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Instant Pot Meal Plan

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For Each Month of the Year

Meal planning is one of those things that I’ve never been 100% successful at. I always start with the best intentions and somehow after a short while I fall back into old habits.

It’s always the same story:

We get all excited, plan out a week of meals and buy all the ingredients. For a whole week, we eat delicious pre-planned meals and there’s no eating out. (That means $$ saved!!) Then comes week two and then life happens and we forget to plan the meals for the week and then it’s over.

Who wants Chick Fil A?

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I Finally Have a Plan

So this year, I’m making it a goal to meal plan. Once I make it a goal, it’s ON!! I’m going to try to be as intentional as possible to stick to a meal plan every month.

By putting these meal plans together every month, it will make it easier to know exactly what to cook each day and what ingredients to have on hand. I also really feel like the Instant Pot can help me keep up with a monthly meal plan.

Time to Conquer This Meal Planning Thing

Ok, so with 5 children and life in general, I have to be realistic. Maybe I won’t be able to follow the plan perfectly. Maybe you won’t either. The beauty of it is, you can tweak it when you need to and you can move things around to suit your needs. The key is to try to be as consistent as possible and when you go off track, just try to get back on it as soon as possible. Let’s be as intentional as possible and we can conquer this meal planning thing together!!

October 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Fall is here, fall is here! And so is the October Meal Plan! This month’s meal plan is packed with recipes that scream fall! Lots of easy and delicious soups like an all-time favorite Tomato Soup and a new White Chicken Chili that is sure to become a favorite!

I also included lots of comforting, creamy pasta recipes like my Chicken Tetrazzini and my newest pasta, this delicious Chicken Broccoli Alfredo. The comforting options are many and I’m sure you and your family will enjoy them! Happy Fall y’all!

Right below the list of recipes, you can find the link to the printable/clickable menu calendar. You’ll also find links to all my previous monthly meal plans. Enjoy!

Main Dishes

Enjoy these wonderful Instant Pot dishes for the month of October.

  • pressure cooker white bean chicken chili
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    October 1White 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.

  • autumn apple pork chops
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    October 2Autumn Apple Pork Chops from Simply Happy Foodie

    These pork chops are smothered in a delicious apple gravy with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

  • instant pot butternut mac and cheese
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    October 3Butternut 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.

  • vegetable and beef soup
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    October 4Beef & Vegetable Soup from Awe Filled Homemaker

    This hearty and satisfying soup is packed full of delicious veggies and ground beef.

  • new orleans style instant pot shrimp etouffe
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    October 5Shrimp Etouffee from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A rich, delicious, and spicy tomato-based stew seasoned with Creole spices and loaded with shrimp.

  • instant pot broccoli cheese soup
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    October 6Broccoli 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.

  • instant pot chicken broccoli alfredo recipe
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    October 7Chicken Broccoli Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

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

  • Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
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    October 8Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot pumpkin soup
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    October 9Pumpkin 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.

  • instant pot whole chicken
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    October 10Whole Chicken from Recipes from a Pantry

    Have a moist and flavorful rotisserie style chicken in less than 45 minutes with this simple recipe.

  • instant pot chicken israeli couscous
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    October 11Chicken Couscous from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot cauliflower soup
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    October 12Cauliflower Soup from Piping Pot Curry

    This healthy, creamy cauliflower soup is infused with the healing benefits of turmeric.

  • pressure cooker chili with beans
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    October 13Chili with Beans from One Happy Housewife

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

  • serving instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
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    October 14Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

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

  • butter chicken
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    October 15Butter Chicken from Spice Cravings

    Enjoy this authentic Indian dish made with delicious pieces of grilled chicken in a creamy tomato sauce that’s seasoned with Indian spices.

  • creamy instant pot shrimp soup
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    October 16Chipotle Shrimp Soup from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This quick and easy soup is so creamy and loaded with potatoes, corn, bacon, and shrimp. This one has a spicy kick to it too!

  • instant pot cheeseburger mac
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    October 17Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup with basil
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    October 18Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • Best Instant Pot french dip sandwich recipe.
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    October 19French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot meal plan chicken and dumplings
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    October 20Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot creamy sun dried tomato pasta
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    October 21Creamy 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.

  • instant pot mango fish tacos
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    October 22Mango BBQ Fish Tacos from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries and served with garlic toast
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    October 23Butternut 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.

  • instant pot buffalo chicken chili
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    October 24Buffalo Chicken Chili from Ministry of Curry

    A hearty chili made with chicken, beans, veggies and cooked in a spicy buffalo sauce.

