January Instant Pot Meal Plan (2021)

It’s finally here! The beginning of a fresh new year! We say goodbye to the crazy year that was 2020!

The January 2021 Meal Plan is full of easy recipes that I know you and your family will enjoy! Since it’s still going to be a little chilly, I included some yummy soup recipes to keep your tummies warm and full! You’ll find some great side dish and dessert ideas as well. Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot january 2021 meal plan

Instant Pot Soup Recipes

The cold, crisp weather of January is perfect for a warm bowl of soup. I’ve included plenty of wonderful Instant Pot Soup Recipes in this month’s meal plan. You’ll get to enjoy my simple and delicious Chicken and Dumplings, Vanilla Jalapeño Corn Chowder, and Broccoli Cheese Soups this month. These soups are sure to keep you warm on these cold, wintery days.

Chicken and Dumplings

There is nothing more comforting than my Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings. Loaded with nutritious veggies, wonderful dumplings, and tons of flavor, this quick and simple recipe makes the perfect warm meal for the chilly days left before us.

a bowl of chicken and dumplings

Vanilla Jalapeño Corn Chowder

My Instant Pot Vanilla Jalapeño Corn Chowder is full of warmth with just the perfect touch of sweetness. This creamy soup combines vanilla and corn with a bit of jalapeño and is sure to satisfy your tastebuds. The sweet warmth of this chowder is simply irresistible.

a spoonful of vanilla jalapeño corn chowder being scooped out of a bowl and an instant pot in the background

Broccoli Cheese Soup

You will love my Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup. This hearty soup is so creamy, loaded with fresh broccoli and carrots, and full of cheesy flavor. A bowl of this comforting soup will warm your hungry tummy and soothe your soul.

side view of broccoli cheese soup in a bowl

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

In the mood for a hearty pasta dish? I have you covered with my Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tuna Casserole, and Beef and Bowtie Pasta. These Instant Pot Pasta Recipes are all simple, hearty, and delicious. They’re perfect for a weeknight meal on a crisp and chilly day.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

My Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is the perfect traditional Italian dish to satisfy any hungry family. This one-pot pasta dish is the ideal weeknight meal because it takes less than 15 minutes to have on the table. Serve it with a side of homemade garlic bread for a complete meal.

homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast

Tuna Casserole

My Instant Pot Tuna Casserole is incredible! This quintessential comfort meal uses simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make. This one is a perfect option for a warm and hearty weeknight meal.

close up overhead shot of a creamy bowl of tuna casserole

Beef and Bowtie Pasta

Need something super simple that the kids will love? My Instant Pot Beef and Bowtie Pasta recipe is so quick to make, and it is a favorite for my kids. Top it with some parmesan cheese and your kiddos are going to devour it and ask for seconds.

a plate of pasta alla vodka

Instant Pot Sandwiches

There is no better pair to a warm bowl of soup than a delicious sandwich. You’ll find both my Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork and French Dip sandwiches in this month’s meal plan. The French Dip sandwich, in particular, is an excellent partner to a warm bowl of soup.

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

The tender and flavorful shredded pork on my Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork sandwiches makes it one of the most popular recipes on my blog. This super simple recipe will give you amazing pulled pork sandwiches. Just mix in your favorite barbeque sauce, grab some hamburger buns, and you’ll be in pulled pork heaven.

a dr pepper pulled pork topped with pickle and onion slices served with a bottle of dr pepper

French Dip

This Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches recipe is a showstopper. The shredded beef in these sandwiches is so tender, so juicy, and so flavorful! Each bite is truly divine. And, amazingly, this recipe is made using a pressure cooker. I just love how versatile the Instant Pot is.

dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus

Instant Pot Side Dishes

My January 2021 Meal Plan has lots of fantastic Instant Pot Side Dishes to complement any main dish that you’ll make. You’ll find my wonderful Potato Salad, and a kid-favorite White Cheddar Mac and Cheese made with pasta shells, to name a few.

