Healthy Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes–looking for some healthier options to make for dinner in your Instant Pot or slow cooker? I’ve got you covered! Here are 46 healthy dinner ideas to add to your menu this month.
46 Healthy Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes
Don’t get me wrong I’m all about the creamy soups and ribs that you can make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. In fact, that’s my preference most of the time. Ha ha! But I do feel better when I eat a little lighter. Today I’ll be sharing with you 46 healthy Instant Pot and slow cooker recipes that you can add to your dinner menu this month. Although these won’t cover everyone’s definition of “healthy,” they cover mine. Whole grains, vegetables, lean meats etc. Although these recipes are healthier they are not lacking in flavor! Enjoy!
Related: Low Carb Instant Pot Recipes
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken Lettuce Wraps–an incredibly easy and delicious recipe for lettuce wraps. Hoisin sauce gives these ground chicken lettuce wraps lots of flavor and the rice and water chestnuts add texture. Get a whole head of lettuce ready because you’re not going to want to stop eating these chicken lettuce wraps!
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers–bell peppers are stuffed with brown rice, black beans and salsa and cooked perfectly in your electric pressure cooker or your crockpot. You can make them vegetarian or with meat, it’s up to you. Top with a dollop of sour cream and enjoy this healthy weeknight dinner.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Mashed Ranch Cauliflower–the yummiest cauliflower you’ll ever eat! Cauliflower is steamed until soft and then mashed with butter and dry ranch dressing mix. An easy 3-ingredient recipe with lots of flavor. My only regret was that we didn’t have enough.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Lentil Stew–a comforting bowl of stew that can be make vegan or can be made with smoked sausage. Lentils cook so quickly in the electric pressure cooker! The leftovers make a great lunch the next day too.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce and Spaghetti Squash–this spaghetti sauce is so delicious you’ll be licking your plate. The funny part is that it only takes a handful of easy ingredients. Bonus–if you want to cook a spaghetti squash at the same time as the sauce you can!
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken Asparagus Potato Dinner–moist bites of chicken, cubed potatoes and crisp bites of asparagus are tossed with a seasoning blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder and more to create a well seasoned one pot dinner. Use the Instant Pot to make this dinner quickly.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is the perfect recipe to have in your back pocket on those days when you don’t have the time or energy to cook. With just 2 ingredients this recipe is quick and easy. It tastes great and can be served in many ways including over rice, in tacos, burritos or quesadillas or on top of salad.
Instant Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Hummus–make a chocolate dip that’s a little healthier using chickpeas! This is great as a dip for fruit and pretzels. Dried chickpeas can be cooked very quickly in the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese–if you’re looking for a lower calorie and lower carb way to enjoy mac and cheese this recipe is for you. Spaghetti squash is cooked quickly in your electric pressure cooker and then a cheesy sauce is stirred in with the squash strands to make a comforting meal.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup–an easy, healthy and delicious soup with ground beef (or turkey) and vegetables. A perfect soup to make on a winter day. The leftovers are a great lunch the next day too!
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Southwest Shredded Chicken Bowls–a stew that is bursting with flavor but not too spicy. It has tender shredded chicken, pinto beans, fire roasted tomatoes, green chiles and taco seasoning. Serve this stew over rice or plain for an easy weeknight dinner.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken–a super fast and easy, 5-ingredient, dump and go Instant Pot recipe of slightly sweet chicken and pineapples. Serve this chicken on Hawaiian rolls or over rice.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Smoked Sausage with Parmesan and Orzo–smoked sausage, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, orzo and parmesan cheese cooked quickly in your pressure cooker. This meal is loaded with flavor and is a dump and go one pot meal.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Lentil Lemon Chicken Soup–a brightly flavored chicken and lentil soup based on the Greek Classic avgolemono, which translates as “egg-lemon.” It is a light and healthy soup that can be served for lunch or dinner.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Garlic Rice and Chicken-–brown rice is cooked with fresh garlic and tender bites of chicken. Parmesan cheese and asparagus (or broccoli) are stirred in to make a perfect one pot meal.
