Since starting a ketogenic diet, you probably find yourself cooking and meal prepping more than ever. With so many packaged ingredients and restaurant menus containing hidden sugars, the majority of your meals have to be made from scratch.
We applaud your efforts in the kitchen. We also know (from firsthand experience) how exhausting meal prep can be. When you live a hectic lifestyle, making meals from scratch can be the last thing you want to dedicate time to.
Luckily, there’s a handy kitchen gadget — er, miracle worker — that can cut your meal prep time in half.
How the Instant Pot Cuts Your Keto Meal Prep Time in Half (At Least)
If you think the Instant Pot sounds too good to be true, let us warm you up to the idea.
The Instant Pot does the work of seven different kitchen appliances. It acts as a slow cooker (or Crock-Pot), pressure cooker, saute pan, warming pot, steamer, rice cooker, and yogurt cooker (yes, it’s been done). This one appliance could free up significant cupboard space.
But if your entire goal is simply to get dinner on the table, the most impressive feature of an Instant Pot is the cook time. A pork shoulder that takes five hours to roast in the oven will take a mere 90 minutes in your Instant Pot.
A stew that takes an hour to simmer on the stovetop can be table-ready in just 10 minutes (plus you don’t have to keep an eye on it) if you make it in your Instant Pot.
You can even make your own rich bone broth in your Instapot in 2 hours or less.
To make a speedy, low-carb dinner, all you need is to combine a liquid (such as heavy cream or bone broth), a protein source (chicken, beef, or pork), a fat source (cream cheese, ghee, or olive oil), and low-carb vegetables (green beans, spaghetti squash, or cauliflower) into your Instant Pot. Sprinkle with a little sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper, and dinner is served in 15 minutes.
Need a little more direction than that? No problem. These 10 recipes should do the trick.
10 Instant Pot Keto Recipes to Make This Week
Below, you’ll find 10 easy Instant Pot recipes that will cut your meal prep time by half, if not more. Thanks to your Instant Pot, these high-fat dinner recipes will be ready to enjoy in as little as 10 minutes.
Balsamic Pressure Cooker Roast Beef
If you’re feeding an entire family, you can’t get more bang for your buck than with a pot roast. And there’s no easier way to prepare said pot roast than with an Instant Pot. Simmering the meat in balsamic, coconut aminos, and beef broth gives you the mouth-watering, fall-off-the-fork roast you’re looking for.
Instant Pot Chicken Liver & Onions
While chicken breasts and chicken thighs usually get all the attention, chicken livers are nothing to be scoffed at. Organ meats — like liver — are nutrient-dense and packed with flavor. This delicious chicken recipe combines liver, onions, herbs, and homemade gravy for a recipe that contains iron, protein, and keto-friendly fats.
Instant Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup
Italian stuffed cabbage rolls always make an excellent keto dinner, assuming you use a sugar-free marinara sauce for the rolls. That being said, it’s quite the time consuming dish, with most recipes taking 90 minutes to prepare. By leaving the rolls deconstructed and using an Instant Pot, this “unstuffed” version shaves an entire hour off the typical time.
Quick Keto Chili
If you love a good, hearty chili during the winter months, don’t write it off simply because you started a low-carb diet. This version eliminates the legumes, doubles up on meat, and keeps the fire-cracking kick in a spicy chili that contains just 8 grams of net carbs per serving.
Instant Pot Reuben Soup
Entire articles could be written on all your favorite sandwiches, paninis, and wraps you oh-so-desperately miss since starting the keto diet. But, as you’ve come to know, bread is just the filler — not the flavor — of a dish. This reuben soup carries all the delicious flavors of a traditional, grilled reuben sandwich, without the added carbs.
Low-Carb Paleo Stew
This keto Instant Pot recipe is incredibly versatile, with separate ingredient lists for those following low-carb, low-starch, or AIP (autoimmune protocol) diets. By using low-carb veggies like leeks, onions, kohlrabi, and mushrooms, you can create a quick, wholesome beef stew — without the typical starchy vegetables.
Dump & Cook Instant Pot Taco Soup
Raise your hand if you miss Mexican food on the keto diet (me!). It’s pretty hard to enjoy tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas without the carb-heavy tortillas; but this recipe uses a bit of creativity to accomplish it. Serve with a side of cauliflower rice for a complete low-carb meal.
Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats
There are endless ways to recreate your favorite comfort foods into low-carb recipes. You can enjoy juicy burgers with lettuce wraps, stick your fork into piping hot steak fajitas (leaving out the tortillas), or, in the case of this recipe, use carved-out zucchini stalks as a base to your favorite chicken enchiladas.
Instant Pot Beef Tips & Gravy
When you think of homemade gravy, you probably picture your mom hovered over the stove, adding white flour to stock to make it thick and creamy. With this low-carb and keto-friendly version, you’ll use two cups of beef bone broth, garlic, and herbs to make a delicious, hearty gravy you can smother over beef stew meat.
Shirataki Noodle Soup With Beef
If you haven’t been able to enjoy a delicious bowl of pho since starting the keto diet, you’re in luck. This recipe calls for shirataki noodles, or miracle noodles, which contain zero grams of carbs, sugar, or calories, in addition to being gluten-free. What could be better than that?
Make Your Family Favorites into an Instant Pot Low-Carb Recipe
Even the most strenuous recipes can be made quickly in the Instant Pot. While we’re at it, virtually any high carb recipe can be made into a keto low-carb recipe — it just takes a little creativity. Transform your go-to sandwiches into soups, leave tortillas out of your favorite Mexican dishes, and use a low-carb vegetable as an alternative to pasta.
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