Sweet and Sour Pork Lunch Bowls- Instant Pot Recipe

Every night after dinner, my husband prepares his lunch for the next day. He takes out a container and always grabs first dibs from our leftovers.   Don’t get me wrong, and I love that he does this.

  1. It saves us money.
  2. He loves the food I make, so I take that as a compliment.  ( It is even better when my five-year-old demands to have leftovers in his lunch too.)
  3. He is trying to eat healthier- so I am happy he is taking homemade food for lunch.

But then I realized that I need to start doing this too.   Why?  Well,  too often, my lunch consists of the crust from my toddler’s sandwich, and then maybe a handful of popcorn, and perhaps even some fruit snacks.  (  I know.) 

I would love to have the time also to have a healthy lunch. Though I am at home during the day,  I don’t have time to cook extravagant lunches for myself.

My family is still at a size, where we have sufficient leftovers.  I have three boys, one still only drinks baby milk.  I only have one child who is a significant eater.  There is no reason why I shouldn’t be doing this every night, packing healthy lunches for the next day.

So, I hopped on the bandwagon and got an Instant Pot.   I have been cooking all kinds of things in it.   So far, pulled pork is my favorite thing.  I will say, in the past, I never loved pulled pork.  After making pulled pork in this pressure cooker, I don’t think that I will ever make it in my slow cooker again.

That being said, if you don’t have a pressure cooker- you can make this in your slow cooker too.  I would make sure you have a leaner piece of pork.  I don’t like the texture of fattier cuts of pork in the slow cooker.

Another thought.  If you’re not a massive fan of pork, this recipe will work with chicken too.   I used store-bought sweet and sour sauce, but you can find homemade recipes online if you want to.

Sweet and Sour Pork Lunch Bowls    Recipe will Yield 4-6 Lunch Bowls


2 lbs pork roast

One bottle of sweet and sour sauce

Three cloves of garlic

salt and pepper to taste

One can of pineapple

1 cup of baby tomatoes

Six sweet peppers, chopped

2 cups of snow peas

2 cups of basmati rice – uncooked- or a rice of your choosing

4 cups of water

Four green onions

Method:  In your pressure cooker, saute pork roast for a few minutes on each side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add minced garlic and sweet and sour sauce. Cook in the pressure cooker for 90 minutes. Pull pork apart with a fork.   Cook rice.   In each lunch bowl, add 3/4 cooked rice, 1/2 cup of pulled pork, 4-5 pineapple pieces, baby tomatoes, sliced peppers, snow peas, and green onions.   Add any other veggies you would like.

I love these.  I can’t wait to make more!



  1. I can’t wait to give this a try, it looks yummy. can you tell me where you got those bowls, they are the perfect size!


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