We’ve heard a lot of mention of the Instant Pot over the past few years. Many people seem to have become faithful to this kitchen appliance for their go-to meals.
And for good reason.
Once you’ve tried it out, you’ll realize how handy it can be on those busy nights. Or, how it can help to get that new recipe cooked just right.
The Instant Pot is here to be your kitchen helper. Not only does it help simplify the cooking process, but it also has an uncanny ability to cook meals to perfection.
All you need to do is load in the ingredients and turn it on. It’s really that easy.
Feel free to add more than the recipe may call for. By making a large batch in advance you can have extra portions in the fridge to eat over the following days. It’s a pretty simple way to make your lunches for the week.
If you don’t happen to have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, most of these recipes can be made on the stove top as well. A few alterations is all they would need.
Here are 11 oil-free plant-based instant pot recipes to try out:
1. Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice
Keep it simple with Black Beans and Rice from My Plant-Based Family. The ingredients are pretty basic, but this recipe proves that things don’t have to be complex to taste great. Brown rice, black beans, onion, and garlic are all you need. With a satisfying texture this black beans and rice instant pot recipe with fill you up. A touch of fresh squeezed lime juice adds to the flavour while stirring in a bit of avocado creates a nice creaminess. Beans and rice sure do go well together.
2. Butternut Ginger Bisque
The instant pot is also a good way to make soup. Load in the ingredients, turn it on, and wait. It’s pretty straight forward. For this Plant-Based Butternut Ginger Bisque by Clean Food Dirty Girl butternut squash, carrots, green apple, and ginger blend well. Enjoy it as a side or as the main dish. Soup is a meal that goes well on it’s own, or pair it with rice or potatoes and make the soup last longer (or not). The rich orange colour and aroma of the bisque further enhance the gastronomic experience.
3. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cooking potatoes is something else the Instant Pot is great at. Whether you like them simply boiled or prefer to mash them, they’re sure to be cooked to perfection. This Garlic Mashed Potatoes instant pot recipe from Make Real Food is made with parsley and vegetable broth as well as non-dairy milk during the mashing process.
Adjust the amount of non-dairy milk according to the texture you desire. You can use russet, yellow, or Yukon gold potatoes for those much loved fluffy mashed potatoes!
4. Pressure Cooker Vegan Chili
For a vegan lentil chili try this instant pot recipe from Eat Within Your Means. It only takes about an hour to make, so you won’t need to wait long until you can dig in! Add as much spice and heat as you desire in the form of various peppers, spices, and fire roasted tomatoes. You can even complete the meal by topping it off with some vegan cashew cream and enjoying it with tortilla chips.
To make homemade oil-free chips, just cut these corn tortillas into four and place them in the oven (they’re made only using sprouted corn, water, lime, and a touch of sea salt). Once they crisp up, remove them and use for dipping in your instant pot vegan chili.
5. Instant Pot Veggie Soup Magic
This instant pot recipe by Plant-Based Junkies is dubbed Veggie Soup Magic, and understandably so. The instant pot really does seem a little too good to be true sometimes. It manages to cook things to perfection with a reliability that makes you feel like quite the accomplished chef.
This veggie soup recipe is no different. Made with beans, tomato sauce, sweet potato, and loaded with vegetables, herbs, and spices, it’s got everything in it! Using frozen vegetables helps cut down on prep time. Or, you can chop up vegetables the night or so before and leave them in the fridge so they’re ready to go.
6. Instant Pot Veggie Stew
If you’ve been looking for a hearty stew since going plant-based, look no further. This Instant Pot Veggie Stew from Brand New Vegan has it all. Chunks of potatoes, carrots, green beans, and mushrooms cooked in a flavourful tomato, vegetable, and herb infused sauce provide the ideal stew-y experience.
For a slightly thicker consistency you can add a bit of corn starch to the mixture. All in all, this veggie stew has the appetizing aroma, the satisfying texture, and the filling effect that every great stew needs! Plus, the instant pot makes the whole cooking process a breeze!
7. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
It’s got looks and taste. This Raw Till Whenever Vegan Creamy Butternut Squash Soup instant pot recipe is great with or over rice. Made with butternut squash, lentils, vegetable broth, and coconut milk, this soup is a thicker consistency and really hits the spot. Oil-free, salt-free, and sugar-free, this dish is whole food, plant-based and delicious.
By cooking a large batch you can leave extras in the fridge (or freezer) and heat some up throughout the week as you need it. Find more tasty instant pot recipes by Raw Till Whenever.
8. Instant Pot Buckwheat Porridge
The Instant Pot can work well for breakfast too, like this buckwheat porridge recipe from Veggie Primer. All you need for the base is buckwheat groats and non-dairy milk. Then add whichever additional flavourings you like. Banana and raisins are a popular go-to combo for good reason. The banana in particular adds a nice thicker texture to the porridge. Additionally, you can top it all off with fresh fruit and/or nuts or seeds for a filling start to your day.
Also, if you cook up a large batch in advance you can keep it in the fridge to either warm up in the morning or enjoy as cold porridge. Leaving a bowl of frozen blueberries in the fridge overnight will provide an extra topping. Just scoop a handful or two of the berries (with their juice) on to your instant pot porridge.
Note: For a warm “syrup,” you can heat up the berries on the stove before pouring them over your bowl of buckwheat.
9. Lentils, Broccoli Mashed Potatoes and Carrots
Create an entire meal in the instant pot, but not just a one dish entree. This Lentils, Broccoli Mashed Potatoes, and Carrots instant pot recipe from My Plant-Based Family uses the steamer basket to prepare three separate parts of the meal.
By placing the carrots and potatoes in the steamer basket, the lentils can cook in the main pot underneath. Not only does this save on water and energy, but it saves you time as well – including the number of dishes to be cleaned up later!
10. Busy Night Pasta
This vegan pasta instant pot recipe from My Plant-Based Family is as good as it looks. Whole grain pasta, vegetable tomato sauce, frozen broccoli, and water make this dish quick and easy to prepare. Despite how simple it is to make, Busy Night Pasta is something the entire family will enjoy. Because who doesn’t love pasta? Making your own homemade pasta sauce or using an oil-free store bought version, such as this salt and oil-free tomato sauce will help keep the meal SOS-free (salt-oil-sugar).
Note: This recipe uses a brand of pasta sauce that is not oil-free. For an oil-free version, use one of the tomato sauce options listed above.
11. Vegan Red Lentil Chili
If you’d like a flavour-filled dish with a touch of spice, dig into this instant pot recipe for Red Lentil Vegan Chili from Raw Till Whenever. Again, this recipe pairs really well with rice, or pour it over a plate of potatoes for a hearty plant-based meal. Raw Till Whenever has more scrumptious instant pot recipes in their e-book for you to check out too.
All-in-all, an Instant Pot or pressure cooker is a highly useful kitchen appliance to add to your collection. Because any tool that can make the cooking process easier and help simplify your life is definitely a worthwhile investment!
Do you have a favourite oil-free, vegan instant pot recipe? Let us know about it in the comments below!
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