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This Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken Breasts Recipe is an easy chicken dinner recipe that you can set and forget in your pressure cooker! Serve the chicken and sweet, tangy sauce over rice or noodles for the perfect weeknight dinner!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 398ml can pineapple chunks with juice 14 oz
  • 3 tablespoons sodium-reduced soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Add pineapple chunks with juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper to the Instant Pot (mine is a 6 quart). Stir until combined.
  2. Add chicken breasts on top of the pineapple.
  3. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealing. Set to Manual, high pressure, for 10 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.
  4. When the timer goes, turn the Instant Pot off. You can do a quick release or wait 5 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove the lid and turn the Instant Pot to saute, and adjust to less heat. Stir together the corn starch and water and stir into the sauce (you can take the chicken out to do this but it’s not necessary!). Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened, and then turn off.
  6. Serve chicken immediately over rice, noodles or with a side of veggies.

Cerebral palsy: guide for parents

About one in every 400 babies is born with cerebral palsy. How much do you know about this condition? Would you cope if this happened to your child?

Some children with cerebral palsy manage to lead near-normal lives, others need constant care. Here is what parents of cerebral palsy children can do to give their children the best chance in life.

Learn more about the condition
A child who has cerebral palsy has difficulty with posture and movement. This is because of problems in the area of the brain, which control movement. This can either be the result of brain damage or sections that have not developed properly. This damage can take place during pregnancy, childbirth or during childhood. But the end result remains the same: the brain is unable to control muscle co-ordination properly.

There are many different types of cerebral palsy – in fact no two children with cerebral palsy are precisely alike. Some are so lightly affected that they have little more than a slight weakness or a limp, while others can have difficulties crawling, walking, sitting, talking, feeding or using their hands. Some children are affected on only one side of their bodies; others are affected mainly in the legs, while others are affected all over their bodies. A worst case scenario is when a child cannot control his/her muscles at all and will need to be looked after for the rest of their lives.

But not only movement is affected by cerebral palsy. Other areas of the brain could also be influenced. That is why many children with cerebral palsy also can have mental impairment, epilepsy, have difficulty swallowing or controlling their facial expressions, have difficulty speaking and could have problems seeing and hearing properly.

But that paints a very bleak picture, which is often far from the reality for a child with cerebral palsy. About half of all children with cerebral palsy have above average, average or only slightly below average intelligence and can therefore benefit from formal education, often in mainstream schools. The rest of the children have moderate to very severe intellectual disabilities. These children benefit from admission to training schools or special care centres.

In some cases the associated difficulties may be more handicapping than the movement problems. Probably the most devastating disability is the inability to communicate. Where a child does not have the use of his/her hands nor intelligible speech, it often requires considerable time, patient observation and experience to determine the child’s true intellectual level.

How is it treated?
It may be difficult to diagnose cerebral palsy in very young infants. The condition can often not be detected until a child does not develop the movement, posture and balance necessary for sitting and standing. Some types of cerebral palsy rarely become obvious before the child reaches two years of age.

There is no cure because damaged or underdeveloped brain cells cannot be restored. But treatment early in life can greatly improve the quality of life of these children. One person alone cannot manage cerebral palsy – ideally there should be team involved in the treatment. Apart from a doctor, occupational-, speech- and physiotherapists, other important members of the team include other medical specialists, the social worker, the psychologist, teachers and other caregivers.

But it is the parent who plays the most important role. The treatment team should give parents home programmes so that treatment can continue at home.

What you can do at home
One of the many things parents can do, is to help their children to communicate as best as they can.

The Cerebral Palsy Clinic offers the following tips:

  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Make eye contact when you speak.
  • Discuss whatever your child is interested in.
  • Use gestures, facial expression and body language when talking.
  • Label all items. For example, during bath time, label the bath items around such as soap, tap, towel and water.
  • Stick to the same words. For example, if the family uses the word “coat”, use it until your child understands and/or can say the word, then introduce the word “jacket”.
  • Improve vocabulary. For example, if the child says “car” the adult might say “mommy’s car” or “fast car” depending on the child’s interest.
  • Model the correct words for your child. If a child says something wrong, never say that it is wrong, rather repeat the word in the correct way. For example, if your child says “tock” for “sock”, you must repeat the right word.
  • Use words that express your child’s feelings, wants and intentions. For example, if your child points to a tap, you might say: “Drink/want drink”. Or if your child falls, you could say: “Ow, that hurt”.
  • Pause often and give your child a chance to process the information.
  • Use open-ended questions to encourage responses. For example: “I wonder who’s in the box?”.
  • Use as many words in a sentence as your child can or with one or two extra words.
  • Talk to your child about what is happening at the moment.
  • Take turns when you communicate – encouraging your child to respond.
  • Read to your child.

12 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But An Anxious Mind

Outgoing people with anxious minds – or minds that overthink – tend to feel anxiety the most intensely, often because we don’t talk about it. And by “often” I mean never.

Our anxiety is a contrast to our big, bold personalities. Strangers would never guess it. We never know when to fight or flight, and our self-angst is maxed out. We are often the life of the party but can also be mind-numbingly introspective, questioning everything.

1.  Our day normally goes something like this: Anxiety: Okay but what if – Me: Homie we went over this a thousand times and we totally resolved it. Anxiety: Yeah but I’ve looked at it from a new angle and there are like 15 more reasons why you should worry about it. Me: ……go on.

2.  We’re kind of a conundrum because we love people and need to be surrounded by people to be happy, but our over-thinking and our apprehension to immediately trust someone is, in fact, what makes us very selective about who we surround ourselves with.

3.  That might mean we’ll have lots of friends or acquaintances but very few close friends who we share our world with. But when we do, they become our entire life.

4.  We still find it easy to talk and connect with people – we can be charming creatures and when we do choose to grace a party with our presence, we are the life of it.

5.  But then we wake up in the morning and of course, we are over-thinking everything – Ahhh what did I say to that one person that rather die than act like an idiot in front of? Did I talk too much? And what did they mean by “I’ll see you soon?” What does “soon” even mean? Like soon soon? Or “soon”?

6.  Although we are very bold and outgoing, sometimes even the smallest things can stress us out and override our nerves. Whether it’s picking up our dry cleaning, finishing a project for work or making a call to our doctor, just the thought of having to deal with it makes our minds race.

7.  Dating is hard, we have to explain that we’re not insecure control freaks, we just think. A lot.

8.  I mean you don’t have to call us back right away when you’re out, but just know that our mind is playing out a bunch of horrible scenarios in which you’ve cheated. Or died. That’s right, if we reach your voicemail, we can’t help but consider that you might not be alive.

9.  Even the smallest gestures make us melt. We tend to be overwhelmed very easily, so anything you do to make our life easier is greatly appreciated. Picking us up for a date, playing with our hair when we’re watching a movie, calling to see how we’re feeling or making us a cup of tea comes with the highest of thanks. We will never take your gestures for granted.

10.  We’re hardest on ourselves, we are always gripped by the feeling that there’s more that we should be, or could be, doing in our life.

11.  We try to trick our brain by doing as many things as we can during the day so we can fall asleep at night – HA HA what were we thinking? This is our brain’s prime time to annoy us; it won’t miss this opportunity.

12.  We ebb and flow between wanting to be surrounded by many people, reveling in the attention we receive, to being very selective and sort of wanting to isolate ourselves to recharge and be left alone with our thoughts. Needless to say, we’re enigmas wrapped in bacon.