With the new year approaching, I’m contemplating another Whole30 challenge. I remember when I did my first one, I didn’t talk about it much because frankly, I was a little nervous I wouldn’t be able to complete it. But with God’s grace, some knowledgeable friends, and lots of awesome tips I found online, I was able to complete it with relative ease. So now I am excited to do it again. Why do it again?
(Wait! Before you keep reading, I want to let you know that at the bottom of this post is a giveaway for the Big Mama of the Instant Pots — the 8-quart Duo. So be sure to remember to enter before you click away!)
Anyway . . . back to my story.
The time around Thanksgiving and Christmas is the hardest time of year to stay on plan for me. And I end up feeling horrible with joint pain, fatigue, and increased headaches. The Whole30 challenge has worked well for me in the past to detox my system of all the bad stuff and jump start me back into feeling better from my autoimmune symptoms.
I know that going back to do another 30 days (at least — I’m considering doing it for 90 days) and then reintroducing foods properly, will make a huge difference for me.
Something that I discovered the first time I did the Whole30 challenge that made a huge difference for me (and my family) was my Instant Pot. One of the things I find most challenging is making sure I cook dinner each night on plan for me, and with acceptable foods for my guys. Neither my husband or son are interested in doing the Whole30 challenge with me, but neither mind if I cooked a compliant meal for dinner each night. I know I can handle a little boredom in my meals, but I didn’t want to force them to eat salmon cakes and salad for dinner each night.
I had to make sure that I cooked delicious meals that satisfied them, while remaining Whole30 compliant, and easy, for me. Let me confess something to you right now. I’m not a great cook. Not even close. And I don’t really enjoy cooking either. So the last thing I wanted to do was spend long hours in the kitchen, cooking complicated meals.
Enter the Instant Pot. Are you familiar?
My husband gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas a couple of years ago. I’ll admit that at first, it intimidated me a little. I didn’t even open if for months after he gave it to me. But a few quick online tutorials, and a great Facebook group or two, and soon I was discovering the tremendous ease of use, and great convenience of this kitchen appliance.
What is an Instant Pot?
An Instant Pot is a smart electric pressure cooker. It’s safe, convenient and dependable, created for fast-paced, healthy family lifestyles. It is a 7-in-1 multi-functional cooker: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute-er, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer. Instant Pot may just become your new best friend. It’s certainly has become mine.
The Instant Pot is easy to use and allows you to customize programming with the touch of a button. This is not your mother’s pressure cooker! It’s both safe and easy to use, even if it looks a bit intimidating. Unlike other fast-cooking methods, Instant Pot retains healthy properties of your food, which is a huge plus when eating for health and wellness is your goal.
Moms with families on the go love using Instant Pot! For families doing Whole30, the Instant Pot is a dream. Today, I’m combining the two to bring you 100 Whole30-compliant recipes for the Instant Pot. Whether or not you are doing a Whole30 challenge, you’ll find these quick and healthy recipes helpful for getting your family’s dinner on the table.
100 Whole30 Compliant Recipes for the Instant Pot
After scouring the internet, I’m excited to say that I have found 100 recipes that all look really delicious. I have tried quite a few of them, but I can’t wait to try them all! Since, for the most part, we all fix our own breakfast and lunch, I’m focusing primarily on the dinner menu. Therefore, these recipes fall into one of five main categories — chicken, beef, pork, side dishes, and soups. Enjoy!
