The Instant Pot is the hot, do-it-all appliance on every foodie’s radar right now. It makes cooking fast or slow, but always easy. Today we’re sharing more weekly meal prep inspiration, with this list of healthy Instant Pot recipes to make for dinner.
Healthy Instant Pot Recipes
Happy New Year, friends! Did Santa baby bring you everything you wanted, including a shiny new Instant Pot? These puppies have been selling in droves, especially over the holidays. And since healthy Instant Pot recipes have been flooding the Internet lately, we couldn’t help but wrangle up some of our favorite looking dishes at the moment.
January is all about balance and fresh slates, and trying to redeem ourselves from all of the cookies and melted brie we’ve stuffed our face with this last month. It’s also about planning and prepping so we can stay on track with our diets and budgets, which is precisely where these two things come in handy: easy, healthy instant pot recipes, and The Nourished Planner.
We’re excited to bring you our latest installment of our Meal Prep Series where we share 20 recipes you can plan and prep ahead of time for a head start on your week—and show Monday-Friday who’s boss.
First we answered the begging question, where’s the beef: 20 Recipes You Can Make with a Pound of Ground Beef (It’s What’s for Dinner), and then we brought you 20 Recipes You Can Make with a Can of Beans. And now, it’s time to flip the switch on dinner with the Instant Pot.
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20 Easy, Healthy Dinner Ideas
This hearty soup-stew hybrid is flavored with curry and coconut, with a nice kick from some jalapeño, and a rich creaminess from some peanut butter from Pinch of Yum.
Pho is our best friend when we’ve got the sniffles, but it’s also one of those rare soups you could eat any day of the year. This one is legit, yet instead of taking practically all day to cook, it comes together in under an hour from Platings and Pairings.
Two surprising ingredients make these classic meatballs sing (plus, there’s no browning required), and Italian grandmothers everywhere would be rejoicing over the fact that these are made easy in the Instant Pot from A Calculated Whisk.
Next to chicken noodle soup, chicken and rice is the quintessential comfort food. You’d never know this version was dairy and gluten-free, and it’s also ready in under 30 minutes, thanks to the Instant Pot! From A Saucy Kitchen.
These super authentic, brothy beans are filling and packed with flavor, and they can be eaten like a soup from Skinnytaste.
A homemade, healthier take on this Chinese takeout favorite, and it can be on your table in less than 30 minutes from Two Peas and Their Pod.
Who doesn’t want curry in a hurry, especially on a crazy weeknight? This vegan dish is healthy, teeming with awesome flavor, and is ready in just 20 minutes from Food Faith Fitness.
Chili is a comfort food staple that gets us through these better cold months, and this chicken and bean chili recipe couldn’t be simpler or quicker
Got leftover carnitas? Think outside the tortilla and make soup! This easy, 5-ingredient recipe is on the money from Gimme Some Oven.
Butter chicken is quite possibly our favorite Indian dish, but like its name suggests, it often is laden with butter, and thus cruel on the waistline. That’s why this healthy recipe makeover has our attention (that, and the fact that it takes less than 30 minutes!) from Carmy.
Sausage and kale bring extra heartiness to this comforting lentil soup from Platings and Pairings.
Tortellini gets a healthy boost with kale, veggies, a bit of turkey sausage and plenty of herbed flavor for an Instant Pot slow cooked dinner at your fingertips from FoodieCrush.
A panoply of aromatic Middle Eastern spices make this lamb and chickpea stew a comforting treat on a chilly night.
Instant Pot mac and cheese is an absolute game changer, especially when it’s lightened-up with cauliflower (which you don’t even taste), whole wheat pasta, and reduced-fat cream cheese in this healthy (but super creamy) makeover from Well Plated.
Tahini lends extra creaminess and a wonderful zest to this beautiful white bean soup that takes just 10 minutes of prep from Heartbeat Kitchen.
You’ve heard of everything but the kitchen sink cookies, but have you heard of everything but the kitchen sink soup? This rice-based one is a brilliant way to use up leftovers from Cotter Crunch.
Who needs Chipotle when you can make tastier, healthier burrito bowls at home, and in the Instant Pot?
This colorful and creamy vegetarian lentil soup is loaded up with good-for-you ingredients, and is wonderfully filling from Peas and Crayons.
Add your favorite veggies and protein (or whatever you have on hand) to these easy, sweet and sticky chili garlic noodles from Pinch of Yum.
Get dinner on the table in just 30 minutes with these carb-friendly 5-ingredient salsa chicken taco lettuce wraps from Platings and Pairings.
Even More Quick and Healthy Dinner Ideas
Need even more Instant Pot meal prep inspo? Here are a few more healthy Instant Pot recipes we’re loving:
- How to Cook Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
- Beef Stew with Butternut Squash (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)
- Instant Pot Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Tortellini Soup with Sausage & Kale
- Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot
This recipe round-up was curated and written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Putnam of Seven Day Weekend.
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