Potato Salad

My Instant Pot Potato Salad recipe is creamy, delicious, and makes a perfect side dish for almost any delicious meal. It’s especially good served alongside my Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork sandwiches.

an overhead closeup of homemade potato salad

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

My Instant Pot White Cheddar Mac and Cheese is definitely one of my kid’s favorite side dishes. It’s not only super simple to make, but the combination of white cheeses with a hint of garlic makes this mac and cheese incredibly flavorful too.

bowl of instant pot white cheddar mac and cheese

Instant Pot Desserts

There is no shortage of outstanding Instant Pot Dessert Recipes in my January Meal Plan. You’ll find lots of favorites here including my Lemon Cake, Chocoflan, and Turtle Lava Cakes. Each of these dessert recipes is easy to make and so wonderful.

Lemon Cake

This delightfully sweet dessert is loaded to the max with lemony flavor. My Instant Pot Lemon Cake is easy to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for serving after dinner with a scoop of ice cream.

a large slice of lemon bundt cake on a plate


Also known as Impossible Cake, my Instant Pot Chocoflan is a traditional Hispanic dessert that is absolutely decadent. It’s a deliciously moist chocolate cake topped with a creamy smooth flan. This dessert is perfect for those special days when you just want to indulge yourself.

instant pot chocoflan

Happy cooking and here’s to a fantastic 2021!

Make sure you also check out my latest Instant Pot Meal Plan.

January 2021 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Below the list of recipes, you will find a link to the downloadable calendar and links to all my monthly Instant Pot meal plans.

Main Dishes

  • overhead shot of a bowl of black eyed peas
    January 1
    Black Eyed Peas
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    Serve up a bowl of good-luck and deliciousness with this traditional Southern dish.

  • a bowl of butternut mac and cheese
    January 2
    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. This is an amazing comfort dish.

  • overhead view of salpicon
    January 3
    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.

  • cajun shrimp and sausage alfredo
    January 4
    Cajun Shrimp Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    Yes – you can enjoy Cajun Shrimp Alfredo at home! This creamy, rich pasta is loaded with andouille sausage, plump tender shrimp, and Cajun flavor. This popular recipe is easy to make and a must-try!

  • moroccan chickpea soup stew in a bowl
    January 5
    Moroccan Chickpea Soup
    from Spice Cravings

    This dump-and-start recipe makes a wonderfully hearty soup that is so rich and flavorful.

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    January 6
    Beef & Macaroni Casserole
    from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously creamy beef and pasta casserole is the perfect hearty and filling comfort dish for those busy weeknights. It’s fast and easy to make, full of flavor, and guaranteed to satisfy those hungry bellies. This one is sure to become a favorite in your home.

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    January 7
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • coconut shrimp curry in a large bowl
    January 8
    Coconut 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.

  • January 9
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • creamy sausage rigatoni
    January 10
    Creamy Sausage Rigatoni
    from One Happy Housewife

    Rigatoni pasta, Italian sausage, and red peppers in a creamy marinara sauce. This deliciously flavorful and satisfying pasta dish is quick, simple, and perfect for weeknights.

  • a large bowl of taco soup
    January 11
    Taco 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.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    January 12
    Hawaiian 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.

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries
    January 13
    Butternut 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.

  • instant pot taco pasta
    January 14
    Taco Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Love Mexican food but tired of the same ‘ole, same ‘ole? Then try this easy and delicious pasta dish. It’s kid-approved and will be ready in no time. It’s the perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight.

  • instant pot teriyaki chicken
    January 15
    Teriyaki Chicken
    from Food n Service

    An easy and delicious one-pot meal that your family will love.

  • spaghetti and meat sauce served in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    January 16
    Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
    from One Happy Housewife

    You’ve got a hungry family and not much time? This Instant Pot version of a traditional Italian dish is perfect for those busy nights when you need to get a tasty dinner on the table fast. This spaghetti and meat sauce is an easy one-pot meal that can be made in less than 15 minutes. Your family will love this one!

