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10 Healthy Summer Dinners To Make in Your Instant Pot—Because It’s Too Hot To Turn On the Oven Right Now

Emily Laurence

Emily LaurenceAugust 8, 2020

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We’ve reached the part of the year where it’s officially too hot to do any of the following activities: blow-dry your hair, wear pants, and turn on the oven. Those are things that just aren’t happening until after Labor Day at the very earliest.

Fortunately, thanks to the lifesaving kitchen tool that is the Instant Pot, avoiding the oven for the rest of summer doesn’t mean that you’re confined to having salad for dinner until fall. The Instant Pot cooks up quick, warm dinners without causing you to dial up the air conditioning. And there’s certainly no shortage of healthy Instant Pot summer recipes to choose from.

Bookmark this page because rounded up here are the very best that the Internet has to offer. Whatever type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, there’s a healthy way to make it in your Instant Pot.

10 healthy Instant Pot summer recipes:

Instant Pot summer chili
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1. Summer chili

Whether you grow your own veggies or buy them at the grocery store, there are so many good ones in season right now and this recipe puts them to use. It’s also full of black beans and cannellini beans, which means it’s loaded with protein, too. In fact, it has so much protein that even though the recipe calls for beef, it’s just as hearty without it—make it according to your preference.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot summer chili

corn chowder
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2. Corn chowder 

If you’re wondering what to do with your sweet summer corn haul, this is it. This chowder is also full of other veggies too, like zucchini, carrots, red potatoes, and onion. And it only takes 10 minutes of prep time!

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Corn chowder

healthy instant pot summer recipes
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3. Thai chicken curry

Now this is where heat belongs—in your bowl, not in the kitchen. The curry sauce is made with lemongrass paste and a ginger and garlic paste, which gives a whole added layer of flavor than just using one paste on its own. Coconut milk is used as the base, which balances out the kick from the spices.

Get the recipe: Thai chicken curry

Jamaican Instant Pot rice and beans
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4. Jamaican Instant Pot rice and beans

This Instant Pot recipe is 100 percent vegan—and yes, it’s still full of protein, which comes from red kidney beans. Coconut milk is used to give the rice and beans a creamy texture, and allspice, black pepper, garlic, and thyme ensure every bite is full of flavor. Add your favorite summer veggies into the Instant Pot to cook with the rest of the ingredients.

Get the recipe: Jamaican Instant Pot rice and beans

Greek tacos
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5. Greek chicken tacos

Mediterranean means Mexican in this interpretation of the traditional taco. In this recipe, the Instant Pot is used to cook the chicken in Mediterranean-inspired spices including Greek seasoning (garlic, parsley, rosemary,  and lemon zest) and oregano. Then, simply top it off with a “Greek salsa,” made with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and Italian dressing.

Get the recipe: Greek chicken tacos

black bean burgers
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6. Black bean burgers

If you’re in the mood for burgers but grilling isn’t an option, your Instant Pot can absolutely help you out. Made with black beans, red bell peppers, and onion, these burgers are full of fiber. Eggs and breadcrumbs are used to help bind them together while they cook in the Instant Pot. Add your favorite burger fixings and enjoy!

Get the recipe: Black bean burgers

lemon quinoa
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7. Lemony quinoa

This citrus-and-turmeric quinoa tastes great with any mix of summer veggies added in. It literally takes just five minutes of prep time, too.

Get the recipe: Lemony quinoa

instant pot salmon
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8: 10-minute Instant Pot salmon

Salmon is the perfect go-to summer dinner because the protein and healthy fats ensure it’s satiating, but it’s light enough in flavor that you won’t feel weighed down. The Instant Pot cooks it perfectly in just 10 minutes, too. Here, it’s brightened up with lemon—the only other ingredient you need.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot salmon

Instant Pot zucchini noodles
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9. Lemon, garlic, and Parmesan zucchini noodles

Pasta with a hearty red sauce may hit the spot in winter, but chances are you’re craving something less dense in the summer. This dish definitely delivers on that front, using zucchini noodles instead of traditional pasta and topping them off with a vibrant mix of lemon, garlic, mint, and a sprinkle of Parmesan. And it only takes 10 minutes to make!

Get the recipe: Lemon, garlic, and Parmesan zucchini noodles

healthy instant pot summer recipes
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10. Black bean pasta salad

For another summer pasta salad recipe, try this protein- and fiber-rich one. It uses a blend of zucchini noodles and black bean pasta, which makes it more filling than just the zoodles on their own. Served cold, the noodles are mixed with an avocado-garlic dressing, which is made with cashews for extra-creaminess. Leeks, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, pine nuts, and dried cranberries round out the flavor and texture even more.

Get the recipe: Black bean pasta salad

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