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10 Easy Instant Pot Recipes

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Hey, FitFam! Life gets crazy, especially when you’re juggling workouts, work, and a hungry crew at home. But guess what? The Instant Pot is about to step up its game to help you out.

Today, I’ve got a collection of healthy Instant Pot recipes that aren’t just good; they’re downright epic. Whether you’re a seasoned FitMenCook pro or you’ve just unboxed your Instant Pot yesterday, these recipes will redefine what’s possible in your kitchen.

We’re not just talking about convenience here; we’re talking about meals that will have you drooling with anticipation while keeping you on track with your health and fitness goals. Say farewell to the mundane and welcome quick, delectable, and nutrition-packed family dinners.

And if you love these recipes, download the FitMenCook app for access to over 1000 delicious and healthy recipes.

What Can You Cook in an Instant Pot?

Before we dive into the recipe goodness, let’s talk about why there’s so much hype about the Instant Pot. And if you don’t already own one, get ready to be convinced that it’s a game-changer.

Now, the Instant Pot isn’t just another kitchen gadget; it’s your secret weapon for whipping up fantastic meals in a fraction of the time.

It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, and even a yogurt maker, all rolled into one sleek package. Seriously, this thing does it all! And it does it FAST. Like pressure cookers, the Instant Pot can turn tough cuts of meat into melt-in-your-mouth masterpieces in no time. Say goodbye to waiting around for a slow braise or a simmering stew; the Instant Pot’s got your back.

Now, I get it – we’re all about eating healthier, right? The good news is the Instant Pot is tailor-made for healthy cooking. It locks in flavor and nutrients like a boss, so you’re not sacrificing taste for nutrition. Plus, it’s a wizard at making beans and whole grains incredibly digestible and full of flavor.

And the best part is it’s unbelievably easy to use. Even if you’re a kitchen novice, you’ll be whipping up impressive dishes like a pro. No culinary degree is required.

But Kevin, you ask, what about safety? Well, the Instant Pot has you covered there too. It comes with a range of safety features, from pressure release valves to a secure locking lid. So you can put those worries to rest and focus on creating culinary magic.

So, there you have it, FitFam – your trusty kitchen sidekick, the Instant Pot. It’s not just a time-saver; it’s a flavor-enhancer, a nutrition-preserver, and a meal-prep game-changer. Get ready to make room for it on your countertop because once you start cooking with it, you won’t know how you lived without it.

From Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs to Instant Pot refried beans to Instant Pot chicken noodle soup, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dish that this device doesn’t make easier!

Now that we’ve established the Instant Pot’s superhero status, let’s roll up those sleeves (or not – it’s all good 😉) and get ready to explore the BEST Instant Pot recipes. Hungry yet? 

The Best Chicken Instant Pot Meals

  1. Shredded Chocolate Chicken Mole
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We’re taking a classic – chicken mole – and adding a rich, velvety layer of dark chocolate. Brace yourself for a flavor explosion that will leave you craving more.

Now, if you’re new to mole, let me give you a quick rundown. Mole (pronounced “mo-lay”) is a beloved Mexican sauce known for its complex flavors. It’s a harmonious blend of chiles, spices, and yes, even chocolate. The result? A sauce that’s both savory and slightly sweet, with a hint of smokiness. It’s traditionally served over chicken, and it’s a dish that celebrates the art of slow cooking and layering flavors. 

So, whether you choose to sub the chicken breast for chicken thigh to achieve a richer flavor or you opt for jackfruit for a vegan mole, this Instant Pot mole is a crowd-pleaser.

But here’s the kicker: We’re going to make this mouthwatering masterpiece in record time, thanks to the Instant Pot. If you’re not already an Instant Pot convert, this easy Instant Pot recipe might just change your mind. It’s the perfect kitchen tool for busy folks who want to savor every bite without spending hours in the kitchen.

Now, before we dive into the recipe, let’s chat about a few tips and tricks to make it absolutely stellar:

Tip 1: Spice It Right

The spice level in mole can be adjusted to your taste. If you prefer mild, use fewer chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. For a spicier kick, dial it up a notch. It’s all about finding your perfect heat level.

Tip 2: Cacao or Chocolate

While dark chocolate is the star here, you can experiment with different cacao percentages to find your ideal balance between bitterness and sweetness. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Tip 3: The Tortilla Secret

Ever wonder why there’s a tortilla in the ingredients list? It’s a brilliant thickener and adds a subtle corn flavor. Plus, it’s a nod to the traditional way mole is made.

