Let the pressure cooker do the work while you get dressed.
Maybe you’ve gotten sick of ready-to-eat cereals, or you're trying to cut back on sugar. Either way, cereals can be hard to give up: They’re cheap, convenient, tasty, and take almost no prep. However, just because you want to switch to a hot or homemade breakfast doesn’t mean you have to spend the morning over the stove.
With an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can press “start,” leave the kitchen, and have breakfast ready by the time you set down the hairspray. In other words, you can make a low-sugar, high-fiber, nutrient-rich breakfast with little effort. If that sounds up your alley, try these Instant Pot ideas:
1. DIY yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
Many Instant Pots come with a yogurt setting to make this task super easy. You can make one big tangy batch on Sunday and have parfaits all week. The perk of making homemade yogurt is that you have control over sugar levels (since many flavored yogurts at the store contain 15 grams of sugar or more).
2. Breakfast stuffed sweet potatoes
You can bake sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot in a fraction of the time it takes in the oven. Slice in half and top with fruits and nuts and seeds for a unique and healthy morning meal with no added sugar.
3. Veggie frittata
Sure, it doesn’t take long to make a frittata the conventional way, but with the Instant Pot, the dish practically cooks itself while you take your morning shower. Thanks to the eggs and veggies, this dish has fiber and protein that will sustain you all morning.
This Mediterranean dish has exploded on brunch menus in the last few years in the U.S. It’s basically eggs poached in a flavorful tomato sauce. While it seems fancy enough for brunch, this dish is actually healthy enough for a weekday breakfast—and easy enough for Monday mornings, thanks to the Instant Pot.
5. Steel cut oatmeal
~Steel yourself~ for a hearty breakfast that’s ready in just five minutes. Oats have a ton of health benefits, but most notably, they’re a great source of soluble fiber, which can help improve cholesterol levels (and keep you full for hours).
6. Hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are the ultimate grab ‘n’ go breakfast, and with the Instant Pot, you can get perfectly cooked eggs every time—no sad gray center.
Need breakfast even faster? Here are speedy breakfasts you can eat after hitting snooze.
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