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December Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of December

In this December Instant Pot Meal Plan, you’ll find lots of splendid holiday meals, side dishes, and desserts perfect for these frigid winter days. There are also some great options for Christmas day. It’s the last month of the year, so it’s time to try out lots of delicious Instant Pot meals! Here’s what you can expect:

Instant Pot Winter Recipes

I started the month out with one of my favorite new winter recipes! This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is amazing! My kids didn’t even realize they were eating veggies. It is perfection, so I encourage you to try it! It’s super creamy and the sharpness of the cheddar balances perfectly with the sweetness of the butternut squash.

Easy Instant Pot Holiday Recipes

There are lots of easy holiday recipes for you to try during this busy season. I know we all want easy and fast during these hectic days, so I tried to include many recipes that are both delicious and fast. Chicken and Dumplings, Tomato Soup, and Butternut Squash Soup are a few of the delicious holiday options.

I even included a delicious Balsamic Apple Pork Tenderloin on the 24th and Turkey with Gravy on the 25th. There’s also a special treat on the 31st to ring in the new year! Lobster! How perfect is that?!

Easy Instant Pot Main Dish Recipes

I know how busy things can get as Christmas approaches, so I included plenty of easy main dish recipes. Some of the easiest Instant Pot recipes you’ll find are my Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Beef & Bowtie Pasta, and Hawaiian Sloppy Joes. I’ve also included some yummy options from some of my blogger friends like Ragda Patties, Eggroll in a Bowl, and Korean Spicy Chicken. Lots of great choices for December!

Instant Pot Side Dishes for Christmas

When Christmas comes around, you’ll have plenty of side dishes to choose from. The Loaded Mashed Cauliflower is phenomenal. It’s so buttery smooth and the cheese and bacon make this side dish absolutely… indescribable!

You’ll also have recipes for Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans. Perfect sides for the holidays.

Easy Instant Pot Desserts

Now, the best part of the holidays… desserts. So, if you’re looking for easy Instant Pot desserts, I’ve included some simple yet decadent desserts in this meal plan. Eggnog Cheesecake, Turtle Lava Cakes, and Flan are a few of the dreamy desserts on this month’s meal plan.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

December 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

These are the dishes for December.

  • overhead shot of butternut mac and cheese topped with shredded parmesan
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    December 1Butternut 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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    December 2Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of a plate of cheeseburgermac and lettuce with tomato slices
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    December 3Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of vegetarian taco soup
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    December 4Vegetarian Taco Soup from Simply Vegetarian 777

    This simple and easy Tex-Mex style vegetarian soup is loaded with bold flavors.

  • close up of cashew chicken and noodles with sesame seeds
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    December 5Cashew Chicken and Noodles from Cooking with Karli

    Ramen noodles, veggies, cashews and chicken in a sweet sauce. Super quick and tasty!

  • overhead shot of creamy tomato and sausage pasta with cilantro and shredded cheese
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    December 6Penne with Sausage from Paint the Kitchen Red

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

  • overhead shot of beef lasagna soup with scallions
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    December 7Beef Lasagna Soup from The Halfway Homesteaders

    A hearty lasagna soup based in a flavorful tomato broth and bursting with Italian flavors.

  • buffalo chicken tortilla pie on a plate
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    December 8Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pie from Home Pressure Cooking

    If you love Buffalo Wings, you will love this Buffalo chicken pie as well. All the taste and comfort of true Buffalo chicken wings.

  • a bowl of chicken and dumplings
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    December 9Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
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    December 10Spaghetti and Meat Sauce from One Happy Housewife

    A tasty traditional Italian pasta dish that will be loved by the whole family and can be served in minutes.

  • melt in your mouth mongolian beef on a plate
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    December 11Mongolian Beef from Living Sweet Moments

    Melt-in-your-mouth tender flank steak infused with a sweet and savory sauce. Skip that night out at PF Chang’s and make this instead.

  • chicken tikka masala on a plate garnished with cilantro
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    December 12Chicken Tikka Masala from Piping Pot Curry

    This restaurant quality Tikka Masala will make you forget about take-out. Wonderfully tender chicken cooked in a creamy and flavorful chicken curry.

  • a bowl of tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    December 13Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a plate of ground beef and farfalle pasta in vodka sauce
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    December 14Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of chicken and rice with shredded cheddar
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    December 15Chicken and Rice from The Typical Mom

    A comforting chicken casserole that you can have ready in minutes.

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    December 16Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • egg roll in a bowl garnished with scallions
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    December 17Egg Roll in a Bowl from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This deconstructed egg roll is seriously flavorful, easy to make and absolutely delicious.

  • overhead shot of ragda patties on a plate garnished with cilantro
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    December 18Ragda Patties from Ministry of Curry

    Enjoy this popular Indian street food in your own home. Spicy, sweet, and tangy, each bite is an explosion of flavors.

  • overhead shot of korean spice chicken on a plate with rice and cucumber slices
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    December 19Korean Spicy Chicken from Spice Cravings

    A delicious combination of Korean Bibimbap and Bulgogi made in the Instant Pot.

  • side view of creamy beef macaroni casserole in a bowl
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    December 20Beef & Macaroni Casserole from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries and served with garlic toast
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    December 21Butternut 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.

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    December 22Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

    Pineapple, red and yellow peppers, and sweet onion give the traditional Sloppy Joe a Hawaiian twist.

  • chili with beans in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and green onion
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    December 23Chili with Beans from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of a balsamic apple pork tenderloin
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    December 24Balsamic Apple Pork Tenderloin from Simply Happy Foodie

    Tender and moist pork medallions drenched in an amazingly sweet & tangy sauce.

  • turkey on a plate with cilantro garnish
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    December 25Turkey from The Typical Mom

    Perfectly tender, moist, and flavorful turkey made fast in the Instant Pot.

  • overhead shot of a small bowl of pumpkin soup with cream and pumpkin seeds
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    December 26Pumpkin Soup from One Happy Housewife

    This quick and easy soup is thick, creamy and perfectly seasoned with fall spices. The ideal meal for brisk autumn weather.

  • a serving of beef stew in a bowl
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    December 27Beef Stew from Recipes from a Pantry

    Looking for a good beef stew? This one looks amazing!

  • lasagna on a plate with salad
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    December 28Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a close up of chicken soup
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    December 29Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

    This hearty, healthy, homemade chicken soup is so tasty and loaded with nourishing vegetables and spices.

  • dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus
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    December 30French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • freshly cooked lobster tail dipped into melted butter
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    December 31Lobster Tails from One Happy Housewife

    Perfectly cooked and tender lobster tails made fast in the Instant Pot.

Side Dishes

  • pouring lemon butter sauce on broccoli
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • a baked and homemade sweet potato casserole
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    Sweet Potato Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    This holiday favorite side dish is sweet, delicious and bursting with holiday goodness.


  • 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.

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

    These deliciously decadent mini cakes are overflowing with a molten chocolate center, caramel and pecans.

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

    This cake is loaded with coconut goodness and is the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family.

  • 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.

  • overhead shot of eggnog cheesecake
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    Eggnog Cheesecake from Simply Happy Foodie

    Enjoy the holidays even more with this wonderful cheesecake made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and eggnog.

Download the December 2018 Meal Plan Calendar.

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

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