April Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

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:

april instant pot meal plan calendar

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.

dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus


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.

close up of white rice on a plate of salpicon

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.

a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs

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.

homemade taco pasta topped with cheese and sour cream and garnished with cilantro

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.

instant pot mashed potatoes

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.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

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

  • April 1
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
    April 2
    Spaghetti & Meatballs
    from One Happy Housewife

    You can never go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs. Everyone loves it and it’s always easy. This recipe makes it even easier because it requires no prep and is ready in minutes.

  • a bowl of homemade minestrone soup on a placemat
    April 3
    Minestrone 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
    April 4
    Spicy Honey Chicken
    from The Typical Mom

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

  • shrimp coconut milk
    April 5
    Shrimp with Coconut Milk
    from Two Sleevers

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

  • a plate of chicken curry garnished with cilantro
    April 6
    Chicken Curry
    from Piping Pot Curry

    An authentic chicken curry made in a simple onion-tomato gravy with the wonderful aroma of Indian spices.

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

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

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    April 8
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • penne pasta tomato instant pot
    April 9
    Penne 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.

  • instant pot spicy orange beef
    April 10
    Spicy 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
    April 11
    Korean Spice 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
    April 12
    Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    A flavor packed, spicy New Orleans traditional meal.

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

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

  • pressure cooker salisbury steak
    April 14
    Salisbury Steak
    from This Old Gal

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

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

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

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    April 16
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • indian coconut tomato soup in a bowl
    April 17
    Indian Coconut Tomato Soup
    from Two Sleevers

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

  • close up of a glazed coca cola ribs
    April 18
    Coca-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
    April 19
    Mississippi Chicken
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    An amazingly tasty twist on Mississippi Pot Roast.

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

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

  • overhead view of salpicon
    April 21
    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
    April 22
    Football 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!

  • overhead shot of tuscan chicken pasta served on a plate
    April 23
    Tuscan 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 large bowl of taco soup
    April 24
    Taco 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
    April 25
    Green Chili Bowls
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Tastes like authentic Mexican without all the carbs.

  • teriyaki chicken on a cutting. board
    April 26
    Teriyaki Chicken
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • instant pot taco pasta
    April 27
    Taco Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Love Mexican food but tired of the same ‘ole, same ‘ole? Then try this easy and delicious pasta dish. It’s kid-approved and will be ready in no time. It’s the perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight.

  • overhead view of a chili lime steak bowl
    April 28
    Chili Lime Steak Bowl
    from Food n Service

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

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

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

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

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

Side Dishes

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate
    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. There is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of this favorite pasta dish.

  • a plate with a serving of mashed potatoes and pot roast
    Mashed Potatoes
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a dinner plate served with green beans
    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
    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
    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.

  • taking a slice of flan
    from One Happy Housewife

    One of my favorite desserts growing up! A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy, and silky smooth flan. You’ll want to make this one all the time!

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

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

  • instant pot 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.

Past Instant Pot Meal Plans

Each month I publish a new, updated Instant Pot Meal Plan. So don’t miss out on seeing what wonderful dishes I’ve included in my latest one.


You can also access all of my previously published Instant Pot Meal Plans through the links below. I handpick the recipes that appear each month, so you will find that each month is unique with its own set of recipes geared specifically toward that month. Plus, on each meal plan page, you can download the printable calendar for that month.

2023 Meal Plans

2022 Meal Plans

2021 Meal Plans

2020 Meal Plans

2019 Meal Plans

2018 Meal Plans

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