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Instant Pot for Beginners: 20 Essential Recipes

If you think the Instant Pot is just another pressure cooker, it’s time to think again. This wonderful device has had a serious makeover, and now you can use it to sauté vegetables, sear meat, cook pasta — the possibilities are endless. It’s very easy to clean, and soon you’ll find yourself using it to make everything from granola bars to layered dips!

The Instant Pot is a great way to gain confidence in the kitchen. Whether you’re an experienced chef or not, when you cook anything long enough, flavors really meld together and develop lovely, rich notes that will have you feeling quite proud of your culinary efforts. One of the best things about this wonderful piece of equipment is that it can produce this slow-cooker effect more quickly, while maintaining all the vitamins in the food.

You’ve struggled in the kitchen for long enough — it’s time to make your cooking life easy with some of the diverse dishes we highlight below. Your food will retain all the natural nutrients, and finally you will have some extra time on your hands without stressing about dinner. The 20 recipes below include healthy everyday meals perfect for the Instant Pot beginner.

Breakfast

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Breakfast

It might seem strange to make breakfast in a slow-cooker, but it’s perfect if you want a no-fuss morning and are trying to get into some good diet habits. Enjoy some of these healthy breakfast options to make your morning that much smoother.

Granola Bars

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Granola Bars

Most breakfast bars are overpriced — not to mention that half the time you don’t like half the stuff that’s in them. Give this easy snack a try and you’ll have a customized breakfast organized for days.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Granola Bars recipe.

Mexican-Style Quiche

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Mexican-Style Quiche

If you’re not really sure whether you want breakfast or lunch, this recipe is the perfect blend of classic morning fare and a flavorful midday treat. Definitely used pre-made pie dough for this if you’re a newbie, but as you gain a little confidence in the kitchen you can certainly make your own!

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Mexican-Style Quiche recipe.

Overnight Porridge

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Overnight Porridge

You’ve probably heard of overnight oats at this point. If you haven’t tried them already, trust us: They can make your mornings a lot easier. It’s a really healthy breakfast full of nutrients and excellent fiber for the long, busy day ahead of you.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Overnight Porridge recipe.

Cinnamon French Toast

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Cinnamon French Toast

This recipe can be made the day before you want to eat it. The cinnamon flavors meld so beautifully together, you’ll never go back to making French toast the old way!

For the Slow-Cooker Cinnamon French Toast recipe, click here.

 Hash Brown Casserole

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Hash Brown Casserole

This casserole is decadent and cheesy and requires only a few ingredients, which makes preparing it really easy. You’ll try to restrain yourself to one helping of this, but I guarantee you’ll be back for more!

For the Slow-Cooker Hash Brown Casserole recipe, click here.

Lunch

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Lunch

These recipes present a couple of options great for a casual lunch party or to bring with you to the office. Perhaps these are a little heavier than the go-to salad option — but as the weather gets colder, who really wants a salad for lunch anyway?

Chicken Verde

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Chicken Verde

This chicken is slowly braised in roasted tomatillo salsa and spices to make a super-easy yet tasty version of chicken verde. Serve this with rice or polenta for a hearty lunch.

Click here for the Chicken Verde recipe.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

If you’re looking for a really satisfying comfort food, this recipe is it. You can buy store-bought barbecue sauce for ease, but if you’re up for it (and have the time), you should absolutely make your own. Here’s an easy recipe to get you that restaurant quality pork sandwich in your own home with minimal effort.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe.

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup

This soup requires a few easy ingredients and cooks up to be a deliciously fragrant soup easy for any night of the week. The coconut milk gives it a deliciously silky texture.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Curried Cauliflower Soup recipe.

Appetizers

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Appetizers

There’s nothing like going to someone’s house for dinner and seeing a delicious appetizer spread on the table. These impressive dishes will have your guests coming back week after week!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

You can never go wrong with Buffalo chicken as a snack for your guests. It’s got a nice spicy kick, and you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry.

Click here for the Healthy Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

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Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

Most people think this dip is very difficult to make, but really it’s super-easy and the ingredients are pretty straightforward. Add good old black beans, salsa, and cheese, and you’re good to go for your dinner party.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Mexican Seven-Layer Dip recipe.

Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

If you want to take your artichoke dip to the next level this game day, here is your answer. Three hours in the slow-cooker and a dash of Southwest flavor, and you’ll have a decadent dip fit for a champion!

Click here for the Slow Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe.

Dinner

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Dinner

Trying to eat healthily and maintaining a busy schedule don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Spending 15 to 20 minutes in the morning preparing dinner in your Instant Pot and coming back later in the day to a perfectly cooked soup or stew is probably one of the more satisfying ways to conclude a stressful day. Pick some of these great options for fuss-free cooking every night of the week.

Beef and Mushroom Stew

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Beef and Mushroom Stew

You don’t need to get complicated when making a stew! The mushrooms give this dish a rich flavor. It’s a no-fuss recipe similar to the kind of comfort food your grandmother used to make for you.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew recipe.

Roast Chicken

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Roast Chicken

A roasted chicken is an instant classic. But if you don’t want to spend an entire day over a hot stove, you can pop this chicken recipe in your Instant Pot or any slow-cooker to effortlessly achieve that perfect Sunday dinner taste.

Click here for Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken recipe.

Enchilada Soup

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Enchilada Soup

This Mexican dinner is ready for cooking in just 10 minutes! It’s outrageously easy and has some scrumptious, zesty flavors that will leave you feeling eager to come back for seconds.

Click here for the Enchilada Soup recipe.

Slow-Cooked Short Ribs

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Slow-Cooked Short Ribs

This ultimate comfort food can be intimidating. But not to worry, the braising process is much simplified in this recipe, so you’ll have perfect short rib morsels in no time and with little fuss. They are great served over polenta or mashed potatoes.

Click here for the Slow-Cooked Short Ribs recipe.

Spinach Chicken

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Spinach Chicken

This is an elegantly simple chicken dish with Italian flavors that will have you feeling cozy and satisfied in no time. For a dish like this, where there are so few ingredients, you want to make sure you get some really good quality, fresh chicken. It will make all the difference.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Spinach Chicken recipe.

Sweet and Spicy Chili

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Sweet and Spicy Chili

Everybody needs a good chili recipe up their sleeve. Chili is the perfect crowd-pleaser to throw together with minimal effort. It also lasts a couple of days, so you can enjoy some tasty leftovers for the next couple of days.

Click here for the Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Chili recipe.
 

Desserts

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Desserts

Making desserts in your slow cooker is surprisingly satisfying. Although baking is usually pinned as an art form that requires extreme attention and precision, the Instant Pot makes this task extremely easy.

Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake

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Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake

Although this recipe requires some pre-packaged baked goods, don’t turn your nose up so fast. It’s a real crowd-pleaser, and with a drop of whipped cream on top, you’ll be in business!

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe.

Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin Bread

This is a favorite among guests and kids alike. During the cold winter nights you’ll have a delicious pumpkin dessert, and the best part is that your house will smell like warming cinnamon and spices!

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Bread recipe.

Peanut Butter Fudge

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Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven. When these two ingredients are combined in a slow-cooker, they melt to form the perfect base for creamy and luscious fudge. Feeling inspired to expand your oeuvre of Instant Pot masterpieces? Try these other slow-cooker recipes we’ve rounded up!

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge recipe.
 

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