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10 Vegetarian Recipes for Instant Pot


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If you are like the rest of the world right now you are obsessed with your Instant Pot. Who wouldn’t be? It is a crockpot, a rice cooker, and a pressure cooker. It can even make yogurt for goodness sake! When looking for delicious, easy vegetarian recipes for Instant Pot it can be hard to wade through what is good and what is not. Look no further! Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking to add to your Instant Pot recipe collection, here are 10 vegetarian recipes for Instant Pot you have to try. 

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 10 Vegetarian Recipes for Instant Pot

1. Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

In about 15 minutes, you can have creamy macaroni and cheese completely cooked in your Instant Pot. This recipe is super simple. Pressure cook the pasta for about four minutes. Stir in butter and evaporated milk and switch to saute mode for about eight minutes until you have a thick sauce and the pasta is tender. Stir in your cheese until it is fully melted and smooth. Voila! Delicious Macaroni and Cheese ready to serve. 

Customize this recipe with your pasta and cheeses of choice and have a delicious dinner perfect for a busy weeknight or an awesome side dish to serve anytime. 

Find the full recipe on Life Made Sweeter.

2. Vegan Instant Pot Chili

What may be one of your new favorite vegetarian recipes for Instant Pot, this may also be your new go-to chili recipe. Packed with lentils and beans, this is a nice hearty chili perfect for a cold winter day. The great thing about this recipe is that once you prep and put all the ingredients in the Instant Pot, you turn on the pressure setting, set the timer to seven minutes, and let it do its magic.  

Flavored with cumin, garlic, and maple syrup, this chili is delicious on its own or with your favorite toppings. Get the full recipe on Fit Foodie Finds. 

3. Lentil Sloppy Joes

One of the awesome things about the Instant Pot is that you can use multiple cook functions to turn a recipe with multiple steps that would have taken multiple pots and pans into a one-pot meal. This Lentil Sloppy Joe recipe is one of those recipes. Start by sauteing onions, garlic, and spices in oil. Add the lentils, water, tomatoes, and seasonings and switch to the pressure cook function and set the timer for 12 minutes. 

You can serve it on buns like sloppy joes, but the lentil mixture is also delicious on its own, served as a side dish, or on top of sweet potatoes. 

Download the full recipe from Delightful Adventures.

4. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Vegan Curry

This delicious vegan curry is made in around 30 minutes with only a handful of ingredients. Simply saute onion, curry powder, and ginger until fragrant. Then add water, sweet potatoes, carrots, and red lentils. Pressure cook on high pressure for one minute (No joke. One minute!). After the pressure has released naturally, remove the lid and add coconut milk and kale. Stir until the kale has wilted, about 2 minutes. Add hot sauce or maple syrup to make it hotter or sweeter and serve over the grain of your choice. 

As far as vegetarian recipes for Instant Pot go if you like sweet potatoes this recipe is one of the best. Find the recipe at Fit Foodie Finds. 

5. Creamy Instant Pot Pasta

This recipe uses many ingredients you probably already have on hand like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and dried oregano. You will likely only need to add crushed tomatoes, baby spinach, fresh basil, penne pasta, and goat cheese to your shopping list. 

To make this delicious creamy pasta, all you have to do is throw everything (except the goat cheese) into the Instant Pot, set the pressure cook time, and wait. Once you release the pressure and remove the lid, crumble the goat cheese over the pasta and stir to make a creamy sauce. 

Once you try it, you might make this Creamy Instant Pot Pasta from A Couple Cooks again and again. 

6. Super Hearty Instant Pot Vegetarian Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a classic French dish of beans and meat. It typically takes days to make. This vegetarian version takes out a lot of the fuss, so it is the perfect recipe for Meatless Monday. This recipe is as delicious as it is healthy and easy to make.

Start by sauteing leeks, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and garlic in the Instant Pot. Add cannellini beans, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper and pressure cook for three minutes. 

Find the full recipe on Cooking Light. 

7. Instant Pot Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls

This recipe uses red onion, bell pepper, cumin and jarred salsa to flavor the quinoa. It is best served with toppings like avocado, diced onions, salsa, and shredded lettuce. It can also be enjoyed hot or cold. Enjoy it warm right after making it, then throw the rest in the fridge for a few quick lunches throughout the week.

Get the recipe at Detoxinista.

8. Portobello Pot Roast

Who says pot roast has to be made with roast beef? This vegetarian version is full of the classic savory flavors that everyone who loves pot roast enjoys. It is quick and easy to prep and takes less than 45 minutes to make.

The recipe uses baby portobellos, but you can swap them up out for full-size portobellos if you prefer. Serve over egg noodles, rice, or your favorite grain. 

Head over to Gimme Some Oven for the recipe. 

9. Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

What is a list of vegetarian recipes for Instant Pot without a soup recipe? This naturally creamy wild rice soup is 100% plant-based and goes great with crusty bread.

This recipe takes longer than many Instant Pot recipes, clocking in at over an hour. However, you will be blown away when the dried beans cook at the same time as the rice! It is also mostly hands off, so you can get it started and just leave it to cook away. Garlic, sage, thyme, and oregano add a lot of flavor.

Get the full recipe at A Couple Cooks. 

10. Instant Pot Yogurt

If you have been scared of the yogurt setting on your Instant Pot, now is the time to put fear aside and go for it! The trick to yogurt in the Instant Pot is pressing the right buttons. The Instant Pot ensures the yogurt stays at just the right temperature to incubate all the good bacteria that makes yogurt, well, yogurt. 

For this recipe, all you need is two ingredients – a yogurt starter and pasteurized milk of your choice. If you are still scared, don’t be. A yogurt starter is simply living bacteria that turn milk into yogurt. Any yogurt from the grocery store that says “active cultures” on the label can be used for this purpose. 

Once you have your two ingredients, you boil the milk using the Instant Pot’s yogurt setting. After boiling and then cooling the milk, you combine your yogurt starter and the milk and put it back on the yogurt setting for eight (yes, eight) hours. Then all you really have to do is check on it every now and then. In a few hours, you will have amazing homemade yogurt!

Although this recipe calls for dairy milk, you can also make plant-based versions using soy or coconut milk. Check out Simply Recipes for the full recipe and for links to a few plant-based yogurt recipes too!

These 10 vegetarian recipes for Instant Pot will likely become some of your go-to weekly meals. Most of them are both easy and delicious, making them great when you want a home-cooked meal on a busy weeknight, but do not have hours to prepare one. If you have not fallen in love with your Instant Pot yet, these recipes will make sure you do.

Check out this article on the Best Instant Pot Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love.

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