Mother’s Day Recipes

9 bloggers converted one of their Mom’s recipes for the Instant Pot

We asked 9 great bloggers to help us celebrate Mother’s Day by converting one of their own mothers’ best recipes for the Instant Pot – here’s what they came up with!

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.

Instant Pot Recipes chicken tikka masala

Chicken Tikka Masala (No Cream)

By: Aneesha at Spice Cravings

Instant Pot Recipes chocolate muffins

Chocolate Muffins

By: Catalina at Sweet & Savory Meals

Instant pot recipes German cheesecake

German Chocolate Cheesecake)

By: Marci at Tidbits 

Instant Pot Recipes banana pudding

Grandma’s Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding

By: Frieda at Frieda Loves Bread 

Instant Pot Recipes walnut chicken

Chicken with Walnut Sauce (Satsivi)

By: Julia at Imagelicious

Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice

By: Carrie at Clean Eating Kitchen

Instant Pot Recipes Tapioca pudding

Tapioca Pudding

By: Anvita and Soniya at The Belly Rules the Mind

Carrot Cheesecake

By: Ruth at Rootitoot

Instant Pot Recipe moms chicken curry

Chicken Curry

By: Archana at Ministry of Curry

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 🙂

Chocolate Muffins

 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.

Tapioca Pudding

 By: Anvita and Soniya at The Belly Rules the Mind

The Belly Rules The Mind is a health food blog by Anvita and Soniya, where they share easy and healthy everyday recipes that celebrate healthy eating and smart food choices. They believe that ingredients are the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle, and the two love making recipes from scratch using fresh ingredients. Their food philosophy: If you eat healthy, you will think healthy and will feel healthy.

These ladies love taking classic recipes that their moms and grandmas made, and giving them a healthier modern twist, making them the ideal contributors to this Mother’s Day special!

For our Mother’s Day event, they chose one of their favorite desserts, something that their moms often made: Tapioca Pudding. Back then it was a rich treat saved for festive occasions because it was such a time-consuming process. Cooking it on low heat to make sure the milk didn’t stick to the bottom of the pots took a lot of babysitting!

Today, when they are both away from their moms in India, and they make it for their kids in the US and Europe, they make it in our Instant Pots and give it their healthy twist. If only they could go back in time and gift their moms an Instant Pot, life in the kitchen would have been so much easier for them. Today they honor their moms by recreating this recipe and hoping their kids love it as much as we do.

Making Tapioca Pudding from scratch can be done in minutes with an Instant-pot. No hours of soaking, stirring and waiting. In adapting it for modern technology, Anvita and Soniya also gave it a healthier twist, no artificial ingredients, naturally sweetened, vegan and gluten-free. Best of all, it’s a simple dump and stir recipe, yet creamy and delicious. A must-try this Mother’s day.

Carrot Cheesecake

 By: Ruth at Rootitoot

Ruth’s secret identity is “Rootitoot,” the pet-name her dad called her when she was a child. Although it’s not much of a secret anymore, since it’s also the name of her food blog.

Rootitoot is the home of authentic, old-fashioned recipes made in your Instant Pot. Ruth’s recipes are made from basic ingredients found in most kitchens. She offers step-by-step instructions so simple that even a beginner can cook like a pro. Perfect results, no guesswork, and written with a dash of humour.

Ruth is a Canadian grandmother with a lifelong love of cooking, and the perfect choice to cap off this Mother’s Day special. Her mother taught her to cook from scratch. Now, she teaches others, including her own grandchildren, how to “cook like a grandma” the easy way… with an Instant Pot!

Her recipes produce real, old-fashioned comfort food, the nostalgic tastes of childhood. Oh… and cheesecakes. Ruth’s cheesecakes are her treasures. And now, they can be yours, too.

For her Mother’s Day recipe, she offers the following introduction: “Carrot Cake, meet Cheesecake. I think the two of you are going to get along just fine.”

Carrot cake and cream cheese are a natural pairing. So why not combine them in this glorious cheesecake for Mother’s Day? Ruth’s mother loved carrot cake, and this cheesecake includes all the flavors of her secret recipe in a decadent, creamy masterpiece.

