Apr 182017
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Did you just get an Instant Pot for a holiday gift or birthday present and have no idea what is next? Maybe you read the manual and the *beginner’s guide* (link to the first article!). Now, you’re ready to start cooking! Before you get started, there are a few things I want you to know. You can cook healthier foods with your Instant Pot from simple entrees to gourmet dishes. I also want to show you that you can use your Instant Pot daily which can make it one of the most valuable appliances in your kitchen.

How to Cook Healthy Foods in Your Instant Pot

Easy does it. If you’re a beginner, start off easy. Skip long or heavy recipes until you get the hang of it. With simple recipes with few ingredients, you can learn how to make adjustments and discover how the Instant Pot works. You will learn how your food cooks and what you might need to read up on to truly master your Instant Pot. Try rice to learn the rice cooker setting and shredded meat to learn how to make your meat flavorful.

Start with a whole chicken. If you’re not sure how to get going with your Instant Pot, a whole chicken could be just what you need. While there are many recipes online for a whole chicken in your Instant Pot, you can add your own flair with seasonings and broth. Don’t forget that your Instant Pot should always have a cup of liquid in your pot when you cook.

Superfoods go a long way. As you start to create your own recipes, don’t forget superfoods. A superfood is something that is packed with nutrients for a healthy base for your meals. Look for items that don’t lose a lot of their nutritional value when cooking.

Think of soups that use your favorite vegetables or make a simple bone broth in your Instant Pot. Bone broth has lots of benefits such as fighting inflammation and building healthier bones.

Frozen foods can be cooked in the Instant Pot. Did you know that you can actually cook food straight from frozen into your Instant Pot? This will cut down the time it takes to thaw, and it can save you money at the grocery store since meal planning can be easier when you develop freezer meals.

Create healthy meal plans. If you’re not savvy in the kitchen, the Instant Pot can make you look like a pro. It will help you serve flavorful and healthier dishes when you desire, but with a little planning, you can be a meal planning pro too. Instead of just cooking rice for one meal, you can make extras to use throughout the week for lunches. You can batch cook meat or hard boil eggs for protein packed snacks.

Use these tips to make your Instant Pot essential for your everyday meals. You might find yourself learning more about healthier dishes as you discover cooking in your Instant Pot is effective.

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  111 Responses to “How to Cook Healthy Foods in Your Instant Pot”

  1. Oooh! I have one in my Amazon cart and I keep going back and forth on it. I really think I should bite the bullet and get it. Looks so convenient! Thanks for all the tips (and convincing me to actually get it haha).

  2. I’ve been going back and forth about getting an Instant Pot for a while (because of the price). We’ve recently became vegetarians so we’d be making a lot of veggie meals with it!

  3. My sister has been raving about this pot and here you are doing the same. I’ve heard so much about it and I am thinking about getting one for myself. I think I’m sold.

  4. this soup looks so good and comforting not only that I really like the fact that you can make it in your Instant Pot. Tanks for sharing it

  5. Thanks for sharing these tips. I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and I love it. It’s the best!

  6. This is such a great post. The Instant Pot is a great way to save time, but it’s also a GREAT way to cook healthy. I love mine.

  7. I really need to start using mine and it seems like they are such a time saver and can make eating healthier faster, easier, and better! This looks so good, it is making me hungry.

  8. I love cooking easy meals. I need to get my Instant Pot out of my closet and use it more often! Cooking frozen foods in the Instant Pot is a bonus in my book!

  9. It’s on my list! This made it seem a lot easier than what I thought it was going to be. I keep thinking the whole thing is going to blow up on me.

  10. I need to get an instant pot soon people always tell me that it makes meals so much easier

  11. I so need to buy one of these soon! So many awesome things I can do with it.

  12. I’ve been curious about the instant pots. I haven’t made the commitment to buy one yet but it’s up there on my list. Now I know how to use it for veggies if I get it.

  13. I’ve been curious about the instant pots. I haven’t made the commitment to buy one yet but it’s up there on my list. Now I know how to use it for veggies if I get it.

  14. I don’t have one, but it seems like a great tool for moms on the go who don’t have time to sit over a hot stove at night.

  15. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. We have an instant pot, and it does a great job with healthy ingredients. I’ll have to bookmark this.

  16. Thank you for this! I got one for Christmas and haven’t even used it yet!

  17. Thank you for this! I got one for Christmas and haven’t even used it yet!

  18. This is exactly what I have been looking for. We got an instant pot for Christmas and we have made lots of things in there but not many of them are as healthy as I’d like. Totally pinning this!

  19. I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes using the instant pot, but I’m not sure if its for me! I’m pretty good at finding quick recipes on their own.

  20. I don’t have an Instant Pot yet, but these are great tips. I will have to ask Santa for one this year 🙂

  21. I love healthy food. I’ve always wanted to try instant pot.

  22. Great tips on using this must-have kit. The idea of cooking something from frozen , sounds interesting too.

  23. The idea of cooking something from frozen , sounds cool

  24. I love the idea of an instant pot! And I can just imagine how much delicious magic can be created in it!

  25. My husband actually had my kids make a meal last week. It was pretty good! Mica was freaking out about peeling the potatoes. It got done though.

