Start the new year right!  Eat healthy home-cooked meals by planning your meals with this Vegetarian Instant Pot Meal Plan. Main dishes for each day of the month, along with sides and dessert options. Follow the complete plan or mix and match to create a plan that is perfect for your family!

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I wanted to start the new year by making it easy for my family to eat healthy, home-cooked meals. This meal plan can help us stay on track with our health and well-being goals. And I feel it is possible to stay on track with the help of the Instant Pot!

Importance of meal planning

Let’s put it out there….Meal planning is hard! However, it is also a lifesaver if done well. Here are some advantages:

  • Saves time: You are not standing in front of the refrigerator every day and thinking “what to make for dinner”. Trust me…this is a significant amount of time each day.
  • Grocery shopping is easier: As you have a plan for the week, you know exactly what to buy. And less wastage of grocery not used.
  • Saves money: Less eating out…as you already have a plan in mind.
  • You can prep ahead: You can prep some parts of the dishes planned for the week or just make them ahead.
  • The most important: The whole family is eating healthy food together!

I totally understand that life happens, and we are sometimes not able to follow the meal plan exactly. But that is completely okay! Tweak the meal plan to suit your needs – strike out the days you will not be eating at home, if you miss a day, add the recipe to start of next week. Try to be as consistent as possible, and you will enjoy the benefits of meal planning.

Meal Plan

Main Dishes

Paneer Tikka Masala made in Instant Pot served in a bowl with some naan and limes on the side.

Day 1 – Sunday
Paneer Tikka Masala

A flavorful and aromatic curry, made with marinated and grilled paneer cubes simmered in a rich onion tomato gravy along with warm spices.
Instant Pot Masala Khichdi in a white bowl along with yogurt and pickle.

Day 2 – Monday
Lentil & Vegetable Khichdi

A one-pot dish made with lentils, rice and vegetables along with simple spices and ghee.
Vegetable Curry with Basmati Rice and Naan

Day 3 – Tuesday
Vegetable Korma

This restaurant style creamy vegetable korma curry is a perfect blend of vegetables with a creamy coconut based sauce.
Two bowls of taco soup along with toppings spread out

Day 4 – Thursday
Taco Soup

This hearty soup is a dump-and-go recipe with lots of black beans, corn, peppers, and tomatoes to create a delicious, satisfying dinner.
Instant Pot Moong Dal Fry. Split Yellow Lentils Pressure Cooker

Day 5 – Thursday
Moong Dal Fry

A quick, easy and low-calorie nutritious lentil soup.
Pasta with mushrooms topped with parmesan and parsley in a white bowl

Day 6 – Friday
Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Spaghetti tossed in a creamy cheese sauce loaded with mushrooms, made in less than 30 minutes.
Thai Pumpkin Curry in Pressure Cooker Instant Pot

Day 7 – Saturday
Thai Pumpkin Red Curry

Super flavorful, Vegan, Gluten free one-pot curry made with red curry paste, coconut milk, pumpkin and other veggies.
Vegetable Biryani rice closeup

Day 8 – Sunday
Vegetable Biryani

One-pot Vegetable Biryani made in the instant pot, so easy to cook with the same authentic flavors!
Instant Pot Mushroom Mutter

Day 9 – Monday
Mushroom Matar Masala

Green Peas and Mushroom curry made in a creamy onion and tomato gravy.
Spinach Rice in a cast-iron pan topped with lemon slices

Day 10 – Tuesday
Spinach Rice

Aromatic basmati rice, with spinach and spices, make this Spinach Rice flavorful and healthy!
Lentil Soup Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 1

Day 11 – Wednesday
Brown Lentil Soup

Get cozy with this nutritious and easy to make vegan brown lentil soup.
Aloo Brinjal (potato and eggplant curry) in a white bowl with roti Indian flatbread

Day 12 – Thursday
Aloo Baingan (Potato & Eggplant Curry)

An easy vegan & gluten-free curry made with potatoes, eggplants, and aromatic spices.
Shell Pasta topped with avocado and lime in a white bowl

Day 13 – Friday
Fajita Pasta

Loaded with veggies and lots of flavor, this Vegetarian Fajita Pasta is our favorite pasta dinner.
Pav Bhaji served in a plate with onions and lime on the side

Day 14 – Saturday
Pav Bhaji (Spiced Mashed Vegetables)

A spiced mashed vegetable curry topped with chopped onions, cilantro, lemon and enjoyed with dinner rolls.
Rajma (Red Beans Curry) garnished with cilantro served in a white bowl

Day 15 – Sunday
Rajma Masala (Kidney Beans Curry)

Red kidney beans cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic along with aromatic spices. Make it a meal with pot-in-pot Brown Rice.
Beet Pulao Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Day 16 – Monday
Beet Pilaf

Beet Pulao is a great way to sneak in some beets into your diet. Easy, vegan & gluten-free meal perfect for busy days.
Saag Aloo made in the instant pot served in a earthen bowl with the tempering in the back and naan on the side.

