I really do love my Instant Pot and use it several times per week so when I saw the cookbook titled The “I Love My Instant Pot” Affordable Meals Recipe Book I knew I’d love that too! Feeding a family of 5 with three growing kids can get expensive so incorporating some affordable meals into our weekly meal plan will help us save some money. All of the recipes in this book can be made for under $12! Many of these recipes aren’t your typical money saver type meals either. You’ll find everything from cold start yogurt to honey garlic salmon!
There are 175 quick and delicious meals in this book covering breakfast to dessert and everything in between. Chapters include:
- Cooking with an Instant Pot
- Beans, Rice and Grains
- Appetizers and Sauces
- Side Dishes
- Chicken Main Dishes
- Beef and Pork Main Dishes
- Seafood and Fish Main Dishes
- Vegetarian Main Dishes
It’s organized in a very easy to use format. I love that I can go straight to the Chicken Main Dishes chapter and find something I know my family will love. I also dabble in breakfasts and desserts in my Instant Pot but after checking out all the other chapters I will be expanding my horizons! My family really needs to eat more vegetables and the Honey Carrots recipe caught my eye. It sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it!
This kid-friendly recipe makes a great side dish for almost any dinner and only costs $2.08 to make!
1/3 cup olive oil
1 pound carrots, cut into 1/2″ clices
1 teaspoond cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup honey
- Press Saute button. Pour in oil and let heat 1 minute.
- Add carrots, cumin, salt and pepper. Cover and let cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Mix in honey and cover with a lid. Let cook an additional 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and serve hot.
If you’ve never cooked with an Instant Pot before I’d recommend the 6 quart Instant Pot. This is what I use for my family of 5. I like it because it’s large enough to make meals for my family with leftovers to spare. It’s also big enough to accomodate a larger meal for company. If you have a big family or cook for large groups often, the 8 quart Instant Pot might be better for you. If you’re single or only cooking for a couple you might be able to get away with the 3 quart Instant Pot though you’d probably need to halve most recipes.
I love cooking in my Instant Pot because it’s fast and clean up is easy. Once you have everything in the pot, just set it and forget it! I use the time that it takes for the pot to come to pressure and cook to clean up any prep work and tidy up the house….or maybe just put my feet up for a bit! We already have many meals using the Instant Pot in our regular rotation and I’m sure to be adding more from this book! I love that each recipe has a cost estimate to help you stay within your grocery budget and make meal planning and grocery shopping easier.
Do you stick to a grocery budget? Do you use an Instant Pot? I’d love to hear from you!
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