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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!!

May 2021 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Hello May! The weather is feeling amazing and summer is around the corner. I’ve put together some easy and delicious recipes in this month’s Instant Pot Meal Plan. I know you and your family will enjoy them. You’ll still find some comforting foods on certain days, but for the most part soup season is over. Enjoy May’s recipes and have fun cooking!

You can still get the April 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

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    May 1Tuscan Chicken Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    Creamy, delicious, and very easy to make, this pasta dish is sure to be a hit with your family!

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    May 2Salpicón 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.

  • a spoonful of vanilla jalapeño corn chowder
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    May 3Vanilla Jalapeño Corn Chowder from One Happy Housewife

    The gentle sweet heat of a warm bowl of this amazing soup is so comforting.

  • a spoonful of chili held over a bowl of chili
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    May 4Chili from One Happy Housewife

    The rich, smokey flavor of this Chili makes it the perfect comfort meal.

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    May 5Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
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    May 6Spaghetti 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.

  • a low carb pizza casserole in a bowl
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    May 7Low Carb Pizza Casserole from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Maintain a low-carb diet while enjoying that wonderfully delicious pizza flavor.

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    May 8Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

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    May 9Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni from One Happy Housewife

    A quick, easy, and filling pasta dish that the entire family will love.

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    May 10Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

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    May 11Turkey Roast from One Happy Housewife

    This tender, juicy turkey roast covered in a homemade turkey gravy is perfect for a no-fuss fall or holiday dinner.

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    May 12White Turkey Chili from One Happy Housewife

    If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for that leftover turkey, then this hearty and delicious chili is perfect!

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    May 13Beef & Macaroni Casserole from One Happy Housewife

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

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    May 14Chickpea Biryani from Ministry of Curry

    Plump chickpeas cooked in caramelized onions and spices over fragrant basmati rice make for a wonderful vegetarian Biryani.

  • a bowl of ham hock bean soup
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    May 15Ham Hock and Bean Soup from Simply Happy Foodie

    This tasty and deliciously comforting soup with ham hock with navy beans is easy to make and ready in about an hour.

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    May 16Cajun Shrimp Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

    This creamy, rich pasta is loaded with andouille sausage, plump tender shrimp, and Cajun flavor.

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    May 17French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of homemade enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips
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    May 18Chicken Enchilada Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • couscous with ground beef on a plate
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    May 19Couscous with Ground Beef from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a creamy bowl of chicken broccoli alfredo pasta
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    May 20Chicken Broccoli Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

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

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    May 21Mango Chicken Thai Curry from Spice Cravings

    A sweet and spicy Thai red curry with pieces of chicken, mango and veggies.

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    May 22Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and hearty family-friendly meal that’s oh so cheesy and delicious.

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    May 23Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

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    May 24Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of spinach chickpea curry served with white rice
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    May 25Chickpea Curry with Spinach from Piping Pot Curry

    An easy one-pot curry made with chickpeas and spinach in a sauce of onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and aromatic spices.

  • a bowl of african peanut stew
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    May 26African Peanut Stew from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This rich and hearty soup loaded with tender chicken and sweet potatoes delivers the perfect balance of sweet and savor flavors.

  • a plate of ground beef and farfalle pasta in vodka sauce
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    May 27Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

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    May 28Hawaiian 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.

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    May 29Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of chicken and dumplings
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    May 30Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

Side Dishes

  • a large bowl of street corn pasta garnished with cilantro
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    Street Corn Pasta from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Pasta with a Mexican flare – this street corn pasta is so fresh and flavorful.

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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.

  • parmesan risotto served on a plate as a side
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    Parmesan Risotto from One Happy Housewife

    A creamy and delicious side dish that is simply irresistible.

  • 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.

  • serving dish with creamy white cheddar mac and cheese made in the instant pot
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    White Cheddar Mac from One Happy Housewife

    The perfect combination of flavorful cheeses and a hint of garlic makes this super creamy mac and cheese absolutely incredible.

Desserts

  • fresh chocoflan on a large plate
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    Chocoflan from One Happy Housewife

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

  • 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.

  • overhead view of french toast casserole in a bowl
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    French Toast Casserole from Spice Cravings

    Everything you love about a classic French toast, just more delicious!

  • 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!

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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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