When I first heard about the Instant Pot, I wondered if I really needed yet another kitchen gadget that I would have to find some room for in my cupboard to store and would be forgotten after using it just a couple of times. When Amazon had a crazy sale for Black Friday a few years back, I decided to go for it. What I didn’t realize is how much it would change the way that I prepare many of my staples, and how much easier and more efficient it would be for me to get healthy food prepped and on the table for my family to enjoy.
Now, it isn’t the perfect product. It is big and clunky and you do need some space to store it. It can be dangerous if you don’t follow the directions properly and if you are the kind of person that likes to constantly “check” on what you are making, it may not be the gadget for you. That being said, it can save you a lot of time and energy in the kitchen.
Below I have curated some of my favorite recipes and some of the favorites of members of my online community. There is a recipe for everyone on this list. There are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options and of course you can modify these to suit the needs of you and your family. Let’s keep this post up-to-date and relevant! Let me know in the comments other recipes that you love. I’ll continue to add to this post as we go.
Spaghetti squash I like to cook mine for 10 minutes instead of seven
Beans You can sub black beans for the pinto and change up the fresh spices. I like to add bay leaves to mine. I also will often replace the water with broth if I have that on hand.
Soups + Stews
Beef Stew I never liked beef stew until I made this recipe!
Chicken Noodle Omit the noodles if you are grain free or sub for gluten-free, zucchini noodles would work well too! Omit the soy sauce if you are gluten free (or sub tamari if you are not avoiding soy)