It is safe to say that the Instant Pot has come to the rescue in making super easy dinners that are fast and extra tasty! For busy moms who are always on the go, they now have one kitchen appliance that swoops in to save the day. From getting home after a busy day, shuttling your kids back and forth between school and activities, it leaves you minimal time to put a wholesome and nutritious meal on the table. I have created A Month of Family Friendly Instant Pot Meals with a Budget with Free Printables, Recipe, and Shopping Lists. If you still have not purchased an Instant Pot or electric Pressure Cooker I highly recommend getting one to help save money and cut down cooking times.
A Month of Family Friendly Instant Pot Meals with a Budget
If you own an Instant Pot you might run into the question of what to make? I love to plan my meals ahead so when I head to the grocery store I can easily pick up things I need for each meal. Now, I am a person who forgets, so a list comes in extra handy! I like to make my meals around items that are on sale at our local stores. It allows me to save as much money as possible for the meals I am preparing. If chicken is on sale for the week, I buy extra so I can freeze some and then use for a few instant pot dishes like the Instant Pot chicken fajitas, Instant Pot chicken, and dumplings, for starters.
A Month of Budget-Friendly Instant Pot Meals. All Recipes on this list are under $10.00 and will feed a family of 4.
A Month of Family Friendly Instant Pot Meals with a Budget
I have created A Month of Family Friendly Instant Pot Meals with a Budget with Free Printables, Recipe, and Shopping Lists. If you still have not purchased an Instant Pot or electric Pressure Cooker I highly recommend getting one to help save money and cut down cooking times.
Tonight I wanted to share with you Instant Pot Goulash 4 Minute Meal. This dish is great you can add any veggies you like. I used zucchini and mushrooms tonight but I have used peppers and mushrooms before.
Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe. In just 4 minutes you can ring that dinner bell and watch your family come running. Ground beef, tender elbow macaroni, and loads of cheese to claim this as a total comfort dish.
I am always looking to save a little money on dinner. Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper is the perfect solution. Cheesy & Creamy The perfect quick weeknight meal. Why waste your money on boxed tuna helper when you can make it yourself in 4 minutes.
Instant Pot Taco Pasta is a creamy dish bursting with flavor as it combines ground beef, onion, tomatoes, taco seasoning, cheese, salsa, and pasta to create an easy weeknight dish that is ready in minutes!
This Instant Pot Supreme Pizza Pasta, dish is what carb lovers dreams are made of. A simple one-pot dish that gives you the tender pasta in each bite paired with all the delicious toppings you would find on top of a supreme pizza, and lots of ooey-gooey cheese.
Instant Pot Better than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli truly is better than take-out! You have thinly sliced beef that is so tender and juicy, that soaks up the gravy marinade, that is a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, beef broth, garlic and more.
Shop Sales and use a Shopping List or Meal Planner
Shopping the sales is a great tool. Look for produce that is on sale, and pair with the meats that are on sale as well. When you go this route, it really opens you up for maximum savings. Instead of paying $10 for the ingredients, you might pay $5 or less. This is a great way to maximize your meals without going over budget. Plus if the meat is on a good sale like a buy one get one free, stock up if you can. This will help cut down the cost of future meals.
Look at fruits and vegetables; frozen can sometimes be just as good if not better than fresh when you are cooking them in a dish. When I make cheesy tuna casserole and shepherd’s pie, I use frozen vegetables for both. It helps cut down the savings tremendously compared to buying fresh produce. It doesn’t change the dish’s flavor, and everyone loves the meals.
Shop Your Pantry
One other big-time is shopping your pantry and cupboards before heading out. Look and see if you have that cream soup you need for a recipe coming up or if you have the spices on hand. This is a great way to use what you have before it expires and saves money on your overall meals. I can’t tell you how many times I have come home with diced tomatoes or beans and opened my pantry to find I already had 3 cans each. Take a quick look through once you plan your meals and see what ingredients you already have that you can mark off your shopping list.
Digital and Clipping Coupons
We all know coupons can help a lot, but also don’t forget about digital coupons. Some stores now have digital coupons you can access when you sync up your rewards card or even download their app. Kroger is a store that really has a huge amount of coupons available that you load directly on the app and it syncs, so when you go to pay and use your rewards card, the savings instantly comes off.
Cash Back Apps
Make sure you also use apps like Ibotta or Checkout51, both of these will give you cash back on select items you purchase. I personally like Ibotta, Just scan the UPC codes and then take a picture of your receipt, and you have a quick and easy way to earn money back from shopping. You can cash out via PayPal or even choose gift cards.
All of these meals are tasty and easy to whip up. You will feel like there are no excuses needed for taking a few minutes out of your day to prep or toss in ingredients or wholesome meals for you and your family. Dinner hasn’t been this easy in a long time, and you have a ton of recipes to pick and choose from! Or if you are like me, you will want to make them all!
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Welcome! I’m Carla Bushey!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my yummy recipes. All of my recipes are tried, tested, and photographed right in my own home. I worked in clinics and hospitals for over 25 years before launching my career in blogging. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have 2 grown children, 5 dogs, and 4 grand pups. I live in Upstate New York with my husband and dogs.