Nutrition

10 Instant Pot Recipes to Make This Fall

Make yogurt, rice, and meat in half the time of regular slow-cookers with these 10 fall Instant Pot recipes.


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Pumpkin pie oatmeal / Photo via iStockphoto.com/bloodstone

If you want a cooking appliance that will cook meat, make yogurt, and prepare your rice for you, look no further than an Instant Pot. In case you haven’t heard of the latest cooking trend, the Instant Pot is like a crockpot on steroids. The Instant Pot serves as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and can even steam, sauté, and warm your food.

With the cold weather upon us, the Instant Pot is great to have on hand for making soups and stews, oatmeals, and warm dishes with barely any time spent cooking. On Sundays, I like to dump a bunch of ingredients in the Instant Pot and have my lunch or dinner set for the week, usually made in under an hour.

From sweet to savory, check out our list of fall Instant Pot recipes to get you in the seasonal spirit.

1. Crock Pot Stuffing
Via Well Plated

Use the slow cooker option on your Instant Pot to make this gluten-free stuffing featuring dried cranberries, wild rice, and almonds. The stuffing can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.

2. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Via The Mama Maven

Gala apples, butternut squash, broth, and some spices are all it takes to create this flavorful fall soup. Try serving the soup with quinoa or white beans for some extra plant-based protein.

3. Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider
Via Recipes to Nourish

Not sure what to do with all those apples from your apple picking trip? This spiced apple cider is flavored with orange juice, cloves, and cinnamon. Plus, it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

4. Instant Pot Chili
Via Well Plated

Lighten up your chili recipe by using ground turkey and beans, and mixing in some sweet potatoes. Top the chili with fresh avocado, tortilla chips, or Greek yogurt.

5. Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats
Via Noshtastic

In just 10 minutes, you’ll have a fiber-filled breakfast for the week. If you prefer a less sweet oatmeal, reduce the brown sugar to ¼ cup or swap it for maple syrup.

6. Eggplant Sweet Potato Lentil Curry
Via Vegan Richa

Before making the curry, soak the lentils and mung beans for at least 15 minutes to help reduce cooking time. Serve the spicy curry with flatbread or brown rice.

7. Whole “Rotisserie” Chicken
Via A Pinch of Healthy

Coming home after a long day at work and having to roast or bake meat can be a huge chore. Get ahead of the week by cooking this entire chicken in only 45 minutes. When cooking the chicken, be sure to use an oil with a high smoke point.

8. Instant Pot Lasagna
Via My Crazy Good Life

Yes, you can even cook an entire lasagna in an Instant Pot. This recipe uses whole wheat noodles and ground turkey for a lighter version, but you can also sneak in some spinach or zucchini for added nutrition.

9. Stuffed Acorn Squash
Via Well Plated

Fresh thyme, chickpeas, and cranberries come together in a portable acorn squash. If you’re not a fan of wild rice, quinoa or farro would work well as substitutes.

10. Allergy-Friendly Apple Cranberry Crisp
Via Traditional Cooking School

This crisp is dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and can be made nut-free. If you can’t find fresh cranberries, frozen cranberries will work just as well.