WWhen the weather is warm and the flowers are blooming, more time outside and less time in the kitchen can be a real blessing. But let’s face it: As convenient as ordering takeout or eating out is, it can quickly burn a hole in your pocket.
Rest assured, there are other ways to get a delicious and healthy meal on the table with minimal effort and expenditure. One of our favorites, of course, is turning on an Instant Pot. Thanks to the unit’s simple cooking style, which you can set and forget, it basically does all the dinner for you.
Since spring offers a wide variety of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as berries, tomatoes, and artichokes, all of which help fight the damaging effects of free radicals and inflammation in the body – we’ve rounded up a few easy anti-inflammatory Instant Pot recipes using these seasonal ingredients. Best Part: Every Recipe Here Requires Three Nutrient-Rich Ingredients or Less (We Make Life) simpleto remember?).
Anti-Inflammatory Instant Pot Recipes That Require Three Ingredients or Less
1. Creamy instant oatmeal
Filled with tons of gut-friendly fiber to keep your digestive system running smoothly, this creamy oatmeal recipe from Minimalist Bakery is the perfect way to start your day right. Made with just two basic ingredients — oatmeal and water — this completely hands-free breakfast dish can be enjoyed alone or topped with the seasonal toppings of your choice like berries, bananas, and nuts. Best of all, oatmeal is nutritious and filled with tons of iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium. Oats also contain an important type of fiber called beta-glucan, which may help lower cholesterol, registered dietitian Monica Auslander MorenoMS, RD, previously told Well+Good.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Oats
2. Lemon Pepper Salmon
Loaded with brain-supporting omega-3 fatty acids, inflammation-fighting B vitamins, and tons of protein, salmon can help give your daily diet a much-needed nutritional boost. This super easy to make lemon pepper salmon recipe from Healthy can be served alone or supplemented with an assortment of thinly sliced seasonal vegetables such as carrots (which support eye health) and antioxidant-rich zucchini.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Pepper Salmon
3. Sweet and sour strawberry jam
With strawberry stalls popping up left and right in spring, this antioxidant-rich fruit is almost impossible to resist. However, when your love for them gets the best of you and you have more berries than you can eat in time before they go bad, this strawberry jam goes through Spice Cravings is the perfect solution for avoiding food waste and preserving them long after the peak of their season. This simple recipe requires the most minimal ingredients: strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. After just one minute on high pressure and a quick simmer to thicken the consistency in the Instant Pot, you have a ready-made jam that you’ll want to put on just about anything.
Get the recipe: Strawberry jam with 3 ingredients
4. Simple Steamed Artichokes
Herbaceous, earthy and slightly mild in taste, artichokes are beautiful to look at and the ideal polyphenol-rich snack to munch on in the spring. According to the European Journal of Clinical NutritionArtichokes are loaded with 260 mg of inflammation-fighting polyphenols — that’s more than a serving of spinach, which contains 119 mg. If you’re not sold yet, this steamed artichoke recipe from give me some oven shows you how to turn your Instant Pot into a steamer and turn your tough and hard artichoke into tender and juicy edible leaves to dip in your favorite dressing in just a few minutes.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes
5. Vegan bolognese
Now if you want to add tons of protein to your diet, this vegan bolognese recipe from detoxista is packed with fiber and nutrients to support a healthy gut and keep you energized throughout the day. Made with pantry staples you probably already have on hand, such as jar marinara and red lentils, this easy recipe is ideal for making in an instant. Plus, this super hearty dish uses tomato sauce, which is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a staple of Ikarian cuisine, a Blue Zone region known for the longevity of its inhabitants.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian Bolognese
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