The holidays are officially over, which may mean that (a) you have some new kitchen gadgets to play with and (b) you’re planning on eating healthier as part of your new year’s resolutions. In case both things are true, Whole30 Instant Pot recipes may be just the thing to see you through January. Otherwise, they’re still handy for quick and nutritious dinners any time of the year.
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Whole30 turns 10 this year and remains a popular option for those seeking to reset their diets, although you’re not meant to focus on weight or calories, just on what you’re putting in your mouth and how it makes you feel. That said, it can feel pretty daunting at first, because it forbids a lot of things, including all added sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy (except ghee or clarified butter), and most legumes—which can make it difficult to figure out meals that fit the bill while still tasting good. Luckily, lots of people have already done that work for you, and we’ve rounded up some of the best Whole30 Instant Pot meals on the internet to help you get through the whole ordeal (er, “challenge”).
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This official Whole30 cookbook includes even more recipes, with options for both your Instant Pot and your slow cooker.
The Instant Pot part of the equation means, since you’re not babysitting a skillet, you have more time to focus on other things in between work and chores—and the Whole30 part, hopefully, means you have more energy to enjoy doing them too!
These get the first mention because they’re ultra-easy, come out perfectly every time (including shells that slip right off), and are just as great for on-the-go breakfasts as they are for garnishing salads, soups, and other meals. Adjust the cook time depending on how soft (or firm) you like your yolks, and make up to a full dozen at once. Get the Perfect Instant Pot Eggs recipe.
This tender beef pot roast nestles up to sweet potatoes (or winter squash), onions, and carrots with rosemary and thyme. Like most Whole30 recipes, it also touts itself as paleo, which is true—in fact, all Whole30 recipes are paleo (but not all paleo recipes are Whole30 compliant, as they may contain verboten ingredients like honey or maple syrup). Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe.
Think of this as tortilla soup without the tortillas (which you can’t have on Whole30). Coconut milk makes it creamy, while chicken and zucchini make it filling. And you can top it off with as many avocado slices as you like. Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup recipe.
Whole30 also forbids soy sauce, but coconut aminos are a-okay and can be used as a substitute. Combined with garlic, ginger, sesame, red pepper, and beef broth, they make a great sauce for flank steak and broccoli. Serve it over cauliflower rice, since actual grains are out too. Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli recipe.
Another delicious thing to ladle over cauliflower rice (aka your new best food friend)? This luscious butter chicken in a sauce packed with ginger, garlic, and shallots, plus creamy coconut milk. Get the Whole30 Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe.
Pile this succulent, umami-rich shredded pork on top of roasted potatoes (white ones and sweet ones are allowed on Whole30), use it to make lettuce wraps, or…you guessed it…serve it over cauliflower rice—and you won’t miss sandwich buns or tacos shells one bit. Or at least you’ll get over it pretty quickly once you start digging in. Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Magic Pork recipe.
Sea bass and shrimp swim in a tomato-based broth that’s good to the last drop (and happens to pair well with good old cauliflower rice for sopping it all up). Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Seafood Gumbo recipe.
Purists may scoff at the use of zucchini noodles, but they’re perfectly at home in a steaming bowl of fragrant chicken pho. Do note that if you add the optional maple syrup, it’s no longer Whole30-compliant (but it is paleo either way, and comes from the queen of paleo herself, Michelle Tam). Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Pho recipe.
Remember cauliflower rice? It’s great as the base for all sorts of grain-free bowls, like these burrito-inspired chicken and vegetable ones. Since you can’t have beans or cheese (or sour cream) on Whole30, feel free to add extra veggies—and if you’ve never tried the pot-in-pot method before, you’ll love the fact that it lets you make the cauliflower rice and the chicken at the same time! Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls recipe.
With ground beef, tomatoes, and lots of warming spices, this is kind of like a brothier version of chili (sans beans, of course), and it gets a little extra body from coconut milk, which is another ingredient that turns up a lot in Whole30 recipes. If you prefer, you can make this in your slow cooker instead. Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Taco Soup recipe.
While Whole30 has no problems with moderate amounts of meat, if you personally don’t eat it, or if you just need a break from animal protein, this creamy spinach saag is a great vegetarian option that can be made vegan too—just use coconut oil in place of the ghee or clarified butter. And in either case, you can probably guess what it’s best served with… Get the Whole30 Paleo Instant Pot Saag recipe.
Coconut milk lends its characteristic creaminess to this nourishing and comforting vegan soup as well, with carrots and ginger playing perfectly off of each other. Just the thing for a chilly evening, although it would probably work served cold during summer too. Get the Whole30 Instant Pot Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup recipe.