150+ Healthy Instant Pot Meal Prep Recipes

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes for Meal Prep

In need for some healthy, hands-off instant pot ideas?  Read on find over 100 healthy instant pot meal prep recipes to help you with those hectic days.

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I’m not sure when you’re reading this but as of the time of me writing this post I did not own an instant pot.

(Update: I currently have an 8-QT Instant Pot Duo and I have to admit it’s come in very handy.)

As a matter of fact if you asked me what an instant pot was, I’d have said it was some sort of “rice cooker”.

Clearly I was naive but after learning about it and doing some research for myself, I believe it is worth the investment.

So before I jump into the list of healthy instant pot meal prep recipes I’ve compiled, I want to take a brief moment to talk about the instant pot, its functions and if it’s really possible to use it to prepare a healthy meal.

If you already own an instant pot then some of this stuff may not be applicable to you. 

If that’s the case then please feel free to click on this link to jump down to the list of recipes.

However if you need a refresher, just recently purchased your instant pot or are completely new to it like I was then I encourage you to read on.

What Exactly Does The Instant Pot Do?...

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I think it’s safe to assume you’ve likely heard of or come across the instant pot before but do you really know everything it does?

All these years I had seen it in passing but I never really paid attention to the different features it had.

Well for one I really hadn’t seen anyone use it to its full potential.

So here I was thinking it was just a rice cooker or something for your slow pot roasts but turns out it’s obviously more than that and is a very reliable kitchen appliance.

If you’re a beginner cooker, don’t like spending much time in the kitchen, and want to make your meal prep a breeze then the instant pot is your best friend.

Some of the basic features as you can tell from the image above include:

  • Rice cooker
  • Slow cooker
  • Steamer
  • Sauté
  • Yogurt Maker
  • Food warmer
  • Pressure cooker 
  • Egg maker (model dependent)
  • Cake maker (model dependent)
  • Sterilizer (model dependent)

Features and settings will vary depending on the model you get but no matter which one you end up purchasing, I’m a firm believer it’ll live up to the hype – as long as you put it to use!

Don’t let it be another one of those kitchen appliances you purchase and let it sit in the box for months or use it just once and throw it in the storage somewhere.

Speaking of variety, let’s take a look at some of the instant pot options you can buy.

Different types of Instant Pots

Your options vary in size (3, 6, or 8 quarts), functionality (as listed above; a few have wifi & bluetooth capabilities) and color (if it’s something you care about).

Here’s the full line of instant pots you can choose from:

Instant Pot Lux

Instant Pot Duo

Instant Pot Duo Plus

Instant Pot Ultra

Instant Pot Max

Instant Pot Viva

Instant Pot Nova Plus

Instant Pot Smart Wifi

Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth

Benefits of the Instant Pot

These are all the things that make it well worth the investment especially as it pertains to healthy meal prep.

  1. It’s simple to use. (All the buttons may seem intimidating at first but once you get the hang of it, the instant pot is really easy to use.)
  2. It allows you to multi-task.
  3. Saves you time and makes your meal prep a lot easier.
  4.  It’ll save you money in the long run.
  5. It’s a convenient way to make healthy meals.

Is it really "Healthy"?

It’s worth knowing if the instant pot (or pressure cooking in general) will destroy the nutrients in your food.

It makes sense to worry about the effects of high temperature cooking and if your food is actually healthy. I know I was skeptical.

But as it turns out, pressure cooking really does preserve nutrients.

A lot of the personal reviews and articles I found confirm that the instant pot really does retain the flavor and consistency of the foods you prepare. (I’m obviously going to put this to the test)

I won’t dive into the science of it all but if you’re interested, here’s a good article for you to read: Does the Instant Pot kill nutrients in your food?

Long story short, the foods are healthy but I’m also saying that cautiously because a lot of that can be subjective.

For more about meal prep, read the following post – The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Meal Prep.

If you read the above section, I hope you found it useful. 

I know with most posts like this it’s easier to just jump right into the list of recipes but personally I like knowing about the products I plan on purchasing especially if they’re for long term use.

It is the “boring” stuff but I find it very helpful for first time (beginner) users.

Okay on to the reason why you’re here.

Let’s take a look at some healthy instant pot meal prep recipes.

180 Healthy Instant Pot Meal Prep Recipes

I broke down the list into different categories. Hopefully you’ll find that helpful if you’re looking for something in particular.

