8 Fat-Burning Instant Pot Recipes You Should Make For Weight Loss

December 18, 2018 by SheFinds Health
shefinds | Food

2019 is almost here and that means it’s time to start making your resolutions. If you’re looking to eat healthier in the new year, why not try whipping up some low-carb meals in that new Instant Pot you just got?

Instant pots make cooking easier by cutting your prep time in half, leaving you with less time spent in the kitchen. Plus, there are so many recipes out there that combine the healthiest ingredients and proteins that will help you stick to your resolution.

Here are eight nutritionist-approved Instant Pot recipes that are low in carbs and high in protein and flavor:

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken w/ Garlic 




6-8 boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin
sea salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes optional or to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons butter (swap with olive oil for paleo)
1/2 small onion chopped
4 garlic cloves sliced or minced
Juice of 1 lemon
2-4 teaspoons Italian seasoning 
zest of half a lemon
1/3 cup homemade or low sodium chicken broth
2 Tablespoons heavy cream (leave out for paleo)
Chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnish if desired

Pressure Cooker Sausage And Peppers




2 19-ounce packages Johnsonville Italian Sausage (10 sausages)
4 large green bell peppers, seeded cored and cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 can (28-ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can (15-ounce) tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tablespoon basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder (or 4 minced cloves)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instant Pot Lemon-Vegetable Risotto




1 bunch asparagus, sliced thin
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup fresh peas or snap peas
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 cup leek, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
4 cups vegetable broth
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup spinach
1/2 bunch chives, sliced thin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice, more to taste

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 




4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 1/2 cups water

2 chicken breasts
1 10-oz. can tomatoes with green chiles, undrained, any variety

1 tablespoon taco seasoning

1 avocado, peeled and seeded
1 jalapeño, stemmed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Salsa, more tomatoes with green chiles, or red onion to garnish


Instant Pot Chili Lime Avocado Bowl 




1.2-2 pounds of fajita steak strips (cut into cubes)
1 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon of EVOO
2 teaspoons of lime juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon of Cholula
2-3 Avocado diced

Instant Pot Protein Mac & Cheese




16 oz. whole wheat elbow macaroni (normal pasta works too!)
4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons ghee (or butter)
1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup 2% cottage cheese (any % will work)
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps




4 pounds (or about 2 kilos) pork roast, leg or shoulder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 head butter lettuce, washed and dried
2 carrots, spiralized (or grated)
2 limes, cut into wedges
1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
⅛ teaspoon coriander
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large onion, finely chopped

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup 




1 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP olive oil or avocado oil
3 carrots, chopped
15 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes extra as desired
1 TBSP tomato paste
1 cup vegetable broth
1 TBSP dried basil or to taste
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar optional*
1/4 tsp oregano
3 oz cream cheese or heavy cream (add to taste)
salt and pepper to taste


For the Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas: 

15 oz can chickpeas
1 TBSP  extra virgin olive oil
2 TBSP finely grated Parmesan cheese approx. 1/2 oz
1/2 tsp  garlic powder
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp  sea salt
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper 



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