  26. I’ve seen these on a couple of different sites lately, and they look really convenient to have around. I love that you can use it with frozen food – that really does save time (and the scramble of forgetting to pull the meat out).

  27. I keep hearing about this Instant Pot, but have yet to get one of my own. I have my crock pots, but this seems like it owuld made a good addition to my kitchen family.

  28. I have never heard of an instant pot…is this like a crock pot? I love anything that I can cook pretty much everything at once haha.

  29. Instant Pot looks amazing and the best part is that we can cook frozen food. I always have issues in cooking the frozen meal as it won’t be cooked easily.

  30. this seems to be the hot new cooking utensil. I didn’t receive one for Christmas and that is okay. I still have my slow cooker. Maybe one day I will want one but not right now.

  31. What an amazing share! I haven’t gotten an instant pot yet because I’ve been worried about what I would make in it, honestly. However, it seems pretty easy, like a faster crock pot!

  32. I need to start creating more healthy meal plans. I do have an instant pot and it could really help with some easy recipes.

  33. I’ve heard so many great things about the instant pot. I have yet to jump on the band wagon, but I really should!

    • I’ve heard a ton of great things about the instant pot from my friends. I really need to purchase one.

  34. I haven’t gotten an instant pot yet, but I need too. It would make my meal planning so much easier.

  35. It’s on my list to get an instant pot, but I always put it off for next time. I know it will save me time and healthy way to cook. Hope I get one before the end of this year 🙂

  36. I’ve never heard of this, but I’m trying to get into this healthy eating. This Instant pot might be just what I need to get started.

  37. Is an Instant Pot like a slow cooker? If so, I’ve been wanting to get one of those. Great idea to just throw in some Superfoods…that’s always a good thing!

  38. I keep reading about how awesome the instant pots are. I really need to look into getting one!

  39. I have heard wonderful things about the Instant Pot, but many of the recipes do seem rich and decadent. It is nice to know there are more health conscious options available!

  40. I just started a Couples Cooking for Beginners group on Facebook. I may have to share this with the rest of the group.

  41. So many people swear by the Instant Pots. I really need to get one.

  42. I have been dying to get my hands on an instant pot because it would really help. Hopefully someone would buy me one lol x

  43. I just bought an Instant Pot and I love it. I have been doing a lot more cooking. I am always looking for healthy recipes to try.

  44. I want one! I have heard so many great things about them. At first I figured it was like those old crock pots and while it is similar I have learned they are different and BETTER!

  45. I got an Instant Pot several months ago. I like it far more than I thought I would and it has become one of my two favorite small appliances.

  46. I need to buy an Instant Pot! It’s on my to buy list!! So many amazing quick meals you can make with this thing! It’ll be a perfect addition to the family for our dinners!

  47. We love our Instant Pot. We usually cook in it a lot. We haven’t used it a lot this week, though. We need to get some recipes started and crank that baby up!

  48. I have never heard of this magical instant pot but I will definitely be looking into getting one so I can try your wonderful recipe. It sounds so delicious.

  49. I’ve been hearing a lot about the instant pot and I’m thinking I should check it out the next time I’m in a small appliance store.

  50. Well I never heard of an instant pot until this post & looked it up – takes the place of 7 other kitchen appliances so going to research a bit more. Thanks for pointing me at this …

  51. A whole chicken sounds like a great place to start! I need to jump on board the instant pot train!

  52. I need an Instant Pot so bad!! M sister has one and I’m jealous of all the meals she cook in it. These are great tips, especially knowing i can put my frozen meat in there too!

  53. I haven’ tried one of these instant pots yet. Still using my pressure cooker

  54. I haven’ tried one of these instant pots yet. Still using my pressure cooker

  55. I love cooking and I always thought that instant pots were genius!

  56. I’ve heard about these instant pots. I’m still using the old pressure cooker. This pot sounds amazing. I want one!

  57. This will be noted! This is such a great advice and tips! I like it.

  58. I remember the first whole chicken I cooked. When the buzzer went off I went to lift it out the pot and it fell away from the bones. I was hooked instantly.

  59. Where was this pot my entire life when I’d always forget to bring out something from the freezer to thaw and my mom would almost always want to kill me. This is awesome.

  60. Such a good tips! It very useful for everyone. Great post!

  61. I love mine so much because I CAN put frozen food in it. It is perfect for moms who have kids who are hungry NOW! You can prep a healthy, hot meal in mere minutes. It is my fav kitchen gadget!

  62. Okay I need to get an instant pot! It seems so easy to be able to make healthy items using it….definitely a must have kitchen item!

  63. Okay I need to get an instant pot! It seems so easy to be able to make healthy items using it….definitely a must have kitchen item!

  64. I had no idea that you can cook food straight from frozen with the Instant Pot! That would cut down on so much of our prep time!

