Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

healthy instant pot recipes

These healthy instant pot recipes will make you so glad you have an instant pot to help you out on busy days.  Anything that makes healthy eating a little more manageable is pretty worthwhile in my book!

Just in case you’ve been wondering “what the heck is an instant pot??” – it’s a modernized pressure cooker that takes the work (and time) out of cooking without the difficulty factor that scared many away from old fashioned pressure cookers.  For those of you considering it, here’s how to choose the right instant pot.

Ready to try out some new recipes in YOUR instant pot?  Check these out!

1. Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

2. Tortilla Soup

3. Pressure Cooker Applesauce

4. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

5. Quick Pressure Cooker Bone Broth

6. Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

7. Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker

8. Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef

9. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

10. Simple Veggie Soup in the Instant Pot

Need more ideas?

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And check out our Instant Pot BEST Recipes Pinterest Board  - now with over 80 Instant Pot Recipes you’ll want to try!

More about the Instant Pot:

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer
  • Large, easy to use control panel with 14 built-in Smart Programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • Include 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French

If you struggle to get dinner on the table because of your hectic schedule – the Instant Pot might be a lifesaver for you! 

Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Recipe

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My family absolutely loves Mexican food, but often times Mexican food can be pretty unhealthy so I’m always looking for a healthy alternative. As I was meal planning this week I remembered this recipe video that I saw on Facebook for Mexican Quinoa however, my husband does not enjoy vegetarian meals so I knew he’d be less than happy if I made it for dinner. To keep my man happy, I made several adaptions to the recipe to better suit my family’s taste and I must say that it turned out amazing! An added bonus, as a one pot meal it was so easy to make and clean up was a snap! [Read more...]

Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos (+ How to Start with Grilled Chicken)

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 Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Jamie here!  I realized the other day that although I make this dish EVERY WEEK (no kidding – we just don’t tire of it) - I’ve never taken the time to give it it’s own recipe post.  Maybe it just seems so simple to me that it doesn’t deserve any fuss – but it’s so vitally important to my weekly menu-plan that I finally had to write about it!

I hope you’ll like it, and after adjusting it to your taste, it becomes a handy staple to fall back on as well :)  Nothing like just walking over and scooping something out of your crock pot right when your whole crew starts complaining of being hungry….

 

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Jamie here, if you’ve been looking for yummy crockpot recipes to make tonight easy – here’s one of my family’s favorites!

This Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is so darn good – warm, filling, bursting with flavor and textures – with great chunks of chicken.  PLUS – any soup that’s leftover can do double-duty as the filling for this Easy Cheesy Enchiladas recipe here!  (Just skip all the steps involving the filling, instead using this plus cheese to fill them)

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Ham & Bean Crock Pot Soup Recipe

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Jamie here!  Any time I find myself with leftover bits and pieces of ham, I wish I knew of a good ham and bean crock pot soup recipe.  Well today was the day –  I decided to experiment with our Easter leftovers, and I’ll tell you that making your way through a 4th bowl in a day is a pretty good measure of success in my book.

I think of ham and beans kind of like the pork version of chicken & dumplings.  They’re both bits of flavorful meat, floating around in a creamy, mushy base.  Which is like, heavenly.  And they both are a little peppery – which I love.  But let me tell you – this is WAY easier to make.

Here’s how:

For starters, you need about 2 Ziploc sandwich baggies of leftover slices and bites of ham. (That’s a precise measurement, right?  Okay, roundabout 2 cups.) You can definitely use a hambone that has lots of good bits and pieces left on it, instead.  (Trim most of the fat off before you use it if you’re going that route.)

Next, pick a bean, any bean.  I used Great Northern this time, but I checked with some expert Southern food cooks I know (wink-wink, Grandma Christine) and Navy beans and Butter beans are both excellent choices as well.  Rinse the beans well and add to the crockpot.

Pour in 6-7 cups of water.  I used 7 because I was looking for it to be a little soupy, but if you want to ladle this over rice or something – you might want less.

Finally, add a small diced onion, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper.  If you’re a fan of pepper like I am, go ahead and treat yourself to a whole teaspoon. ;)

Cook on Low for 7-8 Hours or High for 5-6 Hours.   If your ham is in big chunks (or you used a hambone) take it out towards the very end and shred any ham into the soup, then re-cover.

Serve with cornbread and sweet tea!

Ham & Bean Crock Pot Soup Recipe
6 - 8 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Cups of Smoked Ham Pieces (Or a hambone with some ham left on it)
  • 1 lb Bag of Dry Great Northern Beans
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 6-7 cups of water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on Low for 7-8 Hours or High for 5-6 Hours.
  2. If your ham is in big chunks (or you used a hambone) take it out towards the very end and shred any ham into the soup, then re-cover.
  3. Serve with cornbread and sweet tea!

 

See more Slow Cooker Recipes!

 

Adapted from South Your Mouth’s Ham & Beans recipe

 

 

Homemade Taco Seasoning in Bulk! (+ Organic Option)

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Jamie here!  Between my husband and four boys, we really know how to shovel in some food at suppertime.  One of the cheapest and most-loved dinners I can make is Taco Night.  Or Enchilada Night.  Or Quesadilla Night.  Or Chicken Fajita Night… you get the picture. (See all our Mexican Recipes here!)

But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve got my meat browning and I reach up to the spice cabinet for taco seasoning, only to realize I’m out.  “ARRGGHH!!” (so frustrating).

 

Here’s the “bulk taco seasoning” I bought at the store – but no more of that!

Also, paying $1 per package is not cost-effective, not when you can make your own taco seasoning in bulk!  So today, I’m sharing a recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning.  I used this one and this one as the basis for mine, one has been rated 5 Stars 2300 times, and one is from the Taste of Home Test Kitchens.  It has to be good, right?

Basic Recipe: (2-3 Tbsp = 1 Package)

  • 1/2 Cup chili powder
  • 1/4 Cup ground cumin
  • 2 Tsp of Onion Powder or 2 Tbsp of Dried Minced Onion
  • 2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Pepper (If you like it spicy, sub out part of the black pepper with cayenne)
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 Tsp Cornstarch  (This will give it that little bit of thickening agent that most packages have)

Put it all in a jar or storage container and shake it like a polaroid picture.  2-3 Tablespoons of this is equivalent to one packet of seasoning.  This will make enough to last about 8-10 dinners, depending on how much you use each time.

The best part is that you’ll know EXACTLY what is in it -and what’s not in it (MSG, maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate, silicon dioxide, theoxyquin and BHT, partially hydrogenated soybean oil)

Great Deal on Organic Bulk Spices:

Interested in making it organic, and getting a really good deal on bulk spices?  Amazon is having an AWESOME sale on Frontier Certified Organic Spices in bulk bags – they are marked down as low as 60% OFF!  Go in with a few friends to buy these and divide them up amongst yourselves for less out of pocket expense.

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe {Perfect for Easter Ham leftovers!}

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe

This yummy recipe is reposted from a previous date and I wanted to remind you in case you have holiday Ham leftovers! :)

We usually travel every Thanksgiving, so I don’t typically have any leftovers. However, I LOVE my mama’s baked ham so much I asked if she would send some home with us. Like most, my kids and hubby aren’t typically excited about eating leftovers.

I have found that if I prepare a dish that is totally different than the original, sometimes they don’t even realize we are having leftovers. So, instead of traditional dishes with leftover ham, I made ham and egg breakfast cups for breakfast. An easy meal, packed with protein!

You’ll need:

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