Thank you, Ruth’s Mom, for sharing with her your joy of cooking. Because of you, a whole lot of other people are now sharing that joy too.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Chicken Curry

 By: Archana at Ministry of Curry

Archana Mundhe is a former software engineer, now full time blogger. A mother of two boys, the words she most loves to hear are the same ones she remembers saying to her own mother every day: “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

In 2016, she launched Ministry of Curry with the vision of preserving her family’s stories and recipes while making cooking simple and fun for novice and expert cooks alike. Since then, she has been on a mission to develop easy recipes, combining modern techniques and authentic flavors. In October 2018, she published her first book, The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, authorized by Instant Pot.

This a recipe is based on Archana’s own mom’s chicken curry that she grew up eating most Sundays. In the summer of 2017 when her mom was visiting, they made this curry together in the Instant Pot. Archana was delighter to discover that they achieved the same authentic taste that were in her memories, while her mom was impressed by how perfectly the chicken was cooked and having just one pot to clean!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thanks to all the bloggers who contributed recipes to our Mother’s Day recipe special, as well as to their moms, their mom’s moms, and every mom who put her love and care into making healthy, delicious food for their family. We owe you more than we can possibly say.

Welcome to the Instant family. We share your passion for cooking.

19 replies
  1. Wendylouwho
    Wendylouwho says:

    I cannot stress how wonderful a blog Ruth has, her recipes are great! What a great source of help to me as an Instant Pot newbie!

  2. Rose Robinson
    Rose Robinson says:

    Frieda we really enjoyed the puddings and we love your yogurt i must add 🙂 thank you for sharing these recipes with us all 🙂

  3. Sandy
    Sandy says:

    Ruth rootitoot is just one of the best cooks with the Instant Pot. But she takes the time to help any one who needs it. She doesn’t let someone else do it or give a page number. She is there and willing to help you. Great lady and cook.

  4. Patty Costello
    Patty Costello says:

    It was with Rootitoot Ruth’s help and guidance that I decided to purchase an Instant Pot. Now I have 4, gave one to my daughter, and the Instant Pot has brought fun back to my boring cooking life. Ruth’s recipes are so easy to follow. I love how she words the directions. Her ribs and cheesecake recipes are my favourites. Plus I love making potato salad and boiled eggs in my Instant Pot. Soups are so quick and easy. Roasts, potatoes, and carrots are to die for. I bought the Ultra so I could cook at a steady temperature, making sous vide also an option for steaks, among other things.

  5. Andrea Marsello
    Andrea Marsello says:

    Ruth, AKA Rootitoot, is a real gem!!! She’s always available to help everyone, and really brings fun to cooking with Instant Pots.

  6. Tiffani James
    Tiffani James says:

    YES Ruth Rootitoots recipes of ANYTHING are the best! I cannot wait to try this for mother’s day. I use to eat a slice of carrot cake everyday w my Grams when she was in the hospital, this will be a slice of heaven this year!

  7. Katherine Plumcrazy
    Katherine Plumcrazy says:

    Been a member of Rootitoot’s Facebook group for a while now and it’s my favorite group! Easy to follow recipes for food I know we will enjoy. Great and friendly people with no negativity!

  8. Tina Jennelle
    Tina Jennelle says:

    woohoo way to go Rootitoot , I am so glad to be a part of your group you have the most wonderful recipes and all are tried and true I have learned so much about the Instant Pot by being in your group and I love all the help that I receive when I ask a question you know the right ingredients to put together to make awesome dishes <3 so glad I bought your cookbook it is the best!

  9. Louise Castle
    Louise Castle says:

    Rootitoot is a real gem!!!! Blessed to be part of her Garden!!!. Made many of us love to cook again!!!! <3 <3 <3 this sweet lady .

  10. becky shepard
    becky shepard says:

    So excited to have my favorite Author, Blogger, and Fb Guru here at Instant Pot. Can not wait to try this Cheesecake…All (literally 100’s) of your recipes have been easy, tasty, sharable and memorable. Thank you and Congratulations. You deserve to be right here with our beloved Instant Pot people

  11. Marsha Moskowitz
    Marsha Moskowitz says:

    Thank you for including my favorite blogger, Rootitoot! We members (flowers) of her group (garden) have grown beautifully and we have become good cooks with our Instant Pots. Those of us that were afraid, fear no more. She has taken us step by step to doing anything we wish to make with simple ingredients already in our cupboards. Thank you again!


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