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Instant Pot Chicken Nachos

By Polly Conner

Our Instant Pot Chicken Nachos are a great starter meal for the Instant Pot.

We teach you how to make this easy Instant Pot meal from fresh or straight from frozen. The best part about the recipe is that you can customize it how you want and it is a great recipe for large groups.

Freezer friendly Instant Pot nachos on a baking sheet

“I have an Instant Pot. Now I just need things to make in it.”

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve encountered who have an Instant Pot but feel a little stuck. Either they are too intimidated by all of the functions or simply don’t know what recipe to start with.

As cookbook authors of, From Freezer to Cooker, we can assure you that we have tested loads of amazing Instant Pot recipes (which are also freezer friendly). We’ve learned the ins and outs of the Instant Pot and have even perfected how to prep freezer meals for the Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Chicken Nacho recipe works both from fresh and from frozen!

How Long do I Cook Chicken in the Instant Pot?

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts don’t need long in the Instant Pot. You’ll pressure cook the chicken breasts and sauce for just 7 minutes. Then, use a quick release of the pressure. That’s usually all you need, otherwise you’ll dry out your chicken. But, be sure to check to make sure the chicken is done using a meat thermometer. It should register 165°F internally. Or, another way to check for doneness is to make sure there is no more pink inside when you cut into it.

Shredded chicken on a cutting board

During our two years of research and testing, we learned EXACTLY how long to cook meals in the Instant Pot both from fresh OR from frozen. Be sure to download and print off our Cheat Sheet here. It’s so helpful to have inside your cabinet.

Close up of Instant Pot chicken nachos

Can I Make These in the Slow Cooker?

We know you love versatility! Yes, these can easily be made in the slow cooker as well. Just follow the recipe below and instead of cooking them in the Instant Pot, just cook them on low in the slow cooker for about 3. 5 hours. Just make sure you don’t overcook your chicken!

How to Serve Instant Pot Nachos

For dinner of course! Why not? It has protein, veggies, and each family member can customize their portion with a variety of Mexican toppings, like shredded lettuce, guacamole, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, etc. 

Side dish ideas include cut up fruit, raw veggie sticks with our Creamy Southwest Ranch Sauce, or our Fiesta Chopped Salad

Close up of instant pot chicken nachos

How to Make it a Freezer Meal

Nachos? A freezer meal?

Yes! Well, kinda. To make Instant Pot Nachos a freezer meal, you’ll just prep and freeze the seasoned chicken before cooking it in the Instant Pot.

Freeze For Later: Place seasoned chicken, salsa, lime juice, and cilantro into a gallon-sized freezer bag or round container. (Make sure to not stack the chicken.) Seal and freeze alongside a bag of shredded cheese. Tip: Set the freezer bag in a bowl in the freezer for a few hours to help it freeze in the shape of the Instant Pot.

Prepare From Frozen: Note: You will need chips and your favorite suggested toppings to complete this meal. Turn on the Saute function. Saute the frozen meal for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Press Cancel. Cook for 15-20 minutes with a quick release.

Instant Pot Nachos Freezer Meal

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Mix It Up!

The chicken in this nacho recipe is really versatile! Try one of these alternate ways of serving the cooked chicken.

  • Create a Chicken Burrito Bowl by serving the chicken and your favorite Mexican toppings over rice or quinoa. 
  • Make quesadillas with the chicken and cheese on whole wheat, corn, or gluten-free tortillas. 
  • Top a salad with this chicken, corn, black beans, shredded cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes. Use our Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette as the dressing.
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Instant Pot Chicken Nachos

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Mexican
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos: A simple, lime-infused marinade for chicken breasts produces flavorful and moist shredded chicken with a hint of heat. Use it atop baked nachos, which come together in just minutes.


