9 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

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With these healthy instant pot recipes, it’ll be easy to maintain a well-balanced diet!

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9 Easy and Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

1. Tender Chicken Breast

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Chicken is a versatile ingredient in many instant pot recipes.

There are many instant pot healthy chicken recipes, but you can’t go wrong with this one. This dish may seem simple, but you can use it as a base ingredient for other recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1.3 kg boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper

Other Tools

  • Trivet or steamer rack

Procedure

  • Coat the chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the water in the instant pot.
  • Place the trivet or steamer rack in the pot.
  • Lay a single layer of chicken breasts on the trivet/steamer rack.
  • Close the lid. Pressure vent/valve should be set to “sealing.”
  • Choose the “pressure cooking” option and set it on high for 20 minutes.
  • Let the instant pot slowly release pressure through the natural release before opening the lid (this should take 10-15 minutes).

Tips

  • If you’re using frozen chicken, cook it on high for 25 minutes.
  • Avoid using the quick release method in your instant pot because it will dry out your chicken.
  • Shred the chicken with a fork and use it in sandwiches, tacos, casseroles, or pasta dishes.
  • Store it in the freezer in an airtight container for three months.

2. Healthy Mac and Cheese

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Healthy macaroni and cheese? Yes, it’s possible with this instant pot mac and cheese recipe.

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Now you can have it without the added guilt!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Procedure

  • Mix the macaroni, butter, garlic powder, mustard, and chicken broth in the instant pot.
  • Close the lid. Pressure vent/valve should be set to “sealing.”
  • Choose the “manual” option and set it on high for five minutes.
  • After five minutes, use the quick release method and turn the pressure valve to vent.
  • Remove the lid and stir the contents of the pot.
  • Add the yogurt, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir until the cheese melts and the sauce becomes creamy.

Tips

  • If it takes too long for the cheese to melt, turn on the “sauté” option while you’re stirring.
  • You can make this recipe even healthier by using whole wheat macaroni.

3. Sweet Potato Curry

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Thai-inspired sweet potato curry — prepared in your instant pot!

If you’re looking for healthy instant pot dinner recipes, you’ll love this one. This Thai-inspired recipe is a great way to enjoy sweet potatoes.

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 100 g baby spinach
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 3 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • salt
  • sesame seeds
  • red chili

Procedure

  • Soak chickpeas in water for 12-18 hours.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Chop onions.
  • Crush garlic.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and cut it into cubes.
  • Choose the “sauté” option and wait for the instant pot to indicate that it’s hot.
  • Add the avocado oil.
  • Sauté the onions and garlic
  • Stir in curry paste and coconut milk. Add salt if necessary.
  • Add sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
  • Close the lid. Pressure vent/valve should be set to “sealing.”
  • Choose the “manual” option and set it on High for 18 minutes.
  • Let the instant pot slowly release pressure through the natural release before opening the lid (this should take 10-15 minutes).
  • Add spinach and stir until it’s incorporated into the dish.

Tips

  • Serve this dish with some white or brown rice.
  • Store it in the freezer in an airtight container for one month.

4. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

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Veggie-based quinoa enchiladas are sure to satisfy, and provide tons of nutrition as well.

Who says veggies are boring? This Mexican-inspired vegetarian dish is packed with flavor!

Enchilada Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 1.5 cups black beans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 can corn kernels
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Procedure

  • Dice red onions.
  • Drain and rinse all the canned vegetables.
  • Chop tomatoes.
  • Shred the cheese.
  • Add all enchilada ingredients into the instant pot except for the cheese.
  • Close the lid. Choose the “manual” option and set it on high for one minute.
  • Let the instant pot slowly release pressure through the natural release before opening the lid (this should take 10-15 minutes).
  • Stir in the cheese.

Tips

  • Top your casserole with more diced tomatoes, avocado slices, or cilantro.
  • Store it in the freezer in an airtight container for three months.

5. Cabbage Rolls

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Turkey-stuffed cabbage rolls are a hearty, healthy treat.

