March Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

Soon, it will be time to welcome Spring. I’m certainly ready for the weather to start warming up, for the trees to start bursting with green foliage, and for the flowers to start blooming. In the spirit of Spring, this March 2018 Instant Pot Meal Plan has lots of fresh new meals. I know you will love all of the recipes in this month’s meal plan. Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot march meal plan

Instant Pot Recipes

I have so many wonderful Instant Pot Recipes in this March Meal Plan. You’ll find that most are kid-friendly, and all are simple to make and super flavorful. I can’t wait for you to try them all.

Hawaiian Chicken

For instance, this month you’ll find my recipe for Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken. The taste of this chicken is outstanding and while most of my recipes are super quick, this one is a bit more involved. But only a bit. And I promise the extra effort is worth it.

My mom would make a version of this recipe when I was a child and I have so many splendid memories tied to the flavors of this dish. So, I hope I can pass that on to you, and you will now make your own memories at the dinner table over a plate of this wonderful chicken.

hawaiian chicken served over rice.


Another wonderful recipe in this month’s meal plan is the Instant Pot Carnitas. This pork roast is cooked to perfection. Once it comes out of the pot, it just starts to fall apart. It’s so tender that the shredding is simple work.

This pork is perfect on sandwiches, in tacos, on nachos, and more. For making pulled pork sandwiches, just mix the shredded pork with the desired amount of your favorite BBQ sauce. And for tacos, I like to crisp the shredded pork on a hot skillet on the stove for a few minutes. I love to make versatile recipes that can be used for several meals, and these Carnitas are perfect for that.

a corn tortilla topped with carnitas, crumbled cheese, and cilantro

French Dip

Finally, the Instant Pot French Dip is a showstopper. Every time that I put the chuck roast in the pot and start cooking this recipe, the house fills with an amazing beefy aroma and the entire family gets excited. They know that when that mouthwatering smell permeates through the house, they’ll soon be enjoying some of the most extraordinary sandwiches. The shredded beef that this recipe makes is so amazingly tender and juicy.

instant pot french dip

Instant Pot Side Dishes

A great side dish can take a good meal to great. To accompany the many wonderful main dishes in this March meal plan, I’ve added a handful of Instant Pot Side Dishes that you’re sure to enjoy. All of these side dishes are quick and simple to make. Plus, they’re super tasty!

Green Beans

For instance, the Instant Pot Green Beans are so fast, easy, delicious, and nutritious. They’re the perfect side dish for those busy weeknights. Just throw them in the pot, add some butter, garlic, broth, salt, and pepper, then cook. You’ll have delicious green beans in minutes.

A plate of green beans

There are plenty of other quick and delicious side dish recipes for the Instant Pot in this meal plan, so check them out.

Instant Pot Desserts

Looking for a spectacular dessert to follow dinner? Well, my Arroz con Leche and Flan are to die for. You definitely do not want to pass up the chance to make these two wonderful Instant Pot Desserts. There is a reason that they are two of the most popular recipes on the blog.


My Instant Pot Flan recipe is rich, creamy, and topped with a wonderful caramel sauce. I grew up enjoying this dessert in Honduras. It’s very thick, with a consistency that’s closer to cheesecake than a traditional Mexican flan. And, let me tell you, it’s amazing! It’s the perfect dessert to follow up any delicious meal.

instant pot flan

Arroz con Leche

The Instant Pot Arroz con Leche is a super comforting dessert. It is the Hispanic version of rice pudding. While usually served cold, we love to eat it warm. It’s just so much better that way. Try it, you’ll be thanking me afterward.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

Don’t miss all the other great desserts in this month’s meal plan. The Cakes in a Jar and the Peanut Butter Lava Cakes are incredible! They are all sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Here’s to cooking delicious meals and having a great month ahead!

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

March 2018 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

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    March 1
    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.

  • instant pot spaghetti squash pad thai
    March 2
    Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    All the flavor of Pad Thai but made with spaghetti squash.

  • chicken stew in the instant pot
    March 3
    Chicken Stew
    from Sidetracked Sarah

    There is nothing like a warm chicken stew to warm the soul on those days when you need a pick me up.

  • a bowl of cooked mussels
    March 4
    from Wondermom Wannabe

    Easily cook mussels using your electric pressure cooker.

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    March 5
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • mexican shredded chicken
    March 6
    Shredded Mexican Chicken
    from Sidetracked Sarah

    Use this versatile recipe to make tacos, fajitas, nachos, salads, and more.

