August Instant Pot Meal Plan (2021)

It’s August and that means surviving the scorching summer days and the kids heading back to school! With that in mind, this August 2021 Instant Pot Meal Plan should make these hot summer days a little easier.

I’ve stacked this month’s meal plan with quick and easy recipes that will make this year’s back-to-school craziness a bit more tolerable. I also kept the heat in mind when making the meal plan. Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot meal plan august 2021

Easy Instant Pot Recipes

Looking for easy Instant Pot recipes? You’ll find them in this month’s meal plan. My Salsa Chicken recipe is perfect for these first weeks of school. If you want to prepare chicken for tacos or sandwiches, this is the fastest and easiest way to do it.

Need something filling for those hungry kiddos? Well, I’ve included plenty of effortless Instant Pot Pasta recipes. My Cheeseburger Mac is guaranteed to be a huge hit with your family. The kids absolutely love it!

Instant Pot Sandwiches

Sandwiches are always a great option for these busy days when the kids are starting back to school. So, I’ve included my Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork and French Dip Sandwiches in this month’s meal plan.

Instant Pot Side Dishes

I’m also giving you lots of delicious Instant Pot Side Dishes to serve with your main dish. Whether it’s my exceptionally easy Salsa Rice or my tasty Lemon Parmesan Orzo, you’re sure to find the perfect side for your main dish.

Instant Pot Desserts

Are you ready for something sweet?! I have some amazing Instant Pot Dessert Recipes for you this month. My Coconut Flan is a must-try. The whole family will rave about how wonderful each slice of this decadent dessert is. Also, the Arroz con Leche is super easy to make and oh-so-comforting.

Well, I wish you a wonderful back-to-school season.

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

August 2021 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

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    August 1
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of a bowl of thai red curry salmon
    August 2
    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!

  • a bowl of creamy sun-dried tomato pasta topped with parmesan and basil leaves
    August 3
    Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Penne pasta drenched in an impossibly creamy sun-dried tomato and basil sauce. And since you’ll have it on the table in less than 20 minutes, it’s a perfect meal for any weeknight dinner.

  • overhead view of salpicon
    August 4
    Salpicón
    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.

  • a large bowl of jambalaya garnished with cilantro
    August 5
    Jambalaya
    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!

  • a bowl of creamy fettuccine alfredo with chicken
    August 6
    Chicken Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of broccoli cheese soup topped with shredded cheese
    August 7
    Broccoli Cheese Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    The combination of broccoli, carrots, cream, and cheddar make for a hearty soup that’s amazingly creamy and flavorful.

  • overhead shot of butter chicken and rice in serving bowls
    August 8
    Butter Chicken
    from Two Sleevers

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

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    August 9
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • pasta with meat sauce on a plate
    August 10
    Pasta with Meat Sauce
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy Italian dish is a comforting and filling family favorite.

  • low country shrimp boil on a tray
    August 11
    Low Country Shrimp Boil
    from Simply Happy Foodie

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

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    August 12
    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.

  • instant pot mango fish tacos
    August 13
    Mango BBQ Fish Tacos
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    The wonderful sweet spiciness of these fish tacos will transform taco Tuesdays.

  • a serving of vegan thai curry noodles in a bowl
    August 14
    Thai Curry Noodles
    from Simply Vegetarian 777

    A wonderful vegan Thai recipe that’s loaded with vegetables and is super easy to make.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    August 15
    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.

  • overhead shot of tuscan chicken pasta served on a plate
    August 16
    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!

  • red beans and rice with sausage in a large bowl garnished with cilantro
    August 17
    Red Beans and Rice With Sausage
    from Monday is Meatloaf

    This traditional dish that epitomizes Louisiana cuisine is packed with red beans, green peppers, celery, onions, loads of bacon, and smoked sausage.

  • a close up of buffalo chicken sliders
    August 18
    Buffalo Chicken Sliders
    from Adventures of a Nurse

    Tender pulled chicken with a blue cheese hot sauce that is the perfect mix of spice and a splash of sweet.

  • creamy sausage rigatoni
    August 19
    Creamy Sausage Rigatoni
    from One Happy Housewife

    Rigatoni pasta, Italian sausage, and red peppers in a creamy marinara sauce. This deliciously flavorful and satisfying pasta dish is quick, simple, and perfect for weeknights.

  • a bowl of shrimp and grits
    August 20
    Shrimp and Grits
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Enjoy tender shrimp and crisp bacon in a spicy tomato-based sauce over creamy grits with this wonderful one-pot meal.

  • a plate of coca cola pot roast surrounded by carrots and potatoes
    August 21
    Cola Pot Roast
    from The Bearded Hiker

    A wonderful pot roast in a delicious gravy with lots of root vegetables .

  • caribbean chicken thighs on a dinner plate
    August 22
    Caribbean Chicken Thighs
    from Dinner of Herbs

    Enjoy the island flavor with with these chicken thighs served with sweet potato slices & topped with a fresh mango salsa.

  • meatball soup garnished with cilantro and shredded cheese served in a soup bowl
    August 23
    Meatball Soup
    from Make Ahead Meal Mom

    A warm and hearty meal that your family will love!

  • teriyaki chicken bowl garnished with sesame seeds on top of rice
    August 24
    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 beef and bowtie pasta
    August 25
    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 bowl of chana masala
    August 26
    Chana Masala
    from Spice Cravings

    Enjoy this easy to make, extremely flavorful Indian dish.

  • a close up of a dish with dirty rice
    August 27
    Cajun Dirty Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Chock full of the Cajun flavor, this comforting dish is outstanding!

  • overhead shot of chicken and potatoes garnished with lemon slices
    August 28
    Chicken And Potatoes
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    A quick and easy one-pot dish that’s loaded with Mediterranean flavor.

  • instant pot cajun pasta
    August 29
    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.

  • a spoonful of white chicken chili from a bowl
    August 30
    White Chicken Chili
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy and crazy delicious dump and start creamy chicken chili loaded with hearty white beans, chicken, corn, tomatoes, and green peppers.

  • August 31
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

Side Dishes

  • quinoa being spooned out of a bowl
    Quinoa
    from One Happy Housewife

    A quick and tasty superfood that makes a perfect side dish for many meals.

  • a large serving of cilantro lime rice in in a bowl
    Cilantro Lime Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Perfectly cooked rice with a fresh lime and cilantro flavor. Enjoy in a burrito bowl or as a side dish to chicken, beef, or fish.

  • lemon parmesan orzo in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    Lemon Parmesan Orzo
    from Piping Pot Curry

    garlic, cherry tomatoes and parsley is a perfect side dish. It is very quick and easy to make pressure cooker orzo pasta!

  • 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.

  • overhead shot of salsa rice being scooped
    Salsa Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and delicious side dish that makes a perfect companion for any meal, especially Mexican inspired dishes.

Desserts

  • close up of coconut flan on a plate
    Coconut Flan
    from One Happy Housewife

    A delicious custard-like dessert filled with with coconut flavor and shredded coconut in every bite.

  • best mango cheesecake
    Mango Cheesecake
    from Ministry of Curry

    This cheesecake is so smooth and creamy with a wonderfully tangy sweet flavor.

  • 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 chocoflan
    Chocoflan
    from One Happy Housewife

    A moist chocolate cake layered with a smooth, creamy flan, and topped with caramel.

  • 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 August 2021 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.

LOOKING FOR A PAST MEAL PLAN?

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.

2022 Meal Plans

2021 Meal Plans

2020 Meal Plans

2019 Meal Plans

2018 Meal Plans

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