April Instant Pot Meal Plans

April is here, the weather is warming, and spring flowers are in bloom. It’s time to get out of the house and get outside and enjoy sun. With that in mind, I created my April Instant Pot Meal Plans to have plenty of easy and delicious options perfect for Spring. You won’t be stuck in the kitchen all day making these recipes. Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot april 2021 meal plan calendar

Easy Instant Pot Recipes

My April Meal Plans, just like all of my meal plan, are full of easy Instant Pot recipes. I like to choose recipes that require simple ingredients, minimal prep, and are fast to cook. Some simple and effortless recipes that you’ll find in these meal plans are my Salsa Chicken, Taco Soup, and Macaroni and Cheese.

Salsa Chicken

It’s hard to find a recipe any quicker or simpler than my Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe. You’ll just dump a few chicken breasts, a jar of salsa, and some spices into the pot, set it to cook, and that’s it. Once the chicken finishes cooking, just shred it. Now you’ll have enough flavorful shredded chicken to serve as tacos, stuff in burritos, or make sandwiches or salads with. It’s a perfect quick and versatile meal that can save you loads of time.

serving salsa chicken on a tortilla

Taco Soup

My Instant Pot Taco Soup recipe is another super simple recipe that will save you time thanks to the Instant Pot. After sauteing and seasoning the ground beef, just dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot and set the cooking time. That’s it! Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream, some shredded cheese, diced avocado, cilantro, and a few splashes of Tabasco.

a big delicious bowl of instant pot taco soup

Mac & Cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese is another simple dump-and-start recipe that’s ready in no time. This cheesy pasta dish can be enjoyed as a main dish or as a side. And what’s best about Mac and Cheese is that kids always love it. There is never any complaining when I serve this on my kid’s plates. Speaking of kid-friendly recipes, I have tons more on my April Meal Plans.

a warm and creamy bowl of mac and cheese sitting next to a spoon

Kid-Friendly Instant Pot Recipes

Looking for kid-friendly Instant Pot recipes? I always include loads to recipes that the kids will love. Some of my kid’s favorite recipes are Beef and Macaroni Casserole, Beef and Bowtie Pasta, Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, and Taco Pasta.

Beef and Macaroni Casserole

The Instant Pot Beef and Macaroni Casserole is a recipe I’ve been making since my first year of marriage, over 20 years ago. It’s so simple and so delicious, and it’s one of my kid’s absolute favorite meals. This pasta dish is super hearty, creamy, and flavorful. And the little kernels of crispy sweet corn in each bite are fantastic. We like to top ours with parmesan cheese. Yum!

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

Beef & Bowtie Pasta

The Instant Pot Beef and Bowtie Pasta is a crazy simple dish that’s ready in no time. This is my smallest one’s favorite. The farfalle pasta is made with seasoned ground beef and a wonderful creamy red sauce. My little one devours this tasty pasta dish and always asks for more.

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

Taco Pasta

My Instant Pot Taco Pasta recipe is another fast and simple recipe that the little ones love. This pasta dish is bursting with Tex-Mex flavor and is very filling. Perfect for hungry kids! We like to serve ours with all the typical taco toppings like sour cream, cilantro, and shredded cheese.

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

As you already know, kids love pasta. That’s why many of my kid-friendly recipes are pasta dishes. If you’re looking for some pasta dishes that are more geared toward the adults, I have plenty of those as well.

Instant Pot Pasta

The Instant Pot is outstanding for making pasta recipes. I love that I never have to drain, and I can usually just dump all the ingredients into the pot all at once and then cook. Simplicity and ease are my thing! That’s why I love to include plenty of pasta dishes in my April meal plans. All the Instant Pot Pasta Recipes I include are simple to make and so tasty.

