Pressure-Cooker Grain Bowl


Whip up this healthy vegetarian grain bowl with ease in your Instant Pot. Pressure-cooking the sweet potato is faster and yields the perfect texture. A drizzle of homemade spicy dressing takes this easy dinner to the next level.

Pressure-Cooker Grain Bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 cup quinoa, preferably red

  • 2 tablespoons harissa (see Tips) or hot sauce, divided

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups chopped kale

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed, warmed if desired

  • ¼ cup sliced scallion

  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted pistachios


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil on sauté mode in the electric pressure cooker. (No sauté mode? See Tips.) Add sweet potato, quinoa, 1 tablespoon harissa (or hot sauce), garlic and salt. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat. Stir in kale and water. Close and lock the lid. Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.

  2. Release the pressure. Remove the lid and let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the remaining 1 tablespoon harissa (or hot sauce) and lime juice in a small bowl.

  4. Divide the quinoa mixture among 4 bowls. Top each portion with chickpeas, scallion and pistachios. Drizzle with the sauce.


Equipment: Electric pressure cooker (multicooker)

Tips: Harissa is a fiery Tunisian chile paste commonly used in North African cooking. Find it at specialty-foods stores or online. Different brands vary in heat, so start with a little and taste as you go.

No sauté mode? Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato, quinoa, harissa (or hot sauce), garlic and salt. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to your pressure cooker and proceed with the recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

514 Calories
22g Fat
67g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 514
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Vitamin A 12071IU 241%
Vitamin C 35mg 39%
Folate 185mcg 46%
Sodium 528mg 23%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 152mg 36%
Potassium 898mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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