Instant Pot stew, chili, soup and mashed potatoes

If you’re new to the Instant Pot, get ready to fall in love with this safe and modern pressure cooker. But it’s not just a pressure cooker. This all-in-one workhorse appliance has multiple settings, and can replace your rice cooker, slow cooker and Dutch oven, saving you time and counter space.

Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up some recipes sure to please the whole family. From tender meat dishes to a flavourful plant-based curry, these easy Instant Pot recipes promise to elevate everyday ingredients with minimal effort—promise.

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nstant Pot turkey rice soup Image source: theHUB from Walmart.ca

Ready in: 45 minutes

Why we love it: Healthy, nourishing and delicious, this homemade turkey and rice soup has all the ingredients for a complete meal, and an Instant Pot helps you get it on the table with minimal fuss. Ready in under an hour—and with minimal prep—this quick and easy recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey.

Meal prep tip: Chop the veggies on the weekend for a super-simple assembly on Monday or Tuesday.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
Boasting essential nutrients like zinc and vitamin B12, turkey is a healthy lean protein that tastes great beyond the holidays.[1]

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Ready in: 55 minutes

We love it: The Instant Pot pressure cooker setting is perfect for tenderizing tough (and bonus, inexpensive!) cuts like stewing beef in less than an hour—a process that can take all day in a slow cooker! This one-pot wonder is an easy weeknight dinner, yet still impressive enough for entertaining.

Meal prep tip: Consider doubling or tripling this dish and storing extra batches in the freezer for epic thaw-and-go dinners.

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BUDGET WATCH
Hearty veggies like potatoes, onions and carrots stay fresh longer than many other produce items—buy them in bulk for extra savings.

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Instant Pot chicken veggies rice Image source: theHUB from Walmart

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: This flavourful one-pot meal is a complete dinner that mostly relies on pantry and freezer staples. Just grab some fresh chicken thighs and you’re good to go!

Meal prep tips: Browning the chicken on the sauté setting before you pressure cook it is an essential step. This is how you activate the Maillard reaction that gives chicken and other types of meat their rich, meaty flavour.[2]

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BUDGET WATCH
Frozen vegetables are picked at their peak and flash-frozen to lock in flavour and nutrients. Look to frozen to keep your home stocked with veggies whenever you need them.

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Ready in: 1 hr 25 minutes

Why we love it: This Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe is extremely versatile. You can serve it one night in tacos, then turn your leftovers into the next night’s dinner of grain bowls or pulled pork sandwiches.

Meal prep tips: Measure out the spices and coat the pork the night before and refrigerate. Chop the veggies, measure and prep the remaining ingredients in small bowls placed on a baking sheet and cover to prevent a crust from forming. Voila, you’ve set up your cooking show—now you can assemble, seal the pot and let dinner make itself.

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TIME-SAVING TIP
The ultimate time-saver is to make this on the weekend and refrigerate it for up to four days. The BBQ sauce mixed with the natural juices keeps the pulled pork moist. Or you can freeze it and thaw it in the refrigerator the night before serving.

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Instant Pot beef chili Image source: Hearty Beef Chili

Ready in: 45 minutes

Why we love it: Hearty chili is a comfort on cold wintery days, and this quick and easy version is stick-to-your-ribs good. Seasoned with chipotle chili powder, cumin and oregano, this beefy dish is everything you want in a chili. Serve it over sweet potato fries for a treat!

Meal prep tips: Batch cooking is your friend. You can easily double this recipe and even make it on the weekend—chili magically improves with time, allowing the seasoning to develop and deepen.

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Coming in at under $4 per serving, this recipe makes good use of inexpensive pantry staples such as red kidney beans and crushed tomatoes.

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Instant Pot coconut cauliflower curry Image source: Oh She Glows

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: This crave-worthy plant-based curry is tasty enough to convert the meat lovers in your house, plus it cooks really quickly! Serve it over steamed rice or potatoes, and top with chopped peanuts or cashews and a squeeze of lime.

Meal prep tips: Shop your pantry to make efficient use of what you already have. Don’t have any butternut squash? Swap it with sweet potato. Out of red lentils? Try mung beans instead (just check the cook time for your Instant Pot and adjust as needed).

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
Lentils are a sustainable pulse grown in Canada,[3] high in protein and fibre and low in fat.[4] One bag of red lentils makes around two or three healthy family meals.

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Instant Pot mashed potatoes Image source: theHUB from Walmart.ca

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: Looking for creamy, cheesy richness in a hot 20 minutes? This comforting dish cooks up fast, and in one pot, so cleanup is easy too.

Meal prep tips: Batch cooking is the best way to reduce cooking throughout the week. Leftovers of this dish can be stirred into chicken broth and topped with green onions, bacon bits and sour cream for a loaded potato soup, or spread atop canned lentils and topped with cheese for an instant vegetarian shepherd’s pie

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
Unsalted butter keeps up to four weeks in the fridge, while salted butter lasts 12, so if you see a sale, go ahead and stock up with those timelines in mind.[5]

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crispy Instant Pot parmesan chicken wings Image source: The Spruce Eats

Ready in: 45 minutes

Why we love it: These elevated wings only need seven minutes of pressure cooking to turn juicy and tender, then a quick stint under the broiler for that crispy pub-style skin. Serve them with carrots, celery sticks and ranch dip for the full pub experience.

Meal prep tips:  Washing and chopping produce over the weekend is a great weeknight time saver and can help you prep the veggie sides for this dish. Or stock up on salad kits for even easier (but still healthy) sides.

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Family packs are the most economical way to buy wings. Divide them into meal-sized portions and store uncooked wings in the freezer if you can’t eat them all at once.

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Article Sources

  1. Ontario Turkey. All About Turkey.
  2. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Science. Flavour Chemistry of Chicken Meat: A Review.
  3. Lentils. Lentil Production.
  4. Lentils. Nutritional Information.
  5. BC Dairy. Keeping Butter Fresh.

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