April Instant Pot Meal Plan (2019)

Spring is in the air… and so are the delightful aromas of delicious Instant Pot recipes that you’ll make daily following this meal plan. In this April 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan, you’ll find so many delicious dishes. From wonderful pasta dishes to special recipes for Easter. And I have loads of kid-friendly recipes that are sure to make those hungry little rascals happy. Here’s what you can expect:

april instant pot meal plan calendar

Instant Pot Pasta Dishes

Looking for some fabulous pasta recipes for the Instant Pot? Well, this meal plan has them. If you haven’t noticed yet, I love pasta recipes! They seem to be perfect for big families. Plus, they’re so quick and easy to make. That makes them especially great for busy weeknights. Here are a few of the pasta recipes that you can expect to see in this month’s meal plan.

Spicy Cajun Pasta

The Instant Pot Spicy Cajun Pasta quickly became a family favorite in my home. This pasta recipe uses simple ingredients like pasta, andouille sausage, and cheese mixed with the perfect amount of Cajun spices to make an outstanding meal. You’ll find plenty of other outstanding pasta dishes in this April meal plan.

a plate of cajun pasta

Butternut Mac and Cheese

If you’re in the mood for something comforting, then my Instant Pot Butternut Mac and Cheese recipe offers more comfort than fuzzy slippers on a cold winter’s day. Seriously, this pasta dish is so amazing. The mixture of the sweetness and nuttiness of the butternut squash along with the sharpness of the cheese is a match made in heaven.

overhead shot of butternut mac and cheese

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Looking for a more traditional pasta dish? My Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is a quick and easy way to make this classic Italian dish using your pressure cooker. Spaghetti and meatballs are always a family favorite. Serve it with a salad and side of garlic bread, and you’ll have a feast that everyone will enjoy.

a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs

Cheeseburger Mac

Oh, and don’t miss the Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac. My kids are fanatics about this recipe. It’s all the taste of a cheeseburger served in a pasta dish. The flavor is spot on and the kids gobble this one up in a flash. And speaking of recipes that kids love…

a plate of cheeseburger mac served with lettuce and tomato

Kid-Friendly Instant Pot Recipes

I always include plenty of recipes that kids love in my meal plans and this month is no exception. I’m happy to share all the recipes that my own kids love so much. I know your kids will love them too!

Beef and Bowtie Pasta

One of my kid’s absolute favorite recipes is my Instant Pot Beef and Bowtie Pasta which is made with Farfalle pasta and ground beef in a creamy red sauce with plenty of cheese. The kids always say it’s amazing! And so do the adults.

a plate of ground beef and bowtie pasta in a vodka sauce

Taco Pasta

Another favorite for the kids is the Instant Pot Taco Pasta. It packs all the Tex-Mex flavor of a fully-loaded taco into a pasta dish. I’ve caught a kid (or two) licking their plate after finishing this one. Top the pasta with all your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, cilantro, and plenty of cheese.

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

Beef and Macaroni Pasta

Finally, my Instant Pot Beef and Macaroni Pasta is another kid favorite. Kids love pasta! This one is a super quick, easy, and hearty dish that’s perfect for any busy day of the week. Loaded with a wonderfully seasoned ground beef, sweet corn, and sour cream, this casserole is super creamy and flavorful!

two servings of macaroni and ground beef in a bowl and plate

As you can see, there are plenty of recipes on this April Instant Pot meal plan that are quick to make, super hearty, and kid-approved.

Instant Pot Easter Recipes

I’ve included plenty of meatless options for Fridays as we come into the last stretch of Lent. You’ll find some wonderful seafood dishes like Shrimp Etouffee and Thia Red Curry Salmon. There’s also a vegetarian curry dish that is so warm and delicious.

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

And celebrate Easter Sunday by feasting on my Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. It makes plenty of meat to serve a gathering of family and friends pulled pork sandwiches to celebrate this special day.

a dr pepper pulled pork topped with pickle and onion slices served with a bottle of dr pepper

Instant Pot Side Dishes

Serving a delicious side dish is the only way to complete a meal. You’ll find some wonderful side dish recipes for the Instant Pot in this month’s meal plan. In particular, you’ll find some super delicious ways to serve up your favorite vegetables.

Lemon Butter Broccoli

The side dish options include my Instant Pot Lemon Butter Broccoli, which has a creamy fresh flavor and pairs well with any main dish. Just steam the broccoli following my instructions and then whip together the amazing lemon butter dressing, pour over the broccoli, and toss. So quick and simple!

pouring a creamy lemon butter sauce over broccoli in a large bowl

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

My Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is an absolute must-try side dish. The cauliflower is exquisitely creamy and topped with cheese and bacon. Yes, I said bacon. Yummy!

Seriously, you must-try this recipe. It will let you experience how amazingly delicious cauliflower can be.

close up of loaded cauliflower casserole with bacon bits on a plate

Instant Pot Desserts

For the desserts, I’ve included some of my readers’ favorites. You’ll find my Arroz con Leche and Flan recipes in there. If you haven’t tried them yet, then you must! They are some of the most popular recipes on my blog. They are so good!

Turtle Lava Cakes

These Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cakes are so good that you’ll be dreaming about them for days. The warm, molten chocolate that pours out after your first spoonful is a beautiful thing. These are perfect served with a scoop of ice cream.

Turtle lava cake served on plate

There are even more wonderful Instant Pot Dessert Recipes in the April Instant Pot meal plan, so check them out.

Happy cooking and enjoy the glorious warmer weather of April.

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

April 2019 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

These are the dishes for April.

  • a dinner plate with meatloaf
    April 1
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Perfect for the meat lover, meatloaf just got way easier to make!

