8 healthy gluten-free dinners you can make in your Instant Pot


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Mac-and-cheese, ramen, that yummy looking orange chicken at the Chinese restaurant down the street…why do the most irresistible foods have gluten? (Straight-up torture if you’re allergic or sensitive.) Fortunately, there’s always a workaround to getting exactly what you’re craving the GF way—it just requires a little research.

Well, I did all the digging for you (you’re welcome) and even did you one better and found recipes that all utilize the almighty Instant Pot, the much-worshipped, time-saving cooking tool healthy eaters love. Rounded up here are eight gluten-free Instant Pot recipes, all healthy and easy to make. Whether you’re whipping up a meal for you or a big fam, they’re all bound to satisfy everyone around the table.

Keep reading to see eight gluten-free dinners you can make using your Instant Pot.

gluten-free mac-and-cheese
Photo: My Heart Beets

1. Mac-and-cheese

Because we now blessedly live in a world where virtually every grocery store is stocked with GF- and alternative pastas (brown rice penne, anyone?) living a life void of gluten is not synonymous with living a life void of mac-and-cheese. Using the Instant Pot, this easy recipe from My Heart Beets is ready in just minutes.

beef and broccoli instant pot
Photo: The Natural Nurturer

2. Beef and broccoli

Not only is this meal from The Natural Nurturer gluten-free, it’s also Paleo- and Whole30-approved. How’s that for checking some hard-to-hit boxes? This veggie-loaded meal goes great over a plate of cauliflower rice or quinoa.

orange chicken instant pot
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3. Orange chicken

Eating takeout or at restaurants is challenging if you have Celiac or a non-Celiac gluten intolerance; bring the takeout to you with this gluten-free spin on orange chicken. The key to making it taste so darn good: sesame oil, orange juice, and chili garlic paste.

chicken and rice instant pot
Photo: Love & Zest

4. Chicken and yellow rice

Similar ingredients, totally different taste. Instead of a tangy orange flavor profile, this recipe utilizes turmeric and saffron for a more Indian-inspired meal. The ingredients list calls for corn and peas, but if you want to add even more veggies to your plate, simply swap out the basmati rice for cauliflower rice.

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5. Ramen

Usually ramen noodles are made with wheat flour (hello, gluten!). This recipe uses gluten-free noodles instead, and also is full of fiber-rich veggies like cabbage, snap peas, carrots, and red peppers. Of course it wouldn’t be ramen without some chicken broth and sesame oil, so be sure to have those on hand as well.

ginger noodles gluten free
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6. Maple-ginger rice noodles

Another way to utilize both gluten-free noodles and your Instant Pot is with this warming dish. Ginger is often praised for its digestive healing powers, and it’s front-and-center in this recipe. Round out the meal by adding chicken or tofu for protein.

chicken tacos instant pot
Photo: Recipes From A Pantry

7. Chicken tacos

As long as you go for a corn tortilla and not a wheat one, you can count on chicken tacos to be a reliable gluten-free meal that will satisfy the whole fam. Using the Instant Pot makes the chicken incredibly tender and ensures each bite is packed with flavor.

beef chili instant pot
Photo: Hot Pan Kitchen

8. Beef chili

Have a lot of mouths to feed? This recipe has your back; the ingredients are cost-effective yet go a long way. This dinner incorporates three different types of beans as well as ground beef, which means it’s packed with protein. Top it off with avocado, cheese, or a dollop of sour cream and dinner is served.

Fore more Instant Pot recipes, check out these keto-approved ones and these vegetarian ones.

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