46 Easy (And Healthy) Instant Pot Recipes for a Nourishing Meal
Eating healthily shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing flavors, and these days it doesn’t mean pushing a few leaves around your plate, either. These easy and healthy Instant Pot recipes will provide the whole family with nourishing breakfasts, lunches, and dinners which take less time to make but really pile on the taste, from oatmeal using sautéed oats, to Mongolian beef which melts in the mouth.
The Best Instant Pot Lentil Soup
If you thought soup had to be thin and watery, think again, because this vegan soup is chunky and warming, and packed with healthy vegetables and green or brown lentils.
Perfectly Cooked Instant Pot Teriyaki Salmon
Salmon can be a tricky fish to cook because too much time can make it dry out. Make this Teriyaki salmon in the Instant Pot for a moist and flaky result.
Easy Instant Pot Oatmeal
If you don’t want to watch the pot while your oatmeal cooks, why not put it in your Instant Pot, along with almond milk, water, and cinnamon, for an easy 5 minute breakfast?
Instant Pot Bone Broth Chicken Noodle Soup
You’d be hard pushed to find a soup that’s more comforting or more nutritious than chicken noodle soup, especially this one which is crammed with healthy veg and aromatic herbs.
Healthy Instant Pot Lemon Pepper Whole Chicken
Season under the skin with lemon, butter, and salt and you will be treated to the most deliciously flavored, succulent rotisserie-style chicken you’ve ever had, and it cooks in 30 short minutes.
Perfectly Cooked Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Whether you’re new to sweet potatoes or you discovered their charm a long time ago, you really should try them in the Instant Pot for a perfectly soft and fluffy result.
6-Ingredient Instant Pot Beef Stew
A beef stew which cooks in half an hour? This healthy Instant Pot recipe needs only six ingredients and will produce meltingly-tender beef in a rich and flavorsome sauce in just 30 minutes.
Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
Plain chicken and rice might be healthy but it can be a little bland, which is why this recipe infuses flavor into the dish by adding Italian seasoning, spices, and parmesan cheese.
The Best Instant Pot Pinto Beans
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, garlic, and chili powder come together to create this deliciously flavorsome pinto bean Instant Pot dish which serves 8 hungry people in under one hour.
Soul-Satisfying Instant Pot Dal
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, if you like Indian food you will love this Instant Pot dal, which is an absolute riot of flavors which all work in synergy with each other.
Creamy Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt
Make full use of the ‘yogurt’ setting on your Instant Pot and make a deliciously creamy batch using just three ingredients – milk, vanilla essence, and 3 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt.
Healthy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Make mac and cheese healthy as well as comforting by following this recipe and adding fresh broccoli and white cheddar, which adds a beautifully vibrant hue to this classic family favorite.
Instant Pot Burrito Bowls
Swap ground beef for ground turkey and this dish immediately becomes healthier, but once you add the broth, beans, salsa, corn and seasoning, you would never know the difference.
Instant Pot Chicken Breast and Rice
Comfort food isn’t known for being healthy, but this chicken and rice dish is! With Italian or Herbs de Provence seasoning and smoked paprika, this all-in-one-pot dinner is super tasty and comforting.
Healthy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
Bacon, sausage, and potatoes make this soup into a filling main meal which is delicious when served with fresh, crusty bread, while the coconut milk makes it decidedly healthier than the usual version.
Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup
When you think of foods for losing weight, you tend to think of tasteless meals with no flavor or substance, but this weight loss soup has both in abundance and is super-healthy, too.
Vegetable Lo Mein
When a dish has this many colors, you know it’s chock full of healthy vegetables and flavors; this vegetable lo mein can be made using all your favorite veggies in a matter of minutes.
Garlic and Herb Instant Pot Cauliflower with Gravy
Cauliflower makes a great substitute for meat in this healthy Instant Pot recipe because it’s marinated in garlic and herbs and then roasted whole with a delicious savory gravy.
Healthy Instant Pot Tacos
Lentils are great for replacing ground beef in this healthy taco recipe; in fact, it’s so good the family probably won’t even be able to tell, and it’s dairy and gluten-free, as well.
Instant Pot Fish
This healthy Instant Pot recipe may be simple, but it’s far from plain as both the vegetables and fish are infused with olive oil and your choice of aromatic herbs.
Instant Pot Baked Ziti
Creamy dishes shouldn’t, by their very definition, be healthy, but this Baked Ziti manages to achieve it by using ricotta cheese. Gluten free, it will be delicious served with a crispy salad.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
Set up breakfast in the Instant Pot when you get up, and the family will have steaming hot oatmeal ready when they are, but don’t forget to sauté the oats first!
