As it’s a combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, warmer, and more, you can make thousands of satiating meals in your programmable Instant Pot (with the added benefit of fewer dirty dishes). From flavorful meat stews and fall-off-the-bone short ribs to summer shrimp boils and nutrient-packed soups, most healthy Instant Pot recipes are done in minutes and require minimal prep.
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One reason an Instant Pot is perfect for preparing dishes for healthy eating is how fast it cooks tender meats, perfect beans, creamy Greek yogurt, eggs, and other proteins integral to a balanced diet. With the help of a few smart, healthy Instant Pot accessories like cups for cooking eggs, steamed vegetable baskets, and a few Instant Pot cookbooks with healthy Instant Pot recipes in mind, you can stay committed to your Whole30 or keto plan or maintain a more balanced diet with loads of protein and nutrient-packed vegetables.
Below are some of the best Instant Pot accessories to have around for eating healthy all week (and year) long—and most will work with other pressure cookers too.
This Instant Pot steamer basket will make cooking veggies or boiling eggs even easier, and any dietician will tell you steaming adds the least amount of fat to foods while best maintaining their nutritional integrity. This steamer basket Instant Pot accessory is available in three different sizes (3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart) so there’s a size that will fit perfectly for any Instant Pot model, and they work with the Ninja Foodi and some other multicookers too. The stainless-steel steamer basket features a silicone-covered handle to keep it from getting too hot and burning your fingers when you lift it out.Buy Now
Serving a similar function as the basket above, this BPA-free silicone steamer has the added bonus of folding up flat for easy storage, so it’s a great choice for smaller spaces. It also cleans up more easily than metal since it’s naturally nonstick. It can be used with 6-quart and 8-quart Instant Pots.Buy Now
The Instant Pot does come with a metal rack, but this BPA-free silicone version is far easier to clean since it’s nonstick. It elevates your food from the liquid in the pot, while the vented bottom promotes better airflow for even cooking and also allows any rendered fat to drain. Use with 6-quart and 8-quart Instant Pots. When not in use, it works as a heat-safe trivet too.Buy Now
Mealthy CrispLid Air Fryer Attachment, $64.95* from Mealthy (*take $10 off with code Chowhound10 at checkout)
While frying food is obviously not a *healthy* choice, air frying at least cuts way down on the fat and calories. But if you’ve been unsure about getting yet another kitchen appliance, this nifty new attachment may be the perfect option for you. It’s basically a lid that you can lock onto any 6- or 8-quart electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot (and Mealthy’s own MultiPot models). It comes with a fryer basket, raised trivet, stainless steel tongs, and a heat-resistant silicone mat to rest the lid on when you’re done—but that’s still a lot less to store than a bulky air fryer itself. Check out our executive editor’s Mealthy CrispLid review for more info. While this item is currently out of stock on Mealthy’s site, it is available on Amazon.Buy Now
Instant Pot also has their own official lid that transforms the pressure cooker into an air fryer. The lid attachment instantly turns the Instant Pot into an air fryer that can fry, bake, roast, broil, reheat, and dehydrate. Plus, with the built-in Even Crisp technology, all your favorite foods are guaranteed to come out golden and perfectly crispy. Buy Now
This healthy Instant Pot cookbook contains over 130 easy recipes for dishes you’ll love, all of which were developed specifically for a low-carb, high-protein keto diet. An Instant Pot is one of the best tools for a high-protein, low-carb lifestyle, cooking savory dishes like fall-off-the-bone red meats, quick chicken and fish, and fresh vegetables in a fraction of the time it takes in an oven. This book covers all of them and then some, with recipes like Amazing Asian Pulled Pork, Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Roll-Ups, Buffalo Meatballs, Easy Baked Eggs, Chocolate Almond Fudge, and Pumpkin Coffee Cake (all still keto, of course). It also includes helpful info on using your Instant Pot if you’re just getting started, plus great meal prep tips.Buy Now
Make perfect soft- or hard-boiled eggs in your multicooker with this handy Instant Pot egg steamer rack. It has indents to hold nine eggs, making this steam tool ideal for healthy meal prep. Make a batch (or two) on Sunday, then chop up some hard-boiled eggs for your salad for more protein to fuel your afternoon, or add a soft-boiled egg on top of avocado toast for an easy, healthy weekday breakfast. This comes in sizes suitable for 5-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart Instant Pot models.Buy Now
If you love Starbucks‘ sous vide egg bites, you need these silicone Instant Pot egg molds that let you make your own at home. Packed with protein, they’re yet another meal prepper’s dream (and a nice change from plain old hard-boiled eggs). Customize them with any additions you want, make a double batch on Sunday, and grab them for healthy breakfasts and lunch all week long. This set of two silicone molds (each makes 7 egg bites at once) also comes with silicone spoons and a steamer rack, but if you don’t need all the extras, you can buy a single egg bite mold with lid by itself.Buy Now
“The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook: 75 Easy Recipes for Light Meals” by Megan Gilmore, $9.31 from Amazon
Whip up some light, healthy meals in your Instant Pot with this great healthy multicooker cookbook, which includes 75 simple recipes all suited for the miracle machine. Each healthy Instant Pot recipe includes a gluten-free option and they are all free of refined sugars. The healthy and delicious dishes range from savory (Instant Pot Eggplant Parmesan Bake, Spicy Lentil Burgers, and Asparagus & Leek Frittata) to sweet (Flourless Banana Oat Bread and One-Pot Chocolate Cake and Frosting—yum). Plus, there are tips on what to keep in your pantry so you’re always ready to whip up something good (and good for you too).Buy Now
Make your Instant Pot even more convenient with these stackable stainless-steel Instant Pot inserts for cooking multiple things at once, like a protein and sides (pressure cooking pros call this “PIP” or “pot in pot” cooking). They also serve as layer pans for cooking lasagna or cheesecake on cheat day, but we recommend them as one of the best Instant Pot accessories for anyone looking to increase efficiency and make more than one dish at a time. You can even cook multiple proteins to keep meal prep interesting, easy, and fast!Buy Now
You can make your own yogurt easily at home with this nifty Instant Pot yogurt maker accessory. We love that it’s easy to use and easy to clean—and saves a lot of money compared to buying tubs of yogurt at the store (plus, it cuts down on food waste to boot). Try creating different flavors and varieties such as Greek yogurt—and don’t worry about hidden sugar since you’ll know exactly what goes into your batch. Incorporate unique add-ins to shake up your healthy breakfast routine too, but don’t forget yogurt recipes that embrace its savory side!Buy Now
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