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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?

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!!

December Instant Pot Meal Plan

In this December Instant Pot Meal Plan, you’ll find lots of great meals, side dishes and desserts for these cold winter days. There are also some great options for Christmas day. Right below the list of recipes, you can find the link to the printable/clickable menu calendar.

Main Dishes

These are the dishes for December.

  • instant pot butternut mac and cheese
    December 1Butternut 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
    December 2Dr. 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 cheeseburger mac
    December 3Cheeseburger Macaroni from One Happy Housewife

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

  • vegetarian taco soup
    December 4Vegetarian Taco Soup from Simply Vegetarian 777

    This simple and easy Tex-Mex style vegetarian soup is loaded with bold flavors.

  • instant pot cashew chicken and noodles
    December 5Cashew Chicken and Noodles from Cooking with Karli

    Ramen noodles, veggies, cashews and chicken in a sweet sauce. Super quick and tasty!

  • instant pot pasta sausage tomato cream
    December 6Penne with Sausage from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A perfect home-made pasta dish for those really busy days.

  • instant pot beef lasagna soup
    December 7Beef Lasagna Soup from Awe Filled Homemaker

    A hearty lasagna soup based in a flavorful tomato broth and bursting with Italian flavors.

  • buffalo chicken tortilla pie
    December 8Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pie from Home Pressure Cooking

    If you love Buffalo Wings, you will love this Buffalo chicken pie as well. All the taste and comfort of true Buffalo chicken wings.

  • instant pot chicken and dumplings
    December 9Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
    December 10Spaghetti and Meat Sauce from One Happy Housewife

    A tasty traditional Italian pasta dish that will be loved by the whole family and can be served in minutes.

  • melt in your mout instant pot mongolian beef
    December 11Mongolian Beef from Living Sweet Moments

    Melt-in-your-mouth tender flank steak infused with a sweet and savory sauce. Skip that night out at PF Chang’s and make this instead.

  • instant pot chicken tikka masala
    December 12Chicken Tikka Masala from Piping Pot Curry

    This restaurant quality Tikka Masala will make you forget about take-out. Wonderfully tender chicken cooked in a creamy and flavorful chicken curry.

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup with basil
    December 13Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • easy cheesy beef and bowtie pasta onehappyhousewife
    December 14Easy Cheesy Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • pressure cooker chicken and rice
    December 15Chicken and Rice from The Typical Mom

    A comforting chicken casserole that you can have ready in minutes.

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

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

  • instant pot egg roll in a bowl
    December 17Eggroll in a Bowl from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • instant pot ragda patties
    December 18Ragda Patties from Ministry of Curry

    Enjoy this popular Indian street food in your own home. Spicy, sweet, and tangy, each bite is an explosion of flavors.

  • instant pot korean spice chicken
    December 19Korean Spicy Chicken from Spice Cravings

    A delicious combination of Korean Bibimbap and Bulgogi made in the Instant Pot.

  • easy creamy beef macaroni casserole instant pot onehappyhousewife 1
    December 20Beef Casserole from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries and served with garlic toast
    December 21Butternut 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.

  • hawaiian sloppy joes instant pot
    December 22Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

  • December 23Chili from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot balsamic apple pork tenderloin simplyhappyfoodie
    December 24Balsamic Apple Pork Tenderloin from Simply Happy Foodie

    Tender and moist pork medallions drenched in an amazingly sweet & tangy sauce.

  • pressure cooker turkey
    December 25Turkey from The Typical Mom

    Perfectly tender, moist, and flavorful turkey made fast in the Instant Pot.

  • instant pot pumpkin soup
    December 26Pumpkin 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 beef stew
    December 27Beef Stew from Recipes from a Pantry

    Looking for a good beef stew? This one looks amazing!

  • easy instant pot lasagna onehappyhousewife
    December 28Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot chicken soup
    December 29Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • Best Instant Pot french dip sandwich recipe.
    December 30French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • cooking lobster tails in the instant pot
    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 instant pot broccoli
    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.

  • Green Beans from One Happy Housewife

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

  • cauliflower casserole
    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.

  • If you're looking for a side to feed a crowd, these Instant Pot mashed potatoes are perfect.
    Mashed Potatoes from One Happy Housewife

    Cooked and seasoned to perfection, these mashed potatoes are so fast and easy to make.

  • instant pot sweet potato casserole recipe
    Sweet Potato Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    This holiday favorite side dish is sweet, delicious and bursting with holiday goodness.


Desserts

  • a large slice of flan
    Flan from One Happy Housewife

    A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy and silky smooth flan.

  • Turtle lava cake fresh out of the Instant Pot
    Turtle Lava Cakes from One Happy Housewife

    These deliciously decadent mini cakes are overflowing with a molten chocolate center, caramel and pecans.

  • instant pot coconut cake
    Coconut Bundt Cake from One Happy Housewife

    This cake is loaded with coconut goodness and is the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family.

  • instant pot dulce de leche cheesecake
    Dulce de Leche Cheesecake from Living Sweet Moments

    This moist, creamy, and decadent cheesecake is a pure slice of heaven.

  • instant pot eggnog cheesecake
    Eggnog Cheesecake from Simply Happy Foodie

    Enjoy the holidays even more with this wonderful cheesecake made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and eggnog.

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.

Other Instant Pot Meal Plans

As we go along in the year, you will see each month available in this list below. Simply click on the one you want and it will take you to the recipes for that month. If you just need recipe ideas, feel free to peruse any of the months!