Day 17 -Tuesday
Saag Aloo (Spinach & Potato Curry)

This is a simplified one-pot version of the authentic Saag Aloo, which takes just 30 minutes to prepare.
Instant Pot Cream of Broccoli Soup

Day 18 – Wednesday
Cream of Broccoli Soup

Healthy Cream of Broccoli soup made in the Instant Pot in less than 30 minutes.
Aloo Matar made in instant pot served in a bowl

Day 19 – Thursday
Aloo Matar (Potato & Green Peas Curry)

This vegan and gluten free Aloo Matar Masala is perfect for a delicious warm weeknight dinner!
Black beans in a white bowl

Day 20 – Friday
Mexican Black Beans

Packed with protein and fiber, and full of flavor, these healthy Mexican Black Beans in Instant Pot are the perfect dish to make for your family.
Instant Pot Dal Makahni . Pressure Cooker Madras Lentils

Day 21 – Saturday
Dal Makhani (Madras Lentils)

Black lentils and red kidney beans cooked with lots of ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes and aromatic spices.
Chana Masala (Chickpea curry) served in a black bowl

Day 22 – Sunday
Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

This one-pot recipe for the authentic Chana Masala. A healthy protein-rich vegan and gluten free chickpea recipe.
Black eyed peas and Spinach Pulao Pressure Cooker

Day 23 – Monday
Black-eyed Peas & Spinach Rice

A healthy and wholesome dish, perfect for weeknight meals.
Soya Chunks Curry in a white bowl

Day 24 – Tuesday
Soya Chunks Curry

A flavor-filled dish made with soya chunks or meal maker cooked in a delicious Indian sauce.
Spinach Artichoke Lasagna in Pressure Cooker.

Day 25 – Wednesday
Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

A healthy vegetarian lasagna with lots of fresh spinach, marinated artichokes and cheese layered between noodles.
Beans and potato stir fry in a black bowl

Day 26 – Thursday
Aloo Beans (Potato & Green Beans Stir Fry)

Less than 15 minutes and a quick 4-step recipe to make this delicious Aloo Beans in the instant pot.
Instant Pot Spaghetti Pesto.

Day 27 – Friday
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce

Spaghetti tossed in pesto sauce along with sun-dried tomatoes and a drizzle of lemon juice.
Thai Green curry served in a white bowl

Day 28 – Saturday
Thai Green Curry

This vegan and gluten free green curry is so creamy and perfect to enjoy over jasmine rice.
Potato Curry along with puffed bread (puri) and onions in a black plate

Day 29 – Sunday
Potato Curry (Aloo Rasedar)

Easy and comforting Potato Curry in Tomato Gravy made in the Instant Pot.
Bulgur Pulao. Broken Wheat Pilaf. Dalia Pualo

Day 30 – Monday
Bulgur Pilaf (Dalia Pulao)

A simple, healthy and delicious Bulgur or cracked wheat pilaf cooked with lots of veggies.
Instant Pot Paneer Butter Masala topped with cilantro and cream with naan bread on the side

Day 31 – Tuesday
Paneer Butter Masala

A restaurant favorite Paneer Butter Masala, made with chunks of paneer or cottage cheese cooked in a mildly spiced tomato gravy.

Side Dishes

Perfectly Steamed Cauliflower in the Instant Pot

Steamed Cauliflower

Coconut Rice made in the pressure cooker served in a black bowl topped with sesame seeds and scallions

Coconut Rice

Steamed Broccoli Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Steamed Broccoli

Make perfect pot-in-pot brown rice in your instant pot every time. It is quick, easy and no fuss!

Brown Rice

cumin rice in a black bowl

Cumin Rice


Indian Rolled Oats Kheer topped with pistachios and saffron in 2 small glasses

Oats Kheer

A whole brownie cake made in the instant pot, with a cut out piece and three strawberries

Brownie (contains egg)

Orange Semolina Cake made in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Orange Semolina Cake

Zarda. Meethe Chawal. Sweet Rice in Instant Pot

Zarda Sweet Rice (Meethe Chawal)

Coconut pumpkin halwa in a golden bowl

Pumpkin Halwa (pudding)

Bookmark this page as I will be adding all future meal plans on this page!

About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. Meeta,

    I’ve been looking to make a meal plan like this forever but the thought of putting it together and finding the recipes has been so daunting. Thanks sooooo much for this, it’s exactly what I needed and most importantly I love your recipes too! Do you recommend an app that can pull in your plan and recipes so I can have the weekly grocery list too? I’m trying one now but I have to import each recipe and then plan it out again in it’s own calendar. Once again, thanks so much for this and I’m so excited to start using it right away!

    1. Hi Rupa – So glad to hear you are finding the meal plan useful. It is definitely in the cards in the future to add this meal plan to a existing app, however I have not done that yet. I will definitely share on the mailing list when I do put this plan on an app or if I include a shopping list with the plan. Thanks!

  2. You did not …this is exactly what I was looking for. Great site, amazing work. Thank you. Would love to see the grocery list as well.

    1. Hey Hema – Glad you like the meal plan. It is definitely on my list to add a shopping list in the future. Thank you for the suggestion.

  3. This is sooooo wonderful. I love all your recipes. Being a vegetarian and finding all vegetarian recipes for instant pot- you made my life easy. Thx for this monthly plan recipes. Makes it sooo easy – not to think about what’s for dinner tonight and every night. Thx again

  4. Hi Meeta ,
    Thanks for the amazing meal plan! I have recently started following your page and have recommended to my friends as well .
    One suggestion : it would be great if you had an ingredient list for the week so it would be easy to buy all of the ingredients over the weekend .
    Thanks again!

    1. Hey Abi – So glad to hear you are following the page and the meal plan. Thank you!

      This is the first time I put out the meal plan. It is definitely on the card to improvise and add more features in the future. Thank you for the feedback 🙂

  5. This is wonderful! Thank you, it’s just what I needed! Also, I love to read off-screen so I would be very happy to buy a printable ebook version if you make that available sometime!

  6. I really love your recipes! Thank you for the plan.
    I’m hoping that most of them will be plant- based and not just vegetarian. I’ve already adjusted most of your recipes to eliminate animal products and oil… they’re just wonderful!

    1. Hey Janet – Thank you so much for always being a part of my journey. I am glad that you are able to customize the recipes to make them vegan and eliminate oil. Happy New Year!