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (p. ?)
  • 2 cups of mild salsa (or medium, if you want a little more heat)
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 small limes)
  • ⅓ cup of chopped cilantro
  • Half a bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional Toppings: avocado, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, salsa, lime wedges, fresh chopped cilantro, chopped tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Season all sides of the chicken with taco seasoning. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  2. Place chicken, salsa, lime juice, and cilantro in the pot and give it all a stir. Lock and seal the lid. Cook for 7 minutes at high pressure and then quick release the pressure. (Check to make sure the chicken is done, which means no more pink inside and/or registers 165°F internally.)
  3. Remove the chicken from the pot and either shred it, using two forks, or dice it. Place the chicken back into the juice. Stir it around so it picks up a lot of that flavor and stays moist.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Cover a sheet pan with parchment or foil for easy clean up. Spread out the tortilla chips on the pan. Top the chips evenly with the shredded chicken (use a slotted spoon to drain excess liquid) and the cheese.
  5. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese has fully melted. 
  6. To serve, top with additional fresh toppings, as desired. Serve immediately.

Freeze For Later: Follow Step 1. Place seasoned chicken, salsa, lime juice, and cilantro into a gallon-sized freezer bag or round container. (Make sure to not stack the chicken.) Seal and freeze alongside a bag of shredded cheese. Tip: Set the freezer bag in a bowl in the freezer for a few hours to help it freeze in the shape of the Instant Pot.

Prepare From Frozen: Note: You will need chips and your favorite suggested toppings to complete this meal. Turn on the Saute function. Saute the frozen meal for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Press Cancel. Follow Steps 2-6, except cook for 15-20 minutes with a quick release.

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos with toppings

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Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This grilled chicken recipe is moist, tender, and packed with flavor through and through. It can be turned into a freezer meal and is a great recipe for groups of people.

grilled chicken, rice, zucchini, and peaches on a gray plate with fork

Grilling season isn’t quite over yet in mid-Missouri thankfully. We’ve had 70 and 80 degree sunny days for what feels like months and our family is loving it! You’re going to love this grilled chicken recipe, especially the marinade.

Chicken on a grill

Ingredients in Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

Marinating chicken is THE key to infusing flavor into typically lean, bland poultry cuts. The simple Balsamic Herb marinade in this recipe requires only a few pantry staples to turn that lackluster cut into something super tasty!

ingredients for grilled balsamic herb chicken
  • Olive or avocado oil – To keep things moist.
  • Balsamic vinegar – Acid is a must in all marinades, yet this one brings a little sweetness along with it.
  • Honey – A bit more sweetness to balance out the acid.
  • Dijon mustard – Brings a complex tanginess.
  • Garlic cloves – Delicious pungent flavor.
  • Dried parsley, basil, and oregano – All the herbs add color and an herbaceous undertone.
  • Salt and Pepper – Basics that balance every marinade.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – Widely available and lean. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs will work, too.

1 Minute Video: How to Make Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

Check out just how quickly this marinade and recipe comes together using only pantry staples…

How to Make This Into a Freezer Meal

Freezer cooking is our jam! We’ve co-authored two popular freezer meal cookbooks and been blogging about it for 9 years now. It’s a way of life that makes getting dinner on the table SO much easier each night.

Here’s how to make this grilled chicken recipe into a freezer meal to have on hand when you need it…

1) First, you’ll pound out the chicken to about 3/4 inch thick (or cut it in half lengthwise) to help with fast and even grilling.

2) Then, to a large freezer bag, add the marinade ingredients. Seal and shake to combine.

chicken breasts in freezer bag with balsamic marinade

3) Add in the chicken, seal, and freeze. Be sure to label your bag with the recipe name, cooking instructions, and the date. You might find our Freezer Meal Labels helpful for that.

chicken breasts in freezer bag with balsamic marinade

4) When you’re ready to eat your freezer meal, defrost it using one of these safe thawing methods. Grill the chicken according to Step 3 in the recipe. Note: Be sure to cook the thawed chicken as soon as possible so it doesn’t get mushy or tough from over-marinating.

grilled balsamic herb chicken on the grill with zucchini and peaches

What to Serve with Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

This recipe can be served up a variety of ways. You could go simple, like I usually roll for our family dinners. I served my grilled chicken with some cooked quinoa, steamed green beans, and grapes for what ended in a filling, tasty, and quite healthy dinner.

