Here Are 7 Weeks of Easy Instant Pot Meal Plans

updated Sep 10, 2021
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If you’re a proud owner of an Instant Pot, you already know it has the power to churn out an endless variety of easy weeknight meals. So why not let it help you meal prep, too? These seven weekly meal plans all have one thing in common: They rely on the Instant Pot to get the brunt of the work done, either during the meal-prep session or throughout the week. They’re proof that it’s well-worth keeping the appliance within reach.

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1. How I Prep a Week of Vegetarian Meals in the Instant Pot

The Instant Pot has a knack for making easy (and sometimes faster) work for cooking up meat-free staples. Here, you’ll lean on it for a week of vegetarian dinners, like creamy mushroom pasta and burrito bowls. This plan also gives you some smart tips for repurposing leftovers into brand-new meals.

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2. A Week of Easy Instant Pot Meals

This two-hour prep session uses a few quick rounds of Instant Pot cooking to prep some of your meals completely, but it also shows you how to prep the ingredients for four different Instant Pot dinners that will cook in a snap on weeknights.

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3. How I Prep a Week of Instant Pot Dinners for Two

Here, you’ll use the Instant Pot to prep breakfast and Monday’s lunch, and then you’ll keep it on your counter and use it to assemble quick, delicious dinners every night of week. The leftovers turn into a new recipe for lunch every day, which will make you feel like a total meal prep pro!

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4. Easy Dinners with Help from the Instant Pot

The goal here is to have dinners ready to go into the electric pressure cooker every night so that weeknight meals are as easy as can be. Plus, you get one pizza-night freebie.

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5. How I Prep a Week of Instant Pot Dinners

This meal plan takes advantage of all the Instant Pot’s abilities by using it to both prep ready-to-eat breakfast and lunch options and prep dinners that will be cooked in the Instant Pot later in the week.

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6. 5 Easy Instant Pot Dinners

This meal plan is perfect for busy families. You’ll use the Instant Pot to help make four out of the five dinners so that dinner comes together quickly and it can be kept warm for staggered meal times.

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7. How I Prep a Week of Easy Instant Pot Dinners

This meal prep session takes advantage of both by using the Instant Pot to prep breakfast and lunch options while you prep dinners like red beans and rice and Italian beef that will be cooked in the Instant Pot later in the week.

Get the meal plan: How I Prep a Week of Easy Instant Pot Dinners