  65. I keep hearing all of these great things about the Instant Pot. I think I’m going to have to look into getting one.

  66. I keep hearing all of these great things about the Instant Pot. I think I’m going to have to look into getting one.

  67. those are really great tips and ideas! I had no idea about them! thanks for sharing

  68. If you’re not used to cooking using your instant pot, it’s definitely nice to start with easier recipes. I think these are great tips! Perfect for beginners.

  69. I’ve been thinking about buying an instant pot recently. It seems like it is the perfect combination of a slow cooker and pressure cooker.

  70. There are so many benefits to having a Instant Pot. Anything that allows me to cook healthier meals sounds like a must have kitchen tool.

  71. My husband is a beginner cook and I suggest the same thing to him as you mentioned: start it off with easy ingredients and simple combinations.

    I am a big fan of one-pot cooking; I love the extra tastes this brings. I also like the ancient grain foods.

  72. I really love cooking in my Instant Pot. I love being able to throw frozen meat in there and it not take long for a tasty meal.

  73. I have a Insta-Pot, but I still got to learn how to use it. I wish, you included a simple recipe on your post.

  74. I have not yet purchased an Instant Pot, but I think it would be the right time to get one. I’ve seen so many recipes to make in it and I want to try making them too.

  75. I have heard so many great things about an insta-pot. This would be helpful for me since I suffer from chronic pain. Standing in the kitchen for long periods of time is hard. I love my crockpot but there are only so many things that I can make using it.

  76. instant pot sounds wonderful ti have in the kitchen! As a busy single mom this could really help me : ) thanks for the heads up!

  77. I don’t have an instant pot yet. You have a lot of great tips!

  78. I am so jealous right now. I’ve been wanting an instant pot for a while.

  79. These are the perfect basics to eating healthy. I love that the tips work even if you don’t have an instant pot!

  80. I’ve been hearing so much about the Instant Pot! I would love to get one someday! Looks like a lot of yummy recipes!

  81. I’ve been hearing so much about the Instant Pot! I would love to get one someday! Looks like a lot of yummy recipes!

  82. This seems like the kitchen hot gadget lately and have heard great things about it! Would be nice to get one for quick dinners when busy!

  83. I just got my own Instant Pot. I would say I am still in the discovery phase and I am loving it so far.

  84. Ok so you have sealed the deal. I want an Instant Pot for sure. I love quick and easy cooking.

  85. Girl, you are having so much fun with your Instant Pot! Love that there are so many different things you can do with it!

  86. I need to get an instant pot, we have a slow cooker but I know that they have less options that the instant pot. I think that planning out meals is the best way to cook healthy.

  87. What helpful tips. I have an Instant Pot but haven’t used it as much as I should.

  88. Awesome tips on how to start cooking healthy! Instant pots make cooking easier and it’s definitely a great way to prepare meals.

  89. Ive never heard of an instant pot. Sounds like a good idea for people who do not have a lot of time to make dinner.

  90. I do not have one I didn’t know how easy it can be, thanks a lot you open my mind its a really good idea

  91. This is very helpful, I got an instant pot sent by the PR and still sitting in my stockroom. Because i dont know how to use it 🙂
    Saving this post and will open my instant pot this weekend 🙂

  92. I love my instant pot! I make healthy recipes in it all the time, and it is such a great time saver.

  93. Great post. Creating healthy meal plans is definitely the way to go! I love my instant pot. 🙂

  94. Great post. Anything that saves time and gives great quality is a win in my books.

  95. I, seriously, need to get one of these! All of the recipes and tips that people post are AMAZING!

  96. I keep seeing all of these instant pot recipes everywhere. I don’t have one yet but it looks like I should be getting one.

  97. I have heard so many good things about instapots. I need to buy one now.

  98. I need to get one. I often make use of my pressure cooker or crockpot but it’s high time now.

  99. I don’t have an Instant Pot, but it sounds like something that can come in real handy for quick meals. I like that you can cook frozen food with it.

  100. What a great post! I’m new to the Instant Pot and love learning how to use it better for my family.

  101. Instant pot is really a good product. I already have one and it really help me done my cooking much easier.

  102. I need to get an instant pot, I keep seeing these great recipes. It would make cooking so much easier!

  103. I’ve an Instant pot but haven’t given it too much love. Need to bring this bad guy out and cook some delicious meal with it. Thanks for the reminder.

  104. I didn’t know that the insta pot helps to thaw and cook food at the same time. That is huge for me because I never have enough time to cook.

  105. i have made a lot of things in my pressure cooker and love it. i make pretty much anything i want in it.

  106. This sounds so cool and easy to make food,gonna check this out

  107. Sounds like a great pot to cook in makes everything so much easier. I will definitely be looking into getting one for myself.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  108. I love an instant pot. I haven’t heard of one since my mom used to use it when I was a kid.

  109. This is absolutely helpful for someone who is starting to learn how to cook. Thanks for sharing

  110. Thanks for this. Will definitely bookmark this to use in the future.