Or, you could serve it alongside your favorite grilled produce, like:

grilled chicken, rice, zucchini, and peaches on a gray plate with fork

Another idea is to offer a colorful salad on the side like our Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, which mirrors the flavors in the marinade well.

Try All Our Chicken Marinades

I have to say, this is definitely one of my go-to marinades from our 7 Best Chicken Marinades. Oh, did I mention we have 7 delicious chicken marinades for you?? Try some of our other favorites to mix things up:

If you want to have all 7 of our simple marinade recipes on hand anytime, download our free cheat sheet. This handy one-page printable includes all the recipes and 4 options for cooking your marinated chicken breasts. Tape it up inside a cabinet or pantry door, so you can whip up these recipes anytime.

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grilled chicken, rice, zucchini, and peaches on a gray plate with fork

Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken recipe is made with all pantry staples and turns out moist, tender, and packed with flavor through and through. 


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes, crushed in hand
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed in hand
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed in hand
  • 4 chicken breasts (about 1 1/22 lbs)

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Pound out the chicken to about 3/4 inch thick (or cut it in half lengthwise) to help with fast and even grilling.
  2. To a large zip-top bag, add the balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, parsley, basil, and oregano. Seal and shake to combine. Add the chicken and seal. (Freezing instructions begin here.) Refrigerate for about 2 hours and up to 24 hours to allow chicken to marinate. 
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat and clean the grates well. Grill for about 4-5 minutes per side, maybe longer depending on the thickness, until done. Chicken is done when it registers 165°F internally or has no more pink inside.

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1-2. Seal the bag tightly and freeze. 

Prepare From Frozen: Defrost the freezer meal using one of these safe thawing methods. Cook the chicken according to Step 3. Note: Be sure to cook the thawed chicken as soon as possible so it doesn’t get mushy or tough from over-marinating.

More Grilled Chicken Recipes

Here are a few more grilled chicken recipes you might like. All of these can be turned into freezer meals, too!

Southwest Grilled Chicken Tenders

Gourmet Chicken Sandwiches

Create the ultimate chicken sandwiches for any weeknight by prepping and freezing all the components ahead of time. This well-seasoned, versatile grilled chicken also works to top pasta or salads.

Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This kid-friendly Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos recipe goes from frozen chicken breasts to a delicious dinner on the table in 45 minutes with very minimal hands-on work. You can easily double and freeze these for later.

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos piled on a serving platter with avocado lime salsa on top

How We Developed and Tested This Recipe

Polly and I spent over two years researching, developing, and testing Instant Pot recipes for our second cookbook called From Freezer to Cooker. It is a monstrous labor of love, and, thankfully, we had the help of 500 readers on our Recipe Testing Team along the way. Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos is one of the only recipes that appears both in our cookbook and on our website here. This meal was a HUGE win with them!

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos piled on a serving platter with avocado lime salsa on top

The inspiration for this easy dinner recipe originally came from our popular Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos. Both the Instant Pot and slow cooker versions have proven to be a favorite dish not only our own households but many of our readers’ and recipe testers’ homes, too. In fact, I had a mom tell me just yesterday that her pickiest eater told her that he loved this recipe. I could see the wave of relief on her face as she told me that story.

If you’re looking for recipes that work in both the Instant Pot AND Slow Cooker AND that you can make ahead and freeze, we think you’re going to love From Freezer to Cooker. Or, if you just want to learn more about freezer cooking and find some of our hands-down favorite freezer meals for families, try our first cookbook, From Freezer to Table.

