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These cheap healthy Instant Pot recipes are so easy to make for dinner on a busy night. Each of these frugal dinner recipes costs less than $2 per serving.
You may have noticed that I’m a bit obsessed with my Instant Pot.
I was skeptical at first, and I avoided buying one in the early days because I thought it was just another bulky kitchen gadget that I didn’t need. But eventually, a Cyber Monday deal caught me in a weak moment, and I ordered one.
A year and a half later, I can say that the Instant Pot is one of my most often used kitchen items. I use it several times a week, and I love how simple and quick it is to make things in it. From homemade ricotta and cranberry sauce to potato salad and rice pudding, the recipes you can make in the Instant Pot are endless.
The Instant Pot is a programmable pressure cooker that also serves as a rice cooker, yogurt maker, slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, and warming pot. I love that I can use it to saute onions or brown beef right in the pot. No extra pans to clean up! And while the Instant Pot cook times are usually much faster than traditional cooking methods, it does take some additional time for the pot to come to pressure. Even still, it makes cooking many types of recipes much easier than their oven methods.
Healthy Instant Pot Recipes
Although I can make many types of dishes in my Instant Pot, I find this appliance to be most valuable at dinnertime. This is the time of day when I run out of energy, and I don’t always have the time to put together a proper meal in the early evening. The Instant Pot rescues me on those days.
There are so many healthy dinner recipes that you can make in the Instant Pot that only require about 10 or 15 minutes of hands-on time. That, I can handle. And because the ingredient lists are simple, these recipes are also very affordable. I’ve gathered 20 healthy Instant Pot recipes that each cost less than $2 per serving. Spend a few minutes prepping these cheap meals in the early evening, then let the Instant Pot do its magic.
Vegetarian Instant Pot Dinner Recipes
Vegetarian recipes tend to be the most affordable since they avoid the extra price tag that comes with meat. Once you get the hang of it, the Instant Pot will yield the perfect texture in vegetables every time.
Detox Vegetable Soup $.86 per serving
Ginger Carrot Soup $.68 per serving
Beans & Rice with Vegetables $.80 per serving
Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup $1.23 per serving
Lentil Soup $1.68 per serving
Split Pea Soup $1.23 per serving
Creamy Cauliflower Curry $1.95 per serving
Vegan Tuscan White Bean Kale Soup $.78 per serving
Mac & Cheese $.59 per serving
Beef Instant Pot Dinner Recipes
Beef is easy to cook in the Instant Pot, whether you’re working with ground beef or a cut of meat. Add lots of veggies in order to keep the cost down and make a healthier dish.
Beef Stew $1.61 per serving
Hawaiian Sloppy Joes $1.23 per serving
Beef Chili $1.55 per serving
Veggie Packed Spaghetti with Meat Sauce $1.17 per serving
Beef Cabbage Soup $.81 per serving
Chicken Instant Pot Dinner Recipes
I love making chicken in the Instant Pot because it’s so quick and easy to cook correctly. Chicken soups and rice bowls are delicious, healthy, and affordable.
Chicken Chili $.88 per serving
Chipotle-Inspired Chicken Rice Bowl $1.96 per serving
Buffalo Chicken Soup $1.52 per serving
Sausage and Ham Instant Pot Dinner Recipes
Sausage and ham are delicious in the Instant Pot. Stretch them with other ingredients like vegetables, pasta, and rice to make an affordable, balanced meal.
Hawaiian Fried Rice $1.28 per serving
Red Beans & Rice $1.92 per serving
Sausage Rigatoni with Tomato Cream Sauce $1.67 per serving
What are your favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes for dinner? Please share in the comments.