25 Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes Full of Nutrients and Flavor – LIVESTRONG.COM
The best Instant Pot vegetarian recipes are high in nutrients and don’t compromise on flavor.
When you’re in a rush to prepare a meal, an Instant Pot comes to the rescue. But this fan-favorite kitchen tool isn’t just for producing tender meats — it’s great for vegetarian-friendly recipes, too. The Instant Pot can work wonders in a vegetarian kitchen, whether you’re making hearty soups or rice-based meals.
We tapped a few registered dietitians to get the scoop on vegetarian Instant Pot recipes that you can create in minutes and most of them are made with ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. Keep scrolling for 25 veggie-friendly Instant Pot recipes to try.
1. Instant Pot Enchilada Rice
This Latin-inspired rice is a great base for a dinner bowl or as a filling for a vegetarian burrito.
“Black beans are extremely versatile and rich in iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and zinc which helps to keep our bones strong and healthy,” Andrea Mathis, RD says. “If you want to increase the fiber content, try using brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice.”
2. Roasted Red Pepper Chickpea Curry
This easy-to-make curry is vegan and gluten and dairy-free.
This chickpea-based curry can be made in minutes thanks to the Instant Pot. For a well-balanced meal, consider serving it with brown rice and a side of veggies or side salad.
3. Instant Pot Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
This soup is both gluten-free and vegan.
Spices like cinnamon, cayenne and turmeric are the star of this creamy soup. “Turmeric has become increasingly popular due to its anti-inflammatory properties,” Mathis says. “It’s been linked to delaying the onset of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, too.”
4. Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup
You won’t find any cream in this velvety, rich soup.
Incorporating leeks and shallots into this recipe makes this soup full of flavor. “Leeks are nutrient-dense and very low in calories,” Mathis says. “A 3.5-ounce serving of cooked leeks contains only 31 calories and it’s a good source of vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and heart health.”
Blend this yogurt into smoothies or make a parfait for breakfast.
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