25 Plant-Based Recipes You Can Make in Your Instant Pot

Nothing can deliver fresh, tasty meals as quickly as the Instant Pot. It's a game changer, whatever your diet — WW, low-carb, the leftovers from your last grocery run. The same is true for a plant-based diet. Whether you've just recently gone vegan, or simply need some help breaking out of your recipe rut, you'll find your new staples here. These dishes are protein-rich and veggie-filled, and so delicious you'll want to take leftovers to the office for lunch the next day. Pull out your Instant Pot and grab a seat because it's about to do all the cooking.

— Additional reporting by Caitlyn Fitzpatrick

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Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Soup
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Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Soup

Perfect for a cozy night in, this soup is rich in plant-based protein and fiber, which can help keep you fuller longer.

Get the recipe: sweet potato, chickpea, and red lentil soup

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Lentil Curry
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Lentil Curry

Your family will love this recipe's wealth of flavors — ginger, garlic, curry powder, turmeric — and you'll love how well it keeps as leftovers.

Get the recipe: lentil curry

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Healing Breakfast Porridge
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Healing Breakfast Porridge

This butternut squash-based porridge is packed with anti-inflammatory rich foods, which can ease aches and pains and boost immunity. A hefty serving of carbs will give you the energy you need to power through your morning.

Get the recipe: healing breakfast porridge

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Coconut Rice
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Coconut Rice

This coconut-infused rice requires just four ingredients and will be ready in fewer than 10 minutes — and it's refined sugar-free. Serve it sweet or savory, by adding sliced mango or some tofu or jackfruit, respectively.

Get the recipe: coconut rice

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Black Beans and Rice With Fresh Avocado Salsa
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Black Beans and Rice With Fresh Avocado Salsa

Make your own version of a Chipotle bowl with this vegan rice and beans dish. Just add some tofu and your choice of toppings for a deliciously satisfying dinner.

Get the recipe: black beans and rice with fresh avocado salsa

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Vegetable Soup
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Vegetable Soup

A variety of vegetables — including carrots, corn, peas, and green beans — make this light and healthy soup anything but boring.

Get the recipe: vegetable soup

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Vegan Pad Thai
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Vegan Pad Thai

Serving a crowd? This vegan pad thai is as tasty as takeout and far healthier — it's loaded with colorful, nutrient-rich vegetables like carrots, pea pods, and peppers.

Get the recipe: vegan pad thai

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Wild Rice Pilaf
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Wild Rice Pilaf

You need only a few ingredients to make this yummy dish (the stars: mushrooms and pine nuts), but it'll look like you spent hours prepping it. Simply reheat it for a stress-free side at the holidays.

Get the recipe: wild rice pilaf

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Cajun Trail Mix With Candied Chickpeas
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Cajun Trail Mix With Candied Chickpeas

Pecans, almonds, chickpeas, and sunflower seeds give this snack a satisfying crunch, and Cajun seasoning delivers a punch of flavor. You won't want to share!

Get the recipe: Cajun trail mix with candied chickpeas

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Chili
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Chili

There's nothing more comforting than a bowl of chili. Make a big batch of this lentil-based recipe, and reheat it at work, at dinner — whenever you've got a craving.

Get the recipe: chili

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Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Stuffed Acorn Squash

The only thing that could make squash more delicious? Stuffing it with a flavorful mix of vegetables, wild rice, and chickpeas.

Get the recipe: stuffed acorn squash

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Moroccan Rice
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Moroccan Rice

Dates, citrus, and harissa make this sweet and spicy Moroccan rice a delicious addition to any dinner. It's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Get the recipe: Moroccan rice

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Apple Pie Oatmeal
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Apple Pie Oatmeal

It's always apple-cinnamon season. Make this sweet breakfast vegan by skipping the butter and whipped cream.

Get the recipe: apple pie oatmeal

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Mushroom Soup
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Mushroom Soup

A healthier version of cream of mushroom soup: this recipe swaps butter, chicken broth, and cream for vegetable broth and coconut milk.

Get the recipe: mushroom soup

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Lentil Dal
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Lentil Dal

Protein is key, and lentils are loaded with the stuff. This Indian-spiced dish can be made ahead and reheated for a quick weeknight meal.

Get the recipe: lentil dal

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Carrot Soup With Ginger
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Carrot Soup With Ginger

This creamy soup is packed with veggies and flavor. Top it with toasted cashews for a bit of crunch.

Get the recipe: carrot soup with ginger

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Artichokes With Mediterranean Aioli
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Artichokes With Mediterranean Aioli

For such a simple dish, these artichokes sure are delicious. Just swap out the egg yolks in the homemade aioli for mustard or dairy-free mayo or yogurt.

Get the recipe: artichokes with Mediterranean aioli

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Harira Soup
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Harira Soup

If you have 20 minutes, you have time to make this hearty Moroccan soup. The base is a blend of pasta, lentils, and chickpeas, but the real flavor comes from a handful of spices, including cinnamon, smoked paprika, and chili flakes.

Get the recipe: harira soup

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Lentil Sloppy Joes
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Lentil Sloppy Joes

This protein-rich dish is made with lentils, onions, bell peppers, carrots, tomato sauce, and spices. Throw the filling on a bun with your favorite toppings!

Get the recipe: lentil sloppy joes

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Southwestern Split Pea Soup With Potatoes
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Southwestern Split Pea Soup With Potatoes

The stars of this dish? The potatoes. But it wouldn't be complete without onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and a range of spices. You'll want to soften the veggies before adding the other ingredients.

Get the recipe: southwestern split pea soup with potatoes

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Corn Chowder
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Corn Chowder

This comforting meal is completely dairy-free, thanks to almond or oat milk, and it comes together in about 20 minutes.

Get the recipe: corn chowder

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Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
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Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

You'll want seconds of this quinoa enchilada casserole! Toss the ingredients in the Instant Pot, then top with vegan cheese, avocado, and diced tomatoes.

Get the recipe: quinoa enchilada casserole

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Lentil Gumbo
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Lentil Gumbo

Lentils help beef up this gumbo without, well, beef. You'll love that this vegan-friendly meal still delivers the traditional flavors.

Get the recipe: lentil gumbo

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Spicy Sweet Potato Peanut Stew
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Spicy Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

When you know you're going to be pressed for time, prep the ingredients for this stew, then pop them in the freezer. They'll thaw and cook in the Instant Pot in under 20 minutes.

Get the recipe: spicy sweet potato peanut stew

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Chocolate Cake
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Chocolate Cake

You might not have thought to use your Instant Pot to bake dessert, but this healthier, vegan chocolate cake is reason enough to give it a try.

Get the recipe: chocolate cake

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