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January Instant Pot Meal Plan (2021)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of January

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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    January 1Black Eyed Peas from Simply Happy Foodie

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

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    January 2Butternut 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.

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    January 3Salpicón 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.

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    January 4Cajun 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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    January 5Moroccan Chickpea Soup from Spice Cravings

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

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    January 6Beef & 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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    January 7Salsa 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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    January 8Coconut 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.

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    January 9French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 10Creamy Sausage Rigatoni from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously satisfying pasta dish is quick, simple, and perfect for weeknights.

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    January 11Taco 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.

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    January 12Hawaiian 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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    January 13Butternut 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.

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    January 14Taco 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.

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    January 15Teriyaki Chicken from Food n Service

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

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    January 16Spaghetti 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.

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    January 17Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 18Cheesy 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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    January 19Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 20Buffalo Chicken Chili from Ministry of Curry

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

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    January 21Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 22Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 23Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 24Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 25Thai 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!

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    January 26Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 27Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

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

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

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    January 29Smothered Pork Chops from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

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    January 30Chicken Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

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

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    January 31Gumbo from Paint the Kitchen Red

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

Side Dishes

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    Parmesan Risotto from One Happy Housewife

    A creamy and delicious side dish that is simply irresistible.

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    Cajun Dirty Rice from One Happy Housewife

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

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    Corn on the Cob from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable side dish.

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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.

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    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.


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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.

  • 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.

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    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
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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.

  • 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.

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.

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