24 Whole30 Compliant Chicken Recipes for Instant Pot
Easy Instant Pot Salsa Chicken with Cauliflower Rice from Wellness Becomes Her
Easy Instant Pot Butter Chicken from I Heart Umami
Instant Pot Paleo Chicken Wraps from Once a Month Meals
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala from Today in Dietzville
Whole Chicken from Paleo Gone Sassy
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken from Predominantly Paleo
Instant Pot Curried Lemon Coconut Chicken from Kitchen Stewardship
Pressure Cooker Cacciatore from Whole 9
Pressure Cooker Lemon Olive Chicken from Health Starts in the Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Summer Italian Chicken from Nom Nom Paleo
Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce from SkinnyTaste
Pressure Cooker Whole Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Rosemary from Our Best Bites
Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken with Dates & Olives from Buck Naked Paleo
Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken from The Primal Desire
Chicken Pho from NomNom Paleo
Chicken and Broccoli from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore from Skinny Taste
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chicken Curry from The Real Food Dieticians
Instant Pot Lemon and Garlic Chicken from Little Coconutty (use rice cauliflower)
Honey Mustard Chicken for the Instant Pot from Paleo Running Momma
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala from TastyThin
Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls from Detoxinista
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms from The Castaway Kitchen
Sweet and Sour Chicken in the Instant Pot from Paleo Running Momma
15 Whole30 Compliant Beef Recipes for the Instant Pot
Pot Roast for Instant Pot from Wellness Becomes Her
Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef from Nom Nom Paleo
Pressure Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast from Nom Nom Paleo
Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage from The Domestic Man
Beef and Plantain Curry from Provincial Paleo
Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf from Predominately Paleo
Creamy Smothered Beef & Artichokes from Grazed and Enthused
Meatballs and Sauce from Cocos Paleo Kitchen
Instant Pot Taco Meat from My Heart Beets
Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce from Instant Pot Eats
Cubed Steak with Peppers and Olives from Skinny Taste (pair with riced cauliflower)
Instant Pot Beef Stew from The Mean Green Bean
Whole30 Instant Pot Ropa Vieja from Primal Gourmet
Whole30 Instant Pot Thai Beef from WhitneyBond.com
14 Whole30 Compliant Pork Recipes for the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Pork Carnitas in Lettuce Wraps from Wellness Becomes Her
Jamaican Jerk Pork Roast from I Breathe, I’m Hungry
Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Spiced Roasted Parsnips from Gastography
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps from Hip Pressure Cooking
90-Minute Kalua Pork from Zenbelly
Instant Pot Cuban Lechon Asado from The Curious Coconut
Thai 5-Spice Pork Stew from I Heart Umami
Pressure Cooker Ribs with Creamy Coleslaw from PaleoLeap
Paleo Instant Pot Kielbasa with Sauerkraut and Potatoes from PaleoPot
Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers from Pressure Cooking Today
Pork and Pineapple Stew from Provincial Paleo
Pork Sirloin Tip Roast from Pressure Cooking Today
Instant Pot Pulled Pork from Bowl of Delicious
Whole30 Instant Pot Pork Chops from Balanced-Life-Leslie
20 Whole30 Compliant Side Dish Recipes for the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Duck Fat Apple Juice Glaze from Phoenix Helix
Pressure Cooker Veggies from Tracy Cooks in Austin
Instant Pot Pressure-Steamed Artichokes from flavorrd
Savoy Cabbage with Cream Sauce from Provincial Paleo
Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus Canes from Hip Pressure Cooking
Red, White, and Green Pressure Cooker Brussels Sprouts from Hip Pressure Cooking
Pressure Cooker Braised Kale and Carrots from Nom Nom Paleo
Moroccan Spiced Potatoes from The Primal Desire
Instant Pot Steamed Eggs from Clean Eats & Treats
Pressure Cooker Applesauce from Provincial Paleo
Beets from Hip Pressure Cooking
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes from The Intentional Mom
Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot from A Pinch of Healthy
Easy Instant Pot Butternut Squash from PaleoPot
Quick Cauliflower Rice in the Instant Pot from Kitchen Stewardship
Instant Pot Coconut Yogurt from The Primal Desire
Instant Pot Crispy Potatoes from Nom Nom Paleo
Zucchini & Tomato Mélange from Hip Pressure Cooking
Silky Sweet Potato Puree from Grazed & Enthused
Tomato-less Sauce from Tara Perillo
27 Whole30 Compliant Soup Recipes for the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Taco Soup from Wellness Becomes Her
Whole30 Instant Pot Seafood Gumbo from The Movement Menu
Creamy Taco Soup from The Movement Menu
Instant Pot Bone Broth from It’s So Good
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup from The Mama Maven
Lemony Garden Vegetable & Chicken Soup from Foraged Dish
Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Soup from The Mama Maven
Chicken Fennel Soup from Tara Perillo
Enchilada Chicken Stew from PaleOMG
Slow Cooker Chuck Roast Chili from Apron Strings
Quick Onion Soup from Meatified
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Butternut Soup from One Lovely Life
Red Chicken Soup from Provincial Paleo
Paleo Egg Roll Soup from Predominantly Paleo
Turkey and Cabbage Soup from Vittles and Bits
Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup from Simply Whole Foods
Creamy Potato Bacon Soup from Indigo Nili
Pork and Napa Cabbage Soup from Nom Nom Paleo
Creamed Fennel and Cauliflower Soup from Foraged Dish
Any Thyme Chicken Chowder from Cozy Kitchen Cooking
Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew from Copy Kat Recipes
Pressure Cooker Lamb Stew from The Paleo Mom
Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili from NomNom Paleo
Instant Pot Borscht (Beet Soup) from Stupid Easy Paleo
Instant Pot Pork Chili Verde from The Lean Green Bean
Instant Pot Chicken Chili Verde from Food by Mars
For more delicious recipes, check out The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond!
Do you have a Whole30 Instant Pot meal you’d like to share with me? Leave a comment . . . I’m always thrilled to find new tried and true recipes!
Looking for more recipes for your Instant Pot. Check out these 25 Breakfast Recipes for Instant Pot!