As much as I love Whole30, I get very sick of meal prep about a week in, so, I’ve compiled a list of 10 Whole30 Instant Pot meal prep hacks! As a result, I cut back on meal prep time AND rock Whole30 by relying on my beloved Instant Pot!
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The Instant Pot
Everyone needs an Instant Pot in their life. It’s a pressure cooker/slow cooker/rice cooker all in one and it is life changing. One click of a button and you can have pulled pork on your table in 45 minutes. Frozen chicken breasts are no match for this thing! It’s a scary contraption at first, because it comes with the description of a pressure cooker, but I swear it’s the most speedy, efficient, and safe contraption I own! I have this six quart, seven in one Instant Pot! I want all of you to know that if I can use an Instant Pot, you can too. Most of all, My husband even uses it! This contraption has been a huge time saver and it has been so fun to experiment with.
As you may know from my previous blog post, I’m starting my next round of Whole30 on January 2. Therefore, I’m determined to utilize my Instant Pot to its fullest extent this round. As a result, I bring to you 10 Whole30 Instant Pot Meal Prep Hacks for my January Whole30!
10 Whole 30 Instant Pot Meal Hacks
- Hardboiled Eggs! All you have to do is fill the base of the Instant Pot with one cup of water, place the trivet down in it, and stack up as many eggs as you would like. I personally do 6-8, because that ensures zero food waste between my husband and I. Make sure the vent is placed to Sealed, and select “Steam.” Dial the time down to 6 minutes and walk away. When done, just quick release the steam and you have perfectly made hardboiled eggs. Furthermore, these are perfect for salads and snacks!
- Spaghetti Squash. This is a Whole30 must have food essential, except I’m often unlikely to make it because it is such a time consumer. 45 minutes? No thank you! With my Instant Pot, I can have perfect spaghetti squash in 7 minutes.
- Sweet Potatoes. I LOVE twice baked sweet potatoes with bacon and seasonings. You can steam 3-4 at a time and then have them for post-workout snacks. Basically, it’s the same procedure as above: One cup of water, Steam Setting for 10 minutes, let it natural release for ten minutes and done! Oh, and try steamed sweet potatoes + ghee…
- Bone Broth! I love a cup of bone broth in the morning, and it’s a good staple to have on hand. My favorite recipe is from Nom Nom Paleo. Bone broth is a great way to get rid of produce that is about to go bad. You can throw anything in! It’s fun to play around with flavors. I usually buy a rotisserie chicken, shred the chicken off the bones and use it for salads, and stick the carcass in the Instant Pot! It’s a great way to use everything and prevent food waste. All you do is throw everything in and select Manual and bump the time up to 120 minutes!
- Pulled Pork and/or Carnitas. Again this is a great staple to make. From previous experiences, I find these to turn out dry if you are not careful. I add about 2 cups of cooking liquid. I usually use vegetable broth! Season your pork however your recipe calls for, and then add the water to the Instant Pot. Place your pork butt or shoulder on the trivet, select Manual and adjust the time to 60 minutes. Make sure the vent is sealed!! Here’s the MOST IMPORTANT STEP: When done, let it naturally release steam for 10-20 minutes. I find that this ensures that the meat stays moist!
- Similarly, Shredded Chicken. Again, this is a versatile idea. Add 1-2 cups of cooking liquid (water, broth) on the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place however many chicken breasts you can fit in the Instant Pot on the trivet. Next, select Manual for ten minutes. Again, naturally release the steam! Pull out your meat, shred and add sauces. This is a great Whole30 prep food because you can use the chicken for salads, in lettuce wraps, in soups, etc. The world is your oyster! I love to add Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde!
- MASHED POTATOES. You guys. I love mashed potatoes. Grab 4 russet potatoes, peel them, and cut them into chunks. Place in instant pot with 1 cup of broth. I prefer chicken broth, and 1 tablespoon of ghee. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Select the manual setting and adjust the time to four minutes. Finally, rapid release and mash those potatoes. I can’t love on these enough!
- Steamed Broccoli! This is an easy one to make side for nights when you don’t feel like doing much work. As with the above suggestions, place once cup of water in the base of the Instant Pot. Next, add broccoli and select the Manual setting. If fresh, you will want to steam for three minutes. If frozen, you will want to steam for five. Rapid release when the time is up.
- Steamed Swiss Chard, Kale, Spinach: Add one cup of water to your Instant Pot and insert a steamer basket like this one: Wide Rim Steamer Basket and add your leafy greens. Select Steam setting and do 2 minutes!
- Finally, Applesauce! All you need is 6-8 apples, 1tsp of Cinnamon, and 1 cup of water. Cut your apples up into chunks, removing the core, and the stem. I use my apple corer and then slice each apple slice in half. Put your instant pot on Manual for 8 minutes and walk away. When the timer runs, let the steam naturally release for five minutes, then rapid release. Use an immersion blender to blend the apples. I rarely spend money on store bought applesauce anymore, because this is SO easy! This stores for up to a week in a mason jar.
In conclusion, I hope this helps as all of these recipes are very basic. I purposefully left these ideas pretty generic so you can season any of these to your taste. Please pin the pinned image and leave a comment here with your favorite Instant Pot Hacks. In addition, they don’t even have to be Whole30!