January Instant Pot Meal Plan

There is currently no meal plan available for January

February Instant Pot Meal Plan

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March Instant Pot Meal Plan

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April Instant Pot Meal Plan

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May Instant Pot Meal Plan

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June Instant Pot Meal Plan

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July Instant Pot Meal Plan

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August Instant Pot Meal Plan

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September Instant Pot Meal Plan

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October Instant Pot Meal Plan

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November Instant Pot Meal Plan

Here is my November Instant Pot Meal Plan. You’ll find lots of great meals, side dishes and desserts for these cooler months. There are also some great options for Thanksgiving day.

Main Dishes

These are the dishes for November.

  • instant pot spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
    November 1Spaghetti and Meat Sauce from One Happy Housewife

    A tasty traditional Italian pasta dish that will be loved by the whole family and can be served in minutes.

  • instant pot chicken and dumplings
    November 2Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • coconut shrimp curry pressure cooker pipingpotcurry
    November 3Coconut Shrimp Curry from Piping Pot Curry

    A quick and simple shrimp curry made with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, coconut milk and Indian spices.

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

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

  • easy creamy beef macaroni casserole instant pot onehappyhousewife 1
    November 5Beef 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 chicken soup
    November 6Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • new orleans style instant pot shrimp etouffe
    November 7Shrimp Etouffee from Paint the Kitchen Red

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

  • November 8Hawaiian 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.

  • hawaiian sloppy joes instant pot
    November 9Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

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

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

  • instant pot orange chicken legs
    November 11Orange Chicken Legs from Simply Happy Foodie

    Chicken drumsticks loaded with fresh orange and Asian flavor.

  • Best Instant Pot french dip sandwich recipe.
    November 12French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • easy cheesy beef and bowtie pasta onehappyhousewife
    November 13Easy Cheesy Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • November 14Chicken Tacos from One Happy Housewife

    These tacos are made using frozen chicken and a few very simple ingredients. Perfect for when you need a good meal fast.

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries and served with garlic toast
    November 15Butternut 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.

  • a plate served with salpicon minced meat made in the instant pot
    November 16Salpicón 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.

  • November 17Chicken Tikka Masala from Ministry of Curry

    Tender, juicy chicken marinated in yogurt and Indian spices then covered in a creamy tomato based curry.

  • November 18Chili from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot cheeseburger mac
    November 19Cheeseburger Macaroni from One Happy Housewife

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

  • Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
    November 20Carnitas 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
    November 21Pumpkin 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 turkey breast dinner
    November 22Turkey Breast from Simply Happy Foodie

    The tender, juicy turkey breast, perfectly cooked potatoes, and creamy gravy can be enjoyed for Thanksgiving or any time of the year.

  • instant pot sweet potato chili
    November 23Sweet Potato from Living Sweet Moments

    Made with canned beans, spices, and veggies, this quick and easy chili will be ready in no time.

  • instant pot white chicken chili
    November 24White Chicken Chili from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • authentic mexican flavored pork carnitas tacos served on a plate
    November 25Cochinita 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.

  • instant pot chicken tortilla soup
    November 26Chicken Tortilla Soup from Spice Cravings

    This zesty, creamy Tex-Mex delight is a powerhouse of flavors that can be enjoy all year round.

  • instant pot spicy honey chicken
    November 27Spicy Honey Chicken from The Typical Mom

    Moist and full of flavor these sweet and spicy chicken bites are smothered in a delicious honey sauce.

  • instant pot pav bhaji
    November 28Pav Bhaji from Simply Vegetarian 777

    Potatoes cooked in a spicy tomato curry makes this delicious Indian street food irresistible.

  • easy instant pot lasagna onehappyhousewife
    November 29Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot orange chicken
    November 30Orange Chicken from Recipes from a Pantry

    This sweet tangy chicken is bursting with amazing flavor from the orange and spices.


Side Dishes

  • instant pot sweet potato casserole recipe
    Sweet Potato Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    This holiday favorite side dish is sweet, delicious and bursting with holiday goodness.

  • If you're looking for a side to feed a crowd, these Instant Pot mashed potatoes are perfect.
    Mashed Potatoes from One Happy Housewife

    Cooked and seasoned to perfection, these mashed potatoes are so fast and easy to make.

  • This is the best Instant Pot macaroni and cheese recipe that you will find.
    Macaroni and Cheese from One Happy Housewife

    The absolute BEST Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! A blend of four cheeses make it the creamiest and cheesiest.

  • 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
    Corn on the Cob from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable side dish.


Desserts

  • a large slice of flan
    Flan from One Happy Housewife

    A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy and silky smooth flan.

  • a spoonful of arroz con leche
    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 pumpkin cheese cake
    Pumpkin Cheesecake from Simply Happy Foodie

    Welcome the cooler fall months by celebrating with this wonderful pumpkin cheesecake.

  • instant pot pumpkin brulee
    Pumpkin Ginger Brulee from Awe Filled Homemaker

    A great addition to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and perfect for that Fall sweet tooth.

  • instant pot pumpkin pie
    Pumpkin Pie Pudding from Two Sleevers

    An easy dump and go dessert that makes a great, low carb alternative to traditional pumpkin pie.

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Don’t forget to check back at the end of each month for the next month’s Menu Plan Calendar!

Instant Pot Meal Plan: An Instant Pot meal plan created for each month of the year. Each day of each month provides a delicious meal that can be easily & quickly made in your Instant Pot.