Monday, January 1, 2018

Our Monthly Dinner Plan (January)

2018 is here. It's time to bring back the monthly dinner plans!



Oh, 2018.

Part of me has been waiting for you for months. Another part needs at least three more weeks of 2017 to catch up on the things I didn't get to do.

(I'm not the only one who feels that way... right?)

Anyway... As I mentioned in my last blog post, my hope is to write more frequently this year. I've really missed writing and I'm ready to put my fingers on the keyboard again. To ease back into it, I'm going to start with our monthly dinner plan for January.

These past few months have been especially overwhelming for me (more on that later). Our dinner plans simply fell by the wayside. Quite honestly, I found it difficult to plan a week's worth of dinners let alone a full month.

But I'm determined to set things right... and what better time to hit the reset button than the first of the year?

Plus, so many of you have told me that the monthly dinner plans have been helpful to you. And I've been using your feedback as motivation for blocking the time for meal planning again. Because doing that makes grocery shopping easier... which, in turn, makes life a little easier.

So, without further ado, here's what I have planned for dinner at our house this month... And HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January Dinner Plan

Week 1: January 1 - January 6


Monday: Pork Tenderloin with Beet and Pistachio Salad

A recipe for Creamed Cauliflower Soup from Taste As You Go.

TuesdayCreamed Cauliflower Soup
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice (otherwise known as "Sort-of Chicken Fajitas")
Thursday: Leftovers
FridaySpinach and Ricotta Calzones
Saturday: Andouille Sausage Breakfast Tacos (updated on 1/3 from this recipe after Stephen decided to make fajitas on Wednesday...)

Week 2: January 7 - January 13


SundayBeef Barley Soup
MondayOne Pot Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Thursday: Panda Express Zucchini & Mushroom Chicken with Brown Rice
FridayPizza with Roasted Eggplant, Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Fresh Mozzarella

A recipe for Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms that'll bring you back to your childhood on Taste As You Go.

SaturdaySalisbury Steak with Mushrooms over Buttered Egg Noodles

Week 3: January 14 - January 20


SundayInstant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice and Naan
MondayRidiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese with Steamed Broccoli
Tuesday15-Minute Cheater's Pad Thai
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Stephen's Choice
Friday: Pizza with Broccoli and Caramelized Onions

A recipe for Three Bean Chili on Taste As You Go.

SaturdayThree Bean Turkey Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning

Week 4: January 21 - January 27


SundaySlow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage

A recipe for Healthier Eggplant Parmesan on Taste As You Go

MondayHealthier Eggplant Parmesan with Rigatoni
Tuesday: Stephen's Choice
Wednesday: Leftovers
ThursdayAmerican Chop Suey

A recipe for Barbecue Chicken Pizza on Taste As You Go.

FridayBarbecue Chicken Pizza
Saturday: Leftovers / Stephen's Choice

Week 5: January 28 - January 31


SundayOne Skillet Chicken with Fiesta Cream Sauce with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

A recipe for Spinach Gruyere Quiche on Taste As You Go.

MondaySpinach and Gruyere Quiche
Tuesday: Grilled Spicy Italian Sausages with Sauteed Onions and Bell Peppers
Wednesday: Leftovers

Thinking of starting a menu planning routine? Check out my previous menu plans, as well as these helpful meal planning tips.

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One year ago: Where I've Been
Two years ago: Find Purpose in 2016
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Four years ago: Top 25 Recipes of 2013
Five years ago: On the Side: Homemade for the Holidays
Six years ago: On the Side: Some Resolutions
Seven years ago: Brunch at Il Bastardo
Eight years ago: Hard-Boiled Eggs Florentine
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