Planning, cooking and eating a healthy diet takes time, a resource we are all short on. But luckily, there are now tools, like the Instant Pot, that can help make great-tasting, good-for-you food in less time than we’ve traditionally been accustomed to, making healthier eating a breeze – and a lot more fun! If you don’t already own an Instant Pot, this guide may convince you to finally take the plunge.
Instant Pot Chicken with Quinoa, Pistachios and Apricots
A complete meal without a complete mess. Juicy chicken is the anchor to this recipe, complemented by tender red quinoa, crunchy pistachios, sweet dried apricots and gently spicy serrano chiles.
Instant Pot Keto Chili
This keto chili builds slow-cooked flavour in an instant thanks to our favourite pressure cooker. Leftovers keep well in the fridge for a few days, and even freeze well for a speedy supper any night of the week.
Instant Pot Saag Paneer
Get the long-cooked flavour of traditional saag paneer in less than half the time with this lightened-up version. Instead of heavy cream, this recipe leans on Greek yogurt for its dairy decadence. Keep it keto and enjoy as is or with cauliflower rice, or steam up some basmati rice and call it dinner.
Instant Pot Pozole Rojo
Enjoy this high-protein, flavour-packed, gluten-free Mexican bowl for both dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow, or make it for a party (it feeds a crowd!). And don’t forget the toppings; customize the pork stew with your favourite healthy add-ons such as cabbage, avocado, radishes and lime.
Instant Pot Indian Spicy Eggplant
This plant-based main is a nod to bhartha, an Indian eggplant dish that’s traditionally more time-consuming. The Instant Pot version cuts the time, not the taste.
Instant Pot Greek Chicken Bowls
Texturally exciting and quick to prepare, this Greek chicken bowl marries salad with souvlaki in a healthy, family-friendly dinner that will quickly earn a place in your weekly meal rotation.
Instant Pot Indian Dal
Indian dal is made Instant Pot-friendly without sacrificing its known-for layers of complexity. In this version, red lentils, a pleasing plant-based protein rich in fibre and iron, marry with anti-inflammatory spices and tomatoes. Make it vegan by replacing the butter with coconut oil.
Instant Pot Mini Frittatas
Adorable, delicious, keto-friendly Instant Pot frittatas are a healthy and filling start to any day of the week. PS: here are 30 more creative ways to cook eggs.
Instant Pot Keto Mediterranean Chicken
Never-dry chicken thighs are perked up by briny olives and capers, along with white wine vinegar and Greek yogurt for a high-fat, high-protein and most importantly, speedy, Instant Pot chicken dinner.
Instant Pot Black Bean Soup
Black beans are filled with fibre and protein, making them a healthy option that’s not only delicious when turned into a soup, but affordable – even more so when cooked from dry, thanks to the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Yogurt
Up your breakfast game by making your own probiotic-rich yogurt at home with the help of the Instant Pot. Look for a good-quality whole milk for the best flavour and texture.
Instant Pot Indian Shrimp Biriyani
Already quick-cooking shrimp is paired with bold spices, tender rice and herbed yogurt for a healthy weeknight meal you’ll make again and again. Serve with a simple and refreshing cucumber salad to round out your dinner.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Nourishing chicken noodle soup is full of vitamins and minerals – and just feels good – but it’s not always simple to make. The Instant Pot cuts down on the steps to make the classic good-for-you bowl an everyday reality.
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Marinara
Healthy spaghetti squash stands in for noodles in this ode to a classic. The squash cooks much faster than oven methods and resists drying out for perfect texture, flavour and preserved nutrition.
Instant Pot Whole30 Chicken Tikka Masala
This Whole30 compliant meal makes a takeout favourite healthier, faster and, dare we say, more delicious than its originator.
Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
Meal prep a batch of perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs to top salads and grain bowls throughout the week, or keep on hand for an ‘instant’ high-protein snack.
Beef Barbacoa Tacos
Melt-in-your-mouth beef is made doable on a weeknight thanks to the Instant Pot’s pressure cooking functionality. Keep things on the light side by enjoying your tacos with heart-healthy avocado, shredded cabbage and creamy Greek yogurt.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
Pressure-Cooker Pork Stew with Fall Vegetables
Pressure cooking pork and vegetables locks in nutrients while tenderizing all parties in this heartwarming stew.
Quick Taco-Style Chili
A hearty, healthy pot of chili never goes out of style, and now you can make it even faster in the Instant Pot. Simple swaps, like using ground turkey or chicken over ground beef, and keeping the toppings veg (hello, avocado), make a decadent meal feel a little more virtuous.