Healthy Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi
There’s no need to smother these jumbo shrimp in heavy flavors – the lemon, butter, garlic, and white wine in this recipe will add just the right balance to this deliciously light dish.
This recipe calls for a quarter of a cup of chili powder, which might seem a lot but is just perfect to give this vegetarian dish the optimum amount of heat, flavor, and depth.
Instant Pot Fish Tacos
Ring in the changes for your next taco Tuesday by serving fish – lightly seasoned with lime, smoked paprika, and cilantro – in the tortillas instead of ground beef or shredded chicken.
Instant Pot Lemon Vegetable Risotto
Once the lid is on your Instant Pot, this risotto does its own thing as it gently absorbs all the flavors, while you are relieved of stirring duties and can go and relax.
Mongolian beef from the IP looks beautifully rich and vibrant, and this version is even healthier as it’s sweetened with honey instead of sugar, and uses coconut aminos in place of soy sauce.
Chicken Tikka Masala
If you’ve been searching for a good, authentic Indian curry recipe to cook in the Instant Pot, this chicken tikka masala is perfect; spicy, creamy, and ready in under an hour.
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
This chicken pot pie looks so inviting, and is far healthier than the creaminess would suggest, because it’s made using coconut-cashew cream in place of dairy, and is paleo and Whole30-friendly, too.
Instant Pot No-cream Pasta
You can take the cream out of tomato pasta and still make it creamy by swapping dairy for delicious coconut milk; you can’t even taste it but it makes it super rich.
Healthy Chicken Piccata
This Instant Pot chicken piccata uses only simple but delicious ingredients such as stock, lemon juice, and herbs, and is delicious served with pasta, rice, or a plate full of colorful steamed vegetables.
Instant Pot Egg Roll in a Bowl
Dish up all the flavors of a Chinese egg roll…in a bowl, with this simple recipe which uses coleslaw mix for the veg along with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.
Instant Quinoa Fried Rice
When is fried rice not fried rice? When it’s quinoa, of course, and this recipe includes all the flavors and benefits of this favorite meal, in a lighter Chinese-inspired dish.
Comforting and substantial, this eggplant parmesan is nevertheless lighter and with less carbs than a pasta-based dish, but still retains the authentic Mediterranean flavors which go perfectly with salad and crusty bread.
Healthy Instant Pot Mediterranean Chicken
Whole30, paleo, and keto-friendly, this chicken dish takes its influence from Greece and includes olives, oregano, and Greek seasonings for meltingly tender meat which can be served over orzo or rice.
Instant Pot Bison Chili
If you can get hold of bison, try it in this chili recipe – it’s grass-fed, full of B-Vitamins, and is even lower in cholesterol than most lean meats. Plus, it tastes delicious!
Instant Pot Chicken Curry
You only have to look at the ingredients in this recipe to know how flavorsome it’s going to be, not to mention the coconut milk which adds a touch of exotic creaminess.
Healthy Instant Pot Turkey Cheeseburger Soup
Deconstruct a turkey cheeseburger and add it to a tasty broth for the best of both worlds – ‘junk’ food and a warming soup, in one healthy but deliciously creamy bowl.
Instant Pot Italian Fish
Fish generally needs careful handling, but if you follow this recipe you can literally dump the ingredients, including the fish, in the Instant Pot and forget about it until it’s ready.
Wild Alaskan Cod
Simple cooking at its best, this healthy Instant Pot recipe needs just wild Alaskan cod fillets, salt, pepper, and butter to produce succulent flaky fish with just 5 minutes of cooking.
If beef chili is a little too heavy for you and you fancy something equally tasty but just as flavorful, this recipe uses ground turkey instead, along with lots of healthy veg.
This chicken dish just tastes of sunshine and exotic shores thanks to the ginger, lemongrass, and lime which infuse the full-fat coconut milk with beautiful Thai flavors.
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
Absolutely brimming with flavor as well as essential vitamins and minerals, this loaded minestrone soup makes a substantial and delicious meal when topped with parmesan cheese and served with fresh, crusty bread.
Instant Pot Lemon Pepper Salmon
A fish as beautiful as salmon needs very little added to make it special, and this Instant Pot recipe calls for just herbs, lemon, and seasoning and a bed of julienned vegetables.
Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls
If there are any leftovers from these vegan quinoa burrito bowls they can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, but we think they’ll be gone long before then!
Lemon Chicken Soup
Chicken noodle soup is the ultimate cure-all comfort food, but this one comes with a shot of lemon for added vitamin C, and can be made gluten-free, and paleo/Whole30-friendly by using ‘zoodles’ instead.
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