Tip 4: Garnish Galore

Don’t skimp on the garnishes! Fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime brighten up the richness of the mole. You can also add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for a delightful crunch.

  1. BBQ Pulled Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato
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Get ready to redefine your idea of comfort food. We’re diving fork-first into the world of BBQ Pulled Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Your taste buds aren’t going to believe that you found this recipe in the healthy section.

This Instant Pot BBQ chicken gives you tender, smoky chicken pulled apart to perfection, generously smothered in rich, sugar-free BBQ sauce, all nestled inside a perfectly roasted sweet potato. It’s a symphony of flavors and a balance of textures, and it’s about to become your new favorite meal.

Tip 1: Southern Creole Love

The biggest tip for this recipe is recommended as an optional ingredient on the list. DO IT – ADD THE CREOLE SEASONING. It’s a flavor infusion that’ll transport your taste buds to the deep South.

Tip 2: Homemade BBQ Bliss

If you have the time, experiment with crafting your own homemade sugar-free BBQ sauce. Then you can tailor it to your preference, whether you prefer it smoky, spicy, sweet, or a harmonious blend of flavors.

  1. Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Here’s a flavor fiesta you won’t want to miss! We’re talking succulent chicken, zesty tomatillos, green chiles, and a symphony of aromatic spices all coming together in perfect harmony. This Instant Pot chicken recipe is like a flavor explosion in your mouth, and we’re making it in a fraction of the traditional cooking time thanks to the Instant Pot.

Want some insider tips and hidden tricks that will elevate your soup-making skills and ensure every spoonful is an unforgettable experience? 

Tip 1: Roasted Tomatillo Magic

We mentioned roasting tomatillos in the oven, but here’s the twist: consider adding a touch of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a drizzle of honey to them before roasting. This will create a delightful caramelization that enhances the soup’s depth of flavor.

Tip 2: Infuse with Smokiness

While we sauté onions, garlic, and green bell pepper, add a dash of smoked paprika to the mix. It’s a small addition that infuses a smoky dimension, elevating your soup recipes to the next level of deliciousness.

Tip 3: The Simmering Secret

Once you’ve added the green chiles, bring the soup to a gentle simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes. This extra simmering time allows the flavors to meld and intensify, resulting in a richer bowl of soup.

Tip 4: Elevate the Crunch

While the recipe calls for a garnish of crushed tortilla chips, try toasting them lightly before sprinkling them on top. This quick step adds an enticing crunch that contrasts beautifully with the creamy soup.

Tip 5: The Grand Finale

When you’re ready to serve, consider adding a final flourish of freshly grated cotija cheese or crumbled queso fresco. The savory creaminess of the cheese pairs wonderfully with the soup’s zesty kick.

  1. Low-Carb Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup
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As the weather cools and the days grow shorter, it’s time to embrace the heartwarming allure of warm, soul-soothing meals. And what better way to do that than with a delightful bowl of this Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup?

At the heart of this soup lies the smoky allure of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. These fiery and flavorful peppers add a complexity that dances on your taste buds, creating a perfect balance between heat and smokiness. And to make this soup low-carb, we’ve replaced traditional rice with raw cauliflower rice. It’s a fun twist that adds a subtle nuttiness and keeps the dish keto-friendly.

Tip 1: Sizzle with Fresh Corn

Now this addition will bring up the carb count, so if you’re watching carbs skip this tip. But if you’ve got some wiggle room in your carb count for the day, consider throwing in fresh corn kernels right at the end for a sweet and crunchy addition. They’ll provide a delightful pop of flavor and texture.

Tip 2: Do the Dollop

Before serving, a dollop of Greek yogurt for a creamy and tangy contrast to the smoky soup. It also helps cool down the heat from the chipotle peppers for those who prefer a milder kick.

Tip 3: Toasted Pepitas

Toasted pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, make for a delightful crunchy garnish. Simply heat them in a dry skillet until they start to pop and turn golden brown, then sprinkle them over your soup.

Tip 4: Chipotle Crema

Create a chipotle crema by blending a chipotle pepper in adobo with some Greek yogurt. Drizzle it over the soup for an extra burst of smoky, spicy goodness.

Tip 5: Crispy Tortilla Strips

Instead of using corn tortillas as a garnish, cut them into thin strips and bake them until crispy. These homemade tortilla strips offer a satisfying crunch and elevate the presentation.

