sure to fully incorporate vegetables with the rice.
  7. Arrange chicken breasts on top of rice mixture; season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Push chicken down into the rice with some veggies on top of the chicken.
  8. Secure lid on Instant Pot, and turn nozzle to seal.
  9. Cook on manual setting with high pressure for 25 minutes.
  10. NOTE: It takes 15 minutes for this dish to reach pressure!
  11. Once time is up, allow pressure to go into “keep warm” mode for 10 minutes to allow the pressure to release some naturally. Then press cancel on the Instant Pot and twist the steam release handle on the lid to the venting position.
  12. Once steam has released, open Instant Pot lid to shred the chicken and gently fluff into the rice mixture with a fork.
  13. Carefully remove the inner pot to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom.
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Chicken Fajitas – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 6

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Chicken Fajitas

15 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken tenderloins (or chicken breasts cut into strips)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (or can just use garlic powder)
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lime juiced
  • small tortillas
  • toppings of choice

Instructions

  1. Cut onion and bell pepper into strips
  2. Place chicken in the bottom of 6 quart electric pressure cooker and sprinkle with taco seasoning.
  3. Top with tomatoes, garlic, peppers, onion and lime juice.
  4. Lock lid into place and set valve to seal.
  5. Set on Poultry setting (or Manual on High Pressure) for 8 minutes.
  6. Use Quick Release after cooking and serve with a slotted spoon onto tortillas, topping with garnish of choice.
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Chili Garlic Noodles – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4-6

474

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8 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 oz. uncooked brown rice noodles
  • 1 lb. raw chicken breasts
  • 2 red bell peppers

Instructions

  1. Chop bell peppers.
  2. Place all ingredients except red peppers in the Instant Pot. Cook for 3 minutes (manual).
  3. Release steam immediately. If you get splatter, pause, or cover with a towel.
  4. After: Mix in the red bell peppers and toss very gently, adding a little more water or oil as needed (it will be very sticky).
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