You may be fine with meal planning for the spring and summer months, but when it comes to winter you may run into some issues. Certain fruits and vegetables are not as readily available and meals turn to more hearty options. This can be difficult for a low-carb eater. One of the ways you can combat this is to use your Instant Pot to create low-carb soups and chili’s. If you aren’t sure how to take your traditional soups and chili’s and bring them to a low-carb status while using the Instant Pot, here are some ideas.
Basic Low-Carb Chili
If you are going for a low-carb chili, the main ingredient to remove is any pasta or potatoes. There are some people who use these items to build the chili and make it heartier and filling for larger families. Rice is also something that some people may use. The trick is to remove these and go with what many people call a pure chili recipe. This includes the beans, the seasonings, diced tomatoes, chilis, and tomato paste. You can add a beef broth for an additional flavor. Place the meat and the vegetables in first on the sauté setting. This should cook, without the lid, for around 10 minutes. After the meat is cooked, place the rest of the ingredients in the Instant Pot on the meat/stew setting for 35 minutes.
Low-Carb Broccoli and Cheese Soup
One of the easiest soups to make, and to keep on hand throughout the week or as an easy lunch is the low-carb broccoli and cheese soup. You can make this in the Instant Pot easily. What you will need is heavy cream, whole milk, broccoli, sharp cheddar cheese, onion, carrots, and seasonings of your choice. Take the vegetables and dice them into smaller pieces if possible. Try to avoid using the stalks of the broccoli. If you are going to use the stalks, chop them in a vegetable chopper into chunky, but not too small of pieces. Place the vegetables in the Instant Pot on sauté for 20 to 30 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and turn the Instant Pot on the soup setting for an additional 5 minutes.
Paleo Egg Roll Soup
When you think of an egg roll you likely think of the wrapper first, which means carbs. If you are going for a low-carb option you can still have your egg roll as a soup. For this unique Instant Pot meal, you will need shredded pork, a large diced onion, meat broth, cabbage, carrots, garlic, salt, and ginger. This is as simple as using the sauté option for 10 minutes on the vegetables and then adding the broth for 5 minutes on the soup setting.
You can adjust these basic recipes by adding more veggies, changing up the meats, or altering your sauces and bases. These are great recipes if you have never your Instant Pot for soups and chili’s to get you used to those settings and methods.