What We LOVE About Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos

  1. Quick Dinner: If you missed the window for the slow cooker version of this recipe, you can still make it in the Instant Pot in time for dinner. This recipe only takes 7 minutes of pressure cook time (or 15 minutes with frozen chicken). Now, keep in mind that it will take some time for your Instant Pot to build pressure first (about 10 minutes for fresh chicken and 20 for frozen). This Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos recipe went from frozen chicken breasts to our table in about 45 minutes with very minimal hands-on work.
  2. Can Use Frozen Chicken Breasts! We’ve all been there…dinner time is rapidly approaching and all we have on hand are FROZEN chicken breasts. I’ve got good news, though. Unlike the slow cooker, you can cook frozen meat directly in the Instant Pot. Unfortunately, the USDA says it’s not safe to put icy ingredients in a slow cooker. It keeps the food in the “danger zone” for too long, a temperature range where bacteria flourishes. Not worth the risk! So, if you are working with frozen chicken breasts, Instant Pot to the rescue!
  3. Make Ahead and Freeze: Once you’ve rolled up your taquitos, you can either cook them right away or freeze them for later. We give you detailed instructions for how to do this below. Be sure to double this recipe so you can make the best use of your time in the kitchen. You’ll thank yourself in the future when you’ve got dinner already done for another night!
  4. Cooks Directly From Frozen: The AMAZING thing about this particular freezer meal recipe is that you can take out however many taquitos you want from the freezer and cook them DIRECTLY FROM FROZEN. This is the perfect solution for those busy weeknight meals.
  5. All Ages Love It! We’ve heard over and over from readers and recipe testers on our team for From Freezer to Cooker how much their entire family loves this recipe.
Chicken and Cheese Taquitos piled on a serving platter with avocado lime salsa on top. Other toppings are nearby, like avocado, tomatoes, and salsa.

Watch How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1:

You are going to LOVE how simple this is. Start by placing your chicken breasts in the Instant Pot and then seasoning with some taco seasoning (try our Homemade Taco Seasoning here). Then, add some chicken broth.

Chicken breasts with seasoning and broth in an Instant Pot

Now here’s the key: Do not overcook your chicken! If you follow our recipe, you’re good to go. But…be sure to download and print off our Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart that we spent two years developing for our cookbook. This guide will help you pressure cook both fresh and frozen meals perfectly! It’s our gift to you!

Step 2:

Once that chicken has cooked, grab two forks and give it a good shred. Return it to the Instant Pot and stir it around with the broth.

Shredded chicken on a wooden cutting board

Step 3:

Then, stir some cream cheese and salsa into the shredded chicken mixture. Next, tightly roll up the chicken mixture and some shredded cheese in each tortilla.

shredded cheese being sprinkled into tortillas with shredded chicken

At this point, you can freeze a batch for later. Then, on a busy night, just pull however many you need out of the freezer, place them directly in the oven, and bake! This is such a smart use of your time in the kitchen. Your future self will be singing your praises!

Chicken Taquitos rolled up and in a freezer bag for a freezer meal.

Step 4:

If you’re making this recipe now, you’ll pop the rolled up taquitos in the oven until they are melty and golden brown.

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos are rolled up and lined up on parchment paper.

Step 5:

Serve warm. To round out the meal and take this crunchy, baked (read: healthier!) meal to the next level, serve with some of these sides or toppings: Homemade Guacamole or Creamy Avocado Dip, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, and your favorite salsa. We love this Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa for something a little different.

Side Dishes to Go with This Recipe

What to Do with Leftover Tortillas

P.S. If you have leftover tortillas, did you know you can freeze them? Here is the best way to freeze tortillas for later.

tortillas in a freezer bag

Are you ready to be the dinner hero in your house? It’s time to get cooking some Taquitos!

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Chicken and Cheese Taquitos piled on a serving platter with avocado lime salsa on top

Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (2 taquitos per person) 1x
  • Category: Freezer Meal
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

With just a few simple ingredients, this kid-friendly Instant Pot chicken dinner takes minutes to whip up. It’s also freezer-friendly and goes straight from the freezer to the oven!


Ingredients

  • 11 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 package of all-natural taco seasoning or 23 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning recipe
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or substitute water)
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup your favorite salsa
  • 8 (8-inch) tortillas (we use whole wheat tortillas; corn tortillas won’t work)
  • 1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (here’s how to easily shred your own to save money)
  • Optional: sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, salsa, guacamole

