Large Family Whole30 Instant Pot Meal Planning
Have you created your meal plan this week?
For us I like to do this over the weekend and plan for the upcoming week. I sit down, write out our meals, create shopping lists, order my groceries online and get them picked up and stocked in the fridge and/or pantry.
Large family meal planning is something that has ben instrumental in helping us stay on budget, stay out of the drive thru lines and keep real foods in our home.
I am going to show you how Whole30 Instant Pot recipes can help you create good for you recipes for the entire week that your family will love.
Plus the Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. if you’ve never tried pressure cooking, you should!
My husband is trying hard to shed some points. I am doing everything I can to support that.
For 14 days he is doing something called the Daniel Fast. I am working on pulling some recipe ideas together for you guys to show you more about the Daniel way of eating.
In the meantime, I cook a simple vegetable based meal for him and then create a Whole30 recipe for the kids. Sometimes I eat what my husband is eating and sometimes I eat what the kids are eating. This is only for 14 days… and we are 7 days in so halfway done.
Whole30 vs Daniel Fast
Whole30 allows you to have meat. The Daniel Fast does not.
Daniel Fast allows brown rice and pasta made from vegetables or beans.
Whole30 does not allow rice or pasta or beans.
Whole30 allows you to cook with ghee, which is clarified butter.
For Daniel Fast we are using olive oil when we cook.
When he is done with the Daniel Fast he will move over to Whole30. In one week he has lost 10 pounds. I know that is a lot and not typical. But I think it’s really doing a great cleanse on his body.
Nonetheless, Whole30 has been a great way to get the kids to eat better foods and to cut out sugar. It is healthy eating that is doable for families!
Utilizing your Instant Pot to create Whole30 meals is a great way to get dinner done fasts and all in one pot.
Large Family Whole30 Meal Plan
Whole30 Chicken Cacciatore– this is an amazing recipe. I used my 8 qt InstantPot and there was plenty of room to double the recipe if needed. If you have a six qt pressure cooker this recipe is perfect for that size as well. The chicken and sauce are packed full of flavor. I will make zucchini and sweet potato ribbons for myself and top the chicken and sauce over it. For the kids I am going to serve theirs over steamed rice. This will be made on a travel day for my husband where he will be traveling for work.
Whole30 Greek Chicken and Green Beans– this was made using high pressure in the Instant Pot and cooking it for 30 minutes. If you don’t have a pressure cooker you certainly could take this same recipe and cook it in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours on high.
Beef Nachos– not a Whole30 recipe, but a dinner I could get on the table fast for the kids using ground beef I batch cooked and had in the freezer. This is always a safe meal to make with my kiddos and allows them to customize the toppings according to their liking. On this night my husband and I had the quinoa black bean tacos I share below. Another alternative would be to take the ground beef and add some black beans to it and serve it over a baked sweet potato. So the kids could have nachos and you can have a potato. Easy ways to modify.
Lemon Butter Salmon– this was just baked in the oven but I also have a Whole30 Instant Pot version here.
Leftover Buffet– use ’em up! We reinvent all kids of things with leftovers. If they don’t like the leftovers they can make a sandwich.
What the Daniel Fast Looks Like
Let me show you quickly what dinners will look like for my husband this week on the Daniel Fast.
Using Vegetables to Make Noodles
Have you ever tried it? It’s delicious!
Here are some of the tools you can use to take zucchini, sweet potatoes and many other vegetables and make them into spiral noodles you can eat instead of pasta!
So, this works for Whole30 and Daniel Fast.
Daniel Fast Recipes
Homemade Marina Sauce– served over baked spaghetti squash. I LOVE eating my spaghetti like this!
Daniel Fast Tacos– using Ezekiel sprouted wraps (Daniel approved), homemade taco seasoning, black beans and veggies. Here I share a video of how I did this.
Stewed Veggies– served over chickpea penne. This is what is pictured above and it is so good!! I will say the chickpea pasta does create a thick froth over the water while cooking. Don’t be alarmed- totally normal. Remember, chickpeas are a bean so I am sure this is why
What is on your meal plan this week? I would love to know!
Delicious Whole30 Recipes in the Instant Pot
Check out our instant download with twenty two recipes that are all Whole30 and can be made in your pressure cooker!
Thanks for these recipes! I plan to do another Whole 30 fairly soon (before I go on vacation in April). While I have yet to get an Instant Pot (soon, soon!) I can certainly adapt your recipes and ideas.
What a great collection of recipes for a large family! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Thanks for the recipes. I love that you combined both planning ahead together with the instant pot. Together they make meal prep on week nights so much less inconvenient.