The Instant Pot: it’s the new appliance that everyone is talking about (and buying in droves – sales surged by nearly 70% in 2017). What magic does the Instant Pot hold over us? We were curious too – and now we are Instant Pot converts. This handy, multi-cooker device can make everything from roast chicken to brown rice to applesauce in a fraction of the time they would take in the oven or on the stovetop. For people who want to cook from scratch but don’t have the time, the Instant Pot eliminates all excuses. These best healthy Instant Pot recipes will inspire you to get in the kitchen – but don’t worry, you won’t have to be there long!
Best Healthy Instant Pot Recipes
Instant Pot Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls
We love healthy Instant Pot recipes like this one because they are easily customizable for the whole household. While the burrito mixture cooks, you can prepare a ‘toppings bar’ and everyone can choose how they want to dress up their bowls.
Instant Pot Lentil Bolognese Sauce
Go protein-rich and fibre-full with this vegan Bolognese sauce that works with any gluten-free pasta. Instead of topping ours with cheese, we like to use a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or almond parmesan.
Instant Pot Whole 30 Bone Broth
Preparing nutrient-rich bone broth in the Instant Pot is easy to do and for those of you who want to learn the secrets to creating bone broth that gels – this post is for you!
Instant Pot Soy-Free Salmon
This super-speedy salmon recipe only needs 2 minutes of pressure cooking. Two minutes! By the time it takes the salmon to cook and depressurize, you can make a quick salad and dinner is done.
Instant Pot Tempeh Tagine
This recipe gives us the chance to eat tempeh, one of our favourite protein-rich fermented foods. Plus, the word ‘tagine’ is fancy and elegant, yet no one will know it only took about 15 minutes to make this meal.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Chili
A hearty vegan meal with bright pops of butternut squash, one of our favourite winter squashes. Make it as spicy or mild as you like!
Instant Pot Paleo Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto
This Paleo, vegan, grain-free, AIP-friendly, nut-free and soy-free side dish may seem too good to be true – but it totally isn’t.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Brownies
That’s right: the Instant Pot isn’t just for soups and stews – it makes dessert, too! These gluten-free and Paleo brownies are rich and fudgy and you can never have too many brownie recipes.
Easy Instant Pot Applesauce
This is one of those healthy Instant Pot recipes that definitely lives up to its name. Chop up your apples (we don’t bother to peel them if they’re organic) and bung them in the pot with some spices. Five minutes later, you’re done.
Dairy-Free Parsnip and Chive Soup
This vegan and Paleo soup transforms hardy parsnips into creamy deliciousness in only 10 minutes. Yum.
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Steel Cut Oats
The only sugar in this recipe comes from the sweet potatoes and some golden raisins, which we adore. To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free steel cut oats.
Instant Pot Orange Chicken
Add some sunshine into your day with this bright and tasty recipe.
Chili Garlic Instant Pot Noodles
Love spicy foods? This one’s for you – add heat to your heart’s content. We like to use gluten-free tamari in this recipe and love all the extra tips and options in the recipe. With only three minutes of cooking time, there’s no excuse not to put this on your list.
Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Chili
This 15-minute chili recipe stars the mighty lentil, a protein, mineral and fibre-rich pulse that is great for the Instant pot because it cooks so quickly.
Instant Pot Elderberry Shrub
We are major fans of teas, tinctures and tonics, which is why we love this immune-boosting Instant Pot elderberry syrup recipe. The quicker we can simmer the berries, the sooner we can drink the syrup!
Instant Pot Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Cranberries and Chickpeas
Stuffed squash in the Instant Pot transforms an elegant meal into a simple recipe you could make any day of the week.
Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of our fave root veggies and they get the chance to shine in this simple recipe – and it only takes 14-18 minutes to cook them, as opposed to 45 minutes to an hour in the oven.
Instant Pot Meatballs
You don’t need to brown the meatballs for this Paleo and Whole 30 Instant pot recipe – just drop ’em into the sauce and you’re good to go.
Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup
This creamy lentil + veg soup recipe has some extra sweetness from a few dollops of mango chutney. We love that as an addition!
Instant Pot Coconut Milk Yogurt
Yep, the Instant Pot is also a yogurt maker. This version is dairy-free, Paleo and AIP-friendly, but you can also make it vegan by omitting the gelatin and swapping in agar or coconut flour, and using maple syrup instead of honey.
Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
This is one of those healthy instant pot recipes that will appeal to everyone, even those reticent of healthy eating. With familiar ingredients like broth, carrots, celery, mushrooms and chicken (plus the short cooking time), we’re sure this will become a family fave.
Instant Pot Ratatouille
A six-minute ratatouille? You betcha.
Instant Pot Vegan Refried Beans
Looking for healthy Instant Pot recipes that are affordable? Beans are inexpensive, but rich in nutrients and flavour. These vegan refried beans are extremely tasty and freeze well, so make a big batch.
Instant Pot Mulled Apple Cider
You’re about 30 minutes away from fresh, low-sugar apple cider. Go!
Lentil Sweet Potato Eggplant Curry
Packed with veggies, beans and spices, this vegan Instant Pot recipe is a satisfying and complete meal.
Authentic Instant Pot Pho Recipe
Learn the tricks to making the best pho in the Instant Pot, with detailed advice on everything from the bones for the broth, the aromatics, the noodles and the toppings.