8 Easy, Healthy, Super-Tasty Instant Pot Meals

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Updated Nov 30, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

The Instant Pot is synonymous with easy meals—it’s a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a yogurt maker, and so much more. We love it for making weeknight dinners easy, and streamlining the cleaning-up process (thank you, sauté function). Here are 8 easy, healthy meals you can toss together in your Instant Pot and have on the table in under an hour, with the absolute minimum of fuss.

Mexican Casserole

Brown rice, black beans, chicken, lots of vegetables—you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more crowd-pleasing one-bowl meal than this one. Serve it with your fave taco toppings and let everyone make their own bowl.

Lentil gumbo
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Vegan Lentil Gumbo

This plant-based soup is so hearty and filling, no one will miss the meat. The heat from the spices will take the chill right off. Leftover are even better the next day for lunch.

Ginger-Garlic Drumsticks

Dark-meat chicken is more mineral-rich than breasts, and we love the flavor that comes from cooking meat on the bone. Plus, there’s just something so satisfying about picking up a chicken drumstick. The Asian flavors in this recipe will make it a hit with the whole family. Sub honey for the brown sugar and tamari or coconut aminos for the soy sauce, if you like.

Beef and broccoli
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Beef & Broccoli

Fast, easy and full of flavor—and did we mention that this one is also Whole30 compliant? We love it spooned on top of cauliflower rice.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

All the fall flavors you want, all in one super-simple Instant Pot dish. Pork tenderloin is a really nice sub when you want a break from chicken, but still want a mildly flavored meat.

Green coconut curry
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Green Curry Vegetables

Use all the vegetables in this totally plant-based dish, made delicious with coconut milk and green curry paste. If you like more heat, swap in red curry paste.

No-Pressure Butter Chicken

If Indian food is your fave, this one’s for you. It’s a time-saver in a different way: You prep it but don’t cook it, then stick it in your Instant Pot and cook it from the frozen state, no defrosting required. Keep it in the freezer for those nights when you want something really good but have no plan.

Maple bourbon chili
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Maple Bourbon Chili

You had us at “maple”—or maybe it was “bourbon.” Either way, this plant-based dish incorporates kidney beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, garlic and plenty of spices. It’s awesome with corn tortillas, or try it over polenta for something different.

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