EverydayShortcuts.com_When life gets busy, things get crazy! This is especially true when it comes to planning meals for your family! Having an Instant Pot has been a real lifesaver around the house, and I don’t know how I ever got dinner on the table without it! I mean sure I love my slow cooker but the Instant Pot became a game changer when you can cook a meal even from frozen in no time at all. That is Why You Should Replace your Slow Cooker with an Instant Pot article came about and I truly think you should replace it.  If you don’t believe me buy an Instant Pot and you will see what I mean.

When you’re short on time these Instant Pot recipes are perfect to make for those busy nights and did I mention they are easy to make? Some of them are even effortless. You can even plan ahead and add these 20 Easy Instant Pot Recipes to your Meal Planner printable worksheet so you know what’s for dinner each night and will be prepared on what to buy at the grocery store.  These are 20 of my favorites and go to Instant Pot recipes for busy nights! 

20 Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Nights

  1. Corn on the Cob
  2. Mac and Cheese
  3. Pot Roast
  4. Baked Potatoes
  5. Honey Garlic Chicken
  6. Hamburger Stroganoff
  7. Italian Wedding Soup
  8. Goulash
  9. Salisbury Steak and Gravy
  10. Easy Asparagus
  11. Taco Bake
  12. Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
  13. Easy Chicken Wings
  14. Salsa Chicken
  15. Taco Soup
  16. Cubed Steak and Gravy
  17. No Noodle Lasagna
  18. Easy Gumbo
  19. Chili
  20. Chicken Noodle Soup

The recipes are endless to make in an Instant Pot. You can make whole meals, dessert and now even wine in an Instant Pot. If you can’t find what you’re looking here,  try one of these Instant Pot cookbooks filled with more easy recipe ideas.


Myrtle Beach is a great place to vacation with kids as there are many things to do in the area. I have recently visited with my family and found some affordable things to do that we enjoyed. Here are my Top 10 Things to do in Myrtle Beach with Kids.


1. Miniature Golf– Myrtle Beach does not fall short of miniature golf courses. There are plenty of courses to take on any challenge and a fun outing for the whole family. A few of my family favorites are Jurassic Golf and Dragon’s Lair.

2. Banana Boat Rides- Downwind Sails Watersports offers Parasailing, Jet Ski Rentals, and Banana Boat Rides. I recommend the Banana Boat ride for the whole family. You will travel 2 miles down the Myrtle Beach shore and back on a 10-15 minute adventure of a lifetime. Be prepared to get wet on the ride.


3. Beach– You can’t visit Myrtle Beach without going to the beach. Walk along this 60 mile stretch of beautiful beaches where you can pick up shells and fossils. At night grab your flashlight to go crab hunting.

4. Sky Wheel– This 187 feet tall Ferris Wheel is the centerpiece of the Boardwalk in South Carolina. If you are not afraid of heights this is a chance to get a great view of the area and some great photos. Each cabin of the Sky Wheel is enclosed and air conditioned even on those hot days.


5. Ripley’s Attractions– These attractions include Ripley’s Aquarium, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze, Ripley’s 3D Moving Theater. Visit them all or just a few depending on the ages of your children as some of the attractions may not be suitable for young kids. The Aquarium is perfect for younger kids as they can watch live Mermaids, see the new Jellyfish exhibit, and even touch a Stingray.

6. Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures– If you are an adreliane junkie try Ziplining. Open to ages 6 and up  where a family up to 6 can fly high off the ground toward the ocean at speeds of up to 50 mph at the same time.


7. Alligator Adventure– If your family are reptile fans, Alligator Adventure located adjacent to Barefoot Landing has over 700 alligators and crocodiles. There are live shows, live feedings, and other animals to see. It is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world and has enough to see and do for a fun-filled day for the whole family!

8. Gilmore Entertainment Thunder & Light Show– Live dance, laser light and magic show starring All That! Clogging group from NBC’s America’s Got Talent and featuring illusionists Brandon & Hannah Wagster.

9. Myrtle Beach Art Museum– Admission is FREE and includes Visual-arts exhibits, including a collection of Southern works. Learn about art and history through the collections and exhibits.

10. Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Restaurant- This is not just a place for adults. Kids will have fun listening to the music, enjoying the videos playing and the tropical/party atmosphere. Plus, employees on stilts will walk around and make balloons for kids and adults. Good food from shrimp to burgers including a kids menu.

Looking for places to stay? Check out my review on Crown Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach that is affordable for families.