I can’t think of a better way to begin a new year than by readying myself with a commitment to 31 days of Whole30 eating, and by getting my menus set by choosing some delicious recipes made in my oh-so-handy and timesaving Instant Pot!
These Whole30 Instant Pot will give you the convenience of using the Instant Pot while staying on track with your Whole30.
On the days you don’t want to use your Instant Pot then let me tell you about these Whole30 meal plans that I am using! They have saved me so much time in between cleaning up the Instant Pot.
How about it? Do you want to get READY, SET, GO with me for your next thirty days?
What’s the Whole30?
Like me, you may have already used the Whole30 Program before…maybe even several times. But if you haven’t, and aren’t sure what you need to know about it, let me reintroduce a few simple things about it to remember. (You can find an abbreviated version of it here.)
Eat real food.
Just remember—if it’s real food, you can eat it. Here’s a list of some delicious real food to include in your daily menus:
- Moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs
- Lots of vegetables
- Some fruit
- Plenty of natural fats, herbs, spices, and seasonings.
It will be easiest for you to remember to choose foods with very few ingredients—all of which are prounounceable. Even better, choose whole, unprocessed foods with no extra ingredients at all.
Avoid the following for 30 days.
This simple listing of foods to avoid will get you ready to be successful with the Whole30 program. Remember—no cheating allowed!
- No sugar—real or artificial. That means no maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date sugar, stevia, Splenda, or any other artificial sugars (don’t even think about complaining cause it’s JUST 30 days!)
- No alcohol in any form, even in cooking.
- No grains. This includes wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgar, sorghum, sprouted grains, and all gluten-free things like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, or grain starches.
- No legumes, including beans of any kind. No peanut butter either, and no soy or soy products.
- No dairy. No cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products of any kind,
- No baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
No weighing or measuring for 30 days.
Do not step on the scales or take any body measurements for the entire 30 days. The Whole30 program is about so much more than weight loss.
Exceptions to the rules.
Yes, even with the Whole 30 program there are some exceptions. You can have any of these foods: ghee, fruit juice, green beans or snap peas, vinegar, coconut aminos and salt. (This Whole30 section adapted from here.)
What’s an Instant Pot?
Seriously? What rock have you been living under?! This modern take on a pressure cooker is like crockpot cooking on crack. We whip up a whole chicken in less than 25 minutes! It’s insane! In addition to pressure cooking, you can also use the slow cooker, steam, saute, yogurt, and rice function! Here’s where you can buy it.
Whole 30 READY, Instant Pot SET, Now GO
Using these Whole30 Instant Pot recipes will save you so much time! Just take a day before you begin to carefully choose some recipes to try, and then make a shopping list and get as many items ready so all you have to do is fill the Instant Pot and let it do its sweet work.
Whole 30 Instant Pot Breakfast Recipes
You may choose to concentrate using your instant pot mainly for your dinner menus. However, there are some delicious Whole30 instant pot breakfast ideas that you may want to try. Let me recommend these five:
Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs (+ a how to peel farm fresh eggs tutorial) – from Your’s Truly 🙂
Instant Pot Paleo Breakfast Casserole – from Once a Month Meals
- Coconut Oil
- Garlic, Cloves
- Sweet Potato
- Sausage, Breakfast
Click here to go to the Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole recipe
Easy Instant Pot Applesauce – from Stupid Easy Paleo
- 3 lb apples
- Apple pie spice
- Ghee or grass-fed butter
- Sea salt
- Star anise, optional
Click here to go to the apple sauce recipe
Crispy Potatoes – from Nom Nom Paleo
- Fingerling or Yukon Gold potatoes
- Ghee, avocado oil, or favorite cooking fat
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Italian parsley
- Medium lemon
Click here to go to the crispy potatoes recipe.
Whole30 Breakfast Bake with Sausage, Eggs, Spinach, and Mushrooms – from 40 Aprons
14 Whole30 Instant Pot Lunch Recipes
You will find that one of the best ways to plan your Whole30 lunch menus is to use leftovers from your Whole30 dinners.
So grab a pre-made Mason Jar Salad or use 1 of these 13 on-the-go lunch ideas!
- California Club on a Sweet Potato Bun
- Chicken Cobb Salad With Buffalo Ranch
- Salmon Asparagus Bundles
- Buffalo Chicken Stuff Yams
- Thai Meatball and Egg Drop Soup
- Kale Salad with Sautéed Apples
- Vegetarian Thai Curry Salad
- Greek Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce
- Pesto Chicken Zoodles
- Curried Cauliflower Rice and Kale Soup
- Chipotle Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps
- Roasted Garlic Chicken Salad in Red Pepper Boats
- Lemon Tahini Tuna Salad
- BBQ Meatloaf Muffins with Sweet Potato Topping
Click here to go to those delicious lunch recipes.
Whole30 Instant Pot Dinner Recipes
You will find that your Instant Pot is your best friend when it’s time to put together your dinner meal after a busy day. Without a plan, dinner is the meal most likely to be sabotaged just because you are too tired to figure out what to eat. So plan ahead. Here are twenty delicious Instant Pot Whole 30 recipes to get you started.
Sugar Free BBQ Chicken – from Your’s Truly
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos – from Real Food Dietitians
- Chicken breast or thighs
- Various Spices
- Salt and Pepper
- Salad greens or bibb lettuce
- Fresh cilantro
- Toppings: Fresh chopped veggies of choice, olives, avocado, fresh salsa, lime wedge etc.
Click here to go to Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Recipes
Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup – from 40 Aprons
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Diced Tomatoes
- Chicken Broth
- Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Adobe sauce
- Various Spices
- Coconut Milk
Click here to go to Chicken Tortilla-less Soup recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs – from What Great Grandma Ate
- Ground chicken
- Almond meal
- Garlic cloves
- Green onions
- 2 tbsp ghee
- Hot sauce
- Butter or ghee
- Chopped green onions, for garnish
Click here to go to Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe.
Texas Beef Chili – from My Heart Beets
Pot Roast and Gravy – from Zen Belly
Mexican Meatloaf – from Predominately Paleo
Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Potatoes – from PaleOMG
Crispy Mojo Pork – from Zen Belly
Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs – Real Food Dietitians
Delicious Soups and Stews
Low Carb Beef Stew – from Low Carb Maven
Creamy Taco Soup – The Movement Menu
Minestrone Soup – from Our Paleo Life
Try these simple Instant Pot “Hacks”
You will soon discover that your Instant Pot is so much more useful during your Whole30 program than just for developing these recipes. Here’s some Instant Pot “hacks” that you will enjoy too.
Get Ready…Get Set…Now GO!
These recipes should get you started on one of the most exciting and life-transforming things you may do early this year. Once you get started and begin to see the great benefits of my Ready, Set, Go round-up post you will probably want to redo the Whole30 Program several times this year. And I know for sure you will discover that your Instant Pot is probably the most valuable kitchen helper that you have.
Remember to subscribe to Real Plans Whole30 for even more recipes to help you finish your Whole30 strong!
The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.