Healthy [Breakfast] Instant Pot Recipes

healthy breakfast meal prep recipes for your instant pot

1 – Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats – Kristine’s Kitchen

2- Instant Pot Egg Bites – iFoodReal

3 – Instant Pot Whole Grain Pancakes – TIDBITS

4 – Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole – Recipes From A Pantry

5 – Instant Pot Breakfast Tacos – It’s A Mother Thing

6 – Instant Pot French Toast Casserole – Happy Healthy Mama

7 – Instant Pot Egg Stuffed Avocado – Easy Instant Recipes

8 – IP Vanilla Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa – The Fabuless Wife

9 – Instant Pot Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge – My Forking Life

10 – Instant Pot Blueberry Breakfast – Country Cooking Girl

11 – Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal – Peas and Crayons

12 – Instant Pot Frittata  – Encouraging Moms at Home

13 – Instant Pot Banana French Toast – Living Locurto

14 – 5 Ingredient Cheesy Egg Bake – Kitschen Cat

15 – Instant Pot Crustless Meat Lovers Quiche – Pressure Cooking Today

16 – Instant Pot Coconut Yogurt – The Primal Desire

17 – Giant Instant Pot Pancake – Kirbie’s Cravings

18 – Instant Pot Breakfast Burritos – Simply Happy Foodie

19 – Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes – Green Healthy Cooking

20 – Instant Pot Hash – Delish

Healthy [Beef] Instant Pot Meal Prep Recipes

healthy instant pot meal prep recipes

21 – Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli – Savory Tooth

22 – Instant Pot Beef Tips – The Typical Mom

23 – Instant Pot Stroganoff – Tastes Better From Scratch

24 – Instant Pot Taco Pasta – Foody Schmoody

25 – Instant Pot Beef Chili – Dinner At The Zoo

26 – Instant Pot Pot Roast – Creme De La Crumb

27 – Instant Pot Beef Enchilada Pasta – Margin Making Mom

28 – Healthy Instant Pot Mongolian Beef – What Molly Made

29 – Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa – Real Simple Good

30 – Instant Pot Beef Stew – Flavor Mosaic

31 – Instant Pot Steak Fajitas – Fit Slow Cooker Queen

32 – Instant Pot Butter Beef – Beyer Beware

33 – Instant Pot Salisbury Steak and Gravy – Noshtastic

34 – Instant Pot Pepper Steak – The Girl On Bloor

35 – Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs – Wholesome Yum

36 – Instant Pot Pepper Beef – Whole Kitchen Sink

37 – Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes – Simply Happy Foodie

38 – Instant Pot Goulash – I Don’t Have Time for That

39 – Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon – Cooking Light

40 – Instant Pot Hamburger Helper – A MindFull Mom

Healthy [Chicken] Instant Pot Meal Prep Recipes

41 – Instant Pot Lemon Chicken – Savory Nothings

42 – Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes – Creme De La Crumb

43 – Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry – Life Made Sweeter

44 – Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta – Kitchen @ Hoskins

45 – Instant Pot Chicken with Mushrooms – Dinner at The Zoo

46 – Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken lettuce Wraps – Domestic Superhero

47 – Instant Pot Chicken Stew – Curry Trail

48 – Spicy Honey Instant Pot Chicken – The Typical Mom

49 – Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Piccata – Rachel Cooks

50 – Pressure Cooker Chili Lime Chicken – Our Best Bites

51 – Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts – Kristine’s Kitchen

52 – Instant Pot Chicken Dumplings – Life, Family & Fun

53 – Instant Pot Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken – Rasa Malaysia

54 – Instant Pot Garlic Herb Chicken and Rice – The Flavours of Kitchen

55 – Instant Pot Cream of Mushroom Chicken – The Girl on Bloor

56 – Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings – Taste and See

57 – Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta – Recipes of Holly 

58 – Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore – Salt & Lavender

59 – Instant Pot Chicken and Rice – Kristine’s Kitchen

60 – Honey Balsamic Instant Pot Chicken – Eatwell 101

Healthy [Pork] Instant Pot Meal Prep Recipes

61 – Instant Pot Apple Honey Pork Tenderloin – Meal Plan Addict

62 – Honey Garlic Instant Pork Chops – Craving Tasty

63 – Instant Pot Sour Cream Pork Chops – Wholesome Recipe Box

64 – Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce – Noshtastic

65 – Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Herb Rub – The Recipe Rebel

