30 Clean Eating Healthy Instant Pot Recipes!

Eat cleaner, healthier, and quicker with the Instant Pot!

What is clean eating? Clean eating, simply put, is eating whole foods as close to their natural state. That means minimally processed food or handled food. Of course, almost everything we have these days is somewhat processed because we heat it up, or puree it, etc. Even your all fruit and vegetable smoothie is processed because you have chopped and pureed it. However, it’s still not as processed as say a store bought breakfast bar. The goal is to stay minimally processed.

If you didn’t know already, I LOVE the Instant Pot. This little tool has improved my quality of life… because quite frankly, I’m not a good planner! As an added bonus, I am able to cook my family healthy meals in just minutes! Quicker than it would take me to load everyone up and head to a fast food restaurant!

So I decided to round up 30 of my favorite clean eating Instant Pot recipes to help get my family back on track to healthy eating after all of the holiday meals and decided to share what I found!

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe: Just because this is clean eating chili doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a flavor punch!

Chicken Butternut Quinoa Stew: It is thick and filling, but at the same time tastes fresh and light. Plus, it’s so full of color and pretty!


Pork Roast With Mushroom Gravy: Anything that has a mushroom gravy calls my name and this pork roast recipe from Health Starts in the Kitchen is perfect!

Honey Teriyaki Chicken: The homemade teriyaki sauce on this recipe is amazing delicious! Step up the healthy by serving with cauliflower or quinoa.

Honey Parmesan Pork Roast: Change it up from beef and try this pork roast with the easy honey Parmesan gravy. It is a beautiful thing – so easy, yet so delicious!

Lemon Pepper Chicken: This chicken is incredibly flavorful and easy to make! It nearly falls apart when you cut into it because it is so tender and juicy! If you like lemon pepper seasoning, you will LOVE this chicken.

This white chicken chili recipe is a great one to add to your dinner rotation, especially during the soup season around here – fall and winter! I’ve tried a few different recipes, but I really like this one for a few reasons. For one, it is a pretty healthy recipe! And it still has a great chili flavor!

Braised Beef Short Ribs: Short ribs are always delicious and I love this simple recipe from Fresh Tart that I can put together in the Instant Pot and have on the table in under 40 minutes!

Quinoa Tabbouleh: This middle Eastern inspired dish is packed full of flavor and protein!

Sausage, Kale & Sweet Potato Soup: This soup from Wholesomelicious combines 3 of my favorite flavor power houses in one recipe and it just works! It’s a perfect soup for the cold weather too!

Spaghetti Squash: Using spaghetti squash in recipes is one of my favorite ways to cut carbs and Nom Nom Paleo shows us how!

Paleo Chicken & Smoked Sausage Stew: Nothing says comfort food to me more than stew and this chicken and smoked sausage stew from Foraged Dish hits the spot!

Cream of Butternut Squash & Ginger Soup: When I think fall, I think butternut squash in everything. This squash and ginger soup from Hip Pressure Cooking everything I love about fall in one delish dish!

Green Chili With Chicken: Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a lover of chili. This green chili recipe from Serious Eats is serious stuff!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Being an Idaho girl, there has to be a potato recipe in this list! These garlic mashed potatoes from Make Real Food are the perfect side dish too!

Kalua Pig: This last summer I was at a wedding where kalua pig was served and oh my heck was it good. I did find some crock pot recipes for it, cooking time is crazy long though. However Nom Nom Paleo has perfected it for the Instant Pot!

Carnitas Under Pressure: Do I love carnitas? YES! They are a fun food to through into te menu and mix it up a bit and I love the way Call Him Yes Chef prepares them!

Crispy Mojo Pork Shoulder: If I had to pick one meat to have the rest of my life, pork would be my pick. Zenbelly‘s crispy mojo pork shoulder is all the proof I need to stand by those words!

Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili: The Castaway Kitchen produced a chili I would have never even thought of but not only is it tasty, but beautiful too!

Whole Chicken: Yep. You read that right! You can cook a whole roaster chicken in the Instant Pot and Mommypotamus has a great recipe!