  • instant pot sloppy joes
    March 7
    Turkey Sloppy Joes
    from Encouraging Moms at Home

    If you’re looking for a change from ground beef, then these turkey sloppy joe’s are a great alternative.

  • instant pot chicken soup
    March 8
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • egg roll in a bowl garnished with scallions
    March 9
    Egg Roll in a Bowl
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This deconstructed egg roll is seriously flavorful, easy to make and absolutely delicious.

  • a wooden board with honey garlic chicken sliders
    March 10
    Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders
    from Encouraging Moms at Home

    A simple dinner that’s super delicious.

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate
    March 11
    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.

  • March 12
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
    March 13
    Spaghetti & Meatballs
    from One Happy Housewife

    You can never go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs. Everyone loves it and it’s always easy. This recipe makes it even easier because it requires no prep and is ready in minutes.

  • overhead shot of vegetable beef soup
    March 14
    Vegetable Beef Soup
    from Encouraging Moms at Home

    This vegetable beef soup is the perfect meal to warm and nourish your family during the cold fall and winter months.

  • instant pot pineapple chicken
    March 15
    Pineapple Chicken
    from Food n Service

    The sweet deliciousness of pineapple cooked into shredded chicken. What a wonderful way to enjoy chicken.

  • instant pot green chili bowls
    March 16
    Green Chili Bowls
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Tastes like authentic Mexican without all the carbs.

  • a large bowl of lamb stew
    March 17
    Irish Lamb Stew
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This rich and hearty Irish lamb stew is packed with flavor.

  • a large bowl filled with a serving of zuppa tuscana
    March 18
    Zuppa Tuscana
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Enjoy the taste of The Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana right in the comfort of your own home.

  • tacos made with cochinitas pibil
    March 19
    Cochinita Pibil
    from One Happy Housewife

    With a mix of sweet, acidic and earthy flavors this traditional Mexican food will provide a unique experience for your taste buds.

  • instant pot asian chicken
    March 20
    Asian Chicken
    from Food n Service

    A simple and delicious shredded chicken infused with the flavors of Asian cuisine.

  • roast, potatoes, and carrots in the instant pot
    March 21
    3 Packet Roast
    from Sidetracked Sarah

    There is nothing like the aromas and tastes of a pot roast. This pressure cooker version is simple and delicious.

  • freshly made shredded chicken on a wooden board
    March 22
    Shredded Chicken Breast
    from One Happy Housewife

    A simple way to make chicken breast using the pressure cooker. Use in a variety of meals.

  • lentil chili topped with sour cream and shredded cheese
    March 23
    Lentil Chili
    from Encouraging Moms at Home

    A warm and tasty chili made with lentils.

  • french onion chicken in a serving dish
    March 24
    French Onion Chicken
    from Encouraging Moms at Home

    A lean chicken breast made with french onion flavor.

  • a square dish with chicken enchiladas
    March 25
    Skinny Enchiladas
    from Food n Service

    Made with chicken, this is a healthier and flavorful way to enjoy enchiladas.

  • a fully cooked whole chicken on a large tray
    March 26
    Whole Chicken
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    Have a moist and flavorful rotisserie style chicken in less than 45 minutes with this simple recipe.

  • a plate with a hawaiian sloppy joe sandwich
    March 27
    Hawaiian Sloppy Joes
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of thai red curry with chicken
    March 28
    Thai Red Curry with Chicken
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Looking for a Thai fix? This recipe is loaded with the flavor that you thought you could only get at your favorite local Thai restaurant.

  • a low carb pizza casserole in a bowl
    March 29
    Low Carb Pizza Casserole
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • overhead shot of mexican chicken soup in a pot
    March 30
    Mexican Chicken Soup
    from Sidetracked Sarah

    A quick and easy meal for those crazy, hectic days.

Side Dishes

  • 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.

  • acorn squash stuffed with rice
    Acorn Squash
    from Carmy

    Healthy and easy to make, acorn squash is the perfect side dish.

  • a dinner plate served with green beans
    Green Beans
    from One Happy Housewife

    The buttery garlic flavor make these tender green beans a favorite side dish.

  • 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.


  • overhead shot of cakes in a jar
    Cakes in a Jar
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • a cut open peanut butter lava cake topped with powdered sugar

    For the peanut butter and chocolate lovers, this chocolate lava cake is filled with warm gooey peanut butter. Yum!

  • 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.

  • 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!

Download the March 2018 Meal Plan Calendar.

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