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Whole30 and the Instant Pot go together like peas and carrots. Which, ironically, are not both Whole30 compliant but are both things you can cook in your Instant Pot. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. When crafting perfect Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes you need to start with a good foundation of knowledge about both parts.
Whole30 is an elimination diet that removes a lot of foods that cause inflammation and other negative reactions. For 30 days you remove dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, and alcohol. Yup, no drinking either. Hang in there, there’s a good reason to do this.
Ideally, after the 30 days of not eating these things, you’ll reintroduce one food group at a time to see if your body has any negative reactions to it. In reality, most people use it as a kick-start to weight loss and on day 31 eat all the things they couldn’t eat. Again, it’s up to you.
Removing dairy, grains, legumes (even peanut butter!), sugar, and alcohol from your life is doable, but it often means your current rotation of meals is no longer an option. And if you’re already giving up the comfort foods, you don’t want to spend too much time finding all the new things to eat.
And this is where the Instant Pot comes into play. The most popular programmable pressure cooker makes things so much easier in the kitchen. From cooking frozen meat to hard-boiling eggs to complete meals made in a single pot, the Instant Pot is the perfect accessory to a Whole 30.
Here are our favorite Whole30 Instant Pot recipes. Cooked, some on an almost weekly basis, in a 6qt Instant Pot during several rounds of Whole30 and enjoyed by a real-life family.
8 Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes
Spicy Sausage Sweet Potato Soup by Peace Love & Low Carb
When you’re doing Whole30 in the cooler months, soups are a must. But even in the summer, a good, hearty soup can be a great addition to your healthy eating journey. By cooking soup in the instant pot, you can make a giant batch and then freeze them in serving size containers. This spicy sweet potato soup has sausages and kale to make it colorful and flavorful.
Buffalo Chicken Dip by Paleo Running Momma
Do you like buffalo chicken dip? You know that creamy, deliciously scoopable dip that shows up at super bowl parties and other events. You can make it Whole30 compliant, which may be dipping into the sex-with-your-pants-on part of the Whole30 rules, but you do you. Eat this with celery and carrots, or over a sweet potato, or in a bowl while hiding from your children. We don’t judge.
Chili by Wholesome Yum
This chili is super easy to make and makes a large batch. If you do a lot of chili and love leftovers, consider doubling the recipe. It freezes well and is great for breakfast with a fried egg on top. For an extra tip in making this easy to assemble, brown the meat in advance and premix the spices so you can literally dump and go.
Read More: 50 Instant Pot Soup Recipes
Taco Chicken by Eating on a Dime
Chicken is a staple when you’re doing Whole30 and tacos are one of the best ways to eat chicken. This is a quick and easy taco recipe for your Instant Pot. Add chicken, a jar of Whole30 compliant salsa, some taco seasoning (make your own!) and water. Then you can use this chicken to make a taco bowl, lettuce wraps, pop it on a full-blown salad, or even on its own.
Spaghetti Squash by Nom Nom Paleo
If you miss pasta on your Whole30, which you will, you can easily substitute spaghetti squash. You can add any meat you want with some homemade sauce and you won’t be missing that pasta anymore. Cut it in half, pop it in the Instant Pot and dinner will be ready quickly.
Kaluha Pork by Nom Nom Paleo
Kaluha Pork is a great dish to make in your Instant Pot, and it’s so easy. By about day 10 of your Whole30 you’re over cooking all.the.things. Meal prep will save you and this is one dish that you won’t get tired of eating over and over again. Make sure your bacon is compliant, and pop this one in the Instant Pot.
Beef and Broccoli by Whole Kitchen Sink
Beef and Broccoli is a staple on a lot of menu rotations, and the good news is, you can easily make this Whole30 compliant. Of course, you’ll need to do something about the rice. But the main meal itself is a great one to make in the Instant Pot. The big change here is using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, which you may need to buy online, depending on where you live. Give this recipe a try and pair it with some spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice.
Breakfast Casserole by Once a Month Meals
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and when you’re on Whole30 you may start realizing it doesn’t have to be eggs all the time. But if you like eggs and cooking breakfast in advance, this breakfast casserole is a great idea. Sausage, sweet potato, kale, and leeks combine to make a healthy casserole you can cook the night before or make ahead and freeze.
These are our favorite Whole30 Instant Pot recipes, but they sure aren’t all of them. Whole30 gives you the freedom to figure out what kinds of food you should be eating and the Instant Pot opens a whole new world to you as far as cooking goes. When you combine the two you can make almost anything. Let us know your favorite Whole30 Instant Pot recipe!
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