Love, like food, comes in all shapes and sizes. For a lot of us, a mother’s love is inextricably linked to the food they make. Your Mom cooked for you, fed you, and helped you grow up strong and healthy! And after all that time, it’s amazing how a certain taste or aroma, or even the thought of a dish still has the power to bring childhood memories flooding back. This year, we’re featuring some very special Mother’s Day Recipes: 9 amazing bloggers have each converted one of their Mom’s recipes for the Instant Pot.
We invited a few of our favorite bloggers to create special recipes for Mother’s Day, asking them to pick a dish from their childhood – something that really reminds them of their Mom – and convert it for preparation in the Instant Pot. We hope you’ll agree the results are spectacular.
Chicken Tikka Masala (No Cream)
By: Aneesha at Spice Cravings
Aneesha is blogger-in-chief at Spice Cravings, where she makes her family’s favorite quick, easy and healthy recipes. Her recipes are inspired by her love for spices, her North Indian roots, global travels and life as a working mom. The amount of one-pot/pan meals and pressure cooking recipes on her site are a testament to her love of good food cooked fast. These recipes are easy enough for teens to make, require minimal hands-on time and need almost no babysitting.
This recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala is an Instant Pot adaptation of her mother’s signature dish. Aneesha simplified the recipe without compromising on taste, and made it a one pot recipe thanks to the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Her mom makes this recipe in three steps. She starts by marinating and grilling the chicken cubes in a skillet. In another pot, she makes the sauce, then simmers the grilled chicken in the sauce for a few minutes. The end result is to die for, but there is a lot of babysitting involved in doing all that.
When she was converting this recipe for the Instant Pot, Aneesha wanted to make sure it was easy enough for a weeknight. It took her a couple of tries but she finally succeeded in replicating her mother’s amazing Chicken Tikka Masala, all in the same pot, and in only 45 minutes— most of which is hands-off time!
It not only saves time, but since the chicken is pressure cooked in the sauce, it becomes soft and juicy and soaks up the flavors of the sauce beautifully! And, a big bonus is that you can make accompanying rice Cumin Rice in the same pot using the pot-in-pot cooking method. How easy is that! Now, if only Aneesha’s Mom had an Instant pot
By: Catalina at Sweet & Savory Meals
Catalina is a former Wall Street professional who blogs at Sweet and Savory Meals. She loves cooking family favorites and traditional meals, but also revels in mixing and matching ingredients like a mad scientist to come up with her own delicious concoctions.
As a businesswoman and working mom, she understands how hard it can be to have a warm, delicious dinner cooked every night, which is why her blog features quick and easy recipes. These adaptations of classic dishes are funky and fun, and, will have dinner on the table in a fraction of the time.
Catalina inherited a sweet tooth from her mother and has fond memories of chocolate-filled mornings with her mom. Her special Mother’s Day recipe reminds her of those happy childhood days.
German Chocolate Cheesecake
By: Marci at Tidbits
Marci Buttars has a passion for creating and cooking delicious masterpieces in her kitchen, and we always look forward to seeing her share her discoveries on her blog TIDBITS! Her recipes are easily recognizable as tasty, wholesome, memorable, and very often chocolatey, and her choice of dishes for Mother’s Day is all of the above.
Marci doesn’t remember her mother being much of a dessert fan, except when it came to her birthday. Then it only meant one thing: German Chocolate Cake.
As Marci grew, the annual cakes she made for her mom’s birthday got bigger, if not necessarily better. She recalls that most of the time they were dry, sloppy, or collapsing, but the sight of a German Chocolate Cake always meant it was a very special day indeed.
These days Marci is a much better cook! This Mother’s Day she revisits the birthday tradition with a no-holds-barred creamy, smooth, decadent — and tear-worthy — German Chocolate Cheesecake.
Grandma’s Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding
By: Frieda at Frieda Loves Bread
Frieda Franchina has been sharing comfort food and bread recipes on her site for over 10 years, focusing on tips and techniques by teaching step by step basics in baking, cooking, and pressure cooking. She has taught cooking classes, been on local live television, and more recently, is sharing her how-to videos on YouTube. She is known for her popular Cold Start Yogurt method and yogurt recipes.
For our Mother’s Day special, Frieda chose to convert her mother’s classic vanilla & chocolate pudding recipe, for the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Pudding uses basic pantry ingredients and has so many applications: enjoy it alone, with whipped cream, as a parfait, in an eclair or even made into a pie. Frieda shared with us that her mother has been using a stove top pressure cooker for this recipe for as long as she can remember. We think if Frieda’s mom had had an Instant Pot, she’d have been be amazed at all the extra time on her hands!
Back in the day, her mom would spend a great deal of time at the stove, stirring the milk to prevent it from foaming or scorching, and from forming lumps. In developing this recipe, Frieda discovered that using the Instant Pot to make pudding takes less time, and best of all, no burning or scorching! With very little hands on time used to make this recipe, you’re free to spend time with what’s more important— your family. Frieda hopes you enjoy this pudding recipe as much as she does!
Chicken with Walnut Sauce (Satsivi)
By: Julia at Imagelicious
Julia not only has some amazing recipes, but she’s got some of the most gorgeous food photos out there on her blog Imagelicious. Like most people, she discovered that after starting a family, her cooking style changed significantly due to the lack of time. That doesn’t mean she still doesn’t find time for tinkering with the magical alchemy of the kitchen arts, especially baking.
For Julia’s Mother’s Day recipe, she chose something special from her childhood: a dinner that hailed from her family’s Georgian homeland (that’s Georgia over near Russia, not the American State).
Satsivi is a main course of chicken with walnut sauce. Working from her mother’s original recipe, Julia converted it for the Instant Pot. Two weeks later, after making it four times, she finally had a version she was willing to let her mother try. It might not be exactly the same, but Julia’s version of Instant Pot Satsivi is much easier than the traditional way that Mom used to make, and every bit as good.
Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice
By: Carrie at Clean Eating Kitchen
Carrie Forrest is the creator of the website and YouTube channel Clean Eating Kitchen, where she shares gluten-free and dairy-free recipes and tips to help women recovering from chronic disease. She is also the author of the authorized Instant Pot cookbook, the Healthy Meal Prep Instant Pot® Cookbook: No-Fuss Recipes for Nutritious, Ready-to-Go Meals, which features 75 easy recipes for perfect ready-to-go meals.
Carrie has Master’s degrees in Business and Public Health Nutrition, but more importantly, has used a real food diet to recover from and manage multiple health conditions, including PCOS, chronic migraines, anxiety, autoimmune disease, and thyroid cancer.
This recipe is based on the chicken soup that she remembers her mom making when she was growing up. Carrie’s mom spent hours making her version on the stovetop. If only her mother had an Instant Pot, her job would have been so much easier! The trick to making this recipe a one-pot simple meal is to chop the chicken into small pieces, so it gets cooked through with the rice and the vegetables. This delicious, creamy soup can be made in less than 40 minutes, start to finish.