4 High-Protein Anti-Inflammatory Instant Pot Recipes You Should Make This Week To Kick-Start Fat Loss

March 31, 2019 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Food

If you want to lose weight and start feeling healthier, the key is to do the opposite of starve yourself — instead, consider all of the many foods that you can eat. Foods that are high in protein are among the best for weight loss because they keep you feeling satisfied for longer and provide a longer lasting source of fuel than carbs.

Here are four high-protein anti-inflammatory Instant Pot recipes you should make this week to kick-start fat loss.

If you’re trying to lose weight, swapping out low-fat foods for high-protein ones is the way to go.

"Protein contributes to satiety and satisfaction, and it does slow the rise in blood sugar. In time, that helps you maintain your energy levels and helps you control your appetite," Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D.N told Eating Well.


It’s not easy to eat well when you’re rushing around from place to place. And that’s one of the reasons why the Instant Pot has become an instant success: you can load it up with your favorite protein sources, veggies, and heart-healthy carbs and it rolls out dinner, lunch, or breakfast for you in a fraction of the time it would take to cook on your stovetop or in your oven.

Here are four protein-rich, anti-inflammatory Instant Pot recipes you can rely on when you’re busy, but trying to stay healthy.

beef stew

Beef Stew

Instant Pot beef stew provides a way for you to mix together all of your favorite veggies and protein-rich beef to create a one-pot wonder meal. Feel free to substitute any of the veggies on this list with alternatives that you like more, and use grass-fed beef whenever possible.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Beef stew meat

Olive oil



Italian seasoning

Worcestershire sauce



Baby carrots


Beef broth

Tomato sauce




Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are high in anti-inflammatory fiber and filling protein, but it’s no secret that they take the longest to cook — and who has that kind of time on busy mornings?

Simplify oat-cooking duties with your Instant Pot, which cuts down cooking time to 20 minutes. You’ll need:

Steel cut oats


Cinnamon sticks

Ripe bananas

Fresh or frozen blueberries


Pure maple syrup or honey

Ground cinnamon

bean barley soup

Vegan Vegetable and Barley Soup

Barley is one of the healthiest, fiber-tactic grains you can eat. Feel free to add your favorite variety of beans, which are an excellent source of protein and vitamins/minerals that fills you up fast. This two magic ingredients (as well as about a million veggies) give you this comforting soup, which is great to enjoy on nights after a long day.

You’ll need:

Vegetable broth


Canned diced tomatoes


Celery stalks



Frozen corn kernels

Bay leaves


White sugar

Ground black pepper

Garlic powder

chicken chili

Chicken Chili

Rich, creamy, and so satisfying, this chicken chili recipes contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory ingredients, courtesy of tomatoes and chili powder, and protein-rich chicken and beans.

You’ll need:

Chicken breasts

Black beans

White beans


Can of corn

Can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilis

Chicken broth

Chili powder

Cumin powder

Packet ranch dip

Package of cream cheese


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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