66 – Instant Pot Pork Carnitas – Momma Lew

67 – Instant Pot Pulled Pork – The Salty Marshmallow

68 – Instant Pot Pork Roast – Fit Foodie Finds

69 – Instant Pot Korean Pork – With Two Spoons

70 – Instant Pot Hawaiian Pulled Pork – The Typical Mom

71 – Instant Pot  Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy – Simply Happy Foodie

72 – Instant Pot Buttery Ranch Pork Chops – Eating On A Dime

73 – Instant Pot Pork Chile Verde – Six Sister’s Stuff

74 – Instant Pot Keto Smothered Pork Chops – Beauty and The Foodie

75 – Pressure Cooker Pork Satay with Rice Noodles – Taste of Home

76 – Instant Pot Asian Pork – Domestic Superhero

77 – Healthy Cilantro Pork Pot – Gourmet Done Skinny

78 – Instant Pot Carnitas Meal Prep Bowl – Primavera Kitchen

79 – Instant Pot Pork Lettuce Wraps – Side Walk Shoes

80 – Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana – Beauty and The Bench Press

Healthy [Turkey] Instant Pot Meal Prep Recipes

81 – Instant Pot Turkey Breast – Easy Budget Recipes

82 – Instant Pot Turkey Chili – Wholesomelicious

83 – Instant Pot Turkey Mushroom Bolognese – The Real Dietitians

84 – Instant Pot Turkey Pumpkin Chili – Savory Nothings

85 – Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs with Japanese Gravy – Instant Pot Eats

86 – Instant Pot Burrito Bowls – Diethood

87 – Instant Pot Turkey Noodle Soup – The Recipe Rebel

88 – Instant Pot Creamy Turkey Spinach Penne – 365 Days of Slow Cooking

89 – Instant Pot Spicy BBQ Turkey Meatballs – Abra’s Kitchen

90 – Italian Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Hungry Hobby

91 – Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lentil Chili – 365 Days of Slow Cooking

92 – Instant Pot Turkey Taco Soup – Foodtastic Mom

93 – Instant Pot Ground Quinoa Turkey Bowls – iFoodReal

94 – Healthy Lasagna Soup and Turkey Sausage – A Pinch of Healthy

95 – Instant Pot Turkey Meatloaf – Simply Happy Foodie

96 – Instant Pot Turkey Meatball Stroganoff – Skinny Taste

97 – Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta – A Cedar Spoon

98 – Instant Pot Cheesy Turkey Burger Macaroni – Clash of Herbs

99 – Instant Pot Turkey Noodle Casserole – Meatloaf and Melodrama

100 – Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps – The Spicy Apron

Healthy [Vegan/Vegetarian] Instant Pot Meal Prep Recipes

101 – Instant Pot Enchilada Rice – Cook with Manali

102 – Instant Pot Corn Chowder with Sweet Potato – Recipes From A Pantry

103 – Instant Pot Cheesy Garlic Spaghetti Squash – Kirbie’s Cravings

104 – Instant Pot Ramen Bowls – Peas and Crayons

105 – Instant Pot Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice Cranberries & Chickpeas – Well Plated

106 – Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca – Veggies Save The Day

107 – Instant Pot Quinoa Taco Bowls – Simply Happy Foodie

108 – Instant Pot Peanut Tofu Curry with Rice – Herbivore Cucina

109 – Instant Broccoli Cheese Soup – Savory Tooth

110 – Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac – The Foodie Dietitian

111 – Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta – Cooking with Manali

112 – Instant Pot Chickpea Noodle Soup – Cozy Peach Kitchen

113 – Instant Pot Lentil Soup – Delish

114 – Instant Pot Vegan Alfredo Sauce – Nora Cooks

115 – Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese – Where You Get Your Protein

116 – Instant Pot Rice and Beans – From My Bowl

117 – Portobello Pot Roast – Gimme Some Oven

118 – Instant Pot Vegan Jambalaya – Vegan Runner Eats

119 – Instant Pot Potato Carrot Medley – Vegan in the Freezer

120 – Instant Pot Vegan Butter Chicken – Vegan Richa

Healthy Instant Pot [Soup] Meal Prep Recipes

121 – Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup – 365 Days of Slow Cooking

