Unless you’ve been vacationing on a remote desert island for the last year, you probably know all about the Instant Pot.
This magical device can do it all—and really freakin’ fast. Think of it like a pressure cooker and a crockpot on steroids that’s simple enough for a 3-year-old to use, and you’ve basically got an Instant Pot. In addition to cooking things like meat, chicken, and dried beans at lightning speed, it also moonlights as a yogurt maker and a rice cooker. The manufacturers probably should’ve named it the Only Pot instead of the Instant Pot, since it’s the only cooking device you need. (Here’s what happened when one editor replaced all of her cookware with the instant pot for a week.)

All of which means one very important thing: Cooking healthy, mouthwatering meals has never been easier. Here are 8 Instant Pot recipes you have to try. (If you’re looking to simplify your meals and your workout routine, try Prevention‘s new Fit in 10: Slim and Strong for LifeYou’ll finally lose weight—and keep it off.)

Instant pot oatmeal
Photograph courtesy of My Plant Based Family
Instant Pot Oatmeal

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the time to make a batch of hearty steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast on any old weekday morning? With an Instant Pot, that dream is now a reality. My Plant Based Family‘s simple oatmeal recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients and takes only 3 minutes to make. That’s almost as fast as microwaving a bowl of instant oatmeal, people.


Butternut Squash and Beef Stew
Photograph courtesy of Foodie Crush
Butternut Squash and Beef Stew

Foodie Crush‘s savory stew tastes like it simmered all day, but you can actually get it on the table in under 45 minutes. And unlike most beef stews, this one isn’t just plain meat and potatoes. It’s also got sweet cubes of butternut squash, cremini mushrooms, and loads of fresh herbs.