May Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

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’ve 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. Who couldn’t use more adult time in the evenings? Here’s what you can expect:

may instant pot meal plan calendar

Big Batch Meals

Sometimes the best way to make cooking during the week easier is to make big batches of food on the weekend. That’s why I like to reserve some big batch recipes for Saturday and Sunday. When things get hectic, there’s nothing better than knowing you already have most of your meals made for the week. One of my favorite big-batch recipes is my Carnitas.


My Instant Pot 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 during the week. This recipe can go so far and it’s so versatile. One of my favorite ways to serve these carnitas is by mixing in our favorite BBQ sauce to make pulled pork sandwiches. I also like to crisp the edges on an iron skillet and serve it on tacos.

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

Easy Instant Pot Meals

Looking for super easy Instant Pot meals that you can make during the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place because I love easy. I load my meal plans with tons of easy recipes. Two of the easiest recipes on my meal plan are also two of my favorites. My Salsa Chicken and Hawaiian Sloppy Joe recipes are always winners. Both recipes are quick to make, and the entire family loves them.

Salsa Chicken

My Chicken Tacos, which are based on my Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe, is the perfect meal for busy weeknights. This dump-and-start recipe is as easy as they come. And the chicken is so tasty, 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.

serving salsa chicken on a tortilla

Hawaiian Sloppy Joes

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

a homemade hawaiian sloppy joe on a plate

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

Spicy Cajun Pasta

If you’re in the mood for seafood and pasta, then my Instant Pot Cajun Shrimp Alfredo is perfect. The plump, juicy shrimp, and andouille sausage are smothered in a spicy Cajun cream sauce and served over penne pasta. And the best part, this marvelous dish is ready in 20 minutes. Now that’s a recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights.

close up of a creamy plate of instant pot cajun shrimp alfredo with sausage

Instant Pot Comfort Food

I also included some more traditional comfort dishes in this meal plan. You’ll find a recipe for meatloaf with mashed potatoes, all made in one batch. Therefore, this one is a super convenient recipe for weeknights! 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.


Looking for a comforting Italian dish? This Instant Pot Meat Lasagna is the perfect Italian comfort meal. This lasagna has multiple layers of pasta, Italian seasoned meat, cream cheese, and mozzarella cheese. With every slice, the melty cheeses ooze out from between the layers. Yum! Serve a slice of this wonderful pasta with a side salad and some garlic bread for a complete Italian meal.

instant pot meat lasagna

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.

Mashed Potatoes

Also, my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are perfection. I love making these potatoes in the Instant Pot because they are completely no-fuss. Just add the cubed potatoes, water, and salt to the pot, cook for 10 minutes and then mash and mix in some butter and milk. That’s it! No more draining a big pot of scorching hot water over a sink. It’s so much easier than cooking them on the stovetop.

instant pot mashed potatoes

Green Beans

My Southern-style Instant Pot Green Beans are comforting classics that perfectly complement a variety of main dishes. They’re especially great served with chicken, beef, or pork. Serve them alongside the mashed potatoes for a complete meal.

A plate of green beans

Instant Pot Desserts

I like to say that no meal is complete without a sweet treat. And I have some great desserts for you this month. You’ll find a Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, Cakes in a Jar, Pound Cake, Flan, and more. So, make sure you try all the desserts listed on this month’s meal plan. They’re all so easy and so delicious!


I included my Instant Pot Flan recipe this month. It’s a super creamy Honduran version of this classic Hispanic dessert. So, get ready to have your tastebuds pleasantly surprised by this sensational treat. This flan is always the perfect way to follow a splendid meal.

instant pot flan

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

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    May 1
    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
    May 2
    Poblano Chicken Soup
    from Two Sleevers

    This soup is bursting with chili flavor without being spicy.

  • a bowl with a serving of creamy macaroni salad
    May 3
    Macaroni Salad
    from One Happy Housewife

    Made with pasta, bread and butter pickles, green olives, peas, and Spam, this macaroni salad has a delicious surprise in every bite!

  • a bowl of shrimp and grits
    May 4
    Shrimp 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
    May 5
    Chicken 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
    May 6
    Maple Bourbon Ham
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    A wonderful ham with an absolutely delicious glaze.

  • overhead shot of broccoli cheddar soup in a small bowl
    May 7
    Broccoli 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.

  • instant pot pressure cooker chicken tacos
    May 8
    Chicken 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
    May 9
    Meatloaf 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
    May 10
    French Garlic Chicken
    from Two Sleevers

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

  • close up of hot and cheesy lasagna
    May 11
    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
    May 12
    Cubed 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
    May 13
    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
    May 14
    Egg Roll in a Bowl
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • close up of a chicken taco burrito bowl
    May 15
    Chicken 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
    May 16
    Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta
    from Adventures of a Nurse

    Pasta paired with tender and juicy shrimp smothered in a creamy and spicy sauce. Skip the takeout and make this at home instead.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    May 17
    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 hamburger stew on top of a plate
    May 18
    Hamburger 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
    May 19
    General 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
    May 20
    Shepherd’s Pie
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    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
    May 21
    Balsamic 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
    May 22
    Chicken Taco Pie
    from Simply Happy Foodie

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

  • a plate with a hawaiian sloppy joe sandwich
    May 23
    Hawaiian 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
    May 24
    Chicken Shawarma
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

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

  • a creamy bowl of chipotle shrimp soup
    May 25
    Chipotle 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
    May 26
    Beef Macaroni
    from This Old Gal

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

  • instant pot chicken soup
    May 27
    Chicken 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
    May 28
    Cheesy 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
    May 29
    Taco 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
    May 30
    Salmon 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
    May 31
    Chicken Fajita Soup
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    A wonderful Tex-Mex favorite in a soup bowl.

Side Dishes

  • a large bowl of street corn pasta garnished with cilantro
    Street Corn Pasta
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • country style green beans
    Country Style Green Beans
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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


  • a plate with dulce de leche cheesecake
    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
    Cakes in a Jar
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    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
    Pound Cake
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    A perfect and delicious pound cake just like grandma used 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!

  • overhead shot of a sliced semolina orange cake
    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.

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.

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2023 Meal Plans

2022 Meal Plans

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2020 Meal Plans

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