A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for January

In an attempt to make my life a little easier, I'm planning all of our dinners for January at once.

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I probably should have drafted a list of food-related New Year's resolutions before putting together our menu plan for January so I could use them as inspiration while deciding what to make for dinner next month.

But the truth is, getting dinner on the table and eating more than two bites of it before Caroline begins to show signs that she's ready to go down for the night is enough of a challenge. I don't need any extra pressure to make sure that each meal follows a set of guidelines that I'll likely throw out the window as soon as Stephen starts traveling for work again.

(I mean, let's be honest.)

With that said, I want to continue our streak of stretching meals so they last a few days (or, at least, until lunchtime the next day), so I've planned for more Leftover Nights. Plus, I know I have a meal or two stashed in the freezer that I can defrost and reheat if I really don't feel like cooking.

At any rate, here's what I've come up with for January for the time being.

Menu Plan for January

Week 1: January 1 - January 2

Friday: Dinner Out -- Because tradition!
Saturday: Leftovers

Week 2: January 3 - January 9

Sunday: Spinach-Pesto Lasagna (from The 8x8 Cookbook)
Monday: Black Pepper Stir Fried Noodles (from Pinch of Yum)
Tuesday: Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli over Farro (from Dine & Dish)
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Breakfast Burritos (from Comfy Cuisine) with Guacamole (from Rosa Mexicano)
Friday: Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil
Saturday: Leftovers

Week 3: January 10 - January 16

Sunday: Grilled Chicken with Potato Herb Gratin (from RawSpiceBar)
Monday: Weeknight Cheese Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Rice (from Skinnytaste)
Tuesday: Orecchiette with Sausage and Kale (from The Kitchn)
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Pizza with Spinach, Caramelized Onions, and Ricotta
SaturdayRoasted Butternut Squash Soup and Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (from I Am a Food Blog)

Week 4: January 17 - January 23

SundayBulgogi Beef (from Bon Appetit) with Brown Rice and Broccoli
MondayOrzo Stuffed Peppers (from Two Peas & Their Pod)
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Baked Orecchiette with Chicken and Broccoli (from The 8x8 Cookbook)
Friday: Pizza with Roasted Eggplant, Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Spinach
Saturday: Leftovers

Week 5: January 24 - January 30

SundaySkillet Chicken Fajitas (from PureWow)
MondayCacio e Pepe (from Alexandra's Kitchen) and Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Grilled Steak with Fiery Pomegranate Sauce, Jasmine Rice, and Steamed Sugar Snap Peas
Friday: Pizza with Mushrooms and Broccoli
SaturdayCaribbean Chicken Tacos (from Creme De La Crumb)

Week 6: January 31

SundaySalisbury Steak with Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

Do you plan your meals? What's on your Menu Plan for this week/month? Let me know in the comments!


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