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 61 healthy dinner ideas to add to your menu this month.
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 61 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
Instant Pot Fish Tacos with Avocado and Lime Cream Sauce—lime marinated tilapia is pressure cooked quickly and then rolled up in a soft tortilla with lime sour cream, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and avocados. A healthy, fresh and easy dinner recipe.
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 Texas Caviar is a colorful tortilla chip dip that has black eyed peas, tomatoes, peppers, corn, red onion and a zesty dressing. This stuff is addicting so make sure you have enough chips on hand!
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker 10 Vegetable Soup—a flavorful and colorful vegetable soup that is anything but boring! Get more veggies in your diet with this healthy and tasty soup.
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.
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes—an easy dump and go meal of seasoned chicken and tender potatoes. Throw in some baby carrots or cauliflower florets if you’d like too.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Sliders–tender shredded chicken with lime and cilantro flavors served on a mini bun or roll. An easy recipe made with frozen chicken in minutes.
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Wheat Berry Salad—wheat is cooked in your Instant Pot or slow cooker until it is tender and chewy. Then it’s stirred together with orange zest, dressing, craisins and crunchy apples. A healthy and surprisingly delicious salad!
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 Brown Rice Pilaf with Chicken Sausage–a quick, easy and healthy meal of seasoned brown rice with carrots, peas and chicken sausage.
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 and Rice Soup–a broth based soup with chicken, celery, carrots and brown rice. This soup reminds me of chicken noodle soup except it has rice instead of noodles.
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.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup–a bright lemon-flavored broth based soup with chunks of chicken and bites of orzo (or rice). Easy to make and delicious to eat!
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork—A 5-ingredient recipe for the tastiest and easiest pork lettuce wraps ever!
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.
Instant Pot Egg Bites—crust-less quiche-like bites of eggs, cheese and whatever mix-ins you want. They’re protein packed and a perfect portable breakfast.
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.
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Mexican Black Beans and Rice–the easiest and tastiest rice ever! Brown rice is cooked in flavorful salsa with garlic salt, a bay leaf and cumin. Canned black beans make this recipe very convenient. And my favorite part is a squeeze of lime juice and a dollop of sour cream on top. Make this as a meal or as a side dish.
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.
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal—a hearty bowl of oatmeal with apple chunks, cinnamon and brown sugar. It’s cooked quickly in the Instant Pot with any type of oatmeal. You can also make this in the slow cooker!
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 Dill Chicken–chicken with garlic, lemon pepper, dill, and lemon juice coated in creamy yogurt and then wrapped in a warm pita with diced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Madras Lentils with Ground Beef–lentils, red beans and spices simmered in a creamy tomato sauce. Serve like a chili or over rice.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Country Boil—A one pot meal with tender red potatoes, sweet corn, fresh green beans and smoked sausage. A perfect summer meal with tons of flavor.
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.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos—easy to make smoky chicken tacos with all the fixings. A fresh weeknight meal that comes together quickly.
Instant Pot Lemon Butter Garlic Salmon with Homestyle Vegetables–flaky wild Alaska salmon is steamed on the top of red potatoes and carrots in your electric pressure cooker and drizzled with garlic, fresh lemon juice and butter. A one pot meal that is healthy and delicious!
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 Mango Salsa Chicken–a 4-ingredient weeknight recipe. It’s perfect over rice, on tortillas or over riced cauliflower.
Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita and Rice Soup—chicken and rice soup with a fajita spin on it. An easy soup with awesome flavor. This soup can easily be gluten and dairy free.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans—flavorful quinoa with salsa, black beans and sliced avocado. A fast and easy meatless meal or an amazing side dish.
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 Cabbage Roll Soup—an easy way to enjoy all the flavors of cabbage rolls. This soup will be your family’s new favorite!
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/Slow Cooker Creamy Cauliflower Soup—With a velvety smooth texture, this cauliflower soup is ultra comforting and feels indulgent but it’s surprisingly healthy.
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.
6 Instant Pot Zero Minute Vegetables–Steaming vegetables in the Instant Pot is so easy and some vegetables only require a ZERO minute pressure cooking time! Eating healthier has never been easier!
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot (Ground Turkey) Minestrone Soup–a colorful, healthy and brightly flavored soup that is full of vegetables, basil, beans, pasta, and ground turkey.
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 Baked Potatoes—make fluffy, moist baked potatoes in your Instant Pot without foil and in just a few minutes!
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.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Chicken Pesto and Vegetables–tender bites of chicken, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and potatoes enveloped in flavorful basil pesto sauce.
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.
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Rice Bowls–white meat chicken with dried black beans, corn, and tomatoes over brown rice and topped with monterey jack cheese.
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 Green and White Soup—a nourishing and tasty soup with white and green beans, barley, lemon, spinach and chunks of chicken. An easy dump and go Instant Pot recipe!
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.
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Thanks, Karen, for all your delicious recipes! I use my Instant Pot ALL the time and do love the variety of food you include. A question for those of us that are on Keto…in recipes that include rice, pasta, potatoes, etc., as a part of the recipe and the meat or chicken is cooked in the bottom of the pot along with other ingredients, how much can I reduce the called-for liquid in the main recipe if I would prefer to cook the carbs separately? I do realize that defeats the time & pot-saving ability of a one-pot meal, but with rice particularly, it is next to impossible to separate at the table! Thanks so much for your help with this!
Hi Connie. The liquid that is in pasta and rice recipes is usually solely to cook the rice or pasta. The liquid that’s in potato recipes is to help the pot come to pressure usually. It’s hard to say a definitive answer to this question. If you gave me a specific recipe I could tell you what I would do.
I’d like to make your Smothered Greek Chicken but cook the rice separately. I know I need some liquid for the pot to come to pressure. Thanks!
With chicken it puts off a lot of liquid so you’ll only need about 1/2 cup broth for the pot to reach pressure in a 6 quart pot. This is especially true with frozen chicken.
Thanks, Karen…can’t wait to try this recipe, especially the tzatziki sauce served with it! I’ll use this amt to adjust other recipes when cooking the carb separately.
It looks really great. I want to do this. Thanks.
Melanie Williams says
I wish you could do a cooking show using a pressure cooker! This website is my go to to learn about pressure cooking and a show devoted to this would be so helpful
Me too that sounds like fun!
Do you follow me on YouTube? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg87IKiPr7gQ_fHqmaOuMGQ
Lori Sari says
I love your Chicken Tinga Tacos and the Skinny Chicken Alfredo. Really I love just about every recipe I’ve tried from you! 😊
Wow thanks Lori!
Can I use white rice instead
Hi Gina, which recipe?
Monte Dunbar says
From now on for all of us Single People it would be helpful if you would add a “1/2 X” to the Scale section of your recipes. If you want to go back and redo all of your old recipes to that would be Great!
The tool I use to do my recipe cards is coming out with this feature hopefully soon. Then all the recipes will automatically have that as an option.
There’s no link to the zucchini linguine recipe. Everything looks great and I can’t wait to try them.
oops sorry about that. I’ve corrected it. And here is the link too: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/instant-pot-zucchini-linguine/
I tried the wheat berry salad and i loved it.
I’m so glad to hear that!