Instant Pot Brown Rice And Vegetables. How to cook delicious instant pot brown rice and veggies at the same time in your electric pressure cooker. A quick prep, healthy, one pot vegan instant pot lunch or dinner, that is perfect for make ahead work lunches or busy weeknight dinners.
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Instant Pot Brown Rice & Vegetables
I am a total instant pot junkie and can’t go a day without using my instant pot pressure cooker.
But what I love the instant pot most for, is when I am in a real rush to eat.
Grocery day is a great example of this. We will often get back from grocery shopping at lunchtime are starving hungry and want our lunch right there and then.
We also know that Kyle is due back from college at 2pm and these 18 year old sports mad skinny lads eat a LOT.
I will have a recipe in mind, (usually in the instant pot) and will load the ingredients into the instant pot, while I put the groceries away.
Then by the time I have done with all the unpacking, the instant pot will be about to beep.
A bit of stirring and then serving and we have a quick lunch with the instant pot.
But what I don’t like about it, is that I fall into the quick soups’ mentality. My favourite being instant pot cauliflower chowder.
Though I forget how many other great ways there are to use the instant pot.
That is why I wanted to share with you today how to make instant pot brown rice and vegetables. It’s a little healthier than our soups, it is so filling and so hands free and simple too.
Not just for those moments after grocery shopping when you want to eat EVERYTHING, but for meal prep, lunches, dinners, alternative to take out and so much more.
If you have not yet tried instant pot brown rice, let me show you how it is done and give you a new favourite instant pot recipe.
Is Brown Rice Vegetarian?
I often get asked is brown rice vegetarian as there is often confusion over what ingredients make up brown rice.
Well, not only is brown rice vegetarian, but it is vegan too.
Brown rice stops being vegan or vegetarian the moment animal products get added into the recipe.
When you use beef broth in the liquid instead of vegetable broth. Or when you serve your instant pot brown rice with chicken or turkey.
Can You Cook Rice & Steam Vegetables At The Same Time In The Instant Pot?
YES you can! This can be done by cooking the rice in the bottom of the instant pot and then adding a trivet and steaming the vegetables over the rice.
I have practiced this method a few times. What you do need to consider though is that the rice takes much longer to cook than the vegetables and cooking vegetables with a low cook time is not going to work.
What I find does work is going with vegetables that don’t have that horrible mushy vegetable affect.
Such as sweetcorn, mixed peppers, jalapenos or peas. Or think about the vegetables that you would include in a stir fry such as bean sprouts.
Baked Rice Casserole In The Instant Pot
The way we cook instant pot brown rice and vegetables is a similar concept to when you make your favourite baked rice casserole dishes but cooked in the instant pot.
The brown rice and vegetables cooks in the liquid and then by the time the instant pot has beeped the water is gone and you just have the job of fluffing up the rice until it is perfect rice and vegetables.
You could take ANY of your favourite baked rice casserole dishes and follow our method today to transform them to instant pot cooking.
How To Rice & Vegetables In Instant Pot?
Cooking instant pot brown rice and vegetables is EASY. You can start off by sautéing your vegetables or just load everything in if you want to keep your meal plant based.
Instant Pot Brown Rice & Veggies Instructions:
- Sauté red onion with extra virgin olive oil.
- Add in favourite fresh or frozen vegetables.
- Add vegetable broth, drained brown rice and seasoning.
- Stir, pressure cook, fluff with a fork and serve.
Yes. It is that SIMPLE. No annoying cooking stages that take forever or cooking the brown rice at a separate time to the vegetables.
Instant Pot Brown Rice & Frozen Vegetables
If you have ever wanted to make instant pot brown rice with frozen vegetables, well let me tell you that you can and that I have had great success with doing so.
My favourite is using a mixture of frozen peas, frozen peppers and frozen corn.
Though, avoid vegetables that will go mushy such as frozen cauliflower, frozen sprouts or frozen broccoli.
Instant Pot Brown Rice Vegetables
You’re probably wondering what instant pot brown rice vegetables we recommend the most and our favourites are:
- Mixed Peppers
Though if you want something quick with hardly any meal prep, then go with frozen peas and mixed peppers. They give a wonderful colour to your vegetable rice and taste good cold if you want to take your brown rice to work with you.
Or I usually use mixed peppers and diced carrots as I always have some spare ones in the bottom of the fridge that needs using up.
Instant Pot Brown Rice & Vegetables Meal Prep
What I also love about our instant pot brown rice and vegetables is that it is PERFECT for either meal prep or for freezing for later.
Here is a batch of our instant pot brown rice and vegetables:
As you can see, from the containers we have used they can either go into the freezer once cool, or head to the fridge for tomorrows lunch.
Instant Pot Brown Rice & Vegetables
- Peel and thinly dice your red onion and load it into the instant pot pressure cooker. Click sauté and add a little extra virgin olive oil. As it heats up peel and thinly dice your carrot and deseed and slice your peppers.
- Sauté your onion for 2-3 minutes or until the onion starts to change colour. Cancel sauté. Add in the vegetables, seasoning and stock.
- Rinse your brown rice, load into the instant pot and stir.
- Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 18 minutes on manual pressure cook.
- Complete 5 minutes of natural pressure release before releasing the rest of the pressure.
- Fluff up the vegetable rice with a fork and serve.
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