30 budget-friendly Instant Pot Recipes that are healthy too; pictures of food recipes
30 budget-friendly Instant Pot Recipes that are healthy too; pictures of food recipes

Are you looking for some budget-friendly instant pot recipes that are also healthy? I bought my instant pot on a Black Friday sale as I kept hearing how great there were.

To be honest, I was scared of it for months and it sat in the box in my hallway. I finally got up the courage to use it and after reading and watching videos, I gave it a try. Now I love it, but finding great recipes that are also frugal instant pot recipes is a challenge. So for the new year or any month of the year, you can try this list of 30 days of budget-friendly, healthy instant pot recipes to stay on budget and stay healthy this year.

30 Days of Budget-Friendly, Healthy Instant Pot Recipes to Try This Year

Instant Pot Beef Recipes

Beef isn’t always favored as a healthy option, but if you are using good cuts and leaving out the fat, you can make many healthy beef instant pot recipes. Check these out:

#1 Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup

This amazing beef stew will help you get your veggies in and stay on track with your health goals.

by Aubrey’s Kitchen

instant pot vegetable beef soup in white bowl with spoon next to napkin, tomatoes and herbs

(Photo credit: Aubrey’s Kitchen)

#2 Instant Pot Brisket

This brisket recipe is delicious and easy. The meat will melt in your mouth.

by Savor and Savvy

#3 Poor Man’s Hamburger Stew

Hearty stew for a lazy day. It’s budget-friendly and packed with veggies. Yum!

by Cook at Home Mom

#4 Instant Pot Hibachi Steak and Vegetables

This Instant Pot Hibachi Steak is loaded with tender steak, zucchini, onions, and more. This is a delicious dinner that can even be paired with cauliflower rice to lighten it up.

by Bake Me Some Sugar

hibachi steak in a bowl with rice

(Photo Credit: Bake Me Some Sugar)

Healthy Frugal Instant Pot Meals: Chicken

Chicken is always a healthy choice and super easy to make in the instant pot. Check out these amazing recipes.

#5 Easy Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

These are so good, my kids even love them. This is definitely a go-to recipe in our house.

by Cook at Home Mom

(Photo Credit: Cook at Home Mom)

#6 Instant Pot Chicken Bone Broth

Most don’t realize how healthy bone broth actually is. Use it for other recipes or enjoy it to warm you up on a chilly day.

by Maple and Mango

#7 Instant Pot Sweet Pepper Chicken

This recipe is packed with flavor and color.

by More Dollars at Home

Dish of Instant Pot Peanut Chicken sits on a table

(Photo Credit: More Dollars at Home)


#8 Chicken and Rice Soup

This hearty soup will keep you full all day. Who says, soup isn’t a meal?

by Healthy Life Trainer

#9 Instant Pot Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a great low-calorie option and so easy to make in an instant pot.

by The Typical Mom

#10 Instant Pot Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

This chicken taco recipe is a quick, easy weeknight dinner you must try.

by Create Kid’s Club


A plate of tacos on a table

(Photo Credit: Create Kid’s Club)


#11 Instant Pot White Bean and Chicken Chili

This chili is a great option if you want a healthy chili to try.

by Grits and Gouda

#12 Easy Instant Pot Whole Chicken

If you are making a whole chicken, you can split it up into several meals or just eat it as-is with some sauce. Think BBQ chicken pizza or chicken and veggies. It turns out so well in an instant pot.

by Mimosas and Motherhood

#13 Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

This spicy and flavorful recipe is a must-try!

by Carmy

#14 Pablano Chicken Chili

This easy chili recipe will have you asking for seconds.

by Glenda Embree

Healthy Vegetarian Instant Pot Meals

If you’re trying to be healthy and save money and time, then instant pot vegetarian meals are the way to go. Check out these awesome healthy vegetarian instant pot recipes below:

#15 Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Perfect for breakfast or lunch, these oasts turn out great in an instant pot.

by The Forked Spoon

Large round shallow bowl filled with pressure cooker steel cut oatmeal topped with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and chia seeds.

(Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon)

#16 Instant Pot Chana Masala

This protein-rich, healthy dish will leave you wanting more.

by Skinny Spatula

A bowl of curry with chickpeas over rice and topped with coriander

(Photo Credit: Skinny Spatula)

#17 Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup

This amazing soup is a “set it and forget it” recipe!

by Easy Indian Cookbook

#18 Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

This fabulous recipe is made with simple, healthy ingredients and is super easy to make in an instant pot.

by One-Pot Only

#19 Instant Pot Lentil Curry

Loaded with veggies, this is a healthy weeknight option.

by Recipe This

#20 Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup

An easy one-pot meal, it can be reheated for leftovers. Yum!

by Simple Living Recipes


#21 Instant Pot Lintel Soup

Your instant pot will make this soup easy and fast!

by Veggie Saves the Day

Overhead of two bowls of Instant Pot Lentil Soup with two spoons

(Photo Credit: Veggie Saves the Day)

#22  Thai Curry Zucchini and Pea Soup

This wonderful recipe is not only easy to make but it can be served hot or cold.

by Blue World Dreams

#23 Easy Smokey Lentil Sloppy Joes

A cheaper, healthier version of the sloppy joe, this recipe does not disappoint.

by Delightful Adventures

#24 Quick Chickpea Pilaf

This chickpea recipe is tasty and filling.

by Indian Ambrosia

#25 Vegan Instant Pot Tex Mex Rice

This tex mix rice is one of my favorite lunch recipes!

by Make it Dairy Free

Instant Pot Pork Recipes

Instant pot pork recipes are a great alternative to chicken. It’s a healthy option to cut calories and fat.


#26 Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Honey Balsamic Recipe

Pork tenderloin is a great option when using your instant pot. The meat turns out juicy and tender.


by On My Kid’s Plate

#27 Krispy Keto Whole 30 Carnitas (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

This amazing recipe can be used in pork tacos or served over rice.

by Organically Addison

Whole30 Pork Carnitas


(Photo credit: Organically Addison)


#28 Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers

A great keto, low-carb option, this recipe is packed with flavor.

by The Short Order Cook

#29 nstant Pot Zupa Tuscana

If you are like me, I love thicker soups and make them all the time as a meal with a side dish.

by Shutter and Mint

This Tuscan-style soup is what dreams are made of! Inspired by the region of Tuscany and of course, the Olive Garden, this soup reminds you of your favorite *never-ending* indulgence! This Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is SO GOOD and SO EASY! Oh and the best part? It comes together in about 30 minutes!



Photo of the Zuppa Toscana soup that's an Olive Garden copycat.

(Photo Credit: Shutter and Mint)

Instant Pot Lamb Recipe

Just one lamb recipe, and if you are going to try lamb, this is the recipe to try.

#30 Instant Pot Lamb Stew

This delicious stew is simple and easy.

by Recipes from a Pantry

instsnt pot lamb stew served in a blue bowl with a spoon and cloth napkin

(photo credit: Recipes by a Pantry)

I hope you enjoy making some (or all ) of these yummy recipes! Make cooking easy and healthy with these 30 healthy, budget-friendly instant pot recipes to try!

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