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Place chicken breasts in your Instant Pot. Cover both sides of chicken with taco seasoning. Add the broth. Lock and seal the lid.
  2. Cook for 7 minutes at high pressure. (If chicken is frozen, cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.) Use a quick release when the time is up or you can use a natural release, if you have time. (Note: The chicken is done when it registers 165°F internally or has no more pink inside.)
  3. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  4. Shred the chicken in the pot with two forks and stir it with the broth so the seasoning is evenly distributed. Add cream cheese and salsa to the shredded chicken and stir until the cream cheese is melted.
  5. Arrange tortillas on a flat surface. Top each tortilla with an equal amount of chicken mixture. (Important tip: Drain off the extra liquid from the chicken as you remove it from the pot; I just used two forks to transfer it to the tortillas.) Leave a little room at the edges so the filling doesn’t spill out. Top the chicken mixture with 2-3 tablespoons of shredded cheese. Roll up tortillas tightly. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  6. Place the rolled tortillas on the baking sheet, seam side down. Spray the tops with cooking spray. You can also sprinkle any remaining cheese over the tops, if you like. Bake 15-20 minutes, until cheese melts and they are golden brown.
  7. Serving suggestion: Top with salsa, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, and/or guacamole.

Freeze For Later: Complete the recipe through Step 5. Then, place rolled up tortillas in a freezer bag or freezer container (BEFORE baking) in a single layer. Separate the single layers with parchment paper. Seal tightly and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place frozen taquitos on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper or foil. Cover them lightly with a piece of foil (so they don’t brown too quickly). Bake for about 25 minutes or until warmed through and cheese is melty. Remove foil and bake about 5-10 more minutes until golden brown on top. (Note: You can use the broiler to crisp them up at the end for about 2 minutes, if desired. Watch them closely so they don’t burn.)


Notes

You can also make this recipe in the Slow Cooker. Find the recipe here.

Download and print our free Instant Pot Cooking Times chart here. Learn more about our rigorously-tested Instant Pot cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, here.

We get our meat from ButcherBox*.  The chicken is organic and curated from small, trusted farms. We highly recommend this service to source DELICIOUS and HEALTHY meat—like uncured bacon, grass-fed beef, and wild salmon—and have used it for years ourselves. *Disclaimer: We are an affiliate of ButcherBox.

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos piled on a serving platter with avocado lime salsa on top

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Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Freezer Friendly Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes. This surprising freezer meal can make a great healthy dinner or even a side dish for a large group. Made with real food ingredients too!

We’re so excited to be able to share one of the healthiest, most delicious, and freezable recipes in our cookbook, From Freezer to Table, today–Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes!

Learn to prepare delicious, healthy, stress-free meals for the family that go from freezer to table in no time!

Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a rich-tasting, twice-stuffed baked potato that you can actually feel good about! Greek yogurt and chicken broth help replace some of the fat in this typically calorie-laden side dish, while the addition of two superfoods, sweet potato and broccoli, up the nutrition payout. These super spuds are both hearty enough to serve as an entree and decadent enough to serve as a side dish on a special occasion.

Freezer Friendly Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes. This surprising freezer meal can make a great healthy dinner or even a side dish for a large group. Made with real food ingredients too!

Want to try out another easy, freezable recipe from our cookbook? Your crew will love these English Muffin Pizzas.English Muffin Pizzas from "From Freezer to Table" Cookbook (copyrighted)

If you want even more easy, delicious, and healthy freezer meals at your fingertips, check out our cookbook here. Not only is it beautiful and at an affordable price (only about $13), but we’ve heard over and over again that this is the most useful cookbook people own. Watch this 1 minute video to see the entire book…

If you are making one batch of Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes, definitely double and freeze the second. These require a little bit of work ahead of time, but they make for a tasty, one-dish wonder lunch or dinner for all ages.

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Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 stuffed potatoes (4 servings as a main dish or 8 servings as a side dish) 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Freezer-friendly Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a rich-tasting, twice-stuffed baked potato that you can actually feel good about!


Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 11/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 11/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 pound uncured bacon or turkey bacon, cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces

Instructions

1. Prep Potatoes: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash the potatoes, poke a few holes in each one with a knife, and wrap only the sweet potato in foil (leave the other potatoes unwrapped). Bake on the middle rack for about 1 hour, or until soft in the middle when a knife is inserted. Let them cool enough to handle. Increase the heat to 425°F.

