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May Instant Pot Meal Plan (2019)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of May

The last month of school is here! And as the school year comes to an end, it seems like our days get busier and busier. With that in mind, I’ve put some easy meals in my May 2019 Instant Pot Meal Plan. You’ll find plenty of easy pastas, sandwiches, and more. Here’s what you can expect:

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Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

I know that summer is nearing and school is coming to an end for the year, and I know what that means… Lot’s of running around to end-of-year school activities. For that reason, you’ll find plenty of easy pasta recipes in this month’s meal plan.

Spicy Cajun Pasta

To start May off, you’ll find my Instant Pot Spicy Cajun Pasta! Wow, this pasta is so delicious, plus it’s super easy to make! This dish is so creamy and has andouille sausage. Any dish with andouille sausage is a big plus in my book. And the spices in this recipe make this pasta burst with Cajun flavor.

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Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

My Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is a traditional Italian dish that’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table fast. This is a quick and easy one-pot recipe that’s ready in less than 15 minutes. That makes it perfect for a busy school night.

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Beef and Macaroni Casserole

My Instant Pot Beef & Macaroni Casserole is another pasta dish that is a super fast to make and is a favorite for the entire family. This one is super hearty, creamy, beefy, and never lasts long. Everyone devours their plates in a flash and then asks for more.

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Taco Pasta

If you’re looking to add some Mexican flair to pasta night, then try my Instant Pot Taco Pasta. This quick and easy pasta dish explodes with so much delicious Tex-Mex flavor that it will leave your family asking for seconds. I have tons of other taco recipes that you can make in the Instant Pot, so check them out on the blog.

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Easy Instant Pot Recipes

With school winding down and end-of-the-year activities in full swing, quick and easy recipes are a must. My Beef and Bowtie Pasta and Cheeseburger Mac recipes are two super quick and easy pasta dishes that everyone loves. And for something other than pasta, my Salsa Chicken and Hawaiian Sloppy Joes are perfect recipes for those chaotic last couple of weeks of school.

Salsa Chicken

I love this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe! It’s the simplest of simple recipes. I just throw some chicken breasts in the pot, add a jar of salsa and some chicken stock, close the pot and cook. Within minutes I have a delicious shredded chicken that can be used in a variety of dishes. I like to use this chicken to make chicken tacos, sandwiches, and salads.

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Hawaiian Sloppy Joes

This Instant Pot Hawaiian Sloppy Joes recipe is a tasty island upgrade to the traditional sloppy joe. This is another super simple recipe that is ready in minutes. The pineapple, red and yellow peppers, and sweet onion make these sandwiches a big hit. 

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Instant Pot Main Dishes

For those special weekend days when you have a little more time, I’ve added some extra tasty, extra delightful meals like Lasagna, and French Dip. These two recipes are must-tries. They are both absolutely delicious!


This Instant Pot Lasagna recipe is so creamy and packed full of meaty goodness. Layers upon layers of the most flavorfully seasoned Italian ground beef, creamy cream cheese, and melty mozzarella make this Italian classic an absolute delight. Your entire family will rave about this pasta dish.

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French Dip Sandwiches

Don’t get me started on the Instant Pot French Dip. These sandwiches are show stoppers. The moist and tender chuck roast is drenched in au jus and served over crusty bread and topped with melty cheese. These sandwiches are truly exceptional.

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Instant Pot Side Dishes

And don’t forget to check out the Instant Pot sides. You’ll find my popular Macaroni and Cheese, and Lemon Butter Broccoli. These two delicious side dishes complement just about any main dish that you’d serve.

Mac & Cheese

This is the best Instant Pot Mac & Cheese recipe ever! This pasta dish is so rich and creamy and the special blend of four cheeses makes for a phenomenally flavorful Mac & Cheese. This is the perfect side dish for any weeknight dinner.

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Lemon Butter Broccoli

Looking for something fresh? My Instant Pot Lemon Butter Broccoli recipe is such a wonderful way to give broccoli some bright yummy flavor. You’ll steam the broccoli in the pressure cooker and then toss it in the most wonderful lemon butter dressing. It’s an outstanding side dish.

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There are also plenty of other side dishes to choose from, so make sure to check them out.

Instant Pot Dessert

No meal is complete without a delicious dessert to follow it up. So, I always provide plenty of wonderful Instant Pot dessert recipes in my meal plans. And this May meal plan is no exception. It is loaded with tons of great dessert options including my Coconut Bundt Cake, Arroz con Leche, and Turtle Lava Cakes. These desserts are all unbelievably delicious!

Coconut Cake

If you’re having a small get-together with friends or family, this Instant Pot Coconut Cake is perfect to serve as a treat. This cake is packed full of sweet coconut deliciousness and is perfect severed with a cup of tea.

