Instant Pot Beef Recipes: One Grocery List, Four Meals

By JoAnn Ridout, MPH, RD, LD
September 20, 2018

In this busy rush of fall (but really anytime of the year!), we’re trying to find any way to save time. This is where batch cooking comes in. What is batch cooking? It’s practically all your week’s meals completed in one quick afternoon—what could be better? But wait, how about if someone else makes the grocery list and gives you fresh recipes? That’s where we come in; short of doing your grocery shopping, we’re hoping to help set you up for a healthy rush of back-to-school activities and falling temps.

This is our second batch (pun intended) of batch cooking recipes (pork recipes were our delicious, first rendition), both of which use a beloved kitchen appliance, the Instant Pot, though a crockpot could easily be used, too.

Instant Pot Batch Cooking + Recipes

beefbrisket.jpgHere’s how it works. You make one huge batch of something; in this case it’s beef brisket.

When the beef brisket is cooking, you prep for the other three meals:

Once the brisket is done, you use it in those three meals immediately, or store in the fridge or freezer for later in the week.

Click here for a printable PDF with the complete grocery list and all four recipes.

Have we convinced you to give batch cooking a try and see how much easier it makes your week? What’s nicer after a busy runaround day than coming home to a meal that is ready, or one that you simply have to toss together with already prepped ingredients?

For more batch cooking ideas check out the recipe for  One Grocery List: 4 Delicious Chicken Meals, and Pork Recipes: One Grocery List, Four Meals. Or for a quick weeknight idea, these Three Sheet Pan Dinners are great options too!

We’ll be sharing another set of batch cooking recipes and a grocery list, so stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook,  Instagram, and Pinterest to get the new recipes as they come out!

Happy cooking!

About the author

JoAnn has always appreciated the value of good nutrition because diabetes and cancer run in her family. Not only does JoAnn understand chronic diseases, but also she has taken on challenging and complex health conditions when she worked as a registered dietitian at Courage Center for 25 years. JoAnn brings extensive experience, along with compassion and understanding to your health concerns. JoAnn graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetics and a master of science in public health. As a registered dietitian and nutrition educator, she has experience in therapeutic nutrition counseling, weight management, and nutrition education.

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Jeanne Toia
I don't own an Instant Pot but I do have a Crock Pot. Will this work as well? Are there any different directions when using a Crock Pot? Thanks.
September 21, 2018 at 9:46 am


Good question! For a slow cooker, cook about 6-8 hours on low or until tender.

Susanna Presseller
Just one more got to have gadget.:(this is why mothers need to work outside the home to buy one after another thing)
I'm disappointed that Weight and Wellness is contributing to consumerism.
September 26, 2018 at 8:36 pm


That was not our intention, just trying to help busy families make dinners with whatever they have on hand. The recipe is easily tailored to a crockpot as well, cook for 6-8 hours on low or until tender.

Tracy Friendshuh
Thank you so much for including instant pot recipes! It’s an investment I made which has helped me significantly when my disease flares up. I can still eat healthy when I’m exhausted! I appreciate you guys!
September 28, 2018 at 6:32 am


That is wonderful to hear you find this helpful and we can be here for some recipe inspiration.

Debbie Feldick
Thanks for sharing recipes for the instant pot. My instant pot is certainly not another gadget. I can now make a great meal in a very short time. Especially soup and chili. Keep up the great work!
October 6, 2018 at 6:56 am


Thanks! We are glad you enjoy the recipes.

It's says you can be followed on facebook, instagram or Pinterest but I can't seem to follow you on Pinterest. Do you know why? Thanks
November 23, 2018 at 10:19 am


Thanks for finding our social media. This link here should bring you to our Pinterest page and you can click the red Follow button on the top left on desktop or mobile. Hope this helps! 

Which instant pot do you use/recommend?
January 17, 2019 at 9:54 pm


I would say the 6qt or 8qt,  it really just depends on how many you are cooking for and what kind and size of recipes you intend to make. For example, you plan to cook a larger whole chicken or make a big batch of bone broth you may find that the larger size will work better for you but it really is up to personal preference and finding what works best for you and whomever you cook for. I would also consider storage space as a deciding factor. Hope you enjoy these recipes once you are up and running with your Instant Pot! 

Thank you for sharing these yummy recipes! To me batch cooking is actually being a better consumer because you use less energy than cooking separate meals. Thanks again and love that it can be cooked fast or slow!
April 6, 2019 at 6:43 pm


We are so glad to hear that this helps you to make a balanced meal plan and you enjoy cooking this way. Batch cooking sure can alleviate some stress thought the week. 

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