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.

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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?

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.

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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!!

April 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan

In this April 2019 Edition of my Instant Pot Meal Plan you’ll find some delicious Instant Pot meals, side dishes, and desserts. With Easter coming up on April 21st, I made sure and include a special Easter meal for you to enjoy that day.

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

These are the dishes for April.

  • instant pot meatloaf
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    April 1Meatloaf from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • instant pot chicken taco bowls
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    April 2Chicken Taco Bowls from Simply Happy Foodie

    An easy dump-and-start meal that’s loaded with taco flavor.

  • easy instant pot lasagna onehappyhousewife
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    April 3Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot butter chicken
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    April 4Butter Chicken from Two Sleevers

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

  • new orleans style instant pot shrimp etouffe
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    April 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 buffalo meatballs
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    April 6Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from Monday is Meatloaf

    This no-fail Instant Pot recipe is an absolute homerun for any weeknight dinner.

  • instant pot simple pot roast
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    April 7Pot Roast from Simply Happy Foodie

    A juicy pot roast that’s oh, so tender and served with hearty potatoes, and carrots.

  • instant pot cajun pasta
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    April 8Spicy Cajun Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    April 9Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup with basil
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    April 10Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • easy creamy beef macaroni casserole instant pot onehappyhousewife 1
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    April 11Beef Casserole from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot thai red curry salmon
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    April 12Thai 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!

  • teriyaki chicken bowl
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    April 13Teriyaki Chicken from Cooking with Karli

    Enjoy a bowl of tender chicken, crunchy veggies, and rice covered in a homemade Teriyaki sauce.

  • instant pot gumbo
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    April 14Gumbo from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Chicken, sausage, and shrimp make for a hearty bowl of Cajun comfort food.

  • easy cheesy beef and bowtie pasta onehappyhousewife
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    April 15Cheesy Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
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    April 16Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries and served with garlic toast
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    April 17Butternut 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 dijon shrimp linguine
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    April 18Dijon Shrimp Linguine from This Old Gal

    A comforting creamy pasta dish that’s sure to be a weeknight favorite.

  • instant pot aloo matar potatoes and peas
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    April 19Potato & Peas Curry (Aloo Matar) from Piping Pot Curry

    This quick and easy Instant Pot recipe delivers a warm bowl of potatoes and peas in a delicious curry.

  • instant pot butternut mac and cheese
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    April 20Butternut 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
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    April 21Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot meal plan chicken and dumplings
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    April 22Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot taco pasta
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    April 23Taco 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.

  • serving instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
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    April 24Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot white chicken chili
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    April 25White Chicken Chili from Awe Filled Homemaker

    With a blend of Tex-Mex flavors, this warm, hearty chili is packed with wholesome ingredients.

  • a comforting bowl of instant pot taco soup
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    April 26Taco 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 hawaiian chicken
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    April 27Hawaiian 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.

  • Best Instant Pot french dip sandwich recipe.
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    April 28French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot cheeseburger mac
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    April 29Cheeseburger Macaroni from One Happy Housewife

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

  • authentic mexican flavored pork carnitas tacos served on a plate
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    April 30Cochinita Pibil from One Happy Housewife

    With a mix of sweet, acidic and earthy flavors this traditional Mexican food will provide a unique experience for your taste buds.

Side Dishes

  • 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 corn on the cob
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    Corn on the Cob from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable side dish.

  • 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.

Desserts

  • 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.

  • a lemon cake with glaze drizzled on top
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    Lemon Cake from One Happy Housewife

    Drizzled with a sweet lemony glaze, this wonderful lemon cake is the perfect refreshing dessert.

  • 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.

  • instant pot monkey bread
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    Monkey Bread from Monday is Meatloaf

    With one taste, you’ll be hooked with this absolutely heavenly dessert.

  • 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.

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.

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 years 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!

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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Lvh says:

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

  • Meeta says:

    Looking forward to the giveaway results!

  • Linda Mast says:

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

  • Linda Mast says:

    Vegetable steamer would be awesome!

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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!