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April Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of April

The grass is green, the flowers are in full bloom, and the grey skies have given way to beautiful blues and bright sunshine. I’m ready to start getting out of the kitchen and spending a little more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air. In this April 2018 Instant Pot Meal Plan, you’ll find so many wonderful dishes. Here’s what you can expect:

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Instant Pot Beef Recipes

Looking for something savory and beefy? Well, I have some great Instant Pot Beef Recipes for you this month. Whether you’re looking for something light and fresh or something that is loaded with knock-your-socks-off flavor, I’ve got you covered. Check out all the beef recipes I have listed for this month.

French Dip

I start off the month with my own Instant Pot French Dip. It’s like magic, the way the Instant Pot turns a chuck roast into tender, juicy shreds of the most wonderful meat that you’ll ever try on a sandwich. Each bite into a sandwich made with this meat piled on buttered crusty bread with cheese melting into the meat is superb. Oh, and dipping it into the au jus takes this sandwich to a whole other level. This one is a must-try.

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You also don’t want to miss my Instant Pot Salpicón. Salpicón is a traditional Honduran minced meat. This dish has such a fresh, citrusy taste. Perfect for the spring weather! Serve the meat over rice or in a corn tortilla with onion and cilantro sprinkled over top. It’s a light and refreshing way to enjoy an eye of round.

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Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

As you’d expect, you will find plenty of simple Instant Pot pasta recipes in this April Meal Plan. Pasta based dishes are just so filling and hearty as a meal. They’re also super quick and ridiculously easy to make. And making pasta in the Instant Pot is even easier since there is no need for draining. That makes these Instant Pot pasta recipes perfect for making a quick family meal on busy weeknights. Plus, everyone is always happy to have pasta for dinner.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

My Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is a great weeknight meal. It’s a super fast and easy recipe to make. Plus, this Italian classic is always a favorite for families. Served with a side of garlic bread, this is a perfect and complete hearty meal to feed a hungry family.

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Taco Pasta

My Instant Pot Taco Pasta is another wonderful easy pasta dish. It’s a Mexican-inspired style pasta dish that’s loaded with bold, south-of-the-border flavor. Add all your favorite toppings, just like you would a traditional taco. We like to top it with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, and cilantro. This one is another hearty pasta dish that the entire family will love.

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Instant Pot Side Dishes

As always, you’ll find a handful of wonderful Instant Pot Side Dishes to accompany the main dishes. All the side dish recipes are simple, quick, and tasty. You’re sure to find one that’s perfect to serve with your meal, so check them out.

Mashed Potatoes

If you haven’t tried making my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe, then I highly recommend that you try it this month. They are so quick and easy to make and come out perfect every time. In fact, they’re so easy that I’ll likely never make mashed potatoes on the stovetop again.

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Instant Pot Desserts

For the desserts, I’ve included my Arroz con Leche and Flan recipes. If you haven’t tried them yet, then you’re missing out! These two are some of the most popular recipes on my blog. Both are easy to make and, oh, so decadent. You will absolutely love these two recipes. I’ve also included some other Instant Pot Desserts that you’re sure to love.

Arroz con Leche

My Instant Pot Arroz con Leche recipe has to be one of the most comforting desserts there is. There is just something about this recipe that is so soothing. Maybe it’s because I like to serve it warm. It’s odd, because every time I order this dessert at a restaurant, they always serve it cold. I don’t get it, because it is so much better served warm.

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Enjoy the beautiful warmer weather of April.

Make sure you also check out my latest Instant Pot Meal Plan.

April 2018 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Below the list of recipes, you will find a link to the downloadable calendar and links to all my monthly Instant Pot meal plans.

Main Dishes

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    April 1French Dip from One Happy Housewife

    An unbelievably flavorful and juicy meat, covered in melted cheese and served on toasted, crispy, buttered bread.

  • a serving of spaghetti and meatballs topped with shredded parmesan
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    April 2Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

    This super easy Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe requires no prep and is ready in minutes.

  • a bowl of homemade minestrone soup on a placemat
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    April 3Minestrone Soup from Spice Cravings

    Easy, tasty, and healthy, this minestrone soup has the perfect blend of hearty vegetables, tomato broth and beans.

  • close up of spicy honey chicken garnished with sesame seeds on a bowl of rice
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    April 4Spicy Honey Chicken from The Typical Mom

    Moist and full of flavor these sweet and spicy chicken bites are smothered in a delicious honey sauce.

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    April 5Shrimp with Coconut Milk from Two Sleevers

    This shrimp is slightly sweet from the coconut milk and seasoned with Indian spices.

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    April 6Mom’s Chicken Curry from Piping Pot Curry

    This chicken curry is made with a simple onion-tomato gravy and whole spices.

  • instant pot mexican stuffed peppers
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    April 7Mexican Stuffed Peppers from Simply Happy Foodie

    These stuffed peppers are loaded with South of the Border flavor.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    April 8Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

    Made with only 4 ingredients, this fall apart delicious pulled pork is so tasty and versatile.

