January Monthly Meal Plan

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Another month, another meal plan. Each month, I create a monthly meal plan for my family. It takes me 20ish minutes to figure out our meals for the next 30ish days and I use that as my guide all month long. My January Monthly Meal Plan isn’t as exciting as I’d like (see below), but it’s food and I’m grateful for it.

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It's January and our January Meal Plan is ready to go! I planned 30 meals in 20 minutes - here's what we're eating for dinner this month!
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Why We Meal Plan

I’ve been meal planning for years. It works so well for our family that I don’t think I’ll ever stop.

As a working parent, the dinner struggle is real. One thing I definitely DON’T want to do is come home from work when I’m tired and cranky and think about what to make. Planning ahead helps take some of the mental load away on a school night.

Another benefit of monthly meal planning is that it saves my family money. I look through my pantry and freezer each month before planning, then I go grocery shopping with a list in my hand andI know exactly what to buy.

Each January, I host a No Spend Challenge. While we still buy food during the challenge, meal planning helps keep my grocery bills as low as possible, which goes a long way towards my bottom line for the month.

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Monthly Meal Plan Basics

When meal planning, I find it easier if I have a theme. I pick one meal we’ll eat once a week for the month. Doing this takes a lot of stress out of planning. Here are some theme ideas:

  • Mexican Mondays
  • Taco Tuesdays
  • Pizza Fridays
  • Spaghetti Sunday

Or add any of your own ideas! For our meal plan, we’ll be having fajitas on Mondays and pizza (and a movie) on Fridays. We used to do Taco Tuesday, but we’re taking a break for a while.

I also try to cook simple meals on busy nights and more in-depth meals when we have less going on.

January Meal Plan

January is a busy month around here. Between sports and school, we have busy evenings 3 nights a week and games all day on Saturdays. This results in a lot of quick and simple meals that aren’t as healthy as I’d like. During months like this I remind myself how lucky we are. I also try to focus on the fact that we’re eating together and that’s what’s importnat.

That being said, here’s what I’m making this month:

  1. Pasta & chicken
  2. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  3. Taco Salad – My DIY Taco Seasoning
  4. Creamy Keilbasa Pasta – from Weeknight Dinner Cookbook
  5. Pizza
  6. Shepherd’s Pie
  7. Spaghetti & Meatballs
  8. Fajita Bowls – My DIY Fajita Seasoning
  9. Hot Dogs & Mac’n’Cheese
  10. Chicken Nuggests & Salad
  11. Meatball Subs
  12. Pizza
  13. Whole chicken, sweet potatoes, broccoli
  14. Baked Ziti
  15. Fajitas
  16. Banana Pancakes – Our Favorite Recipe
  17. Potato Sausage Hash – from Weeknight Dinner Cookbook
  18. Egg Roll Bowl – from Lillie Easts and Tells
  19. Pizza
  20. Pork Chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
  21. Chicken Orzo Soup – from Weeknight Dinner Cookbook
  22. Fajitas
  23. Hot Dogs & Mac’n’Cheese
  24. Taco Salad
  25. Asian Pasta w/ Broccoli – from Weeknight Dinner Cookbook
  26. Pizza
  27. Pulled Pork (double & freeze)
  28. Whole Chicken, broccoli, & pasta
  29. Fajitas
  30. BFD (Breakfast for dinner, probably eggs and sausage)
  31. Cuban Sliders – similar to this recipe
January Meal Plan - Here's what we're eating.

Free Meal Plan Download

Like this idea but it’s not perfect for your family? Grab this download that includes a template for our own meal plan (page 3). Pick and choose my meals, but then modify the plan to fit your life.

Need more help sticking to a meal plan? Check this post with tons of tips.

Meal Plan Recap

And that’s what we’ll be eating in January—assuming that I will remember to defrost all that meat! Luckily, I have a plan for that. When I sit down to plan out our weekly events, I also plan out my daily to do lists. As I write our weekly meals in my planner, I’ll also jot down which meat I have to defrost the evening before.

Did you create a January Monthly Meal Plan? I’d love to hear more about it! Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Out of meal ideas? Here's what we'll be eating in January, which is one of our busiest months.

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