21 Healthy Family Instant Pot Recipes

Instant pot recipes = instant happiness!

It’s so difficult to find healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy. I mean, now that I think about it, it’s actually pretty hard to find healthy recipes that don’t require hours of work in the kitchen. Every once in a while, I’ll find a dish that my entire family loves but it might take three hours to make! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time for that. That’s why I wanted to share these 21 healthy family Instant Pot recipes. They’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re kid approved!

The Instant Pot has found a special place in my heart. It really brings out the flavors of different ingredients, it’s super easy to use, and it literally does the cooking for me. On top of all those amazing qualities, my Instant Pot is also a magical device. I know, I know: that sounds crazy. But there’s just no other explanation for how these 21 healthy family Instant Pot recipes please every single member of my family. Talk about amazing!

If you don’t believe me, grab your Instant Pot and get to cooking the recipes below. You’ll be amazed at how much they please everyone (including your kids).

1. Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

It’s truly incredible how quickly the flavors come together in this recipe (thank you, Instant Pot!). This is a perfect weeknight dinner recipe because it’s ready in only 30 minutes. Seafood-loving families will really dig this recipe, too, because the shrimp really pops in this meal!

2. Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

My family and I love Cajun pasta, but it’s not easy to find a good healthy recipe. This meal by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen is healthy and deliciously creamy. In fact, it’s so yummy that it’s hard to believe that all the ingredients are totally clean and it takes less than 20 minutes to make.

3. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

PureWow instant pot spicy thai butternut squash soup

This spicy Thai butternut squash soup is both vegan and gluten free, but it’s so good that even the meat-lovers in your life will love it. It packs a huge spicy & flavorful punch, with very little effort. Sounds like a win-win!

4. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

This soup recipe by Pinch of Yum is a perfect, warm bowl of tasty ingredients that fits the bill on a chilly winter night. It’s especially great for snow days! Enjoy this as a healthy dinner after a full day of playing out in the snow with the family, making snowmen, and having snow ball fights.

5. Instant Pot Loaded Baked Sweet Potato

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like baked potatoes. I mean, what’s not to like about them (except that they’re usually unhealthy)? Thanks to this SkinnyMs recipe, you can have a guilt-free baked potato because it’s made using only healthy ingredients. Since it’s just as delicious as the typical baked potato, everyone in the family will love it.

6. Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Smoky, savory, and super tender: this Instant Pot recipe will not disappoint you or your family. It only requires a handful of ingredients and it can be served however you like. I love making this pulled pork by Gimme Some Oven, buying some whole grain buns, and serving it up as a sandwich.

7. Healthy Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

If you thought that your Instant Pot could only be put to use for dinner recipes, boy were you wrong! This breakfast recipe by A Virtual Vegan proves that breakfast and Instant Pots go hand-in-hand. Since it involves chocolate, you better believe that this is one of those healthy family Instant Pot recipes that the whole family will love!

8. Chai-Spiced Instant Pot Applesauce

As it turns out, not all store-bought applesauce is actually healthy for you. Fortunately, Oh My Veggies makes a healthy applesauce using pears, apples, and a ton of tasty spices. It’s easy to make in the Instant Pot and it’s the perfect snack or dessert for the whole family!

If you’re looking for an Instant Pot applesauce recipe that sticks to using apples as the only fruit, try our Instant Pot Applesauce!

9. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

We’re talking about healthy family Instant Pot recipes, which means that including mac and cheese on this list is a must! When it’s as healthy as our SkinnyMs recipe, it truly is perfect for the whole family – kids and adults alike.

10. Quick & Easy Lo Mein Recipe

This Instant Pot recipe by Simple Healthy Kitchen is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect healthy option when the family is craving Chinese food! Plus, it’s customizable and can be ready in just 15 short minutes.

11. Instant Pot Potato Salad

If you’re looking for something healthier to bring to your next summer BBQ, Fit Foodie Finds has your back with this Instant Pot recipe. She turned a summertime favorite into a healthy choice by swapping out unhealthy ingredients. Instead, this recipe uses nutrient-dense choices like:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Green onion

This recipe was a hit at my last family BBQ!

12. Instant Pot Classic Hummus

All I have to say about this Instant Pot recipe by A Pinch of Healthy is “WOW!” I had no idea that you could make hummus using an Instant Pot, and now I plan on doing it all the time. My entire family loved this dish when I made it as an appetizer last week.

For more healthy hummus recipes, check out our White Bean & Herb Hummus, Avocado Hummus, and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

13. Instant Pot Chunky Beef Stew

If your family prefers to warm up with meat, this SkinnyMs recipe is for you. Thanks to the beef, one serving has 23 grams of protein. And, because it has an abundance of veggies, you’ll get tons of vitamins with this recipe, too.

14. Instant Pot Refried Beans

Laa Loosh loves creating healthy family Instant Pot recipes, and I am so glad she does! With healthy ingredients like pinto beans and cumin, you can’t go wrong with this side dish. Especially because it tastes so delicious, too!

15. Instant Pot Chickpeas

Chickpeas are one of my favorite foods for multiple reasons. They’re a great source of plant-based protein, they’re yummy, and they make a great healthy side dish for just about any meal. If you’re not so sure, try out this Instant Pot recipe by Healthy Nibbles and Bits and see what the family thinks.

16. 15 Minute Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

In my house, the family breaks out into song and dance when I say that mashed potatoes are going to be on the dinner table. “Monster Mash” just starts coming out of everyone’s mouths and that’s the end of it. The kitchen turns into a Broadway stage right before my eyes!

If you and your family feel as strongly about mashed potatoes as we do, you need to try this recipe by Delish Knowledge. It’s one of my favorite healthy family Instant Pot recipes.

17. Instant Pot Asian Sticky Rice

This is such a great recipe because it gives the family a reason to try to use chopsticks. Talk about a fun – and yummy – healthy dinner option!

18. Instant Pot Spaghetti

Get your Lady and the Tramp spaghetti scene on with this yummy meal! Cooking Classy found a way to take spaghetti and turn it into one of our favorite healthy family Instant Pot recipes.

19. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

This recipe from Well Plated has all of the warming, heart-throbbing qualities of a typical butter chicken recipe. But, this version is so much healthier. She even gives you the option to use coconut oil instead of unsalted butter for those who are dairy-free! The whole family will love this flavorful Instant Pot meal.

20. Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili with Summer Vegetables

She Likes Food is the recipe developer behind one of my favorite delicious and healthy family Instant Pot recipes. This Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili with Summer Vegetables is enjoyable to a wide range of people because it’s:

  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

It’s great for all members of the family regardless of your diet!

21. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Sauce

I’m ending this list of 21 Healthy Family Instant Pot Recipes with the ultimate summer side dish: our SkinnyMs Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Sauce. Would a summer dinner really be complete without corn on the cob? In my family, the answer is “no!” This healthy and easy version really completes a summertime meal.

This list may be over, but your Instant Pot journey is just beginning! With these healthy family Instant Pot recipes, you now have the opportunity to spread the love and deliciousness in a quick-and-easy way. Your family is sure to thank you for it.

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Taylor Glinane

Taylor is a writer with a passion for health, fitness, and all things alike. Running and hiking have special places in her heart--right next to berries, hummus, and every nut butter imaginable. When she's not running, hiking, snacking, or making a delicious breakfast, she's either at the gym, doing yoga, or outside with a pen and paper.

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