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April Instant Pot Meal Plan (2019)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of April

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

cheesy and spicy taco pasta topped with sour cream and garnishe with cilantro and shredded cheese
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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!

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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
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    April 1Meatloaf from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

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

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

  • lasagna on a plate with salad
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    April 3Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

    A rich, creamy, and flavorful lasagna that you can have on the table in no time.

  • overhead shot of butter chicken and rice in serving bowls
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    April 4Butter 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
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    April 5Shrimp 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
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    April 6Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from Monday is Meatloaf

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

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    April 7Pot Roast from Simply Happy Foodie

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

  • a plate of cajun pasta
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    April 8Spicy Cajun Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy weeknight dinner with a wonderful kick of cajun.

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    April 9Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    April 10Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • side view of creamy beef macaroni casserole in a bowl
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    April 11Beef & Macaroni Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously creamy beef and pasta casserole is the perfect hearty and filling meal for those busy weeknights.

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    April 12Thai 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
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    April 13Teriyaki 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
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    April 14Gumbo from Paint the Kitchen Red

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

  • a plate of ground beef and farfalle pasta in vodka sauce
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    April 15Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    A fast and simple pasta dinner that even the most picky of eaters will devour.

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    April 16Carnitas 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 and served with garlic toast
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    April 17Butternut 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
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    April 18Dijon 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
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    April 19Potato & 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.

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    April 20Butternut 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.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    April 21Dr. 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 of chicken and dumplings
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    April 22Chicken 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 23Taco 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.

  • a serving of spaghetti and meatballs topped with shredded parmesan
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    April 24Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a large spoonful of white chicken chili from a bowl
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    April 25White Chicken Chili from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • a comforting bowl of taco soup
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    April 26Taco 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.

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    April 27Hawaiian 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.

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    April 28French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

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    April 29Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

    A super hearty and flavorful, from scratch pasta casserole made fast.

  • authentic mexican flavored pork carnitas tacos served on a plate
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    April 30Cochinita 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

  • 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.

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    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 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.

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

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable 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 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.

  • a lemon cake with glaze drizzled on top
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    Lemon 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
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    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
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    Monkey Bread from Monday is Meatloaf

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

  • 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.

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.

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