Steel Cut Oats: You don’t have to only make dinner in the Instant Pot! These steel cut oats from Pressure Cooking Today are awesome!

Pot Roast: Pot roast is another one of those foods that i just adore in the cold months and The Domestic Man has a really fab recipe!

Butternut Squash Risotto: This recipe from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition gives us a great alternative to pasta!

Pulled Pork Tacos: Three of my favorite words and The Organic Kitchen put them all together in one delicious recipe!

Chicken Fennel Soup: The Paleo Cajun Lady gives us a nutrient packed yummy chicken fennel soup!

Steamed Artichokes: Did anyone else grow up eating artichokes? I did and I love that Flavorrd gave me a great Instant Pot Recipe!

Chicken Cacciatore: Whole 9 Life has an amazing cacciatore recipe and even suggests serving over shredded cabbage instead of traditional noodles.

Tamales: I am so excited about this tamale recipe from Hip Pressure Cooking! I can’t wait to try these out!

Find more clean eating recipes HERE!

Learn more about the Instant Pot HERE!


Comments & Reviews

  • Thank you for putting this list together! I recently found out that I am very sensitive to gluten, milk, and peanuts (along with a whole bunch of other things that only cause mild reactions) so it is wonderful to have this list of good (and safe for me) recipes to use in my new Instant Pot.

    I also REALLY appreciate that you included a photo of each dish because I’m a very visual person. Endless lists of recipes – with names only – make my eyes blur. LOL

  • Joi

    This is an awesome list. I am definitely going to bookmark it.

  • Nancy

    Looks good!
    Thank you 👌

  • Marge M

    The food looks delicious and healthy. BUT I first looked at chicken with cilantro rice. Cook rice separately in rice cooker? Make sauce separaelty in sauté pan and coat chicken in sauté pan? Why bother with the Instant Pot? 😞

    • Mr. Sleepy Floyd

      Marge, the issue you have highlighted also grabbed my attention. i would really like to know the answer. Cheers!

      • Hello! Looks like we missed the original question! I’m not exactly sure which recipe you’re referring to Marge. Some of them are ours, and others belong to other blogs. But since chicken and rice have very different cook times, I suspect that’s why it’s not recommended to cook them together. Although, I myself purchased a 2nd instant pot for this very reason!

  • Ken

    i wish i read my email ! And got one on sale day.. I use my small
    Crock pot. I. Like these recipes.

  • Julie

    This list is so great!! We just got an instant pot so I was looking for some great recipes that were easy and delicious. We have only made dinners from this list so far and we have enjoyed every. single. one. Currently making up next weeks shopping list and menu with the recipes we didn’t get to.

  • bloomenz

    Do you have a list of the most useful Instant Pot accessories?

  • teresa

    Can you make banana bread in an instant pot?

  • Sally

    I got my instapot today! Was searching for recepies and landed on your website! I’m gonna try all of them.

  • Gregory

    Followed the “Chicken Fennel Soup: The PaleoCajun Lady” recipe and it was A DISASTER! She said to cook it for “30 minutes.” Well, this was my first soup attempt and what I got was a big pot of disintegrated chicken and veggie MUSH! The chicken completely disintegrated into mushy strings of chicken and the broth was so bland I had to save it by throwing in a couple packs of Ramen seasoning that I had. I then looked at other chicken soup recipes and found that virtually everyone else said to cook chicken soup for only around TEN minutes. Wasted a whole pot of ingredients (fennel ain’t cheap!) and had to apologize to my family that had patiently waited in expectation of a nice bowl of soup and ended up eating mush. Well ‘Live and Learn,” I guess; now I look around at similar recipes to what I’m cooking so as to get a better idea of accurate cooking time.

    • Oh man, that really stinks! Did she have negative comments on her blog post? Might be worth letting her know your experience… maybe she has some insight for you. Thank you for letting us know your experience!

  • Brianna

    We tried the teriyaki chicken tonight! Mouth watering! The best chicken I’ve ever made! I made lettuce wraps with jasmine rice and the teriyaki chicken 🤤

  • Kruti

    It looks easy to make! Will try it tonight!

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