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May Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of May

The school year is wrapping up. And with that comes lots of activities and running around. In my May 2018 Instant Pot Meal Plan, I included some simple recipes for those super busy weeknights. That way you can get dinner on the table and get your night wrapped up quickly. Here’s what you can expect:

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Big Batch Meals

Sometimes the best way to make cooking during the week easier is to make big batches of food on the weekend. My Carnitas are perfect for busy weeks because you can make them on the weekend and have plenty stored away to make quick tacos, nachos, or sandwiches.

a tortilla topped with carnitas, pico de gallo, cilantro, and white cheese
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Easy Instant Pot Meals

Looking for super easy Instant Pot meals that you can make during the week? My Chicken Tacos, which are based on my Salsa Chicken recipe, is another perfect meal for busy weeknights. The chicken is super versatile and cooks in less than 10 minutes. Just like the Carnitas, you can use the chicken to make nachos, sandwiches, burritos, salads, and more.

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If you’re looking for a kid favorite, that’s ready in minutes, then my Hawaiian Sloppy Joes are a must. The ground beef is cooked and seasoned to perfection with mild peppers and pineapple, which gives it an unmistakingly Hawaiian sweetness. The kids devour these sandwiches.

Instant Pot Seafood Recipes

You’ll also find tons of great seafood recipes. So, if you love seafood, there are plenty of options. You’ll enjoy tasty dishes like Shrimp & Grits. Yum! You’ll also find seafood dishes like a comforting Cajun Gumbo made with chicken, shrimp, and sausage.

If you’re in the mood for seafood and pasta, then the Bang Bang Shrimp is perfect. The shrimp are smothered in a spicy cream sauce and served over pasta.

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Finally, for the salmon lovers, there is a Salmon covered in an orange ginger sauce that is spectacular.

Instant Pot Comfort Food

I also included some more traditional dishes like the meatloaf with mashed potatoes, all made in one batch. Therefore, this one is a super convenient recipe for weeknights!

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There is also a Beef Sheperd’s Pie and Classic Lasagna, two more traditional dishes made easy in the Instant Pot. You will love these comforting classic recipes.

Instant Pot Side Dishes

In the side dishes section of the meal plan, you must try the Mexican Street Corn pasta. I’ve made this one a few times. It’s so fresh and delicious!

And the Cheesy Garlic Orzo is fantastic. A warm spoonful of this super creamy and cheesy pasta is so comforting. It’s a perfect side dish for just about any meat, chicken, or fish main dish.

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Also, the mashed potatoes and Southern-style green beans are comforting classics that perfectly complement a variety of main dishes.

Instant Pot Desserts

We all know that no meal is complete without a sweet treat. Make sure you try the jar cakes. They’re so easy and so delicious! I also included my Flan recipe, which is super rich and creamy. It’s the perfect way to follow up a splendid meal.

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Have a wonderful May!

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

May 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

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    May 1Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of low carb poblano chicken soup
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    May 2Poblano Chicken Soup from Two Sleevers

    This soup is bursting with chili flavor without being spicy.

  • a spam, macaroni, olive, and pea salad in a small bowl
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    May 3Macaroni Salad from One Happy Housewife

    This macaroni salad has a delicious surprise in every bite!

  • a bowl of shrimp and grits
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    May 4Shrimp and Grits from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Enjoy tender shrimp and crisp bacon in a spicy tomato-based sauce over creamy grits with this wonderful one-pot meal.

  • close up of a spoonful of chicken potpie casserole
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    May 5Chicken Pot Pie Casserole from Adventures of a Nurse

    The same flavor as a traditional homemade pot pie, but without all the work.

  • close up of glazed and juicy maple bourbon ham
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    May 6Maple Bourbon Ham from Awe Filled Homemaker

    A wonderful ham with an absolutely delicious glaze.

  • overhead shot of broccoli cheddar soup in a small bowl
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    May 7Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Piping Pot Curry

    If you’re craving soup, don’t miss this one. Broccoli and carrots come together in a deliciously creamy cheesy base.

  • three freshly made chicken tacos served on a plate
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    May 8Chicken Tacos from One Happy Housewife

    These tacos are made using frozen chicken and a few very simple ingredients. Perfect for when you need a good meal fast.

  • overhead shot of sliced meatloaf  on a wooden board
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    May 9Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes from Simply Happy Foodie

    Make this traditional home-style dinner all in one pot.

  • overhead shot of low carb french garlic chicken
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    May 10French Garlic Chicken from Two Sleevers

    A simple restaurant quality chicken dish made in the pressure cooker.

  • close up of hot and cheesy lasagna
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    May 11Lasagna from Simply Happy Foodie

    A super simple lasagna recipe that you can customize to your own taste.

