5 Instant Pot Recipes for Easy Meal Planning


If you haven’t heard about the Instant Pot yet, it’s basically a crock pot that can cook thousands of yummy meals with minimal effort. Whether you’re a busy workaholic, stay at home mom, or a contender for Worst Cooks in America, this kitchen appliance can be a life saver.

My personal fave is the quinoa bowl. In my family we eat a lot of quinoa. Instant Pot cooks quinoa in one minute. I repeat, it pressure cooks quinoa in literally one minute. It’s my new BFF.

Use it to add these healthy vegan meals to your recipe portfolio.

Alu Gobi - Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes

Pairing cauliflower and potatoes is a very common thing in the Indian kitchen. I personally find cauliflower to be a very adaptable and versatile vegetable. There are variations of this combination all across India, but this particular recipe uses basic spices from the Punjabi pantry. For the dish to work, the cauliflower should be cut into larger pieces and the potatoes into smaller cubes.

Sous Vide - Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of those dishes that isn’t too hard to cook traditionally, but I use sous vide a lot for the convenience. I eat oatmeal almost every morning, and I like to make a large pot ahead of time. Since you can cook and store the oatmeal in the same Mason jar, there is no cleanup of a pot and spoon, making it quick and easy to do. This recipe incorporates apples and cinnamon, adding crisp bursts of sweetness and sharp background notes.

Easy Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Bored of eating plain quinoa? If so, this burrito bowl will spice things up. Made with black beans, tomato, corn, a little chipotle, and please don’t forget the avocado garnish for the ultimate fiesta in yo’ mouth!

Spinach Daal

A staple in Indian homes, daal is a healthy lentil dish made in ghee with healthy and wholesome ingredients like tomatoes, garlic and spinach.

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

In addition to the curry powder and the nutmeg, the spices from this dish are remarkably fragrant and delicious. The chickpeas are super satisfying to the tummy, and the spinach is packed with nutrients. Enjoy this recipe as a complete meal on #MeatlessMonday with a little side of gluten-free naan or pita bread.

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Bess O'Connor is the founder of Urban Wellness Magazine. A holistic, natural lifestyle is what she's all about. She has studied in many healing traditions, is a Certified Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Practitioner and worked as a Healing Arts Master for the Chopra Center for 8 years. To her, WELLNESS is short for: Water, Exercise, Love, Light, Nourishment, Energy, Sun & Spirit. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.