In a world where a fried chicken burger is cheaper than a salad, it’s quite difficult to follow a vegetarian lifestyle. However, it’s not impossible. It only takes a bit of determination and the right tools by your side.
I’ve put together a list of seven vegetarian recipes I like to cook using my Instant Pot. I like using a multicooker (instead of a regular stove-top) because it’s faster, simpler, and the cooking technique keeps nutrients in the dish.
So, if you want to keep living healthy and enjoy life as a vegetarian, here are some recipes for you to try:
1 Baked Potatoes
This is a recipe for baked potatoes, and since we’re using an Instant Pot, the time needed for cooking is cut in half. So, you won’t have to wait by the oven and keep checking on the potatoes to make sure they’re at the right temperature all the time!
You can find the ingredients and full recipe here, but the process is quite simple. You simply put halved red potatoes in the inner pot of your IP cooker and set the pot according to instructions. When the cooking is done, you’ll have a delicious meal that can be served with a salad or any other side dish you want.
Who said you can’t have good fast-food when you’re a vegetarian? I know that many big food chains offer vegetarian versions of their menus, but the taste is never up to standards (at least that’s how I see it).
So, why not make your own fast-food that’s healthy, fresh, and tastes amazing? This Instant Pot tacos recipe proves you can do it without too much fuss over ingredients. In addition, you don’t have to fight over who does the dishes after you eat – it all goes in the Instant Pot!
It’s delicious, nutritious, and makes you think of exotic places kissed by the sun and blessed by rich cultural habits. Hummus is a wonderful dish that doesn’t require too much effort to make but brings a variety of nutrients in your diet!
Luckily, it’s easy to make using an Instant Pot so you can enjoy it whenever you want. Still, keep in mind that moderation is important when you’re trying to have a healthy lifestyle!
4 Mac & Cheese
It’s easy to make but it can be a lot of work when you’re making it using standard methods. But if you follow this Instant Pot vegetarian recipe, you’ll see it takes less to get this creamy, cheesy dish steaming hot on your plate. In addition, there will be fewer dishes to clean, since you’ll only be using the pot to cook the pasta and the sauce.
If you want to add to this classic dish, you can always combine some broccoli (or other veggies you consider useful) in the cheese sauce.
5 Portobello Pot Roast
Most people think about beef and slow cookers when you say pot roast. While it’s true that this is a dish that requires time to have all the flavors blend together in a symphony of taste, you can get the same result in half the time by using an Instant Pot.
Also, the beef can be replaced with portobello mushrooms, like this blogger did, and you are good to go! Of course, you can use other types of mushrooms, as long as they are meaty and retain their texture when pressure-cooked.
The good news is that you can serve this pot roast as is or as a side dish next to pasta or rice. Not to mention that it’s a flavorful vegetarian recipe that the entire family can enjoy!
6 Lentil Stew
There’s nothing more soothing like a hearty stew when it’s cold outside! Be it rain or snow, this dish is a fantastic idea for lunch or dinner, especially when you’re sharing it with friends and family.
In addition, this lentil stew is so versatile that everyone can enjoy it. You can cook it vegetarian, and people who eat animal products can simply add smoked sausages in their bowl, to make it more to their taste.
Lastly, this delicious recipe (available here) doesn’t require fancy ingredients. Most of them are already in your cupboard or fridge.
7 Pad Thai Stir Fry
You can still enjoy delicious foods, like Pad Thai, even if you don’t add chicken or animal-based sauces! According to this recipe, you can make a fantastic Instant Pot vegetarian and gluten-free version without dirtying any other dishes and tools (except for the inner pot of the IP, of course!)
In addition, it reduces your activity in the kitchen, since you won’t have to take care of the noodles in one pot and stir the vegetables in another pot! So, follow the recipe and enjoy the result with your guests – who I promise, will be impressed with your cooking skills!
It’s not that bad to make the switch to veggies after all. It only takes a bit of imagination and reliable cooking tools (like the Instant Pot) to enrich your culinary life. So, as long as you make sure your food is not boring and you keep up with the required daily protein and fiber intake, you’ll be healthier and happier for your choice!