Cajun Pasta

My Instant Pot Cajun Pasta is made with rigatoni pasta and loads of andouille sausage that are covered in a spicy Cajun cheese sauce that is phenomenal. The flavor is out of this world. But, what I love even more than the flavor is how quick this recipe is to make. This is truly a dump-and-start meal that’s ready in just over 10 minutes. So, if you’re looking for a pasta dish that’s fast, easy, and has lots of Cajun attitude, then this is your recipe.

a plate of cajun pasta

Cheeseburger Mac

My Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac is another super simple recipe that’s big on flavor. Made with elbow pasta, perfectly seasoned ground beef, and plenty of cheddar cheese, this is another simple meal that’s ready in under 20 minutes. This pasta tastes just like a cheeseburger, it’s amazing! We like to add some crumbled bacon to take this dish to another level.

a plate of cheeseburger mac served with lettuce and tomato

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Want something more traditional for pasta night? Then try the Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs. You can never go wrong with this classic Italian dish. The entire family always loves it. We like to serve ours with a side salad and some warm garlic bread.

a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs

Instant Pot Sides

You always want to serve your meals with some delicious sides, and I have plenty of Instant Pot Side Dishes to choose from in these April meal plans. You’ll find lots of recipes that make use of vegetables and cook them up in so many tasty ways.

Mashed Potatoes

My Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are so simple to make and are perfect as a side to so many meals. There is no draining with these potatoes. Just add all the ingredients to the pot, cook, then open the pot and mash. Couldn’t be simpler!

instant pot mashed potatoes

Lemon Butter Broccoli

My Instant Pot Lemon Butter Broccoli is another simple side that is a perfect companion for lots of main dishes. The creamy fresh flavor of this broccoli is fabuous! Plus, being broccoli, it’s nutritious too! Win, win!

pouring lemon butter sauce on broccoli

There are plenty more quick and delicious side dishes included in these meal plans. So, make sure to check them out.

Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

I could never forget the most important part of any meal, dessert! I have so many sweet and heavenly dessert recipes in these April meal plans. I’m excited for you to try them all.


One dessert recipe that you must try is my Instant Pot Flan recipe. This Flan is richer and creamier than your typical flan. Usually, flan is jiggly, but in Honduras, we like to make it with a consistency that is closer to cheesecake. Personally, I think it’s so much better than the typical Mexican flan that you’d usually get at a restaurant.

instant pot flan

Arroz con Leche

My Instant Pot Arroz con Leche recipe is another dessert that must be tried. It’s a super simple dump-and-start recipe that results in a wonderful rice pudding. While traditionally served cold, we like to have it warm. It’s just so much more comforting that way.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

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

Instant Pot Recipes for April

Here are some recipes you’ll find on my April meal plans:

Main Dishes

  • a bowl of bean soup garnished with cilantro drizzled with mantequilla and hot sauce
    Bean Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    A hearty, filling and delicious classic Honduran recipe that’s full of Latin flavor.

  • a bowl of creamy homemade tuna casserole
    Tuna Casserole
    from One Happy Housewife

    This classic comfort dish is made fast – from scratch. Egg noodles, tuna, and peas covered in a deliciously creamy homemade sauce with just the right seasonings will make this recipe an instant family favorite.

  • a large serving of cheesy ground beef and rice on a plate
    Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and hearty family-friendly meal that’s oh so cheesy and delicious.

  • a bowl of creamy fettuccine alfredo with chicken
    Chicken Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    A quick and easy pasta dish made with a homemade Alfredo sauce that’s incredibly rich and creamy.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    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.

Side Dishes

  • 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 dinner plate served with parmesan risotto
    Parmesan Risotto
    from One Happy Housewife

    A creamy and delicious side dish that is simply irresistible.

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

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

  • 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 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 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 delicious coconut bundt cake served on a large plate
    Coconut Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    Topped with a heavenly creamy coconut glaze, this moist and delicious cake is loaded with coconut goodness and is the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family.

  • 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!

  • Turtle lava cake fresh out of the Instant Pot
    Turtle Lava Cakes
    from One Happy Housewife

    These deliciously decadent mini cakes are overflowing with a molten chocolate center, caramel and pecans. They are an indulgence like no other!

  • close up of apple slices on a plate with a small bowl of dulce de leche
    Dulce de Leche
    from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy this deliciously rich and sweet caramel spread that is a common treat in many Hispanic countries. And, thanks to the pressure cooker, there’s no need to wait for hours to turn condensed milk into this amazing treat! This stuff is so good, it’s addictive!

April Instant Pot Meal Plans

I’ve got some great meal plans for April on my website. Check them out here:

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