  • cubed steak and gravy on a dinner plate
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    May 12Cubed Steak and Gravy from Adventures of a Nurse

    Like cubed steak? This looks like a great and easy recipe to cook in your Instant Pot!

  • a bowl of gumbo garnished with scallions with a ball of rice in the center
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    May 13Gumbo from Paint the Kitchen Red

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

  • egg roll in a bowl garnished with scallions
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    May 14Egg Roll in a Bowl from Awe Filled Homemaker

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

  • close up of a chicken taco burrito bowl
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    May 15Chicken Taco Burrito Bowls from This Old Gal

    A wonderful Mexican dish made with wholesome ingredients like rice, beans, corn, and other vegetables.

  • close up of bang bang shrimp
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    May 16Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta from Adventures of a Nurse

    Pasta with tender and juicy shrimp smothered in a creamy and spicy sauce.

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    May 17Hawaiian 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 hamburger stew on top of a plate
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    May 18Hamburger Stew from Two Sleevers

    A super easy ground beef recipe for those days when you need to get dinner on the table quick.

  • chinese take out general tsos chicken in a large bowl
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    May 19General Tso’s Chicken from This Old Gal

    Moist, tender, and juicy bite-sized chicken nuggets in a sweet and spicy sauce.

  • shepherds pie in two large serving dishes
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    May 20Shepherd’s Pie from Awe Filled Homemaker

    Shepherd’s Pie is a classic and here’s how you can make it in the Instant Pot!

  • close up of a balsamic apple pork tenderloin
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    May 21Balsamic Apple Pork Tenderloin from Simply Happy Foodie

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

  • a plate of chicken taco pie garnished with cilantro
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    May 22Chicken Taco Pie from Simply Happy Foodie

    Use rotisserie chicken, or leftover cooked chicken meat to make this fun and delicious dish.

  • a palte with a warm hawaiian sloppy joe on a teal wooden board
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    May 23Hawaiian Sloppy Joes from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of an open faced chicken shawarma
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    May 24Chicken Shawarma from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A quick and easy homemade pressure cooker version of chicken shawarma.

  • a creamy bowl of chipotle shrimp soup
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    May 25Chipotle Shrimp Soup from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This quick and easy soup is so creamy and loaded with potatoes, corn, bacon, and shrimp. This one has a spicy kick to it too!

  • a small bowl of beef macaroni
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    May 26Beef Macaroni from This Old Gal

    If your family loves a meaty pasta then they’ll really enjoy this recipe.

  • a close up of chicken soup
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    May 27Chicken Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a spoonful of cheesy tuna helper
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    May 28Cheesy Tuna Helper from Adventures of a Nurse

    A comforting tuna recipe made with flakey tuna, egg noodles, peas, and a creamy base.

  • overhead shot of a warm bowl of taco casserole topped with sour cream
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    May 29Taco Casserole from The Typical Mom

    This cheesy taco casserole is bursting with flavor.

  • salmon with orange ginger sauce on a plate with fine slices of orange
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    May 30Salmon with Orange Ginger Sauce from Two Sleevers

    A perfectly delicious option for salmon lovers.

  • close up of a bowl of chicken fajita soup topped with sour cream, avocado slices, and two jalapeno slices
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    May 31Chicken Fajita Soup from Awe Filled Homemaker

    A wonderful Tex-Mex favorite in a soup bowl.

Side Dishes

  • a large bowl of street corn pasta garnished with cilantro
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    Street Corn Pasta from Awe Filled Homemaker

    Pasta with a Mexican flare – this street corn pasta is so fresh and flavorful.

  • steamed broccoli on a plate
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    Steamed Broccoli from Piping Pot Curry

    A quick, simple, and nutritious side dish that’s perfect for any meal.

  • 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 bowl of cheesy garlic orzo
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    Cheesy Garlic Orzo from Simply Happy Foodie

    A delicious pasta side dish with a creamy, cheesy, and garlicky sauce.

  • country style green beans
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    Country Style Green Beans from Awe Filled Homemaker

    Made using fresh green beans, onions, garlic, and ham, these Southern-style green beans are big on comfort and flavor.

Desserts

  • a plate with dulce de leche cheesecake
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    Dulce de Leche Cheesecake from Living Sweet Moments

    This moist, creamy, and decadent cheesecake is a pure slice of heaven.

  • 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.

  • close up of a pound cake topped with powdered sugar
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    Pound Cake from Awe Filled Homemaker

    A perfect and delicious pound cake just like grandma used to make.

  • 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.

  • overhead shot of a sliced semolina orange cake
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    Orange Semolina Cake from Piping Pot Curry

    A fluffy and moist cake with the phenomenal orange flavor.

Download the May 2018 Meal Plan Calendar.

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

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