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Instant Pot Meal Plan

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For Each Month of the Year

A monthly Instant Pot Meal Plan with a different recipe for every day of the month. Easy and delicious recipes to help you plan out your month. No need to worry about what to make for dinner every night, I've done the planning for you. The Instant Pot Meal Plan also includes side and dessert ideas!

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!!

March 2021 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Welcome March! The weather will hopefully start settling down and we can start preparing for Spring! The March meal plan has lots of easy and delicious recipes for you to enjoy. For those that observe Lent, I have included meatless options on Fridays. I’ve also included a special meal for St. Patrick’s Day as well as some desserts for that day. If you look down at the bottom of the printable calendar, on the notes section, you’ll see I added a couple special Shamrock Shake recipe links for you. These are not Instant Pot recipes but they’re so delicious! Happy cooking!

You can still get the February Meal Plan if you need it.

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

  • a serving of italian sausage rigatoni topped with shredded parmesan cheese and cilantro
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    March 1Creamy Sausage Rigatoni from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously satisfying pasta dish is quick, simple, and perfect for weeknights.

  • a bowl of homemade enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips
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    March 2Chicken Enchilada Soup from One Happy Housewife

    Everything you love about chicken enchiladas in a warm comforting bowl of soup.

  • instant pot taco pasta
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    March 3Taco 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.

  • instant pot hawaiian chicken
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    March 4Hawaiian 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 a bowl filled with mushroom wild rice soup
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    March 5Mushroom Wild Rice Soup from Piping Pot Curry

    Warm yourself on a cold day with this creamy vegetarian soup that’s loaded with hearty wild rice and veggies.

  • a bowl of tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    March 6Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a large bowl of white bean chicken chili
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    March 7White 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.

  • a comforting bowl of taco soup
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    March 8Taco 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.

  • lasagna on a plate with salad
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    March 9Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    March 10Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a serving of spaghetti and meatballs topped with shredded parmesan
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    March 11Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of broccoli cheese soup topped with shredded cheese
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    March 12Broccoli 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.

  • caribbean chicken thighs on a dinner plate
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    March 13Caribbean Chicken Thighs from Dinner of Herbs

    Enjoy island flavor with a bit of a kick!

  • overhead view of salpicon
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    March 14Salpicón 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.

  • overhead shot of chicken lo mein in a bowl garnished with sesame seeds
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    March 15Chicken Lo Mein from Spice Cravings

    An easy and delicious dump & start recipe for this popular Chinese dish.

  • overhead shot of a plate of cheeseburgermac and lettuce with tomato slices
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    March 16Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a large bowl of lamb stew
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    March 17Irish Lamb Stew from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This rich and hearty Irish lamb stew is packed with flavor.

  • an open faced pulled butter chicken sandwich
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    March 18Pulled Butter Chicken Sandwiches from Ministry of Curry

    These Indian inspired pulled chicken sandwiches are perfect for feeding a crowd.

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

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

  • a tamale pie on a serving plate
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    March 20Tamale Pie from Two Sleevers

    The wonderful taste of tamales in a fast and easy dish.

  • a serving of beef stew in a bowl
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    March 21Beef Stew from Simply Happy Foodie

    Enjoy a hearty and delicious stew any day of the week with this simple dump and start recipe.

  • a bowl of chicken and dumplings
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    March 22Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a plate of ground beef and farfalle pasta in vodka sauce
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    March 23Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    March 24Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

  • ribs stacked on a flat surface
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    March 25Ribs from The Bearded Hiker

    These deliciously tender pork ribs are perfect for any meal.

  • indian fish curry served in a bowl garnished with jalapeno slices
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    March 26Fish Curry from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This popular Indian coconut milk-based curry is quick and easy to make.

  • side view of creamy beef macaroni casserole in a bowl
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    March 27Beef & Macaroni Casserole from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of chicken israeli couscous in a serving bowl
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    March 28Chicken 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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    March 29French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of chicken spaghetti tetrazzini on a plate
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    March 30Chicken 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 plate with meatloaf served on top of mashed potatoes
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    March 31Meatloaf from Make Ahead Meal Mom

    This family favorite is quick and easy to make in your pressure cooker.

Side Dishes

  • a plate of spanish rice garnished with cilantro
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    Spanish Rice from One Happy Housewife

    Just like what you’d get at your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant.

  • cilantro lime rice being cooked in an instant pot
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    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.

  • 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.

  • close up of corn on the cob with a piece of butter
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    Corn on the Cob from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable side dish.

  • a glass bowl of 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • leprechaun popcorn in a bowl
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    Leprechaun Popcorn from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Drizzled with green chocolate, sprinkles, and chocolate coated candies this popcorn is sure to delight!

  • 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.

  • a delicious piece of irish car bomb chocoflan on a plate
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    Irish Chocoflan from One Happy Housewife

    Inspired by the an Irish cocktail, this Chocoflan is infused with Irish Cream, Irish Whiskey, and Guinness Beer. Wow!

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.

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!

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  • Brian says:

    Do your cook times take in account for the time it takes the pot to heat up to pressure and seal?

    • Hi Brian! Great question. No, my cook times do not include the coming to pressure time. There are too many variables involved. The amount of time it takes for the pot to come to pressure will depend on things like how full your pot is, the size of your pot, the model, your altitude, and so on. It would be like adding the preheating time of an oven, there’s just no way to tell. I do, however, include the natural release time in my recipes to give you a better total estimate of cooking and release. Hope this helps!

  • Brenda Norton says:

    Ever since I got my pot I’ve had a constant burn notice problem. Every recipe I try it happens. I follow the directions exactly and it still happens. What am I doing wrong? I have even added extra broth or water and still. I bought the non-stick pot and still.

    • Hi Brenda! If you are having trouble with every single recipe, you probably need to contact Instant Pot. I have heard of quite a few people with faulty sensors in their pots which cause the burn message every time. Good luck! Keep me posted on what they say.

  • Gary says:

    How long can I keep the jars in the refrigerator?

  • Hollis says:

    I bought my pot a few months ago but never have tried to use it. But I am now! Several of your recipes intrigue me. Thank You!

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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!

  • Pam says:

    Love this.

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