21 Insanely Cheap Dump and Go Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms

Looking for dump and go Instant Pot recipes to fill up your meal plan? These are perfect dinner ideas for busy moms on a budget!

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As a busy single mom, the last thing I want to do at night is cook dinner. This results in a lot of overpriced DoorDash orders which is TERRIBLE for my budget.

I knew if I had a list of easy one-pot recipes to just throw in my Instant Pot at a moment’s notice, it would make meal planning and making dinner MUCH easier.

I wanted to share this list of meal ideas with you so hopefully, you get good use out of it too!

The best part about these Instant Pot recipes is that they typically make more food than you’ll need, so you’ll have leftovers to eat for a couple more nights. This stretches the budget even further. Win-win!

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This post is all about dump and go Instant Pot recipes every busy mom should have on hand!

Dump And Go Instant Pot Recipes

1. Instant Pot Ziti with Tomato Sauce

Pasta and tomato sauce is a classic cheap and easy meal, but this recipe takes that concept and elevates it.

This is a perfect dinner idea if you’re trying to go meatless because it also happens to be a vegan Instant Pot recipe! If you didn’t already know, an easy way to lower your grocery bill is to cut out meat.

2. Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Lentils are an incredibly budget-friendly food. They’re also surprisingly high in protein.

This meal is perfect for eating frugally and healthy!

3. Instant Pot Ramen

Who doesn’t love Ramen? It’s a classic cheap and easy meal, but this recipe takes it up a notch.

The best part is the fact that you can always add in any veggies you may have that are close to going bad and need to be eaten.

4. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

How DELICIOUS does this soup look?

You can’t go wrong with a chicken noodle soup.


5. Instant Pot Vegetable Stew

This veggie stew is the perfect fall or winter meal to warm you up.

A lot of soups and stews require you to blend them after cooking. This one doesn’t! Saving you precious time and the hassle of getting out the blender then having to clean it. It’s the best kind of recipe for busy moms!

6. 1 Minute Instant Pot White Bean Soup

A hearty, but healthy, easy soup recipe.

I choose to use vegetable broth as opposed to chicken broth and it’s just SO good!

7. Instant Pot Vegetable Lo Mein

Craving takeout but it doesn’t fit within your budget? Try out this easy veggie lo mein recipe.

If you’re an Asian food lover, you’ll likely already have a lot of the ingredients on hand making this meal that much cheaper.

8. Spicy Honey Garlic Instant Pot Noodles

I absolutely LOVE spicy food, but I typically make myself and my toddler the same meals to save money. So whatever I’m eating, he’s eating. That means I have to nix the spice in this recipe to save his sensitive mouth.

But it’s still really yummy without it and I know I’ll get to enjoy the spicy side of life again one day. Oh, and did I mention it happens to be gluten-free?

9. 20 Minute Vegetarian Instant Pot Pasta

Easy and healthy veggie pasta is perfect for those nights when you’re too exhausted to figure out what to make for dinner. Throw in what you have and go!

10. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Minestrone has to be one of my FAVORITE soups.

This recipe calls for quinoa, but I like to substitute it for either rice or pasta depending on what I have on hand.

11. Easy Instant Pot Coconut Rice

This Instant Pot recipe is SUPER cheap and healthy. Make this coconut rice then serve with a side of veggies.

I recommend buying some of those steamable vegetable bags you can pop in the microwave. You can find them cheap at discount groceries like Aldi’s.

12. Instant Pot Rice and Beans

You can’t go wrong with rice and beans. It’s always tasty and DIRT CHEAP!

Plus rice and beans together make a complete protein meaning that even though it’s meatless, you’ll still feel full.

13. Indulgent Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

Sometimes you just need a good ol’ comforting bowl of cheesy macaroni!

If you’re dairy-free like me, then you’ll appreciate this easy vegan mac and cheese recipe.

14. Instant Pot Lemon Butter Shrimp Linguine

I am a sucker for shrimp pasta! It’s a go-to dinner of mine and being able to make it in the Instant Pot makes it way easier.

TO make this recipe even cheaper, buy your frozen shrimp from ALDI (it’s typically much cheaper than other groceries!) OR don’t use the shrimp at all and you still have a really yummy pasta dish.

Note: There are a few different recipes on that page so be sure to scroll all the way down to get to the shrimp linguine recipe.

15. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Salmon from Frozen

The fact that you can put your Salmon into the Instant Pot from frozen is truly incredible. Frozen fish tends to be cheaper and not having to remember to thaw it, takes at least one thing off your to-do list.

You could really create any flavor profile you want by adding different herbs and spices, but the dill and lemon sounds delicious!

16. Instant Pot Pumpkin Pasta

Before I tried pumpkin pasta, I thought the idea of it was SUPER strange. After coming across a recipe a few years back and giving it a try, I was hooked! It’s 10x better than you’re expecting it to be.

I’m happy to find out that it’s also an easy to dish to make in the Instant Pot.

17. 5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili

Only five ingredients and cost less than $10 to make. This is the very definition of a cheap and easy dinner!

As a family preference, I make mine meatless (making it even cheaper) or substitute meatless meat crumbles.

Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of chili in the winter time? I’m getting hungry just writing this.

18. Instant Pot Bean Burritos

As the recipe states, these are kid approved burritos, making it perfect for us mamas. You can give your family the option of either bowls or burritos to make everyone happy.

Plus it’s very customizable, so you can make it different each time to add variety. You could even switch it up when eating the leftovers.

19. Instant Pot Detox Vegetable Soup

This healthy and easy dinner recipe is perfect for sick days!


20. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is THE perfect comfort food in my humble opinion!

This recipe makes it so simple by using refrigerated biscuits as the dumplings that you just plop right in after the rest has cooked.

21. Instant Pot Vegetarian Pho

I’ve been obsessed with the vegetarian pho from my local Vietnamese restaurant, but I really can’t afford to order it every night of the week. This recipe fills that void and respects my budget so I’ll only have to order it once (maybe twice) a week.

The addition of the tofu makes this recipe a little bit more work. If you want to make it easier & quicker on a busy night, either go without the tofu or prep in advance.

This post was all about cheap dump and go Instant Pot recipes for busy moms meal planning on a budget.

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