August Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

The summer has flown by, and August is here! We still have a little while before school starts back up, but it’s time to start school shopping. Hopefully, the August Instant Pot Meal Plan will help you get through these next few weeks.

This month’s meal plan is packed full of deliciousness. As always, I have included easy and yummy recipes from my blog and from some other wonderful bloggers.

Instant Pot Ground Beef Recipes

Cooking ground beef in the Instant Pot is so simple. Just sauté and season before adding your other ingredients. You’ll find that most of my Instant Pot ground beef recipes are made with pasta or rice. I’ve included some great ones in this month’s meal plan. Some of my family’s favorites are Beef and Bowtie Pasta, Beef and Macaroni Casserole, and Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

There are so many wonderful chicken recipes for the Instant Pot. Some must-try recipes for this month are the Jalapeno Honey Chicken, the Butter Chicken, and the Orange Chicken. Oh, and the Chicken Lettuce wraps are a perfect light summer recipe.

Indian Recipes for the Instant Pot

If you feel adventurous, I’ve included some tasty options from Indian cuisine. You’ll find recipes for Spinach Dal, Chana Masala, and Tandoori Chicken. The intense flavors of Indian food are so amazing!

Instant Pot Seafood

There are also some excellent options for seafood lovers. You can’t go wrong with Jambalaya and Shrimp Biryani. I’m telling you, this month’s meal plan is complete and packed full of flavor!

Instant Pot Side Dishes

Every great main dish requires an equally delicious side. I’ve included lots of quick and easy side dishes in this meal plan. The Cauliflower Casserole is heavenly and the Lemon Butter Broccoli is perfect with almost any main dish.

Instant Pot Desserts

As always, I include some tasty sweet treats in every meal plan. The Turtle Lava Cakes are to die for! And the Peach Crisp and Apple Cake are so yummy. Make sure to pick up a gallon of vanilla ice cream to enjoy with these amazing desserts.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and happy cooking!

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

August 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

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    August 1
    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.

  • a plate of chicken lettuce wraps
    August 2
    Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    from This Old Gal

    A delicious Asian inspired chicken lettuce wrap recipe that’s bursting with flavor.

  • overhead shot of pork chops topped with mushroom gravy and bits of cilantro
    August 3
    Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    Tender pork chops smothered in a wonderfully savory mushroom gravy.

  • a small bowl of thai green curry
    August 4
    Thai Green Curry
    from Piping Pot Curry

    A wonderfully creamy and aromatic vegan dish with tofu and vegetables.

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    August 5
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    August 6
    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.

  • low country shrimp boil on a tray
    August 7
    Low Country Shrimp Boil
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    Potatoes, sausage, corn and shrimp cooked together with seafood seasoning and Cajun spices.

  • a dinner plate with meatloaf
    August 8
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • close up of jalapeno honey chicken garnished with green onion on top of mashed potatoes
    August 9
    Jalapeno Honey Chicken
    from This Old Gal

    This chicken is absolutely delicious! Covered in a sweet honey glaze and pickled jalapeños, it’s bursting with the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spice.

  • overhead shot of creamy tomato and sausage pasta with cilantro and shredded cheese
    August 10
    Penne with Sausage
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A perfect home-made pasta dish for those really busy days.

  • overhead shot of butter chicken on a bed of rice
    August 11
    Butter Chicken
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    This flavorful Indian dish features tender bite-sized chicken in a rich and creamy sauce.

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    August 12
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • easy instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
    August 13
    Spaghetti and Meatballs
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This classic Italian dish is super simple to make in the Instant Pot.

  • top view of vegetable soup garnished with cilantro
    August 14
    Vegetable Soup with Zucchini
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    This healthy vegetable soup is full of flavor and goodness.

  • an instant pot filled with shrimp biryani
    August 15
    Shrimp Biryani
    from Ministry of Curry

    Made with basmati rice and shrimp, this flavorful dish has the perfect amount of spice.