  • chicken taco bowls garnished with cilantro
    April 2
    Chicken Taco Bowls
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    An easy dump-and-start meal that’s loaded with taco flavor.

  • instant pot lasagna
    April 3
    Meaty Lasagna
    from One Happy Housewife

    Looking for a hearty dish that can feed an entire family? Try this rich, creamy, and flavorful lasagna. It’s easy to prep and you’ll have it on the table in no time. Everyone will be asking for seconds.

  • overhead shot of butter chicken and rice in serving bowls
    April 4
    Butter Chicken
    from Two Sleevers

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

  • overhead shot of new orleans style shrimp etouffe garnished with cilantro
    April 5
    Shrimp Etouffee
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A rich, delicious, and spicy tomato-based stew seasoned with Creole spices and loaded with shrimp.

  • close up of glossy buffalo meatballs on a plate
    April 6
    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
    from Monday is Meatloaf

    This no-fail Instant Pot recipe is an absolute homerun for any weeknight dinner.

  • overhead shot of pot roast on a plate
    April 7
    Pot Roast
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    A juicy pot roast that’s oh, so tender and served with hearty potatoes, and carrots.

  • instant pot cajun pasta
    April 8
    Spicy Cajun Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Simple ingredients like pasta, sausage, and cheese seasoned with the perfect touch of Cajun spices make this a winning combination. This is a super easy weeknight dinner with a wonderful kick of cajun.

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    April 9
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

    A very popular recipe that’s fast, easy, and so versatile. The perfect busy weeknight meal!

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup
    April 10
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    This wonderfully delicious and creamy tomato soup is infused with basil and lightly sweetened with honey.

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    April 11
    Beef & Macaroni Casserole
    from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously creamy beef and pasta casserole is the perfect hearty and filling comfort dish for those busy weeknights. It’s fast and easy to make, full of flavor, and guaranteed to satisfy those hungry bellies. This one is sure to become a favorite in your home.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of thai red curry salmon
    April 12
    Thai Red Curry Salmon
    from Spice Cravings

    Simmered in a red curry paste and coconut milk, this deliciously tender and flaky salmon is ready in under 30 minutes!

  • teriyaki chicken bowl garnished with sesame seeds on top of rice
    April 13
    Teriyaki Chicken
    from Cooking with Karli

    Enjoy a bowl of tender chicken, crunchy veggies, and rice covered in a homemade Teriyaki sauce.

  • a bowl of gumbo garnished with scallions with a ball of rice in the center
    April 14
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Chicken, sausage, and shrimp make for a hearty bowl of Cajun comfort food.

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    April 15
    Beef & Bowtie Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    A fast and simple pasta dinner that even the most picky of eaters will devour. This one is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for those hectic weeknights.

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    April 16
    from One Happy Housewife

    Authentic flavor, incredibly juicy pork, and crispy edges. Traditional pork carnitas made in a fraction of the time.

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries
    April 17
    Butternut Squash Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    With a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, this soup is the perfect comfort meal for cooler weather.

  • close up of dijon shrimp linguine garnished with cilantro
    April 18
    Dijon Shrimp Linguine
    from This Old Gal

    A comforting creamy pasta dish that’s sure to be a weeknight favorite.

  • aloo matar potatoes and peas in a small pot bowl
    April 19
    Potato & Peas Curry (Aloo Matar)
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This quick and easy Instant Pot recipe delivers a warm bowl of potatoes and peas in a delicious curry.

  • a bowl of butternut mac and cheese
    April 20
    Butternut Mac and Cheese
    from One Happy Housewife

    Fall spices and a rich and creamy cheddar flavor are perfectly paired with sweet butternut squash in this comforting pasta dish. This is an amazing comfort dish.

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    April 21
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    April 22
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot taco pasta
    April 23
    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.

  • instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
    April 24
    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 large spoonful of white chicken chili from a bowl
    April 25
    White Chicken Chili
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    With a blend of Tex-Mex flavors, this warm, hearty chili is packed with wholesome ingredients.

  • a large bowl of taco soup
    April 26
    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.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    April 27
    Hawaiian Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy the delightful tastes of the islands with this sweet, savory and tangy chicken cooked with bell pepper, sweet onion, pineapple and macadamia nuts.

  • April 28
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    April 29
    Cheeseburger Mac
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super hearty and flavorful, from-scratch pasta casserole that’s sure to be a hit with the kids. This one is so delicious, it’s like having your favorite burger in a bowl. A great meal for busy weeknights.

  • tacos made with cochinitas pibil
    April 30
    Cochinita Pibil
    from One Happy Housewife

    With a mix of sweet, acidic and earthy flavors this traditional Mexican food will provide a unique experience for your taste buds.

Side Dishes

  • 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.

  • overhead shot of lemon butter broccoli in a large bowl
    Lemon Butter Broccoli
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly delicious and healthy side dish that can be served fast using the help of the Instant Pot.

  • 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.

  • corn on the cob with a piece of soft butter
    Corn on the Cob
    from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable 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.


  • 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!

  • a close up of a fork cutting into a moist slice of instant pot lemon bundt cake
    Lemon Bundt Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    Drizzled with a sweet lemony glaze, this wonderful lemon cake is the perfect refreshing dessert.

  • a plate with dulce de leche cheesecake
    Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
    from Living Sweet Moments

    This moist, creamy, and decadent cheesecake is a pure slice of heaven.

  • close up of glossy monkey bread on a plate
    Monkey Bread
    from Monday is Meatloaf

    With one taste, you’ll be hooked with this absolutely heavenly dessert.

  • 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.

Download the April 2019 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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