What better way to kick off your new year than by getting organized – without having to do too much work. Here is my gift to you, your very own January meal plan so that you can spend your time making your own New Years Resolutions.
I decided to try out a different format – this time in a monthly calendar format. So, you can easily see what the meals are for each day of the week. Feel free to print out your meal prep/shopping list as well!
January Meal Plan
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January Meal Plan – This follows the same meal planning tool that I used last Fall.
Monday – Slow Cooker
Tuesday – Tacos
Wednesday – Waffle Night
Thursday – Freezer Cooking
Friday – Italian
Saturday – Chicken (Instant Pot Style)
Sunday – Pizza
In order to keep this simple and streamlined, I’ve made this just a dinner planning menu.
We tend to keep our other meals very simple. Healthy (low sugar and mostly gluten-free) Cereals for breakfast, sandwiches, organic canned soups, and salads for lunch. Every once in a while, I’ll throw in my favorite homemade chocolate chip cream cheese muffins for breakfast, for poetry tea time, or a snack.
Monday — Slow Cooker Monday
Shredded Chicken with green beans and bread (Slow Cooker) – 2-4 pounds of chicken breasts, 1 C water, 2 C green beans 6 hours on low slow cooker; 2 loaves of French Bread from Costco (frozen) 5 minutes in oven at 400f.
We also love: Throw in half a bag of frozen (Costco) Italian Meatballs, 2 jars of barbeque sauce (also from Costco) and set for 6 hours on low, or 4 hours on high. Slice up some French Bread or steam some rice and you have a quick meal.
Soup recipe: We are going to use this but make our own soup in our Instant Pot so nothing is canned: https://www.recipesthatcrock.com/crock-pot-cheesy-potato-soup/
Also this for the last Monday in the month …We also are going to try this meal this month: Chicken and Dumplings in the Slow Cooker (no soup)
Tuesday — Taco Tuesday
Tacos however you like them. We do ground beef sauteed until done, corn taco shells, shredded cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers
Wednesday — Waffle Wednesday
Either make your own Belgium Waffles or do a very simple meal of frozen waffles (they even sell gluten free in the grocery store), frozen blueberries, sliced ham or Candian Bacon (We buy ours at Costco and it is Nitrate Free), and other fruit/toppings – we like Maple Syrup (also from Costco) and whipped cream.
Thursday –This is our freezer meal cooking day.
I take out a meal already prepared in my freezer and cook it. This week is meatloaf – I tend to buy ground beef in bulk (also Costco) and then make up my own meatloaf and freeze several. Take one out the night before, pop it in the fridge, then cook for approx 2 hours at 375f. Sautee some veggies for more great freezer meals go here: MyFreezEasy
Friday — Spaghetti and Meat Sauce.
I sautee the meat in a skillet until cooked, pour in my favorite sauce (we like Classico) and boil our noodles (we only eat gluten-free brown rice pasta now because our daughter has a gluten intolerance). We also make a side salad and some garlic bread from the local grocery store (this is not gluten-free but the other kids can enjoy it). My baked ziti is similar … I make it the same way except grate mozzarella cheese and mix it in and layer it on top. I bake for 20 minutes on 350f.
Saturday — Instant Pot meal!
I love this because it is so simple to use. I love doing something simple like chicken breasts and carrots with a cup of water and some onion. This is very simple and extremely tasty. If you need help using your new Instant Pot check out the link below:
Sunday — Pizza day.
We sometimes make our own using either a bread maker or KitchenAid to make the dough and then put the toppings on ourselves – or we do take out. BTW: Costco sells a huge pack of gluten-free pizza in their frozen section and my daughter makes her own that way.
I’ve created a shopping list for the first week of January here: Shopping List 1/1/18