  • overhead shot of a group of tandoori chicken lettuce wraps
    August 16
    Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    from Ministry of Curry

    Tandoori chicken served over crispy lettuce and drizzled with cucumber raita and red onions.

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate
    August 17
    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.

  • two carne asada tacos on a taco holder stand
    August 18
    Carne Asada Tacos
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A wonderfully flavorful tender beef that’s quick and easy to make at home. Perfect for tacos!

  • a large bowl of jambalaya garnished with cilantro
    August 19
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A New Orleans staple, this Instant Pot version of jambalaya is loaded with andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp. So tasty!

  • teriyaki chicken on a cutting. board
    August 20
    Teriyaki Chicken
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • overhead shot of a bowl filled up with spinach dal with rice
    August 21
    Spinach Dal with Rice
    from Ministry of Curry

    An easy dump and start Indian dish with lentils and spinach.

  • overhead shot of vegetarian fajita pasta garnished with cilantro and two slices of lime
    August 22
    Vegetarian Fajita Pasta
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This one-pot pasta meal is loaded with veggies and flavor!

  • close up of sun tomato chicken on a plate
    August 23
    Creamy Sundried Tomato Chicken
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This chicken is so creamy and so flavorful that you won’t be able to get enough.

  • a bowl of punjabi chole garnished with cilantro and two slices of lime
    August 24
    Chana Masala
    from Piping Pot Curry

    A one-pot recipe for authentic Indian chickpea curry.

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

    Tastes like authentic Mexican without all the carbs.

  • August 26
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • three bowls of chana dal garnished with cilantro
    August 27
    Chana Dal
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This comforting soup features chickpeas cooked with ginger, garlic, onion, tomato and flavorful spices.

  • a bowl of orange chicken garnished with sesame seeds and green onion
    August 28
    Orange Chicken
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    This sweet tangy chicken is bursting with amazing flavor from the orange and spices.

  • brown rice mushroom pilaf on a plate
    August 29
    Brown Rice & Mushroom Pilaf
    from Piping Pot Curry

    If you love mushrooms, then this mushroom rice pilaf will be your new favorite dish.

  • instant pot spaghetti squash pad thai
    August 30
    Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    All the flavor of Pad Thai but made with spaghetti squash.

  • chili in a small bowl topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and green onion
    August 31
    Chili with Beans
    from One Happy Housewife

    A hearty, comforting bowl of homemade chili packed full of amazing flavor.

Side Dishes

  • steaming broccoli in the instant pot
    Steamed Broccoli
    from One Happy Housewife

    A quick, simple, and nutritious side for your meal.

  • a large bowl of cilantro lime rice
    Cilantro Lime Rice
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    A light and fresh side dish full of flavor and the perfect amount of tang.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • overhead shot of fried rice in a bowl
    Fried Rice
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A quick and easy Chinese style fried rice made in the Instant Pot.

  • creamy grapes salad in a large glass serving bowl
    Creamy Grapes Salad
    from This Old Gal

    If you’re looking for something sweet for your side, then this is a delicious option.


  • a strawberry and cream cake on a plate near a bowl of fresh strawberries
    Strawberries & Cream Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    This strawberries and cream Instant Pot cake is topped with a creamy glaze and is so moist and delicious.

  • 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.

  • a plate with a partially eaten raspberry swirl cake
    Raspberry Swirl Cake
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This wonderful cake looks as good as it tastes.

  • 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!

  • a bowl of peach crisp with a scoop of ice cream on top
    Peach Crisp
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Fresh, juicy peaches, are topped with crisp, crunchy oatmeal streusel for a perfect summer dessert. Just top it with vanilla ice cream for an irresistibly comforting dessert!

  • a cut into apple cake on a large plate
    Apple Cake
    from Ministry of Curry

    This cake is loaded with fresh apples and coated with cinnamon and sugar.

Download the August 2018 Meal Plan Calendar.

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