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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!!

December 2020 Instant Pot Meal Plan

We have finally reached the last month of 2020! It’s been a year! Let’s make this last month a good one. I have here the last meal plan for the year and it’s full of easy and delicious recipes that will help make your planning easier. The December Meal Plan includes a special meal for Christmas and one for New Year’s Eve. The Holiday can be a hectic time, so I hope this meal plan will make things a little less hectic for you. Happy cooking!

You can still get the November 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 spoonful of vanilla jalapeño corn chowder
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    December 1Vanilla Jalapeño Corn Chowder from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of chicken spaghetti tetrazzini on a plate
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    December 2Chicken 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 comforting bowl of taco soup
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    December 3Taco 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.

  • close up of fall off the bone pork ribs evenly spreaded out
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    December 4BBQ Pork Ribs from Spice Cravings

    If you’re looking for a fantastic BBQ recipe, then these fall-off-the-bone pork ribs certainly fit the bill.

  • overhead shot of cashew butter chicken in a bowl garnished with cilantro
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    December 5Cashew Butter Chicken from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This quick and easy recipe has all the taste of butter chicken without all the calories.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    December 6Dr. 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 chicken biryani
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    December 7Chicken Biryani from Ministry of Curry

    This delicious one-pot Indian dish is made with long grain basmati rice, chicken, fresh spices and herbs.

  • instant pot carrot soup
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    December 8Carrot Soup from Piping Pot Curry

    This dump-and-go recipe makes a wonderfully creamy and comforting soup in just 30 minutes.

  • a white bowl with instant pot cheesy sausage rigatoni topped with parmesan cheese
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    December 9Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni from One Happy Housewife

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

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    December 10Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a dinner plate with meatloaf
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    December 11Meatloaf from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • creamy sun dried tomato pasta in a bowl topped with parmesan and garnished with basil
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    December 12Creamy 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.

  • a palte with a warm hawaiian sloppy joe on a teal wooden board
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    December 13Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of chicken israeli couscous in a serving bowl
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    December 14Chicken 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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    December 15French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a creamy bowl of chicken broccoli alfredo pasta
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    December 16Chicken Broccoli Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot taco pasta
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    December 17Taco 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.

  • a close up of chicken soup
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    December 18Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

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

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

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    December 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 chicken lo mein
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    December 21Chicken Lo Mein from Spice Cravings

    This easy one-pot dump & start recipe will deliver a sweet and savory Chinese dinner in only 30 minutes.

  • a bowl of broccoli cheese soup topped with shredded cheese
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    December 22Broccoli 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.

  • a serving of spaghetti and meatballs topped with shredded parmesan
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    December 23Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of a balsamic apple pork tenderloin
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    December 24Balsamic Apple Pork Tenderloin from Simply Happy Foodie

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

  • a plate of sliced turkey roast with mashed potatoes and gravy
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    December 25Turkey 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.

  • a spoonful of white turkey chili being scooped out of a bowl
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    December 26White 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!

  • a close up of tuscan chicken pasta served on a plate
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    December 27Tuscan 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!

  • a bowl of tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    December 28Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a spoonful of chili held over a bowl of chili
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    December 29Chili from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a plate of cajun pasta
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    December 30Spicy Cajun Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • freshly cooked lobster tail dipped into melted butter
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    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 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.

  • mashed potatoes served on a dinner plate
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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.

  • a baked and homemade sweet potato casserole
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    Sweet Potato Casserole from One Happy Housewife

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

  • 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.

  • overhead shot of butternut mac and cheese topped with shredded parmesan
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    Butternut 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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  • 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!

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