I may be late to the game but this past Holiday season I received an Instant Pot. Over the past few months I have been experimenting with this kitchen tool and have found some great uses for it that have changed my life. With a 3 year old and 7 month old anything that saves time in the kitchen is a highly valuable asset for me! The Instant Pot helps speed up cooking times on many dishes and allows for a one pot clean up. Dishes that would originally take hours to days to make have been easy to bring to the table in 30 minutes or less with the help of this device. Dry beans, whole grains, stews, roasts and more have been so simple to prepare with the Instant Pot. I do not know what took me so long to get one!
In this article I am sharing some of my favorite recipes I have created over the past few months. I have also asked several of my dietitian colleagues for their favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes to share on my blog. I have tried them all and they are all delicious. I hope that this roundup of healthy recipes will make planning meals a little easier in your kitchen as it did in mine!
With a toddler mac and cheese enthusiast on my hands this recipe has been a favorite in my household. It is a healthier, fast and easy, nutrient dense dinner that is a great replacement for those boxed sodium laden mac and cheese dinners.
This makes for a great vegetarian main dish or can be used as a hearty side dish. This recipe is full of flavor and by using the Instant Pot the cooking time is cut down from 30 minutes to only 10 minutes.
Daal (Curried Lentils) is a nutrient rich food that can be eaten on its own or accompanied with brown rice or naan. Lentils are not only delicious they are packed with fiber and provide our bodies with a source of plant-based protein, a variety of B vitamins, and iron. Try this recipe for a boost of flavor and nutrition!
This delicious plant-centered soup features heart healthy pinto beans, Swiss chard, bone broth, and chicken breast for a rich flavor combo that will warm you up all winter long! The star of this vegetable soup is Swiss chard. This green leafy veggie is a nutritional power-house with earthy-flavors that boost this soup with vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, iron, and fiber! In addition to this meal being plant-based and full of nutrition, it's a heart healthy dish that has no added salt! That's a plus, when you're trying to manage your blood pressure and/or risk for heart disease.
I love cooking with dry beans but making them on the stove top can be very time consuming. With the Instant Pot it only takes 25 minutes to cook! Beans provide a great source of plant protein, fiber, folate, potassium and calcium. Use this recipe for adding beans to salads, casseroles, burritos, or enjoy these flavorful beans on their own.
This low-glycemic recipe can help stabilize blood sugars and is loaded with healthy kitchen staples like canned tomatoes, peppers, olives, onions, garlic, and herbs. Feel free to add in other sturdy vegetables like carrots or zucchini. It also comes together in minutes, so you'll have plenty of time to make some cauliflower rice to serve as a base.
A light and delicious side dish or main dish, this spaghetti squash is so easy to make in your Instant Pot. Nutritionally, spaghetti squash is low in calories at 42 calories a cup with 10 grams of carbohydrate making it a great choice for people with diabetes. It also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, and fiber.