Best Instant Pot Cookbooks for Vegetarians iMore 2020
Being vegetarian is a way of life. Owning an Instant Pot is a way of life. If you're looking for a way of making those two things come together, then a kick-ass veggie cookbook especially tailored to pressure cooking cooks is the way to go. Our overall choice that ticks all these boxes is the Vegetarian Instant Pot cookbook by Tiffany Shelton. Whether you're looking to whip up a pot of artichoke paella, or amaze your friends with an authentic pav bhaji, these books can help you go from under pressure in the kitchen to an instant (pot) success story.
- Best Overall: Vegetarian Instant Pot Cookbook
- Best for Busy Cooks: The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes
- Best for Technical Info: Instant Pot Vegetarian Cookbook: Fast and Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Electric Pressure Cooker
- Best Specialist: Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot
- Best for the Most Recipes: Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure
- Best Value: Vegetarian Instant Pot Cookbook
Above image: "Preparing a savory plant-based dish" by Edgar Castrejon. Used under Creative Commons license
Best Overall: Vegetarian Instant Pot Cookbook
A good starting point for vegetarians who are just getting into Instant Pot cookery, this book gives you an Instant Pot A-Z guide that will help introduce you to the basics. We particularly like the "Grab-and-Go" section, which gives you recipes for healthy eating on the go. Also useful is an electric pressure cooker time chart and other handy tips that you will find throughout the book.
Then, there are 60 recipes, including Shelton's "Nearly Instant" recipes that can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. This also guides you through meal planning, shopping for recipes and provides prepping hints, so will hold your hand through the veggie Instant Pot cooking process.
- Includes "Nearly Instant" options
- A-Z guide
- Only 60 recipes
A good beginner's book, by the time you work your way through the recipes, you'll be an expert.
Best for Busy Cooks: The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes
"Veggie Queen" Nussinow focuses on how much time you can save by pressure cooking veggie meals in this book. 100 healthy recipes can be prepared in half an hour or less, an attractive proposition for the busy vegetarian. Focusing on making food delicious by adding flavor, rather than unhealthy fats and sugars, a lot of Nussinow's meals are use spices. So, make sure your rack is topped up. Her lentil tomato stew comes highly recommended.
Of interest to those trying to cut out wheat from their diet, most of the recipes in the book are gluten-free. Plus, every single recipe option is also vegan, so if you have friends and family that follow a vegan diet, this book is even more useful to you.
- Half an hour recipes
- Healthy recipes
- No color photos
Best for Busy Cooks
100 recipes all perfect for busy chefs who want to create healthy meals, but in less time.
Best for Technical Info: Instant Pot Vegetarian Cookbook: Fast and Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Electric Pressure Cooker
Authorized by Instant Pot, this has fewer recipes than rival cookbooks. However, it makes up for it with super useful charts that offer comprehensive timings and pressure levels tailored for owners of the popular pressure cookers.
We like the international nature of a lot of Gopalakrishnan's recipes. She has great ideas for using leftovers that won't taste like a second meal and offers advice on how to turn veggie recipes into vegan options. Gopalakrishnan's ethos is "Meatless Made Effortless," in this book you'll find easily achievable recipes for everything from Apple-Cinnamon Oat Porridge to Za'atar-Spiced Bulgar Wheat Salad.
- Good charts
- Pressure level advice
- Not all recipes have photos
Best for Technical Info
Instant Pot Vegetarian Cookbook: Fast and Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Electric Pressure Cooker
As well as recipes, this official book offers a wealth of information specific to Instant Pot owners.
Best Specialist: Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot
Popular blogger Manali sets her sights on the Instant Pot with her collection of 75 recipes perfect for pressure cooking. This book covers everything from traditional Indian street food and hearty classic curries to takeout favorites, via snacks and sides.
You might not think of desserts when you think of Indian cuisine, but Singh does cover this area with recipes for Chai Creme Brulee and Kalakand, a kind of spiced Indian milk fudge.
The recipes in this book aren't necessarily the quickest and easiest to prepare, but if you love Indian food, taking the time to follow the detailed recipes and instructions will reward you with authentic, delicious food.
- "Fakeaway" recipes
- Some half an hour recipes
- Time-consuming recipes
If you love the rich spice of Indian food, this cookbook will help you create authentic dishes at home.
Best for the Most Recipes: Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure
The author of "Cooking Under Pressure" ditches the meat for this veggie-friendly tome offering the largest collection of recipes featuring — over 150. This book also provides information about proper equipment, ingredients and suggests theme menus, perfect if you're entertaining. There is also a handy cooking time reference guide.
If you're looking to create interesting veggie side dishes, this book has plenty of suggestions, as well as an instructive vegetable chart that gives you info on how to prepare and cook a plethora of veg. Sass mainly focuses on grains, a vital staple for a healthy vegetarian diet, with recipes that will encourage you to experiment with millet, quinoa, and bulgur. The Thai chickpeas recipe is a firm favorite with Sass fans.
- Over 150 recipes
- Theme menus
- Not specifically for Instant Pots
Best for the Most Recipes
You'll definitely find a dish to tempt you in this impressive collection of 150-plus recipes.
Best Value: Vegetarian Instant Pot Cookbook
Smith takes a full-on veggie approach to cooking. Rather than try to modify omnivorous recipes with meat-replacement products, the meals in this book are created from scratch for vegetarians. If you're a vegetarian that eats eggs, it's worth noting this book has an entire chapter dedicated to the humble egg with tempting recipes like tumeric egg potatoes and classic egg custard.
Plant-based staples are the basis for this collection of 101 recipes which incorporate everything from beverages to desserts. It's worth getting this book for the soup section alone -- there are 20 soup suggestions that will take you to Japan and back.
- Specifically for Instant Pots
- Nice photography
- A lot of the recipes are side dishes
A good all-rounder, this book gives you a decent amount of recipes in an attractive format.
Fab fast food
It's easy to get stuck in a culinary rut, especially if you subscribe to a specialist diet, like vegetarianism. However, getting your groove back in the kitchen department is as simple as choosing the right cookbook to inspire you and really spark your enthusiasm. The "Vegetarian Instant Pot" cookbook by Tiffany Shelton is a great starting point for this. More experienced Instant Pot users might like to experiment with Indian cuisine and Manali Singh's "Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot."
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Amy-Mae Turner Even Amy-Mae's ever-hungry spaniel turned his nose up at her recent attempt at lentil stew, meaning she was a good candidate to invest in some decent veggie cookbooks.
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