Easy Beef Instant Pot Meal Ideas

  1. 20-Minute Beef & Veggie Minestrone
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In the whirlwind of our busy lives, it’s amazing to find a wholesome meal that’s not only nourishing but also quick to prepare. That’s where this 20-minute beauty comes to the rescue. This instant pot minestrone is a celebration of hearty flavors and vibrant colors, all perfectly combined in just under half an hour.

To make this dish extra special, here are some pro tips to keep in mind while you give this recipe a try:

Tip 1: Herbs Galore

Experiment with fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or even a hint of rosemary. Toss them into the minestrone during the last few minutes of cooking to infuse it with herbaceous goodness.

Tip 2: Balsamic Bliss

For an extra layer of complexity, drizzle a touch of balsamic vinegar into your minestrone just before serving. It adds a delightful tangy note that pairs wonderfully with the savory flavors.

Tip 3: The Perfect Sear

Don’t skip the sear! When searing the flank steak, aim for those beautiful sear marks. These caramelized bits not only add depth to the flavor but also enhance the visual appeal of the dish.

Tip 4: Customize Your Veggies

Minestrone is versatile, so feel free to customize the veggies based on what’s in your kitchen. Broccoli, green beans, or even butternut squash can make delightful additions, adding color and nutrition to your bowl.

Tip 5: Substituting Steak Cuts

If you don’t have flank steak on hand, you can easily substitute it with other cuts of beef like sirloin, strip steak, or even ground beef. Have leftover pot roast? Throw it in. You can also knock this out of the beef recipes category and go for chicken or even ground turkey. Just adjust cooking times accordingly to ensure your chosen cut is cooked to your preferred level of doneness. Each cut brings its unique flavor and texture, so don’t be afraid to get creative and try different cuts to find your favorite in this delicious minestrone!

Best Vegan Instant Pot Dinner Ideas

  1. Vegan Nachos
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Get ready to experience a dish that is undeniably delectable, astonishingly simple, and 100% vegan. There’s pure magic in the marriage of a crispy tortilla chip, vibrant chunky salsa, and our lusciously creamy vegan queso. It’s a flavor explosion you won’t want to miss.

This recipe reheats like a dream so you can enjoy this vegan queso on broccoli, baked potatoes, and more all week long.

My personal nacho essentials include hearty black beans, zesty salsa, (vegan) queso, creamy guacamole, fiery red onion, spicy jalapeños, a dash of hot sauce, and the crowning touch of fragrant cilantro. But if you’re feeling adventurous, mix and match to create your own Ultimate Vegan Nachos. 

Tip 1: Customize Your Queso

Experiment with the vegan cheese sauce to find your preferred flavor profile. Add a pinch of smoked paprika for a smoky twist or a dash of hot sauce for an extra kick. Tailor the queso to match your taste buds.

Tip 2: Sizzling Sautéed Veggies

For an extra burst of flavor, sauté some veggies like bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms before adding them to your nachos. Sautéing enhances their taste and adds a delightful smokiness.

  1. Impossible Vegan Chili
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Get ready to savor a bowl of hearty, soul-warming vegan chili that’s brimming with robust flavors and rich, meaty texture—all made effortlessly in your trusty Instant Pot. This Instant Pot chili isn’t just for vegans; it’s for anyone who appreciates a satisfying, flavor-packed meal.

Pro tips for crafting the best vegan chili:

Tip 1: Adjust the Broth

The amount of vegetable broth you add can vary depending on your desired chili thickness. Start with two cups, but don’t hesitate to add more if you prefer a soupier chili.

Tip 2: Smoky Twist

Enhance the smoky flavor by adding a dash of liquid smoke. Just a few drops can infuse your chili with a delightful, campfire-inspired essence.

Tip 3: Cornbread Companion

Serve your chili alongside my Southern-inspired Sweet Potato and Corn Muffins or Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, just swap out the eggs and cheese in both recipes with vegan substitutes. The contrast of the savory chili with the slightly sweet and crumbly cornbread is a match made in comfort food heaven.

Tip 4: Roasted Red Peppers

For a unique and slightly sweet dimension, roast red bell peppers in the oven until they blister, peel off the skin, chop them, and stir them into your chili. They’ll add a smoky sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the spices.

Tip 5: Pickled Red Onions

Elevate your garnish game by adding quick-pickled red onions. Slice some red onions thinly, marinate them in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and salt for about 15 minutes, and then use them to top your chili. The tangy crunch adds a burst of freshness to each bite.

