As the temperature drops and the air outside gets crisp, it's time to serve up something something warm and filling for dinner. Enter the Instant Pot. This gadget is one of the top sellers on Amazon, one of the Brides Registry Awards winners and can do just about anything, from making soups and stews to yogurt and sweet desserts. We hear a lot about how the Instant Pot turns meat into super tender, delicious stews, pot roasts, and other savory meals. But it can totally do the same for all sorts of vegetarian main courses and side dishes.
The beauty of the Instant Pot is that has a range of different preset cooking settings, including both pressure cooking and slow cooking functions. Whether you're cooking up chili for a crowd during game day or settling in for a cozy night curled up with your S.O., this must-have cooking tool will make your life so much easier.
Beans are an especially good thing to throw in the Instant Pot for quick cooking—it cuts your prep time in half because there's no need for soaking and simmering for hours on end (if you've only ever had beans from a can, you'll definitely see a difference in flavor and texture if you're making them from scratch). When it comes to cooking fresh veggies, it's important not to overcook them so you can preserve their nutritional value and flavor. This is where a good recipe comes in hand!
Because the Instant Pot is a little overwhelming at first, it's best to follow some instructions that are tailored to all the bells and whistles of the machine. Once you get the hang of it, you can spend the rest of the autumn and winter seasons experimenting (preferably with a blanket and Netflix in tow). Here are a few of our favorite vegetarian recipes, just in time for fall.
Instant Pot Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls
This Mexican-inspired dish features protein-rich quinoa and black beans mixed with spicy salsa.
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Sautéed onions and creamy coconut milk make this lightly spiced (and quintessentially fall) soup extra flavorful.
The Best Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
This dish is perfect for one of those snowy Sunday evenings after a day on the slopes or an afternoon reading by the fire.
Instant Pot Cheesy Southwestern Lentils and Brown Rice
Simmered with diced tomatoes and green chili, this stew is chock full of flavor. Add in some melted sharp cheddar and mozzarella and you'll be good to go.
Cauliflower Tikka Masala
With a mix of Indian spices and a flavorful, creamy base, this vegan veggie stew will transform weeknight dinner forever.
Instant Pot Sesame Basil Noodles with Roasted Veggies
Infused with nutty sesame oil and spicy ginger, this Asian-inspired noodle dish is perfect for a quick and easy dinner on the go (and it's great for leftovers the next day.).
Lentil Sloppy Joes
For a healthier, veggie-based version of the traditional ground beef classic, try this innovative vegan recipe with a secret ingredient (liquid smoke!).
Curried Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
Another I-can't-believe-it's-already done recipe (it cooks in just 10 minutes!), this healthy soup is sure to be a weeknight regular when the winter chill sets in.
Instant Pot Artichokes with Lemon Chive Butter
The Instant Pot isn't just for soups and stews. It's also an easy way to cook tough vegetables like steamed artichokes, which pair perfectly with a lemon and herb dipping sauce.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
Eggs are a mainstay ingredient for many vegetarians; they're filled with protein and a delicious foil to healthy veggies and tangy cheeses, like in this easy quiche recipe.
Coconut Jasmine Rice
Rice is another ingredient that can be totally transformed using the Instant Pot. This vegan and gluten-free recipe is a great side dish for a veggie stir-fry or other hearty main course.
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
Ready in just 15 minutes, this bright side dish features lime juice and zest for added flavor.