If you are like me, you are suffering from the aftermath of the Holidays. Maybe you got an Instant Pot for Christmas. Maybe you are intimidated to use it and aren’t sure how it’s going to go. I’m here to help you with these 7 Instant Pot recipes for Weight Watchers (each recipe uses Freestyle points).
*If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can get one here.
Instant Pot Common Questions:
As with all new kitchen appliances, there was hesitation. However, after reading the user manual. This helped me tremendously in feeling more comfortable learning to use it. I was still hesitant, but the manual helped to make me feel more comfortable.
The manual has a very simple easy “test” to complete to help you learn how to use it. And while there are still things I am not 100% sure how to do, I feel so much better with my Instant Pot now.
These are the 2 ways to release the pressure from the Instant Pot.
Quick release will begin to release the pressure immediately. To start a quick release, you can turn to nob on the lid from “Sealing” to “Venting”
Natural release will naturally release the pressure from the Instant Pot. This process can take a while to fully release the pressure, but typically takes between 10-15 minutes to complete.
Either option will work for any of my recipes, but I typically use Quick releases. I mainly use a Quick release because that means I can eat my food quicker!
Yes, you can definitely combine the two options. An easy way to do this is to do a Natural release for about 5 minutes and then a Quick release for the remaining pressure.
To me, the easiest way to to know the difference is that Sauté mode is only used when the lid is off. If the lid is on and locked into place, Manual mode can be used.
Sauté mode is one of my favorite features of the Instant Pot because it lets you sauté or brown anything before you cook it. This means that you can truly use only 1 pot for most of your meals since you can cook those onions, garlic, or whatever before you lock the lid and set it to manual mode.
Manual mode is where you can choose the different cooking times (these are the times that it takes to cook the food AFTER it has come up to pressure). The manual has a great guide for setting cooking times based on what you are making.
If I am ever in doubt, I will use the manual and look up the meat or main item. This will give me a great guide to use for how long to cook something. It also can help detail if it’s fresh or frozen meat or dry beans. The manual is amazing.
The pressure gauge is located on the lid near the Venting/Sealing nozzle. When the Instant Pot comes to pressure and is cooking your dish, the pressure gauge will be UP. This means that the Instant Pot is at pressure.
Make sure the pressure gauge is DOWN before you open the lid. You should be able to hear a pop sound when it goes back down. This means that you can safely open the lid and enjoy your meal.
7 Instant Pot Recipes for Weight Watchers (Freestyle)
If you love tacos as much as I do, you need to try these Instant Pot easy chicken tacos. They are easy to make – only take about 20 minutes – and taste like they have been cooking all day long. These are 8 Freestyle points per serving, 2 tacos filled with 1 cup of cooked chicken each.
When you need comfort food while on Weight Watchers, try this cheesy turkey burger macaroni recipe. It’s made in the Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker) and only takes 6 minutes once it reaches pressure.
Healthy weeknight dinners can be challenging, but they don’t have to be anymore. This Instant Pot protein packed chicken stew recipe is easy and can be on the table in about 20 minutes. And you know it’s healthy because it’s only 3 Freestyle points per serving on Weight Watchers.
Turn up your Taco Tuesday with this Instant Pot chipotle chicken tacos recipe. This recipe is packed with flavor (the chipotle chilies will do that), and make a wonderful taco recipe. This recipe is only 4 Freestyle points per serving on Weight Watchers.
When time is short and you don’t have much left after a long workday, try this Instant Pot low-carb Mu Shu Pork tacos because they can be on the table in about 20 minutes. They are only 3 Freestyle points per serving per taco on Weight Watchers – and you can use lettuce or cabbage leaves as the taco shell…it’s so easy and delicious.
If you need to dress up your typical week night meal, try this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe. It’s delicious, simple to make and is a one pot meal through the Instant Pot. It’s also healthy and only 3 Freestyle points per serving on Weight Watchers.
When you don’t have a lot of time during the work work, try this Instant Pot chicken enchiladas recipe. It can be on your table in about 30 minutes and is a wonderfully juicy dinner option. It’s only 9 Freestyle points per serving (2 enchiladas) on Weight Watchers, so it’s healthier than your favorite Mexican restaurant.
*If you would like to purchase an Instant Pot, you can order one from Amazon. I have the 6 quart, but the 8 quart is a great size too.