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10 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes That’ll Keep You Cozy This Fall

For those cold nights when you want something hearty and warm, hit up these healthy Instant Pot recipes that are perfect for fall.


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Looking for healthy Instant Pot recipes? Try this cauliflower mac and cheese by Well Plated by Erin. Photograph courtesy Well Plated by Erin.

Sure, the Instant Pot is a recently trending kitchen appliance, and rightfully so because these bad boys whip up healthy and nutritious meals in no time, thanks to their high temperature and pressure cooking technology.

Since we’re entering the cold months — during which time we’ll be shoveling all the soups, stews and the like down our throats to keep warm — we rounded up 10 healthy Instant Pot recipes to keep you toasty this fall and winter. Read on for quick and easy dinner ideas, a la the Instant Pot, that come together in under an hour.

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Beef Stew

Via Jessica Gavin

Beef stew in 45 minutes? Yes, you can, thanks to this recipe. Simply combining the meat, veggies, and simple seasonings create a healthy — and more importantly, warming — meal in no time. Whole 30 and Paleo-friendly.

Butternut Squash Soup

Via Gimme Some Oven 

Granny smith apples up the ante of this butternut squash soup recipe that uses the Instant Pot to cook apples, carrots and butternut squash — some very fibrous foods — in a mere eight minutes on the high pressure setting. Vegan and Whole 30- friendly. 

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Via Well Plated by Erin

Mac and cheese is one of those universally enjoyed types of food, so when you can make it healthier and quicker, all hands are on deck. This recipe adds cauliflower to help create a creamy texture to the dairy coating the pasta.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Via Food Network 

Chicken noodle soup is one of those meals that you have to have at least once every year during the colder months. Knock your serving out with this quick and easy recipe that’ll be ready to devour in about 45 minutes. Dairy-free.

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Via Light Indulgences

Here, a veggie-filled dish for meat eaters that comes together in a flash. Load up your Instant Pot with chicken, butternut squash and chicken stock to create the creamy sauce which will top whole-wheat pasta and a sprinkling of peas. Dairy-free friendly.

Lentil Soup

Via Detoxinitsa

If you’re anything like me, you often avoid delicious and nutritious lentils because of how long they take to cook. Well, with the Instant Pot, you can put together this veggie-packed and protein-rich soup in a snap. Vegan and gluten-free.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Via Show Me the Yummy

For a taste of a meat-free Thanksgiving vibes, a la the Instant Pot, this warming recipe has you covered. Wild rice, cranberries, pecans, and more fill half of an acorn squash to create a delicious and healthy weeknight dinner or side dish. Vegan and gluten-free.

Tomato Soup

Via A Virtual Vegan

Does anything say cold weather more than tomato soup? We think not. Get your hands on this Instant Pot version that takes a whopping SEVEN minutes to cook from start to finish. Oh yeah, and this recipe comes with re-heating instructions because you better believe there will be leftovers to keep you warm for days. Vegan and gluten-free. 

Vegetarian Chili

Via Show Me the Yummy 

In three easy steps, you’ll have cook off-worthy chili in a mere 30 minutes. Packed with veggies, quinoa, and jalapeno for a little extra zing, this recipe will satisfy even beef-loving chili eaters. Vegan and gluten-free.

Zucchini Noodle Pho

Via The Girl on Bloor

It’s hard to believe that you can create such a sought-after dish at home, with some low-carb tweaks to boot! Either spiralize a few zucchinis yourself, or buy them pre-spiralized and get this quick and easy concoction in a bowl, ASAP. Keto.

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