These are the kind of Instant Pot recipes that make you enjoy cooking and eating, all while forgetting it's actually good for you. That's my kind of cooking!
When I decided to go sugar-free and cook with wholesome ingredients as much as possible, my husband WAS NOT happy. To his credit, it's hard to take a man who grew up on “meat and potatoes” his entire life and try to convince him that quinoa is a great substitute for steak.
It took me many years of trial and error and some adjustments to our palate to finally come to the place we are now. Our home cooked meals now are loaded with veggies, whole grains, and a huge variety of ethnic flavors.
It also took many years for my husband to say, “You were right. Now stop with the smirk and pass me the salad.” Haha! I won him over, again!
My sister Cami once said to me, “You make healthy eating enjoyable” and I took that as a very great compliment and made it my mission to continue to do so.
So to show you how amazing healthy, wholesome eating can be, here is a roundup of THE BEST HEALTHY INSTANT POT RECIPES, you'll actually want to eat, again and again.
This meal is a lightened up version of the very popular crack chicken and, in my opinion, has even more flavor. Use it for tacos, quesadillas, over rice, on a salad, or in a tamale. Or just grab a bag of whole grain chips and go to town.
Regular ol' brown rice is spectacular in a pressure cooker, but this Mediterranean version is a flava' town dreamboat of a dish. Add a side of grilled chicken and a blob of tzatziki sauce and let the happy tears flow.
Meatballs in the Instant Pot are juicy and tender and don't result in grease splatters all over your stovetop. This Kung Pao sauce is like wow and the bed of Green Rice is just ridiculously awesome. Another meatball recipe I just don't tire of is this Turkey and Sage version with Cranberry Jalapeno Sauce. Yeah, baby.
Instead of a pound of lard, these tamales are kept moist and flavorful using only 1/4 cup of coconut oil and pureed corn. My husband, AKA Professional Tamale Critic, says these are the best he's ever had. My tamale-hater-'til-I-die brother said, “Wow, I don't hate these.” I think that was a compliment.
Not only is this the easiest recipe listed here, it's also my favorite go-to side for any meal or family get together. Creamy, cheesy, and healthy thanks to one of my favorite secret ingredients. Can you guess what it is?
Mel from Mel's Kitchen Cafe had me at tzatziki with this one. Shredded pork piled high with lots of fresh, crisp toppings. I like to make a big salad out of it or wrap it up in whole grain pitas, tortillas, or naan.
Whether you turn these pears into a salad (my fave!) or dessert (hear my kids cheering?), you will fall head over heels with this recipe. The humble juicy pear has never looked so good.
Eat this pie for dessert, breakfast, or even a midnight snack. The crust is whole grain and the filling contains no added sugar. It's my personal favorite dessert on the entire blog!
This amazing Hot Pot is from Ali at Gimme Some Oven. I love how it utilizes the Instant Pot and lots and lots of veggies. This is next level Thai food for sure!
My kids are currently on an oats strike (I may be guilty of making it a little too often, it's so easy!), but this custard version always gets smiles. Thick and creamy, with the perfect amount of sweetness.
Fajitas were a rare occurrence around here before I figured this recipe out. This is so easy to throw together! You can arrange all the toppings while the meat cooks and have an incredible dinner ready in no time.
Erin from Well Plated is amazing at making healthy food taste incredible and she killed it with this Butter Chicken. Anyone that can make a recipe called Butter Chicken healthy AND delicious gets my full respect!
This is the only homemade mac and cheese recipe I've made for years. Made healthier with a little trick I figured out, but still full flavor and creamy as can be. Warm the leftovers up in an air fryer to get it all browned and crispy on top . . . it's unreal.
Egg Bites are all the rage in the Instant Pot world. This recipe is lightened up by substituting the heavy cream with a couple of key ingredients. This Denver style is loaded with ham and peppers, but the topping ideas are endless!
I dare say you've never had this many vegetables packed into one bowl. Our whole family cheers when this soup hits the table and I love that my kids are happily eating so many hidden vegetables. This is a great “dump and go” recipe and is perfect for both the newbie and experienced pressure cooker user.
Instant Pot Yogurt is without a doubt the thing I've made most in my pot and this Skyr version is even more thick and creamy, all while being nonfat. This homemade version is a million times better than storebought, and half the price too.
This recipe is from Lindsay at Pinch of Yum so you know it's gonna be GOOD! This is feel good, comfort food as it should be. Lots of spices and quite versatile too. Serve it over a big bowl of brown rice.
My drink of choice 9 years running. Oh Crio Bru, how I love you. Hot, dark chocolaty drink that is good for you so I can drink it all day long. Who are my Crio Bru addicts out there?!
This dish is an absolute treat, I love it so very much. Made with lean meat and a whole ton of veggies, you won't miss the traditional deep fried egg roll version one bit.
Instant Pot Turkey Lentil Taco Filling
Created by my friend Barbara at Pressure Cooking Today, this lentil filling is shockingly good. I tried it on a whim, and have been making taquitos with it ever since.
Healthy Alfredo? Heck yes! It is absolutely shocking how reminiscent this dish is to the classic alfredo. I serve it every Valentines with grilled chicken or steak.
Give yourself the best gift of all this year – a healthier mind and body. Good, wholesome food has the ability to heal the mind, body, and soul and these Instant Pot recipes will have you enjoying every step of the journey. Be sure and tell me what you think if you make any of these recipes!