Enjoy this hearty meal in 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg cabbage
  • 1 kg ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 3 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 bunch dill
  • Ground black pepper
  • Greet yogurt

Procedure

  • Shred cabbage.
  • Chop onions.
  • Mince each clove of garlic separately.
  • Rinse and drain rice.
  • Choose the “sauté” option and wait for the instant pot to indicate that it’s hot.
  • Add oil, onions, and 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Stir for two minutes.
  • Add turkey, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Breakdown the meat and stir for 4 minutes.
  • Incorporate cabbage.
  • Add, but don’t stir, the rice, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water, and bouillon cube.
  • Turn “sauté” off.
  • Choose the “pressure cooking” option and set it on high for 18 minutes.
  • Let the instant pot slowly release pressure through the natural release before opening the lid (this should take 10-15 minutes).
  • Turn pressure valve to vent to release the steam (this should take around 2-3 minutes).
  • Open the lid to gently stir in the remaining garlic and dill.

Tips

  • Top it off with some Greek yogurt and serve with toasted bread.
  • Store it in the freezer in an airtight container for three months.

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6. Butternut Squash Soup

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Healthy butternut squash soup is easy in the instant pot.

Make your dinner extra special by adding this hearty soup to the menu!

Ingredients 

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 medium apple
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp diced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Procedure

  • Dice onions and garlic.
  • Peel and cube squash.
  • Peel, core, and chop apple.
  • Choose the “sauté” option.
  • Sauté olive oil, onions, and bell pepper on high for four minutes.
  • Add ginger and garlic and sauté for one minute.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the cream cheese and parmesan cheese.
  • Close the lid. Pressure vent/valve should be set to “sealing.”
  • Choose the “pressure cooking” option and set it on high for five minutes.
  • Use the quick release method and turn the pressure valve to vent.
  • Puree your soup by choosing the “immersion blender” option.
  • While pureeing, add the parmesan cheese and cream cheese.
  • Puree until you achieve your desired consistency.

Tips

  • If you don’t have cream cheese, you can use goat cheese.
  • You can garnish the soup with bacon bits or croutons.

7. Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

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Wild rice and mushroom soup — creamy and healthy!

It’ll take about an hour to make this creamy and satisfying dish.

Instant Pot Ingredients 

  • 1 cup wild rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 5 medium carrots
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

Stove Top Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 Tbsp butter

Other Tools

  • Saucepan
  • Stove

Procedure

  • Chop celery, carrots, onions.
  • Mince garlic.
  • Slice mushrooms.
  • Add all instant pot ingredients into the instant pot.
  • Choose the “manual” option and set it on high for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, put the saucepan on the stove and set it on low heat.
  • Put the butter in the saucepan.
  • When the butter has melted, whisk in flour.
  • Once the butter and flour are incorporated, add in the milk a little at a time until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  • Season it with salt.
  • Add the contents of the saucepan into the instant pot.

Tips

  • Avoid using white or brown rice in this recipe. They don’t blend in with the soup as well as wild rice does.

8. Steel Cut Oats

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Steel cut oats are easy and flavorful when prepared in an instant pot.

Your instant pot makes cooking steel cut oats so easy! Just follow this simple recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups water

Procedure

  • Add oats and water.
  • Close the lid. Pressure vent/valve should be set to “sealing.”
  • Choose the “pressure cooking” option and set it on high for 12 minutes.
  • Cancel or do not turn on the “keep warm” option. Choose the “venting” option to turn off the valve (this should take 1-2 minutes).
  • Open the lid. Stir in the butter.
  • When the butter has melted, stir in the milk.

Tips

  • You can substitute the milk with almond milk.
  • Make your oats extra special by adding some maple syrup, vanilla extract, or cinnamon.
  • You can also top it off with assorted fruits.

9. Spaghetti Squash

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If you’re trying to cut down on your carb intake, then this recipe is perfect for you. Spaghetti squash is a healthier alternative to regular pasta.

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/4 kg squash
  • 1 cup water

Other Tools

  • Trivet or steamer rack

Procedure

  • Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.
  • Pour the water into the instant pot.
  • Place the trivet or steamer rack in the pot.
  • Put the two squash halves on top of the trivet/steamer rack.
  • Close the lid. Pressure vent/valve should be set to “sealing.”
  • Choose the “pressure cooking” option and set it on high for 7 minutes.
  • Let the instant pot slowly release pressure through the natural release before opening the lid (this should take 10-15 minutes).
  • Turn the pressure valve to vent to release the pressure. Remove lid.
  • Drain the squash halves.
  • Use a fork and scrape out the squash making strands that resemble spaghetti.

Tip

  • If you don’t want to make complicated pasta sauce, simply add some lemon zest, thyme, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and salt to your spaghetti squash.

 

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, especially with these healthy instant pot recipes. Try them out and don’t be afraid to adjust the ingredients to your taste!

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