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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!!

September 2020 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Hello September! The weather is crazy around here, and between the heat and the hurricanes, we’re all trying to find easy meals that are delicious and our family will eat! I’ve included just that in this month’s meal plan. A lot of comfort food, as well as some soups for those of us that are wishing for fall weather. All the recipes are easy as usual, and I included a nice variety for all tastes. Happy cooking!

You can still get the August 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 bowl of chicken and dumplings
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    September 1Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • an overhead shot of a bowl of farfalle pasta with meat sauce
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    September 2Pasta with Meat Sauce from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy Italian dish is a comforting and filling family favorite.

  • lemon butter salmon on a plate garnished with rosemary
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    September 3Lemon Butter Salmon from Simply Happy Foodie

    A quick and easy meal that’s both delicious and healthy!

  • chicken adobo on a dinner plate
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    September 4Chicken Adobo from Two Sleevers

    Enjoy the flavor of this authentic Filipino Chicken at your dinner table.

  • coconut shrimp curry in a large bowl
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    September 5Coconut Shrimp Curry from Piping Pot Curry

    This easy shrimp curry is made in a coconut milk base and seasoned with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and flavorful Indian spices.

  • a spoonful of chili held over a bowl of chili
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    September 6Chili from One Happy Housewife

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

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    September 7Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of creamy homemade tuna casserole
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    September 8Tuna Casserole from One Happy Housewife

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

  • homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
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    September 9Spaghetti 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.

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    September 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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    September 11Meatloaf from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • a bowl of homemade enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips
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    September 12Chicken Enchilada Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a baking dish of pork tenderloin slices
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    September 13Pork Tenderloin from Two Sleevers

    This quick and simple pork tenderloin is covered in a wonderful chipotle orange sauce.

  • overhead shot of aloo matar in a bowl garnished with cilantro
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    September 14Aloo Matar (Potato Curry) from Simply Vegetarian 777

    This easy and delicious Indian curry recipe is perfect for any weeknight dinner.

  • close up of chicken israeli couscous in a serving bowl
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    September 15Chicken Couscous from One Happy Housewife

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

  • lasagna on a plate with salad
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    September 16Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of chicken and potatoes garnished with lemon slices
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    September 17Chicken And Potatoes from Recipes from a Pantry

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

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries and served with garlic toast
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    September 18Butternut 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 large serving of cheesy ground beef and rice on a plate
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    September 19Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of tortilla soup in a bowl garnished with cilantro
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    September 20Chicken Tortilla Soup from Ministry of Curry

    A comforting Mexican soup loaded with tender chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn, and peppers.

  • a white bowl with instant pot cheesy sausage rigatoni topped with parmesan cheese
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    September 21Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni from One Happy Housewife

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

  • jamaican oxtails
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    September 22Jamaican Oxtails from My Forking Life

    A Caribbean stew featuring fall-off-the-bone tender oxtail and butter beans that’s phenomenally flavorful.

  • a bowl of cream cheese pasta made with rigatoni and sausage
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    September 23Cream Cheese Pasta w/ Sausage from One Happy Housewife

    A quick and easy dump and start pasta dinner that your family will love!

  • a plate of chicken tikka masala over a bed of rice
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    September 24Chicken Tikka Masala from Spice Cravings

    An easy and healthy way to make this popular dish of juicy chicken in a flavorful Indian curry tomato sauce.

  • a bowl of tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    September 25Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of cajun shrimp alfredo served in a bowl
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    September 26Cajun Shrimp Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

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

  • dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus
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    September 27French 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 pork soup with hatch chiles
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    September 28Pork Soup with Hatch Chiles from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This comforting soup uses simple ingredients and the roasted green chiles add a kick of spice.

  • a pot of jerk pineapple beef
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    September 29Jerk Pineapple Beef from The Bearded Hiker

    A super quick and delicious jerk pineapple beef that you’re sure to love.

  • couscous with ground beef on a plate
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    September 30Couscous with Ground Beef from One Happy Housewife

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

Side Dishes

  • a wooden spoon scooping jasmine rice from the bowl
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    Jasmine Rice from One Happy Housewife

    Quick, easy, and perfect white rice every time!

  • side view of tomato couscous in a large bowl
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    Tomato Couscous from One Happy Housewife

    A simple side dish that pairs perfectly with any main meal.

  • a large bowl of homemade potato salad
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    Potato Salad from One Happy Housewife

    This creamy and delicious potato salad makes a perfect side dish for either a special occasion or an ordinary family dinner.

  • 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 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.

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.

  • 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 shot of cakes in a jar
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    Cakes in a Jar from Awe Filled Homemaker

    These wonderful cakes come in so many delicious flavors and are so easy to make.

  • a dripping new york cheesecake on a plate
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    New York Cheesecake from Simply Happy Foodie

    This creamy classic New York Cheesecake is a must try.

  • 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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  • 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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