May Instant Pot Meal Plan (2019)

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:

may instant pot meal plan calendar

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.

a plate of cajun pasta

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.

instant pot spaghetti and meat sauce

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.

two servings of macaroni and ground beef in a bowl and plate

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.

homemade taco pasta topped with cheese and sour cream and garnished with cilantro

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.

serving salsa chicken on a tortilla

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. 

a homemade hawaiian sloppy joe on a plate

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.

instant pot meat lasagna

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.

dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus

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.

a warm and creamy bowl of mac and cheese sitting next to a spoon

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.

pouring lemon butter sauce on broccoli

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.

a coconut bundt cake sitting on a plate

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.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

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.

  • instant pot cajun pasta
    May 1
    Spicy Cajun Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Simple ingredients like pasta, sausage, and cheese seasoned with the perfect touch of Cajun spices make this a winning combination. This is a super easy weeknight dinner with a wonderful kick of cajun.

  • overhead view of salpicon
    May 2
    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
    May 3
    Smothered Pork Chops
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

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

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

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    May 5
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • spaghetti and meat sauce served in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    May 6
    Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
    from One Happy Housewife

    You’ve got a hungry family and not much time? This Instant Pot version of a traditional Italian dish is perfect for those busy nights when you need to get a tasty dinner on the table fast. This spaghetti and meat sauce is an easy one-pot meal that can be made in less than 15 minutes. Your family will love this one!

  • a creamy bowl of chipotle shrimp soup
    May 7
    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!

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    May 8
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

    A very popular recipe that’s fast, easy, and so versatile. The perfect busy weeknight meal!

  • close up of a glazed coca cola ribs
    May 9
    Coca-Cola Ribs
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • a plate with a hawaiian sloppy joe sandwich
    May 10
    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 a bowl of chicken tortilla soup centered on a plate
    May 11
    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    from Spice Cravings

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

  • May 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 beef and macaroni casserole
    May 13
    Beef & Macaroni Casserole
    from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously creamy beef and pasta casserole is the perfect hearty and filling comfort dish for those busy weeknights. It’s fast and easy to make, full of flavor, and guaranteed to satisfy those hungry bellies. This one is sure to become a favorite in your home.

  • instant pot taco pasta
    May 14
    Taco Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Love Mexican food but tired of the same ‘ole, same ‘ole? Then try this easy and delicious pasta dish. It’s kid-approved and will be ready in no time. It’s the perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight.

  • chicken tikka masala on a plate garnished with cilantro
    May 15
    Chicken 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.

  • moroccan chickpea soup stew in a bowl
    May 16
    Moroccan 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
    May 17
    Fish 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
    May 18
    Whole 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
    May 19
    Mississippi 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
    May 20
    Tuscan 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
    May 21
    Sirloin 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.

  • close up of shrimp scampi in a bowl of rice
    May 22
    Shrimp Scampi
    from Monday is Meatloaf

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

  • instant pot lasagna
    May 23
    Meaty Lasagna
    from One Happy Housewife

    Looking for a hearty dish that can feed an entire family? Try this rich, creamy, and flavorful lasagna. It’s easy to prep and you’ll have it on the table in no time. Everyone will be asking for seconds.

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

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

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    May 25
    Dr. 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
    May 26
    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 bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    May 27
    Beef & Bowtie Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    A fast and simple pasta dinner that even the most picky of eaters will devour. This one is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for those hectic weeknights.

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

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

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    May 29
    Cheeseburger Mac
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super hearty and flavorful, from-scratch pasta casserole that’s sure to be a hit with the kids. This one is so delicious, it’s like having your favorite burger in a bowl. A great meal for busy weeknights.

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    May 30
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of creamy ziti
    May 31
    Creamy Ziti
    from Cooking with Karli

    This dump-and-start pasta recipe will become your next go-to meal for busy weeknights. It’s saucy, cheesy and delicious. Plus, it’s ready in just 20 minutes!

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.

  • overhead shot of lemon butter broccoli in a large bowl
    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
    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
    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.

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


  • 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!

  • a delicious coconut bundt cake served on a large plate
    Coconut Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    Topped with a heavenly creamy coconut glaze, this moist and delicious 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
    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
    Turtle Lava Cakes
    from One Happy Housewife

    These deliciously decadent mini cakes are overflowing with a molten chocolate center, caramel and pecans. They are an indulgence like no other!

  • 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.

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.

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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