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30+ Cheap & Healthy Instant Pot Dinner Ideas

Dinner time cooking has two modes: relaxing and fun – usually with music and a glass of something on the weekends, and that weekday rush at the end of the day before it’s time to head to an activity or start the bedtime shuffle.

We do our best to eat well and sit at the table together with gratefulness and intention. But the reality is that when I’m planning dinner and trying to feed my family good, nourishing food, I have to be intentional with my time and energy.

Enter the Instant Pot.

Instant pot cooking steel cut oats

With inflation blowing our minds with every trip to the grocery store, and our grocery budget not rising to match it, I’m leaning heavily on cheap and healthy Instant Pot meals with simple ingredients. They’re budget-friendly, loaded with real food, and they maximize my time and energy in the kitchen.

These are the best Instant Pot recipes for saving money and eating healthy. Whether it’s comfort food, gluten-free meals, soup recipes, ground beef, plant-based recipes, or Instant Pot chicken, I’ve got something for everyone.

Here are 30+ budget-friendly, healthy Instant Pot dinner ideas.

BONUS: Nearly all of these are gluten-free!

30+ Healthy Instant Pot Dinner ideas

Easy Dinner Ideas for the Instant Pot

Instant pot chicken burrito bowls
Turmeric lentil soup: easy Instant Pot dinner idea with lentils and spices

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Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

turmeric spiced chicken
quinoa Instant Pot chili

Cheap & Healthy Instant Pot Dinner Ideas

White bean chili
Instant Pot shredded chicken

Where to Buy an Instant Pot

This is the 6-quart Instant Pot I started out with. After a few years, we added an 8-quart partly because I knew I would use two at the same time often enough, partly because it was the Prime Day sale, and also because I wanted more space for certain recipes. Both are a pretty basic model and you don’t need more bells and whistles than that!

If you’re deciding on size, most people say it’s better to get a deal on the 6-quart and just have 2 rather than go big, BUT if your family has 5 or more people or you really like to batch cook or do more than a pound of beans, the 8-quart may be the best choice. My full Instant Pot review and buying guide for features, size, and model.

If you’d like to shop directly at Instant Pot’s website instead of Amazon (or just compare prices), check them out here.

You can even get a carrying case to travel with it! See my review of the Instant Pot carrying case we have.

If you’re still on the fence about adding an Instant Pot to your kitchen appliance arsenal here are my Instant Pot pros and cons.

BONUS: How to Convert Any Soup Recipe to the Instant Pot!

If you already have a favorite soup recipe for the stove top or slow cooker, but you wish you could streamline it for an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, I have good news! It’s easier than you might think. Here’s how to convert any soup recipe to an Instant Pot recipe!

Dinner time is coming every day. Make it a smart, stress-free experience by stacking some cheap and healthy Instant Pot dinner recipes that taste great into your menu.

What are your favorite go-to cheap and healthy Instant Pot dinners?

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