Hello, gluten-free food lovers! Sometimes in life, you make decisions that you wake up every day and thank yourself for. One of such decisions is getting myself an instant pot after I discovered it in 2015. It’s made my weekend meal preparation a lot easier! I get to prepare my gluten-free instant pot recipes for the coming week in just a few hours. Also, unlike before, I don’t return to the kitchen to find a heap of dirty pans and pots since my instant pot comes with different kitchen equipment.
Even though Instant Pots exists since 2010, they just started gaining popularity a few years ago.
With an instant pot, you don’t need to have a rice cooker, some even come with yogurt makers. You can also make your best instant pot recipes in a short time.
- What Gluten-Free Instant Pot Recipes Can I Make?
- Which Recipes Can I Make In Instant Pot?
- Which Instant Pot Should I buy?
- Decreases Cancer Rate, Infertility, and Neurological Disorder
- Retains Vitamin C and Minerals in Veggies Like Broccoli and Spinach
- Helps in Digestion
- Increases Antioxidants in Legumes
What Gluten-Free Instant Pot Recipes Can I Make?
Ask me this question in person and you will have me talking for the entire day! There are so many interesting gluten-free Instant pot recipes you can make. From vegetables to boiling eggs and even baking. Instant pot gives you options to cook your favorite recipes while saving you time and stress.
The first meal I tried when I got my Instant pot was steel-cut oats! They take too long to make on a stove but with the instant pot, I had one of my best recipes ready in under 8 minutes! Yeah, you heard me right.
Which Recipes Can I Make In Instant Pot?
In your instant pot, you can make gluten-free recipes like rice, boiled eggs, gluten-free sauces, pasta, and soups. Everyone can make pasta and it’s easier but making it in an instant pot is even easier and quicker.
I love to saute my vegetables in an instant pot! In fact, it’s an addiction. Sauteing your vegetables in an instant pot also gives them a fine texture and great Fragrance.
Moreso, you can make your broth and stock it in your instant pot. It helps you save time.
Good news: You will find more gluten-free Instant pot recipes you can make by the end of this write-up. (We have taken time to compile an excellent list for you)
Which Instant Pot Should I buy?
Instant pots come in different sizes and models. These models range from 3-quart to – 8-quart. You can buy these:
Instant Pot Duo 9-In-1 series
- This Instant pot has 9-In-1 appliances and they include; pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, food warmer, sous vide, and sterilizer
- With this Instant pot, you can make recipes like soup, broth, cake, egg, rice, bean, grain, porridge, oatmeal, sterilize, yogurt, and sous vide.
- This instant pot also automatically seals when you close the lid. It also has overheating protection.
- It is perfect for families, and also great for meal prepping and batch cooking for singles and smaller households
Instant Pot Duo 7-In-1 series
- This Instant pot is made of stainless steel with a 5.68 liters capacity.
- This Instant pot serves the following functions: Electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan, and food warmer.
- It has a smart touch customizable programs for pressure cooking ribs, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, desserts, and more on autopilot
Instant Pot Max
- This instant pot also works like fire. The packaging and all inserts are made from 100% recycled materials.
- You can also use other advanced instant pots like Instant pot smart wifi, Instant Pot, Max.
Health Benefits of Cooking With Instant Pot
Instant pots are a brand of pressure cookers or electric cookers and they come with health benefits you never knew about.
You can have your gluten-free instant pot recipes ready within a shorter time compared to other forms of cooking. Thus, since it takes less time for foods to get ready in an instant pot, they retain most of their content, enriching the body with more nutrients.
Here are more benefits;
Decreases Cancer Rate, Infertility, and Neurological Disorder
When starchy foods are heated to a high temperature, they form acrylamide which is a harmful chemical. When acrylamide is consumed in high amounts, it leads to diseases and conditions like cancer, infertility, and neurological disorder.
However, water vapor prevents the formation of acrylamide in foods. This explains why foods cooked by pressurized steam like the case of the instant pot contain little acrylamide.
Retains Vitamin C and Minerals in Veggies Like Broccoli and Spinach
In the March 2007 edition of the journal of food science, the study showed that cooking broccoli in a pressure cooker helped it to retain 92% of its vitamin C content. However, when cooked conventionally (steaming & boiling), it retained 66% to 78% of its vitamins.
Also, broccoli retained most of its sulforaphane when it was cooked in a pressure cooker such as an instant pot as compared to when it was steamed and boiled using conventional methods.
Helps in Digestion
Macronutrients (protein, fiber, and starch) found in grains and legumes are easily digested when cooked with pressure cookers like Instant pot.
Increases Antioxidants in Legumes
Cooking legumes like green peas, chickpeas, and lentils in an Instant pot increases their antioxidants capacity.
How to Convert Slow Cooker Gluten-Free Recipes to Instant Pot?
Making recipes in a slow cooker can be fun if you want to spend time doing other things or you have enough time. However, there are times when you need your best instant pot recipes to be ready in no time.
You can convert your slow cooker recipes to Instant pot recipes by following these simple methods.
Add Enough Water: Slow cookers do not use a lot of liquids since they already produce enough liquids due to condensation. Cooking in an instant pot requires water. This helps to create steam which forms the pressure.
To convert your slow cooker recipes to Instant Pot, you need to add water. You can place a cup of water in the instant pot and set a trivet in the instant pot. This way you don’t have to worry about your recipes of soaking in too much water.
You can also check this instant pot chart for recommended times for different recipes.
Watch the Time: When you make your slow cooker gluten-free recipes, they could stay under heat for 6-8 hours but this is not the case with instant pots.
So, if you are converting to a gluten-free Instant pot recipe, then you may have to increase the time in your instant pots, this includes the cooking time and the time it takes to release pressure.
However, all these shouldn’t take more than an hour.
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef – The Ultimate Instant Pot Delight
Here is a sneak peek at one of the top-voted recipes in Yogitrition!
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
- 1 pound flank steak, cut into 1/4-inch thick pieces
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot or tapioca flour
- 2 tablespoons butter or avocado oil
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 teaspoons ginger, grated
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 2 medjool dates
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 carrots
- 2 cups, napa cabbage
- 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 bunch green onion
- 1 teaspoon white sesame seed
- I start preparing my mongolian beef by working on the flank steak. I simply toss the flank steak with arrowroot powder.
- Add 2 tablespoons of oil to your instant pot. Set instant pot to saute.
- Once the oil gets hot, fry the flank steak till it turns brown. You can do this in batches.
- In a bowl, add beef broth, coconut aminos, 2 tbsp garlic, 2 tbsp ginger, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, dates, fish sauce. Mix all and pour over the beef.
- Set the instant pot on high pressure. You can set for 12 minutes.
- While beef cooks, heat a large skillet over high heat.
- Once the skillet gets hot, add oil, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger, pepper, carrots and cabbage. By now, you should perceive a nice fragrance from the veggies. However, saute until the vegetables are soft.
- Once the veggies get soft, add 1 tbsp sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside or dish in a serving bowl.
- Once the beef is ready, turn the knob to quick release.
- To serve, top with the vegetables.
I am a yogi with a smoldering passion for nutrition and healthy living. I have been a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach for over 11 years and now I want to help you. My mission is to inspire as many people as I can to expand their awareness and broaden their horizons by giving a voice to the choices that create abundant, radiant health. Here I share deliciously simple plant-based recipes, nutrition resources, detox tips, and a glimpse into my whole lifestyle.