2. Prep Broccoli: While the potatoes bake, fill a medium saucepan about one third full with water, cover, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, fill a medium bowl with ice and water. Once the pot of water is boiling, carefully drop the broccoli florets in, cover, and bring back to a boil. Boil for 1 to 2 minutes, or just until fork-tender (under cook just slightly). Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into the ice water to stop the cooking. Once cooled, lay the broccoli on a towel to dry and then chop into smaller, bite-size pieces that can be stirred into the stuffing mix.

3. Stuff Potatoes: Cut all of the potatoes in half. Carefully scoop out the flesh with a spoon and place in a large mixing bowl, making sure to leave a bit of the flesh around all sides to keep the potato skins intact. Discard the sweet potato skin but keep the others. To the mixing bowl, add the yogurt, chicken broth, butter, salt, pepper, and chives. Use a potato masher or the back of a fork to mash and combine the mixture. Using a spoon, gently stir in 1 cup of the cheese, the bacon, and broccoli. Scoop the mixture back into the potato skins evenly. The stuffing will heap over the tops. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese (about 11/2 teaspoons per potato half). (Freezer meal instructions begin here.)

4. Bake and Eat: Place the stuffed potatoes on a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown on top.


Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To freeze: Prepare potatoes through Step 3. Place in a single layer in a 13″ x 9″ freezer container or in 2 gallon-size freezer bags in a single layer. Seal well and freeze.

To prepare from frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours or use the defrost setting on the microwave. Bake according to the recipe directions. If the potatoes are still partially frozen, increase the baking time until warmed through. Cover the tops with foil if they begin to brown too much.

Easy Whole Grain Zucchini Pancakes {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Here’s an easy breakfast idea for ya. Our freezer friendly whole grain zucchini pancakes pack a yummy punch! Enjoy using up some fresh zucchini and serving your family a wholesome breakfast. Double the batch and make them a freezer meal! Zucchini Pancakes on a plate

Lesson learned from making Whole Grain Zucchini Pancakes: Double the recipe next time.

I made these for lunch last week to use up some zucchini I had from a neighbor. And, my kids ate these faster than I could get them off the griddle. With a little real butter and real maple syrup, the zucchini slid down their pie holes while they begged for more. Cha-ching–another sneaky way to add more veggies to their diet.

Whole grain zucchini pancakes on a plate

Cooking Note: To shred a zucchini, wash it well first. Cut off the stem parts at both ends. Then, either use a box grater to shred or cut your zucchini in to a few chunks and throw them in the food processor. I actually used my Vitamix blender and added some water before blending. Then, I drained the water off and had perfectly processed zucchini.

Syrup pouring over whole great zucchini pancakes

Freezer Tips: You can freeze shredded zucchini until you’re ready to use it. When ready to cook with frozen zucchini, thaw out and wring out some of the moisture using a clean kitchen towel before baking with it.

Another freezer tip is that you can freeze pancakes. I do it all the time with ones like Whole Whole Pumpkin Pancakes or Sweet Potato Pancakes. After you cook them, let them cool and place in an airtight freezer bag in the freezer. When ready to eat, toast in the toaster from frozen. Then, microwave your pancakes for a few seconds if they didn’t get warmed all the way through in the toaster.

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Easy Zucchini Pancakes {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These whole grain pancakes are full of nutrition and flavor! Use up some garden fresh zucchini and your family will gobble these up!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole grain pancake mix (like Arrowhead Mills Multigrain)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil)

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Grease with cooking spray (I used coconut oil).
  2. Stir together all ingredients in a medium to large-sized bowl just until combined and lumps disappear.
  3. Scoop about 1/4 cup batter per pancake. Cook on one side until bubbles begin to form around the edges (about 2 minutes). Flip and cook on the other side for about a minute or two more, until cooked through.
  4. Serve with real butter and real maple syrup.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze:
Cook pancakes according to recipe instructions. Place pancakes on cooking sheet in a single layer to freeze them. When solid, you can transfer to pancakes to a freezer safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To Prepare:
Pull out as many pancakes as you need. Thaw in refrigerator overnight or warm in microwave for a brief time.

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