  • hawaiian sloppy joes in the pressure cooker
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    October 25Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot chicken soup
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    October 26Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich
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    October 27Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

  • chicken spaghetti casserole
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    October 28Chicken 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 instant pot taco soup
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    October 29Taco 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.

  • instant pot cajun pasta
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    October 30Spicy Cajun Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • corn chowder
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    October 31Corn Chowder from Simply Vegetarian 777

    A wonderful comfort meal made with fresh corn that’s creamy and full of flavor.

Side Dishes

  • instant pot brown rice recipe
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    Brown Rice from One Happy Housewife

    A simple and healthy side-dish for the Instant Pot.

  • If you're looking for a side to feed a crowd, these Instant Pot mashed potatoes are perfect.
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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.

  • pouring lemon butter sauce on instant pot 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 made in the instant pot
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    Green Beans from One Happy Housewife

    The buttery garlic flavor make these tender green beans a favorite side dish.

  • instant pot salsa rice
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    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

  • instant pot coconut flan
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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.

  • instant pot 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.

  • bread pudding
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    Bread Pudding from Simply Happy Foodie

    This creamy, rich, and delicious bread pudding is the perfect holiday dessert.

  • 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.

Get the Printable Instant Pot Meal Plan

I’ve put together a handy printable calendar so you can get a full monthly view of the plan. The PDF has clickable links as well so you can download it and keep it on your computer to visit all the recipes. The printable/PDF is available to my subscribers. If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up below so you can have access to my entire collection of printables.

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Instant Pot Accessories!

There are so many accessories available for the Instant Pot. So many, that it is hard to know what to get and what is unnecessary. To make things easier for you, I have put together a list of my most recommended accessories. I also explain how to best use each accessory and where to purchase them, click here to check it out.

More Instant Pot Meal Plans

I’ve been creating my Instant Pot Meal Plans for quite some time and have accumulated over a year’s worth of meal plans. I’m making all of my previously published meal plans available to you via the list of links below. You can access each month of the year by simply clicking on the one you want to look at, the link will then take you to the recipes for that particular month.

Since I carefully select each recipe for each month, every month has a unique list of recipes. Browse through each month to see all the different recipes and get ideas for creating your very own meal plans. Feel free to peruse each of the months!

Don’t forget to check back at the end of each month for the updated Meal Plan!

  • Karen Mantyla says:

    Hi Valerie, I’m finally going to start using my pot. Been kinda afraid of it, but your tomato soup recipe looks absolutely yummy. Wish me luck! Karen M.

  • Kristie A Blankenship says:

    Love this! Just wish the foods were diabetic friendly 🙁

  • Sonal Gupta says:

    This is a fabulous collection of recipes for folks to make their life easy. Thank you so much for including my Quinoa Salad, Valerie! 💕

  • Lizzy says:

    So helpful, thanks!

  • Krista says:

    I have loved the monthly meal plans. Did we lose the ability to go back to a prior month’s meal plan? I was trying to go back to November’s meal plan but only the December calendar shows up. I thought all the prior month’s plans appeared before.

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Krista! The actual recipes for previous meal plans are still available in list form with clickable links, right here on this page. After the last recipe for this month, you’ll find the buttons for the previous months, they’re hot pink buttons. We did remove the actual pdf calendars to make it easier for people to print just this month’s. If you feel like you can still use the actual calendar for previous months then let me know and we will upload them again after Christmas. Thanks for stopping by!

  • jennifer says:

    I just found this page last week. I have already made a few recipes from it! So far all of them have been a hit. When will you post Octobers menu?

  • Ann says:

    Happy to subscribe to your recipes. I LOVE my Instant Pot, but sometimes my imagination limits me.

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Ann! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this meal plan makes it easier for you to plan more meals! Have a great day!

  • Linda Mast says:

    Vegetable steamer would be awesome!

  • Linda Mast says:

    Love the giveaway of all of the instant pot accessories, especially the silicone egg bite maker.

  • Meeta says:

    Looking forward to the giveaway results!

  • Lvh says:

    This looks neat! Just got one for Christmas and eager to try it out.

  • Sue Marie says:

    I’m new to the site. Just wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you put into it. I still consider myself a newbie and learn alot from sites such as this. My only wish is that the giveaway included us Canadians. Maybe in the future?

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Sue Marie! You are so welcome and I’m glad you find the blog helpful! I’m sorry Canada isn’t included in this giveaway, we love our Canadian friends! Hopefully, we’ll be able to include you in a giveaway soon!

  • Chique Chica says:

    Pretty darn cool…i only cook one or two meals in the instant pot for the week, but this is easy enough to pick and choose! Thank you!

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Glad you like it! Yes, definitely use it to suit your needs. It’ll make it easy to pick several meals for each week! Happy cooking!

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