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    April 9Penne Pasta in Tomato Sauce from Piping Pot Curry

    This one-pot pasta in tomato cream sauce is a quick and easy meal that both kids and adults love.

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    April 10Spicy Orange Beef from This Old Gal

    A one pot Asian dish with a fresh, spicy, and citrusy flavor that’s better than take-out.

  • overhead shot of korean spice chicken on a plate with rice and cucumber slices
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    April 11Korean Spicy Chicken from Spice Cravings

    A delicious combination of Korean Bibimbap and Bulgogi made in the Instant Pot.

  • instant pot red beans and rice with sausage
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    April 12Red Beans & Rice with Sausage from Simply Happy Foodie

    A flavor packed, spicy New Orleans traditional meal.

  • a small bowl of chicken fajita soup
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    April 13Chicken Fajita Soup from Piping Pot Curry

    A healthy and delicious soup made with tender chicken, lots of veggies and Mexican spices.

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    April 14Salisbury Steak from This Old Gal

    Juicy meat patties in a rich onion gravy covered with mushrooms.

  • instant pot keto mexican pulled pork
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    April 15Mexican Pulled Pork from Two Sleevers

    Use this delicious pork to make tacos, burritos, casseroles, and more.

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    April 16Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

    Tender, tasty chicken, sweet veggies, and dumplings. This is the epitome of comfort food.

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    April 17Indian Coconut Tomato Soup from Two Sleevers

    Serve up the warm and comforting flavors of India with this wonderful tomato soup.

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    April 18Coca-Cola Ribs from The Halfway Homesteaders

    These ribs are so sweet and clean the bone delicious. Plus, they’re so easy to make!

  • mississippi chicken
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    April 19Mississippi Chicken from Simply Happy Foodie

    An amazingly tasty twist on Mississippi Pot Roast.

  • instant pot potato corn chowder
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    April 20Corn Chowder from The Typical Mom

    This potato corn chowder is the perfect creamy corn soup to eat all year long.

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    April 21Salpicón from One Happy Housewife

    A light minced meat with a fresh citrusy taste. Perfect served on a corn tortilla or over a bed of rice.

  • close up of football chili garnished with scallions
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    April 22Football Chili from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This chili is so easy and delicious. You and your family will LOVE this one! Perfect for the big game!

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    April 23Tuscan Chicken Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    Creamy, delicious, and very easy to make, this pasta dish is sure to be a hit with your family!

  • a comforting bowl of taco soup
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    April 24Taco Soup from One Happy Housewife

    A wonderful dump-and-go meal that’s loaded with taco flavor, requires very little prep, and uses easy to find ingredients.

  • instant pot green chili bowls
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    April 25Green Chili Bowls from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Tastes like authentic Mexican without all the carbs.

  • a flour tortilla filled with teriyaki chicken
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    April 26Teriyaki Chicken from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Get the wonderful taste of teriyaki chicken in your Instant Pot.

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    April 27Taco Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    The perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight, this easy and delicious pasta dish is kid-approved and will be ready in no time.

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    April 28Chili Lime Steak Bowl from Food n Service

    This steak bowl is very popular! It will not disappoint.

  • dal makhani made using the instant pot
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    April 29Lentils and Rice from Piping Pot Curry

    A rich, creamy, and flavorful one-pot meal.

  • overhead shot of butter chicken and rice in serving bowls
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    April 30Butter Chicken from Two Sleevers

    An easy recipe that’ll give you restaurant quality butter chicken in under 30 minutes.

Side Dishes

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    Macaroni and Cheese from One Happy Housewife

    The absolute BEST Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! A blend of four cheeses make it the creamiest and cheesiest.

  • mashed potatoes served on a dinner plate
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    Mashed Potatoes from One Happy Housewife

    Cooked and seasoned to perfection, these mashed potatoes are so fast and easy to make.

  • a plate of green beans with rice and chicken
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    Green Beans from One Happy Housewife

    The buttery garlic flavor make these tender green beans a favorite side dish.

  • a spoonful of loaded cauliflower casserole
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    Loaded Mashed Cauliflower from One Happy Housewife

    You’ll never think of cauliflower the same way after trying this amazingly delicious casserole. Enjoy this creamy, cheesy cauliflower casserole with any meal.


  • a spoonful of arroz con leche
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    Arroz con Leche from One Happy Housewife

    This traditional Hispanic dessert is so creamy, rich and delicious. Simple ingredients and so quick and easy to make.

  • a large slice of flan
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    Flan from One Happy Housewife

    A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy, and silky smooth flan.

  • creamy and soft orange cheesecake on the center of a plate
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    Orange Cheesecake from Simply Happy Foodie

    The flavor of the chocolate crust paired with the fresh orange of this creamy cheesecake is incredible.

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    Applesauce from Simply Happy Foodie

    A sweet and healthy snack that’s so much better than the store bought kind.

Download the April 2018 Meal Plan Calendar.

For more Instant Pot Meal Plan ideas for the month of April, check out my archive of April Instant Pot Meal Plans.

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