Instant Pot Greek Lemon Dill Chicken Bowls–sliced chicken with a dijon mustard lemon dill flavor made quickly in your Instant Pot. Then it’s served with lemon rice, yogurt-cucumber dressing and other Greek flavors. A bright and fresh dinner that everyone will love.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken Sliders with Cucumber Slaw—Tender shredded chicken with a scrumptious sauce and then a little crispness from cucumbers. An easy recipe with a lot of flavor and freshness. A perfect meal for a summer evening.
Instant Pot Skinny Chicken Alfredo—a lighter version of creamy, dreamy chicken alfredo that you can make all in one pot, your Instant Pot.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Honey Lime Salsa Verde Chicken—chicken tenders infused with lots of bright flavors. Green salsa, honey, lime, and plenty of seasonings will have you licking your plate! This chicken is perfect with rice, on tortillas, wrapped up in lettuce or plain.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Dakota Smashed Pea and Barley Soup—A hearty split pea soup with barley, carrots, onions, savory herbs and green onions. This is a copycat recipe of the popular vegan soup sold at California Pizza Kitchen.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Meatball Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce–flavorful lemon chicken meatballs are served rolled up in flatbread with lettuce, tomato and a sour cream/mayo mixture with lots of garlic and sriracha flavor. A perfect summer meal!
Instant Pot Greek Chicken Rice Bowls–brown rice and chicken are tossed with a lemon juice, olive oil, fresh garlic and vinegar dressing. Diced cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion and feta cheese are stirred into the rice to complete the one pot meal.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Colorful Wheat Berry Salad–The perfect summer salad for all picnics, potlucks and barbecues. Wheat berries with a lime dressing, black beans, avocados, grape tomatoes, red peppers, jicama, red onion and cilantro. It’s got the crunch, the chewiness and the bright flavors all in one salad.
Instant Pot Tomato Basil Tilapia–steamed tilapia is topped with diced tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper. This is a light and fresh summer meal that can be prepared and ready to eat in just a few minutes.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Maple Dijon Chicken and Sweet Potatoes–chicken, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts drizzled with a sauce made with maple syrup, dijon mustard, rosemary and olive oil. A simple one pot recipe with a delicious flavor!
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Pork Chops and Green Beans–pork chops and green beans are full of rich buttery herb flavors. Serve as is for a low-carb meal or serve with your favorite starch (potatoes, rice or noodles).
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Lime Chicken Tacos (from frozen)–this is the easiest and tastiest shredded chicken that you can serve in tacos (or other ways). The best part is that you can use frozen chicken and it takes about 2 minutes of prep time.
Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad–shredded chicken breasts and hard boiled eggs are cooked at the same time in your Instant Pot and then combined with corn, bacon, green onion, tomatoes and a lemon dill dressing. A fresh and surprisingly filling entree or side dish.
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Homestyle Chicken and Vegetables–well seasoned chicken, green beans, red potatoes and carrots are all cooked together. A true one pot meal that is family friendly, tastes amazing and is so easy to put together.
Instant Pot Zucchini Linguine–al dente pasta (I used whole grain) is stirred together with fresh zucchini, tender chicken bites, yogurt, garlic and cheddar.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Creamy Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes–Creamy polenta is served hot with balsamic drizzled roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic and then topped with tart goat cheese. A perfect meatless meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole–a lightened up, easy pressure cooker version of a favorite casserole. This version uses hearty brown rice and for the creaminess it uses greek yogurt instead of cream of chicken soup.
What Pressure Cooker/Slow Cooker Do You Use?
I use a 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker.* I love this slow cooker. It cooks low and evenly. I love the medium heat choice because most slow cookers that I’ve seen only have the option of cooking on low or high. If you’re going to buy just one slow cooker, this is the one that I recommend.
I use a 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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