122 – Asian Sweet Corn Soup – Simply Vegetarian

123 – Instant Pot Minestrone Soup – Life Made Sweeter

124 – Healthy Cauliflower Soup – The Flavours of Kitchen

125 – Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup – Shugary Sweets

126 – Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Soup – Savory Tooth

127 – Chickpea Tomato Soup – Skinny Taste

128 – Instant Pot Vegetable Detox Soup – The Girl on Bloor

129 – Instant Chicken Tortilla Soup – Kristine’s Kitchen

128 – Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup – That’s What Che Said

129 – Instant Pot Keto Tuscan Soup – Eatwell 101

130 – Instant Pot Chicken Posole Verde – SkinnyMs.

131 – Instant Pot Olive Garden Minestrone – The Ramblings of An Aspiring Small Town Girl

132 – Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli Soup – Creme De La Crumb

133 – Instant Pot Lasagna Soup – The Recipe Pot

134 – Instant Pot Cabbage Soup (with Beef) – Savory Tooth

135 – Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup – Little Spice Jar

136 – Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup – A Fork’s Tale

137 – Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup – 40 Aprons

138 – Instant Pot Ham and Tomato Soup – Delicious Meets Healthy

139 – Keto Instant Pot Sausage Soup – Sweet T Makes Three

140 – Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup – Sweet and Savory Meals

Healthy Instant Pot [Rice] Meal Prep Recipes

healthy instant pot rice meal prep recipes

141 – Instant Pot Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice – Sparkles to Sprinkles

142 – Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls – Stay Snatched

143 – Instant Pot Brown Rice – Super Healthy Kids

144 – Instant Pot Sticky Rice – Pressure Cook Recipes

145 – Instant Pot Puerto-Rican Rice and Beans – My Stay At Home Adventures

146 – Instant Pot Dirty Rice – The Foodie Eats

147 – Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice – This Old Gal

148 – Instant Pot Rice a Roni – My Forking Life

149 – Turmeric Yellow Rice – Sweet Peas and Saffron

150 – Instant Pot Mexican Rice – Simply Happy Foodie

Healthy Instant Pot [Pasta] Meal Prep Recipes

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151 – Instant Pot Skinny Creamy Ziti – Cooking with Karli

152 – Instant Pot Chicken Parm Pasta – Meal Plan Addict

153 – Garlic Parmesan Instant Pot Mac and Cheese – Foodie and Wine

154 – Instant Pot Chicken Fettucine Alfredo Recipe – Shugary Sweets

155 – Ham & Cheese Instant Pot Pasta – The Salty Marshmallow

156 – Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi – Garden in the Kitchen

157 – Instant Pot Goulash – I Don’t Have Time For That

158 – Instant Pot Lasagna – iFoodReal

159 – Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Pasta – Sweet and Savory Meals

160 – Instant Pot Pasta Carbonara – Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Healthy Instant Pot [Mexican] Meal Prep Recipes

161 – Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl – No. 2 Pencil

162 – Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup) – Flavor Mosaic

163 – Tomatillo Poblano White Beans – Dora’s Table

164 – Instant Pot Barbacoa – Noshtastic

165 – Instant Pot Queso Chicken – Wondermom Wannabe

166 – Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa Bowl – Where You Get Your Protein

167 – Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos – Create Kids Club

168 – Instant Pot Poblano Chicken Soup – TwoSleevers

169 – Instant Pot Street Tacos – Tournadough Alli

170 – Instant Pot Mexican Casserole – Well Plated

171 – Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken – The Girl On Bloor

172 – Instant Pot Pork Tamales – Self Proclaimed Foodie

173 – Instant Pot Beef Fajitas – Corrie Cooks

174 – Instant Pot Tacos al Pastor – Evolving Table

175 – Instant Pot Taco Pie – Simply Happy Living

176 – Instant Pot Spicy Black Beans – Simply Quinoa

177 – Picadillo Mexican Beef over Rice – Veggie Balance

178 – Instant Pot Pozole Rojo – TwoSleevers

179 – Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta – Adventures of A Nurse

180 – Instant Pot Mexican Chili – Marathons and Motivation

181 – Instant Pot Carnitas – Paleo OMG

So that concludes my roundup of healthy instant pot meal prep recipes I could find for you.

I certainly hope you find a few ideas on here you’re willing to try.

Please feel free to share which ones you think are your favorite in the comments section below.

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