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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


This post linked to:

~Mommy’s Kitchen

~I’m an Organizing Junkie


  1. 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 =-.

  2. 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 =-.

  3. 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!

  4. 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. 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!

  6. YUM! That all sounds so good- off to check out some of these recipes 🙂

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