The Instant Pot is wildly versatile, and there are hardly recipes that are off-limits. For the vegan crowd, the pressure cooker is an irreplaceable kitchen tool. If rice, beans and lentils are staples in your meals, you probably know just how long it can take to make those things! This is doubly true if you’re soaking or sprouting your grains and legumes beforehand. Overall, it’s a whole lot of waiting.
So, enter the Instant Pot. You’ve got your staples cooked – potentially in bulk – at the beginning of the week which offers you a blank canvas and some plant-powered protein to work with. Here are some of our favourite ideas for vegan-friendly pressure cooking. whether you follow a vegan diet, are trying to cut back on meat a little, or just want to please a crowd. These are dishes even the omnivores will eat up!
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This gorgeous Instant Pot quinoa dish is perfect for a lazy, nutritious dinner. It’s suitable to vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike, and can be served as is with a salad or some greens, or as a side dish. Get the recipe on our blog.
This simple stew has warm, fragrant Moroccan spices, and it has a meatless tagine quality that pairs well with rice or cauliflower rice. It’s packed with two types of lentils and sweet potatoes which make it plenty hearty. Get the recipe from Instant Pot.
This gorgeous split pea stew (or a thick soup) is adapted from a classic Turkish lentil soup, also known as Mercimek Çorbası. It’s simple, rich and nutritious stew is full of warm, aromatic spices and flavours that will get you asking for seconds. Get this recipe on our blog.
At first glance, you’d never guess it doesn’t have any beef, and you won’t be missing out on much. Hearty portobello mushrooms, potatoes, carrots and celery give it all the texture and substance you need. Plus, it’s grain-free and legume-free. Top with fresh rosemary for the best taste. Get the recipe from Straight Up Food.
These potatoes are unique, and they make a great alternative to regular ol’ roasted potatoes (but nobody is complaining about those!). It’s all about the spices in this recipe, and the rest falls into place. They take just fifteen minutes from start to finish! Get the recipe from Cooking You Love.
This posole is made “meaty” with a secret ingredient – jackfruit! It lends its beautiful texture and sweet flavour to this Mexican-inspired dish usually made with pork. You can top yours how you like, but we love the fresh tastes and vibrant colours coming in here. Get the recipe from Tried & True.
One of the most brilliant functions that the Instant Pot possesses is the ‘yoghurt’ button. It’s pretty much as simple as that! You just need a few ingredients to get started, and dairy isn’t necessarily one of them. Plus, it’s super affordable, and you can avoid the additives and sweeteners found in store bought products. Get the recipe for this coconut milk yoghurt from The Primal Desire.
Refried beans are easy enough to buy in a can, but homemade trumps all when it comes to this tasty appetiser. This recipe has vegan adaptations, and even includes a bonus grain-free and vegan tortilla recipe for wrapping or dipping with whatever else your heart desires. Get the recipe from Allergy-Free Alaska.
Cake is always, always welcomed. Especially when it’s vegan and you can make it in the Instant Pot. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, the pressure cooker stepped up its game! Even if you’re not so skilled at baking, this fruity and refined sugar-free recipe is bound to be a success. Get the recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking.
You might be thinking making oats in the Instant Pot is a little unecessary, but if you’ve ever put in the effort for a piping hot bowl of steel cut in the A.M., you know you could use an easier way to get it done. The IP does the hard work for you with perfect results every time. It takes just three minutes to cook – no joke! Get the recipe from My Plant-Based Family.
Want a quick and easy soup that is hearty and nutritious? This Italian-inspired farmhouse soup is just the thing. It’s a tasty vegan vegetable soup for those nights when you want to give your digestion a break or if you feel like a need a lighter meal. You know those times, right? Get this recipe from our blog.
Bolognese is often thought of as a meaty sauce, but this tomato base is loaded with lentils, and it really brings on that hearty texture. You can top off pasta, zoodles, rice or steamed veggies with this delicious pressure cooker-adapted recipe from I Heart Eating.
Craving Indian? The Instant Pot has you covered. This chickpea curry is perfect for a bed of rice, some naan and a fresh garnish of coriander with a squeeze of lime to finish it off. You could make a big batch and freeze this for when the takeaway craving hits hard. Get the recipe from Carve Your Craving.
Cheese without the cheese? You got it. This is the perfect way to dress up steamed veggies, plain rice, pasta dishes or anything you can think of, becuase what isn’t better with cheese? Better yet – it’s made almost entirely of vegetables and only takes five minutes! Get the recipe from Clean Food, Dirty Girl.
Here’s another sweet recipe for you! Whether you’d like a bite for dessert or an alternative to oats in the A.M., this coconut and almond risotto packs in the healthy fats and it’s gluten-free to boot. Get the recipe from Make Real Food.
Of course, we had to send you off with a savoury risotto too! Risotto is undeniably delicious but a little time-intensive from scratch which is why we love it in the Instant Pot. This dish is perfect for autumn. Get the recipe from Hip Pressure Cooking.
Which recipe are you most looking forward to trying? Savoury or sweet? Let us know in the comments below, and share this roundup with your plant-powered friends! Share on Pinterest from here.