Whether you just got your Instant Pot and aren’t sure where to start, or you’re in search of some new recipe inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve searched the internet for the best, and easiest, vegan recipes for your Instant Pot, and I have to say we have some real winners here – including a cheese sauce that tastes too good to be true. Let’s dive in!
1. Vegan Burritos
These burritos are easy, tasty, and a snap to make. Simply cook the rice, beans, corn, and seasonings in the Instant Pot for two minutes, spoon into a tortilla, top with lettuce and guac, and roll up – presto!
2. Superfood Instant Pot Oatmeal
This oatmeal is great to meal prep and pull out of the fridge on busy mornings. It’s not your dad’s instant oats, either – whole grain oats packed with apples, carrots, goji berries, and walnuts really is a superfood breakfast.
3. Vegan Barbecue Jackfruit Tacos
A few minutes in your Instant Pot, with the help of this recipe, turns jackfruit into delicious vegan BBQ, complete with a zesty avocado crema topping. Sprinkle your vegan ‘cue with cilantro and red onions for spicy, smokey vegan tacos that don’t compromise on flavor.
4. Chana Masala
Chana Masala is a spicy chickpea curry that makes a delicious meal over rice or with garlic naan bread. This recipe omits the harder to find spices in a traditional masala, and adds in spinach for bonus health points. It’s a filling, protein-packed dish that’s easy to make, easy to meal prep, and freezer-friendly – so don’t be afraid of leftovers.
5. Vegan Mac and Cheese
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? This vegan recipe uses cashews, potatoes, carrots, and almond milk to make a creamy, comfy sauce that is pretty darn close to the real thing. As a bonus, you’re hiding veggies in mac and cheese. Genius!
6. Lasagna Soup
Red lentils, lasagna noodles, veggies, and basil go into the Instant Pot, and this creamy, luscious lasagna soup emerges. Serve with garlic bread and a dollop of vegan ricotta for a real treat.
7. Rice and Beans
These Mexican-style rice and beans make a great base for tacos, burritos, or bowls, but they also have enough flavor to stand alone as an easy meal. I like topping them with cilantro, green onions, and avocado.
8. Lentil Chili
A comforting bowl of chili that’s packed with veggies and good-for-you spices is perfect to stave off a cold or simply boost your vitamin intake. I love topping this chili with jalapeños, red onions, and avocado, but if you want to get fancy, blend up the vegan avocado crema from the BBQ taco recipe, and throw a bit of that on your chili. Yum!
9. Sweet Potatoes
With just sweet potatoes, water, and an Instant Pot, you can have the perfect steamed sweet potatoes in just twelve minutes. After that, the possibilities are endless. Top with cinnamon and sugar for an awesome dessert, or go savory with curry spices and vegan yogurt.
10. Cauliflower Tikka Masala
The mild flavor of cauliflower lends itself so well to this savory, spicy tikka masala recipe. It gets ridiculously tender in the Instant Pot! I love serving the cauliflower over a bed of quinoa rather than traditional basmati rice for some extra texture and protein.
11. Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Cranberries, and Chickpeas
This tender baked squash filled with the flavors of autumn is the perfect healthy meal to restore your eating habits between the holidays, but it still tastes indulgent. The toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh thyme are the autumnal cherry on top.
12. Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Cauliflower, cashews, and garlic are the secret to a creamy, delicious, and not-too-heavy Alfredo sauce that comes together in thirteen minutes. You can make a large batch and freeze it to have an easy pasta night anytime.
13. Vegan Cheese Sauce
Everyone knows the hardest part about going vegan is giving up cheese. Thank goodness for this vegan cheese sauce recipe, which uses nutritional yeast to give a legit cheesy flavor to the cashew and veggie blend. Just add in some chilies and you have vegan queso!
14. Vegan Sloppy Joes
These vegan Sloppy Joes are made with lentils, vegan ground beef, tomatoes, and seasoning, and are definitely meaty and flavorful enough to fake out your carnivore friends. Top with fresh cabbage or coleslaw and, if you’re me, a healthy dollop of hot sauce.
15. Lentil Curry
This lentil curry is about as easy and craveable as dinner gets. It’s comfort food that’s also highly nutritious, stores well, and cooks in 15 minutes. Talk about a meal prep staple!
16. Paleo Caramel Sauce
The title itself may sound like a contradiction, but this creamy caramel sauce is the real deal. Made of just coconut cream, coconut oil, and maple syrup, it requires a bit more attention than most Instant Pot recipes, but at the end you have an utterly ridiculous caramel sauce that’s free of dairy and refined sugar. Worth it.
17. Potato Curry
If the idea of mixing your own curry spices intimidates you, this is the recipe for you. It’s very quick and simple, budget-friendly, and calls for a pre-made curry paste rather than a pantry’s worth of hard-to-find spices. Potato curry is so creamy and delicious, and works well with any veggies you might have on hand.
18. Wild Rice Soup
Homemade cashew cream makes this wild rice soup just as comforting as the original, sans dairy. The addition of protein-packed chickpeas makes this savory soup seriously nutritious as well!
19. Sesame Basil Noodles with Roasted Veggies
This impressive pasta dish is full of colorful veggies, and has a scrumptious depth of flavor thanks to toasted sesame and chili oils. If you can find it, sub thai basil for the western variety – it plays with the Asian flavors better.
To Sum Up
There are countless ways to put your Instant Pot to good use, and I hope some of these recipes have sparked your imagination and tickled your taste buds. We could always use more easy, go-to vegan recipes, am I right? What’s your favorite recipe for the Instant Pot? Let me know!