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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!!

August 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Oh, summer is almost gone! Back to school is almost here. How did this happen? August is usually a very busy month, so with that in mind, I hope this meal plan will at least help with your meal woes! I’ve included lots of delicious and easy recipes, like my new Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta. There are also a couple of new flan recipes in the desserts area, make sure to check them out!

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 dishes for August.

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    August 1Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot thai red curry salmon
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    August 2Thai 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!

  • instant pot creamy sun dried tomato pasta
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    August 3Creamy 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.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich
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    August 4Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

  • serving instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
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    August 5Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot carne asada tacos
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    August 6Carne Asada Tacos from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A wonderfully flavorful tender beef that’s quick and easy to make at home. Perfect for tacos!

  • instant pot butter chicken
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    August 7Butter Chicken from Two Sleevers

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

  • instant pot tandoori salmon
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    August 8Tandoori Salmon from Ministry of Curry

    Tender, flaky salmon marinated in a mouth watering tandoori spice blend.

  • instant pot egg roll in a bowl
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    August 9Eggroll in a Bowl from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • instant pot broccoli cheese soup
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    August 10Broccoli Cheese Soup from Cooking with Karli

    A creamy, flavorful cheesy soup with tender broccoli.

  • instant pot low country shrimp boil
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    August 11Low Country Shrimp Boil from Simply Happy Foodie

    Potatoes, sausage, corn and shrimp cooked together with seafood seasoning and Cajun spices.

  • instant pot cheeseburger mac
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    August 12Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot mango fish tacos
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    August 13Mango BBQ Fish Tacos from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • instant pot vegan thai curry noodles
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    August 14Thai Curry Noodles from Simply Vegetarian 777

    A wonderful vegan Thai recipe that’s loaded with vegetables and is super easy to make.

  • instant pot hawaiian chicken
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    August 15Hawaiian 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.

  • instant pot poor mans burnt ends
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    August 16Poor Man’s Burnt Ends from This Old Gal

    A chuck roast cooked in a smoky sweet glaze until it’s so tender that you’d think it was smoked all day. But this one only takes 30 minutes!

  • red beans and rice with sausage
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    August 17Red Beans and Rice With Sausage from Monday is Meatloaf

    This traditional dish that epitomizes Louisiana cuisine is packed with red beans, green peppers, celery, onions, loads of bacon, and smoked sausage.

  • buffalo chicken sliders
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    August 18Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Adventures of a Nurse

    Tender pulled chicken with a blue cheese hot sauce that is the perfect mix of spice and a splash of sweet.

  • tuna casserole
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    August 19Tuna Noodle Casserole from This Old Gal

    The layers of warm comforting flavor of this casserole will bring back childhood memories.

  • authentic mexican flavored pork carnitas tacos served on a plate
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    August 20Cochinita 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.

  • hawaiian sloppy joes in the pressure cooker
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    August 21Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

  • caribbean chicken thighs
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    August 22Caribbean Chicken Thighs from Dinner of Herbs

    Enjoy the island flavor with with these chicken thighs served with sweet potato slices & topped with a fresh mango salsa.

  • a plate served with salpicon minced meat made in the instant pot
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    August 23Salpicón 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.

  • easy cheesy beef and bowtie pasta onehappyhousewife
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    August 24Beef & 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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    August 25Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • chicken and potatoes
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    August 26Chicken And Potatoes from Recipes from a Pantry

    A quick and easy one-pot dish that’s loaded with Mediterranean flavor.

  • instant pot taco pasta
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    August 27Taco 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 chicken israeli couscous
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    August 28Chicken Couscous from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot smothered pork chops
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    August 29Smothered Pork Chops from Awe Filled Homemaker

    These wonderfully tender pork chops are smothered in a delicious gravy.

  • chicken spaghetti casserole
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    August 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.

  • how to make couscous with ground beef in the instant pot
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    August 31Couscous with Ground Beef from One Happy Housewife

    Super easy and delicious pasta dish that’s full of flavor.

Side Dishes

  • 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.

  • cilantro lime rice
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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.

  • lemon parmesan orzo
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    Lemon Parmesan Orzo from Piping Pot Curry

    garlic, cherry tomatoes and parsley is a perfect side dish. It is very quick and easy to make pressure cooker orzo pasta!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • pressure cooker dreamy orange cheesecake
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    Orange Cheesecake from Simply Happy Foodie

    The flavor of the chocolate crust paired with the fresh orange of this creamy cheesecake is incredible.

  • instant pot chocoflan
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    Chocoflan from One Happy Housewife

    A moist chocolate cake layered with a smooth, creamy flan, and topped with caramel.

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 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!

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

  • Kristie A Blankenship says:

    Love this! Just wish the foods were diabetic friendly 🙁

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