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Arroz con Leche

I grew up enjoying this amazingly sweet and creamy dessert. This Instant Pot Arroz con Leche is my pressure cooker version of Honduran rice pudding. I’ve noticed that when ordering rice pudding at a restaurant, they serve it cold. It’s never as good as this recipe, which is served warm. You must try this version.

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Enjoy the last days of the school year!

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

May 2019 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

These are the dishes for May.

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    May 1Spicy Cajun Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy weeknight dinner with a wonderful kick of cajun.

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    May 2Salpicón 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.

  • close up shot of smothered pork chops lightly garnished with cilantro
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    May 3Smothered Pork Chops from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • chili with beans in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and green onion
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    May 4Chili with Beans from One Happy Housewife

    A hearty, comforting bowl of homemade chili packed full of amazing flavor.

  • corn tortillas with carnitas topped with cilantro, tomato, and cheese
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    May 5Carnitas from One Happy Housewife

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

  • homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
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    May 6Spaghetti 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.

  • a creamy bowl of chipotle shrimp soup
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    May 7Chipotle 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!

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    May 8Salsa 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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    May 9Coca-Cola Ribs from The Halfway Homesteaders

    These ribs are so sweet and clean the bone delicious. Plus, they’re so easy to make!

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    May 10Hawaiian 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 a bowl of chicken tortilla soup centered on a plate
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    May 11Chicken Tortilla Soup from Spice Cravings

    This zesty, creamy Tex-Mex delight is a powerhouse of flavors that can be enjoy all year round.

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    May 12French Dip from One Happy Housewife

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

  • side view of creamy beef macaroni casserole in a bowl
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    May 13Beef & 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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    May 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.

  • chicken tikka masala on a plate garnished with cilantro
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    May 15Chicken Tikka Masala from Piping Pot Curry

    This restaurant quality Tikka Masala will make you forget about take-out. Wonderfully tender chicken cooked in a creamy and flavorful chicken curry.

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    May 16Moroccan Chickpea Soup from Spice Cravings

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

  • fish coconut curry in a bowl
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    May 17Fish Coconut Curry from Spice Cravings

    The sweet and creamy coconut milk, wonderfully aromatic spices, and flaky fish come together to create this delightful Indian dish.

  • a fully cooked whole chicken on a large tray
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    May 18Whole Chicken from Recipes from a Pantry

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

  • mississippi pork on a large plate with banana peppers
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    May 19Mississippi Pot Roast from Simply Happy Foodie

    Mississippi Pot Roast is great to try when you want a twist on a roast!

  • a large serving of tuscan chicken pasta in a small bowl
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    May 20Tuscan Chicken Pasta from Simply Happy Foodie

    Bursting with Italian flavor, this creamy rich pasta is sure to be a favorite.

  • overhead shot of sirloin beef tips in mushroom gravy on pasta garnished with cilantro
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    May 21Sirloin Beef Tips from Monday is Meatloaf

    This easy weeknight meal will give you the most tender and succulent beef tips loaded with layers of flavor in a savory mushroom gravy.

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    May 22Shrimp Scampi from Monday is Meatloaf

    This quick and easy recipe is sure to satisfy any seafood lover.

  • lasagna on a plate with salad
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    May 23Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a plate of shredded buffalo chicken on a bed of lettuce
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    May 24Shredded Buffalo Chicken from This Old Gal

    This quick and easy shredded buffalo chicken can be enjoyed on a salad, a wrap, or a sandwich.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    May 25Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a large bowl of jambalaya garnished with cilantro
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    May 26Jambalaya from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A New Orleans staple, this Instant Pot version of jambalaya is loaded with andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp. So tasty!

  • a plate of ground beef and farfalle pasta in vodka sauce
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    May 27Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of bowls of chicken enchilada quinoa
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    May 28Chicken Enchilada Quinoa from Ministry of Curry

    This quick and easy Instant Pot meal is packed with Mexican flavor.

  • overhead shot of a plate of cheeseburgermac and lettuce with tomato slices
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    May 29Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of chicken and dumplings
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    May 30Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

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    May 31Creamy Ziti from Cooking with Karli

    This dump-and-start pasta recipe will become your next go-to meal for busy weeknights.

Side Dishes

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    Street Corn Pasta from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

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    Lemon Butter Broccoli from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly delicious and healthy side dish that can be served fast using the help of the Instant Pot.

  • overhead shot of brown fried rice in a bowl garnished with scallions
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    Brown Fried Rice from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A healthier version of Chinese fried rice with all the flavor.

  • overhead shot of cilantro brown rice in a bowl
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    Cilantro Lime Brown Rice from Piping Pot Curry

    The fresh flavors of cilantro and lime make this the perfect healthy side dish for any meal.

  • a ladle filled with a serving of mac and cheese
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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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • a spoonful of arroz con leche
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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.

Download the May 2019 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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