Attention, all Instant Pot fanatics: We updated five of our most popular Paleo dinners to make them even better—because they can be cooked in the newly-popular pressure cooker machine.
Each of these recipes is unique—we have lettuce wraps, stew, and spaghetti—but they all have one thing in common: they’re easy. And thanks to the Instant Pot, they’re fast.
If you’re new to Instant Pot, here’s a bit about what this magical kitchen gadget can do. Pressure cooking helps cooks pressed for time break down tough meats, tenderize dry beans and vegetables, and pull together flavors that typically take hours to break—we’re looking at you, beef stew. An Instant Pot can help you get the rich flavor that comes with browning meat, too, because it has a sear function. No wonder this tool has a cult-like following.
Sprinkle these Instant Pot recipes into your weekly Paleo meal plan, or try one from time to time when you want a lower-carb dinner option that’s full of vegetables and big on flavor.
Sweet and Smoky Brisket Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Slaw
The spicy kick of creamy slaw blunts the hit of smoky-sweet brisket in these delectable lettuce wraps. If you’re not a fan of spice, however, just omit the red pepper, and you’ll still love every bite. A leaf of green lettuce makes this a hands-on dinner, but we wouldn’t be opposed to serving these on top of a bed of lettuce for a fork-and-knife dinner.
Get the Recipe: Sweet and Smoky Brisket Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Slaw
Instant Pot Mexican Chicken “Spaghetti” with Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is the Paleo and low-carb eaters best answer to pasta. It shreds into fine strands, and it absorbs the flavors of anything you put with it. Unfortunately, spaghetti squash isn’t a quick-cooking ingredient, so we’re speeding it up in the Instant Pot. While it tenderizes, make a Mexican-inspired meat sauce, and dinner will be on the table in under an hour.
Instant Pot Masala-Spiced Beef-and-Sweet Potato Stew
Never tried garam masala? Wait until you do. It’s combination of warm, tongue-tingling spices like clove and cinnamon are a welcome way to change up classic beef stew. To make sure not a single drop of this stew goes to waste, serve it over cauliflower “couscous” and sop up each delicious bite.
Red Wine and Garlic Beef Shanks with Rosemary Spaghetti Squash
Beef shank is a less expensive cut of meat, so for budget shoppers, it’s a good option. But it’s tough—and it needs a lot of cooking to break it down and make it tender. Speed up that process in the Instant Pot to make an ultra comforting dinner that’s filling, delicious, and oh so simple.
Get the Recipe: Red Wine and Garlic Beef Shanks with Rosemary Spaghetti Squash
Instant Pot Chicken-and-Spinach Stew with Celery Root Mash
Tenderize sweet potato and chicken thighs in under an hour with the Pressure Cooker. Infuse all of the ingredients with the umami-rich flavors of tomato, bone broth, and smoked sausage. The flavors get better as it sits, so make this soup on a weekend and get ahead for your meals for the week.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken-and-Spinach Stew with Celery Root Mash
Learn More About the Paleo Meal Plan
You’re dedicated to a Paleo lifestyle, and that means you’re dedicated to cooking at home. But that’s time consuming, right? Planning a meal, making a list, and heading to the store can take hours out of your week, and your time is valuable.
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