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Here are the best Healthy Instant Pot Recipes that are quick and perfect for your holiday table. All of these Instapot dishes are gluten-free and dairy-free.
Healthy Instant Pot Recipes for the Holidays
If you’re looking to make your holiday cooking a little faster and easier, may I suggest cooking at least several of your recipes in the Instant Pot this year? I’ve linked to all my Thanksgiving Instant Pot recipes below, but you are welcome to download my free Instant Pot Holiday e-book!
This is an easy side dish when you have cubed butternut squash on hand. I like to buy the 2-pound boxes at Costco and cook the squash in the Instant Pot.
This easy glazed carrot recipe is a great holiday side dish that even kids will like. You can use fresh or dried thyme, or whatever herb you like.
If you don’t want to bother peeling and chopping a whole butternut squash, you can just pop it in your pressure cooker and let the device do all of the work. Butternut Squash puree can be mixed with a little healthy fat, salt, and pepper, and served as an easy side dish.
This is my absolute favorite recipe for cranberry sauce. I suggest using frozen cranberries for this one, with orange juice and maple syrup. You are going to love this one!!!
This recipe is the easiest way I know how to make mashed potatoes. You can add in your favorite flavors, but I just do a simple blend of healthy fat, almond milk, salt, and pepper.
If you want the flavor of a pumpkin pie without having to make a crust, you’re going to love this recipe! I actually make this at all times of the year, not just the holidays. This is one of my all-time favorite desserts.
And, if you want a fancier dessert for your holiday table that is both gluten-free and vegan, then consider this recipe.
No holiday is complete without stuffing, and you can make it right in the Instant Pot. This recipe is gluten-free with lots of vegetables and herbs, plus dried cranberries.
This is one of the most popular recipes on my site, probably because it’s so easy and versatile. You can serve mashed sweet potatoes for any holiday and it goes with almost anything.
Lastly, don’t be overwhelmed by cooking a turkey in the oven, just cook it in the Instant Pot! The gravy gets made in the same pot while the turkey cooks. This is truly the easiest turkey recipe you’ll ever find.
Instant Pot Holiday Challenge
When I started talking about making my entire Thanksgiving dinner in the Instant Pot last year, I had a few people laugh as they imagined my entire kitchen covered in Instant Pots. Actually, I only have two Instant Pots, both the 3-quart and the 6-quart.
The key to making several dishes in the Instant Pot, or even the entire meal, is to plan ahead. Here’s a schedule for how it could work.
2 days before the holiday
- Instant Pot Cranberry Relish
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes if you are going to make Sweet Potato Soufflé
Day before the holiday
Day of the holiday
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy
- Instant Pot Stuffing
- Instant Pot Cooked Cabbage
- Plus, re-heat sides cooked the day or days before!
Day or days after the holiday
- Instant Pot Cottage Pie to use up leftover mashed potatoes
- Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie Custard to use up any leftover pumpkin pie puree
See how easy it can be? I am so over stressing about how many side dishes I have to make, I am going to be following this schedule this year. Are you in?!
Healthy Holiday Instant Pot E-Book
I’m so excited to offer my Healthy Holiday Instant Pot E-Book to you for free. That’s right, it’s my gift to you. All I ask is that you join my e-mail list.
If you have any trouble downloading the e-book, just email me! carrie @ cleaneatingkitchen DOT com.
Questions About Healthy Cooking in the Instant Pot
What is an Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. It’s different than the stovetop pressure cookers our mothers and grandmothers remember. Those were scary! The Instant Pot is safe and comes with pre-programmed settings, making it so easy to use.
How does an Instant Pot differ from a slow cooker?
They are two completely different ways of cooking. The Instant Pot uses steam and pressure to cook food, where a slow-cooker uses heat over a long period of time.
What is so special about the Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is the highest quality brand of electric pressure cooker that I’ve used. I’ve tried two other brands, but ended up giving them away because they were cheaply made and didn’t stand up to heavy use.
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