January Menu Plan

Food for Jan. collage

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a blessed holiday, ours was just great. The holidays are a great time to reflect on years gone by and look to the new year.

Have you set some goals for 2010? I have quite a few, one of them is to continue to meal plan. For many years, I have planned our meals for the whole month, while this may sound really crazy and overwhelming, it really isn’t. It does takes a little time in the beginning, but after you get a few months done, you can just repeat. I know many families, our family included, eat mostly the same food, we have our favorites that I always include and throw in a few new dishes here and there.

Many of my blogging friends are taking part in “Eating from the Pantry” Challenge in January. Although I don’t have a pantry or freezer that is bulging with extra food, I do have a few items that need to be used. I have planned our meals this week to use up those items.

Meals for January

3 ~ Lasagne, Parmesan Knots and Salad

4 ~ Chicken N’ Noodles (using stock & chicken in freezer), Mashed Potatoes, Corn (freezer)

5 ~ Tex Mex Chicken (can of Mexi-corn from Pantry)

6 ~ Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread (using hot dog buns in freezer) and Salad (spaghetti from Pantry)

7 ~ Taco Ring, Spanish Rice (box of rice from Pantry)

8 ~ BBQ Meatballs and Swedish Meatballs for Doug

9 ~ Baked Potato Bar and Appetizers

10 ~ Taco Soup (Tomato Juice in Pantry)

11 ~ Breakfast

12 ~ Mostacolli, Red Lobster Biscuits, Salad

13 ~ Soup & Sandwich

14 ~ Loaded Tostadas, Nacho Bar

15 ~ Hot Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese

16 ~ Pizza

17 ~ Whole Chicken (make 2), Mashed Potatoes and Veggie

18 ~ Tuna Casserole

19 ~ Chicken Pot Pie (use leftover chicken, make 2, 1 for freezer)

20 ~ Spaghetti and Alfredo Sauce, Parmesan Knots, Salad

21 ~ Ham and Potatoes

22 ~ Chicken Quesadillas, Nachos

23 ~ Honey BBQ Chicken Wings, Oven Fries

24 ~ Roast, Potatoes, Carrots

25 ~ Chicken Stir-Fry, Rice

26 ~ Beef N’ Noodles (leftover roast), Mashed Potatoes

27 ~ Breakfast

28 ~ Vegetable Soup, Corn Bread

29 ~ Enchilladas

30 ~ Corn Dogs, Onion Rings

31 ~ Shanghai Wings, Rice

 And I will be baking from the freezer this month too. I have some cranberries and zucchini that need to be used.

Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Bread baked.fixed.2.

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread.fixed

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucc Cake.fixed

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for Cupcake Tuesday. I’d love for you to link up your cupcake or muffin creations! :)

This post linked to:

~Mommy’s Kitchen

~I’m an Organizing Junkie

~Chive Talkin’


  1. Looks like another yummy month:-)

  2. Amy says:

    YUM! That all sounds so good- off to check out some of these recipes :)

  3. Milehimama says:

    Wow, the whole month! Amazing! I’ve just started going the opposite route – buying better meat from a butcher, which means I have to check in with him a couple times a week to see what he has! It’s quite an adjustment to plan my menu AT the store, LOL!

  4. Pam says:

    I like to plan my menus ahead as well. I love perusing my recipes on my laptop as well as my cookbooks. I love planning out the meals and the grocery lists. I find it very relaxing. I plan from week to week using the sheets of menus already planned and find that the hardest work has already been done.

    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Menu week of January 4th =-.

  5. Angela says:

    I’ve got my meals planned for the month too. So nice – I can shift things around if necessary, but it is such a relief to already have the menus prepared. As I always say, inspiration NEVER strikes at 5pm when everyone is ravenous!

  6. Looks like you have a good variety!

    It used to be that I couldn’t imagine planning a whole month of menus, but I started with a week. Then that overlapped into doing two at once. This time I did two weeks with ideas (although not a complete plan) for the third week. (But I only post one at a time.) So I can totally see how doing a month at a time would be doable!

    Hope you can stop by and see what’s on our menu this week!
    .-= stephanie (LSL/Bold Avenue)´s last blog ..On the menu: Inspiration =-.

  7. Hey Liz!!! Thanks for your help with the hosting questions. I haven’t decided yet what to do, but know that if I go with webmoms I will surely use the affiliate link. It always amazes me to see a month long menu plan – way to go (bowing down!!! LOL!!!) Thanks for joining in Mindful Menus – love having you!
    .-= Jenna / Mindful Menus / Chivetalkindotcom´s last blog ..Mindful Menus – Week of 1/4/2009 =-.

  8. Tina says:

    Thanks for linking up. Lots of yummy recipes and new ones for me.
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Spiced Pumpkin Waffles and The Pumpkin Shortage =-.

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