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    January 17
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a large serving of cheesy ground beef and rice on a plate
    January 18
    Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot chicken soup
    January 19
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of two bowls of buffalo chicken chili
    January 20
    Buffalo Chicken Chili
    from Ministry of Curry

    A hearty chili made with chicken, beans, veggies and cooked in a spicy buffalo sauce.

  • instant pot lasagna
    January 21
    Meaty Lasagna
    from One Happy Housewife

    Looking for a hearty dish that can feed an entire family? Try this rich, creamy, and flavorful lasagna. It’s easy to prep and you’ll have it on the table in no time. Everyone will be asking for seconds.

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup
    January 22
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    January 23
    Cheeseburger Mac
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super hearty and flavorful, from-scratch pasta casserole that’s sure to be a hit with the kids. This one is so delicious, it’s like having your favorite burger in a bowl. A great meal for busy weeknights.

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    January 24
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of a bowl of thai red curry salmon
    January 25
    Thai 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!

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    January 26
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    January 27
    Beef & Bowtie Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    A fast and simple pasta dinner that even the most picky of eaters will devour. This one is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for those hectic weeknights.

  • a bowl of homemade enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips
    January 28
    Chicken Enchilada Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up shot of smothered pork chops lightly garnished with cilantro
    January 29
    Smothered Pork Chops
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • a bowl of creamy fettuccine alfredo with chicken
    January 30
    Chicken Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    A quick and easy pasta dish made with a homemade Alfredo sauce that’s incredibly rich and creamy.

  • a bowl of gumbo garnished with scallions with a ball of rice in the center
    January 31
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Chicken, sausage, and shrimp make for a hearty bowl of Cajun comfort food.

Side Dishes

  • a dinner plate served with parmesan risotto
    Parmesan Risotto
    from One Happy Housewife

    A creamy and delicious side dish that is simply irresistible.

  • a close up of a dish with dirty rice
    Cajun Dirty Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Chock full of the Cajun flavor, this comforting dish is outstanding!

  • corn on the cob with a piece of soft butter
    Corn on the Cob
    from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable side dish.

  • a plate with a serving of mashed potatoes and pot roast
    Mashed Potatoes
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate
    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. There is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of this favorite pasta dish.


  • 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.

  • a delicious coconut bundt cake served on a large plate
    Coconut Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    Topped with a heavenly creamy coconut glaze, this moist and delicious cake is loaded with coconut goodness and is the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family.

  • taking a slice of flan
    from One Happy Housewife

    One of my favorite desserts growing up! A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy, and silky smooth flan. You’ll want to make this one all the time!

  • 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. They are an indulgence like no other!

  • close up of apple slices on a plate with a small bowl of dulce de leche
    Dulce de Leche
    from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy this deliciously rich and sweet caramel spread that is a common treat in many Hispanic countries. And, thanks to the pressure cooker, there’s no need to wait for hours to turn condensed milk into this amazing treat! This stuff is so good, it’s addictive!

Download the January 2021 Meal Plan Calendar.

For more Instant Pot Meal Plan ideas for the month of January, check out my archive of January Instant Pot Meal Plans.

Past Instant Pot Meal Plans

Each month I publish a new, updated Instant Pot Meal Plan. So don’t miss out on seeing what wonderful dishes I’ve included in my latest one.


You can also access all of my previously published Instant Pot Meal Plans through the links below. I handpick the recipes that appear each month, so you will find that each month is unique with its own set of recipes geared specifically toward that month. Plus, on each meal plan page, you can download the printable calendar for that month.

2024 Meal Plans

2023 Meal Plans

2022 Meal Plans

2021 Meal Plans

2020 Meal Plans

2019 Meal Plans

2018 Meal Plans

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