5 Protein-Packed Instant Pot Recipes for Quick and Healthy Meals
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5 Protein-Packed Instant Pot Recipes for Quick and Healthy Meals

5 Protein-Packed Instant Pot Recipes | Pork, Turkey, Yogurt, Eggplant and Vegan Posole

5 Nutritious Protein-Packed Instant Pot Recipes

If you are always busy, cooking can be a daunting task. Cooking fast food might be convenient. But the thought that most fast foods are not healthy can be disturbing. You might also be watching over your diet strictly due to doctors’ instructions or to just stay healthy. The good thing is that you can still enjoy quickly prepared highly nutritional meals. Below is a list of some fast foods that you need to try. Some foods can take as soon as 10 minutes to cook. We hope that you love these 5 Protein-Packed Instant Pot Recipes.

5 Protein-Packed Instant Pot Recipes

1. Pork Carnitas

Ignore the belief that pork is not a good meal. Who said that it is not healthy? Pork is a healthy meal as it has a little fat, low carb, and less, sugar. Pork has 559 mg of sodium, 221 calories, 0.6g sugar and 5-5 g of saturated fat. It also has 18.8 g of protein. Pork Carnitas is soft inside while its edges are a bit crispy. You can eat it with cilantro lime rice. My friend Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting just posted the most delicious slow cooker pork carnitas recipe which can be adapted for your Instant Pot by selecting a cook time of 25-30 minutes. I prefer this over the Meat button which cooks for 30+ minutes.

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2. Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

Are you trying to avoid calories in your diet? You don’t have to avoid meals with flavor. If you love meatballs, this could be an excellent meal for you. Teriyaki Turkey meatballs contain 1.3g saturated fat, 387 calories, 23.7 carbs, 20.3g fat, 1.3 g fiber, 26.3g protein and 8.1 g of sugar.

In this meal, you don’t need pasta and tomato sauce. Instead, you need to pair turkey meatballs with rice and homemade teriyaki sauce. Homemade sources are healthier than processed ones. You will realize that Teriyaki Turkey meatballs are not only easy to cook but also flavorful.

3. Masala Eggplant curry

Have you ever tried eating Masala eggplant curry?  Masala eggplant curry is free from soy and gluten, so you don’t have to worry if you are under a strict diet. It is rich in fiber and has enough vitamin c. Masala eggplant curry contains 34g fiber, 325 calories, 1.6g saturated fat, 412g sodium, 6.3 fat and 12.4 protein.

The above components have been calculated inclusive of lemon juice, cashews, and chickpea flour. As much as people consider Eggplant as vegetables, the truth is that Eggplant is a berry. Eggplant contains about 90% of water which indicates that it has a low amount of calories. Masala Eggplant is, therefore, a healthy meal and can be prepared in minutes. Check out this Instant Pot Masala Eggplant curry which is one of our favorite pressure cooker dinners.

4. Homemade Yogurt

Yoghurt is a healthy meal that has many health benefits like preventing yeast infection. Did you know that you can make yogurt at home? Homemade yogurt contains 7.4g fat, 138 calories, 12 g sugar, 10.4 cabs, 92 mg sodium, 7.6 protein and 4.3 g of saturated fat. You can also use whole milk to prepare it.

You can find more about how to make this super easy recipe on my husband's blog, Foodie Father: Instant Pot yogurt recipe.

5. Vegan Posole

Most Mexicans make Vegan Posole with pork, but you can use jackfruit. Canned fruit can also be the best option to reduce the sugar levels so long as it is not syrup but in brine.

If you are concerned about salt intake, always confirm the amount of sodium in the brand that you are buying.  Vegan Posole contains 0.8g of saturated fat, 108.6 g carbs, 10g sugar, 11.3 g fiber and 8.1 g of protein. Find out how to prepare Vegan posole for this recipe from my friend, Caryn of Rockin' Mama. Easily convert this for InstaPot cooking by using your manual setting for 25 minutes.

The most comprehensive guide to Instant Pot cooking lives on the Kitchen Stewardship website.

Instant pot meals can be exciting and easy to make. This is the current trend, and the reason is apparent. However, it is okay to adopt this method only if you cook healthy and highly nutritious meals. Having meals that you can prepare shortly and still get the required amount of nutrients is something that you shouldn’t miss. We hope that you enjoyed these 5 Protein-Packed Instant Pot Recipes.

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More Instant Pot recipes: 

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  1. These all look great and my kids need their protein but I am interested in the vegan posole. I will need to get an instant pot very soon the recipes look too good.

  2. Love all these! I definitely need more protein in my life! I can’t wait to try some of them! 

  3. Kiwi

    You can make homemade yogurt? Wow my mind is blown I swear I didnt know it was possible in a instant pop interesting.

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