  1. Creamy Red Curry Lentils
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Packed with vibrant flavors and a creamy coconut milk base, this Instant Pot lentil curry is a delicious option for your next dinner. Whether you pair them with light, steamed cauliflower rice or go for a heartier option like brown rice, quinoa, or fragrant jasmine rice, this dish is a nutritious and satisfying meal that’s easy on your budget. The best part? You can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store, making it a convenient, affordable, and easy recipe to whip up.

(Side note: If you do opt for rice, check out recipes for instant pot rice to save time!) 

Tip 1: Lentil Rinse

Before using red lentils, give them a good rinse under cold water. This helps remove excess starch and prevents them from becoming too mushy during cooking.

Tip 2: Lentil Texture

The cooking time determines the texture of your lentils. If you enjoy a bit of texture, opt for 6-8 minutes of pressure cooking. For ultra-creamy, smooth lentils, extend the cooking time to 8-10 minutes.

Tip 3: Adjusting Spice Levels

If you love heat, consider adding a dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes when garnishing your lentils. This gives you control over the spiciness without altering the entire dish.

Tip 4: Leftover Love

These lentils are fantastic as leftovers. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of vegetable broth or coconut milk to restore creaminess. Or freeze them in individual meal-sized containers for up to three months.

Tip 5: Customize Your Garnish

Get creative with your garnishes! Besides cilantro and lime, try adding chopped scallions, toasted coconut flakes, or crushed peanuts for added flavor and texture.

Instant Pot Easy Recipes You Never Knew Existed 😂

  1. Fruit-on-the-Bottom Protein Oats
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Starting your day with a power-packed breakfast can make all the difference. Whether you’re an athlete or just looking for some healthy morning convenience, this recipe is for you. It’s packed with protein, healthy fats, and the anti-inflammatory goodness of turmeric, and it’s your secret weapon for sustained energy and nutrition.

Tip 1: Milk Alternatives

Don’t hesitate to explore different milk alternatives. While almond milk is a great choice, consider using oat milk, coconut milk, or even cashew milk for a unique flavor twist. Each milk variety can lend its own distinct taste to your oats.

Tip 2: Sweetener Selection

Adjust the sweetness to your preference. Instead of coconut sugar, try using honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Start with a small amount, taste, and gradually add more until it reaches your desired level of sweetness.

Tip 3: Batch Preparation

Save time by preparing a large batch of the fruit compote and freezing it in smaller portions. Try using something like a silicone ice tray to freeze individual portions. Once frozen, you can pop them out to store in a single container. When you’re ready for breakfast, simply defrost a single serving and layer it with freshly cooked oats. It’s a time-saving trick for busy mornings.

Tip 4: Fruit Variety

Experiment with various fruit combinations. While frozen berries are awesome, you can get creative by adding fresh fruits like sliced bananas, diced apples, or even tropical fruits like mango or pineapple. Mixing and matching fruits can keep your breakfast exciting.

Tip 5: Toppings Galore

Customize your oats with an array of toppings. Sprinkle chopped nuts, seeds, or a drizzle of nut butter for added texture and flavor. A dash of cinnamon or a dollop of yogurt can also take your oats to the next level.

  1. Strawberry Pop-Tarts
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Bite into one of these babies for a strawberry burst that will make you feel like a kid on a summer’s day. This little pie features a luscious blend of fresh strawberries, zesty ginger, and warm cinnamon. The compote filling is not just a standalone treat; it’s also a versatile ingredient that can elevate various dishes. But heads up, this recipe does require an air fryer.

Want to take this recipe to the next level? Try these expert tips:

Tip 1: Double the Compote

Make a larger batch of Ginger Strawberry Compote and store it in the fridge. It’s versatile and can be used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, yogurt, or oatmeal, and as a filling for pastries or desserts throughout the week.

Tip 2: Dough Delight

When working with pie dough for the pop tarts, keep it chilled until you’re ready to use it. Cold dough is easier to handle and results in flakier pastries.

Tip 3: Perfect the Sealing

To ensure a tight seal on your pop-tarts, use a fork to crimp the edges. This not only helps to secure the filling but also adds a decorative touch.

Tip 4: Experiment with Fillings

While the recipe suggests using strawberry compote, feel free to get creative with your pop tart fillings. Try different fruit compotes, jams, or even dark chocolate chips for unique flavor combinations.

Tip 5: Serve with a Side

Enjoy your Ginger Strawberry Pop Tarts as a delightful snack, dessert, or breakfast treat. Pair them with a hot cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of almond milk for a well-rounded experience.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!

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