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December Instant Pot Meal Plan (2021)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of December

With just one month left in the year, it’s time to start planning your next 12 months. With this last Meal Plan for 2021, I have included some easy and delicious holiday favorites that will help make those pesky holiday meals less stressful!

I know that this time of year is always hectic so, I’ve created this meal plan to help make your holiday season a bit easier. This December Meal Plan includes a special Christmas dinner as well as ideas for New Year’s Eve so you can enjoy these important celebrations without worrying about what to make. Here’s what you can expect:

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Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Soups are a perfect way to warm up and these soup recipes will keep the warmth coming! The first one, Vanilla Jalapeno Corn Chowder, has a creamy sweetness with just enough spice for good measure, making every sip feel like pure bliss. And using that leftover turkey after Christmas dinner, try something more hearty but still deliciously Christmasy: White Turkey Chili. This recipe will warm you right up.

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

There are plenty of comforting pasta dishes like my much loved Chicken Tetrazzini, Cheeseburger Mac, and Taco Pasta to choose from. I love making these recipes using the pressure cooker because there’s no need for dirtying a strainer! That means more space on your kitchen sink during this time of year when everyone is cooking up some delicious holiday meals together

Instant Pot Christmas Recipes

For Christmas dinner, you’ll find a deliciously juicy Turkey Roast with Gravy. I made this recipe specifically for the Instant Pot so that all your Christmas dinner needs are met without needing an oven or stovetop! For a great side dish to go along with it, try some of my Homemade Cornbread Stuffing. It’s the perfect complement for the turkey roast. And don’t forget dessert: there’s nothing better than the sweet tanginess of Ambrosia Salad.

Instant Pot Holiday Side Dishes

The side dishes in this month’s Meal Plan are not only delicious but they’re perfect for this time of year! The Butternut Mac & Cheese is just… Wow! It’s so creamy and has a hint of sweetness from the squash that makes it phenomenal for any time you’re craving something cozy-homemade without much effort.

You’ll also find more sides perfect for this time of year including Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Lemon Butter Broccoli.

Instant Pot Desserts

Dessert time is finally here! This month you can enjoy my Coconut Flan, Dulce de Leche, and Turtle Lava Cakes. These Instant Pot desserts are so rich and decadent that I just cannot wait any longer to dig into them all at once.

Happy cooking and Merry Christmas!

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

December 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

  • a spoonful of vanilla jalapeño corn chowder
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    December 1Vanilla Jalapeño Corn Chowder from One Happy Housewife

    The gentle sweet heat of a warm bowl of this amazing soup is so comforting.

  • close up of chicken spaghetti tetrazzini on a plate
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    December 2Chicken Tetrazzini from One Happy Housewife

    With tender bite-sized chicken served over spaghetti and topped with a creamy sauce, this Chicken Tetrazzini will be a family favorite.

  • a comforting bowl of taco soup
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    December 3Taco 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.

  • close up of fall off the bone pork ribs evenly spreaded out
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    December 4BBQ Pork Ribs from Spice Cravings

    If you’re looking for a fantastic BBQ recipe, then these fall-off-the-bone pork ribs certainly fit the bill.

  • overhead shot of cashew butter chicken in a bowl garnished with cilantro
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    December 5Cashew Butter Chicken from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This quick and easy recipe has all the taste of butter chicken without all the calories.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    December 6Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

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    December 7Chicken Biryani from Ministry of Curry

    This delicious one-pot Indian dish is made with long grain basmati rice, chicken, fresh spices and herbs.

  • instant pot carrot soup
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    December 8Carrot Soup from Piping Pot Curry

    This dump-and-go recipe makes a wonderfully creamy and comforting soup in just 30 minutes.

  • a white bowl with instant pot cheesy sausage rigatoni topped with parmesan cheese
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    December 9Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni from One Happy Housewife

    A quick, easy, and filling pasta dish that the entire family will love.

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    December 10Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a dinner plate with meatloaf
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    December 11Meatloaf from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • creamy sun dried tomato pasta in a bowl topped with parmesan and garnished with basil
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    December 12Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    Infused with delicious sun-dried tomato and basil, you’ll love the comforting creaminess of this pasta dish.

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    December 13Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of chicken israeli couscous in a serving bowl
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    December 14Chicken Couscous from One Happy Housewife

    A very simple and flavorful chicken and couscous recipe that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.

  • dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus
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    December 15French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a creamy bowl of chicken broccoli alfredo pasta
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    December 16Chicken Broccoli Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

    A incredibly delicious pasta dish that features a homemade Alfredo sauce that’s unforgettably rich, creamy, and flavorful.

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    December 17Taco 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 close up of chicken soup
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    December 18Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of creamy homemade tuna casserole
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    December 19Tuna Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    A classic comfort dish made fast from scratch thanks to the pressure cooker.

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    December 20Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

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    December 21Chicken Lo Mein from Spice Cravings

    This easy one-pot dump & start recipe will deliver a sweet and savory Chinese dinner in only 30 minutes.

  • a bowl of broccoli cheese soup topped with shredded cheese
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    December 22Broccoli 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.

  • a serving of spaghetti and meatballs topped with shredded parmesan
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    December 23Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

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

  • 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.

  • a plate of sliced turkey roast with mashed potatoes and gravy
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    December 25Turkey Roast from One Happy Housewife

    This tender, juicy turkey roast covered in a homemade turkey gravy is perfect for a no-fuss fall or holiday dinner.

  • a spoonful of white turkey chili being scooped out of a bowl
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    December 26White Turkey Chili from One Happy Housewife

    If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for that leftover turkey, then this hearty and delicious chili is perfect!

  • a close up of tuscan chicken pasta served on a plate
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    December 27Tuscan 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!

  • a bowl of tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    December 28Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a spoonful of chili held over a bowl of chili
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    December 29Chili from One Happy Housewife

    The rich, smokey flavor of this Chili makes it the perfect comfort meal.

  • a plate of cajun pasta
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    December 30Spicy Cajun Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • overhead shot of butternut mac and cheese topped with shredded parmesan
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    Butternut 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.


  • 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.

  • How to Make Instant Pot Dulce de Leche
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    Dulce de Leche from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy this deliciously rich and sweet caramel spread that is a common treat in many Hispanic countries.

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

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

  • 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 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 December 2021 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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