January Meal Plan

Happy New Year!!!!

This month, let’s have some more participation from you wonderful people. If you try a recipe and like it, come back and like it on the blog! If you made some changes when you made something, leave a comment and let us know what you did to improve it. If you find something you really like, please share it on facebook or pinterest! Spread the word!¬†Once I get 100 followers, we’re going to have a give away. Let’s see if we can hit that this month ūüôā You guys are awesome. I hope this blog helps lighten your load a bit and saves you some moo-la.¬†

Also I’ve made a change on the calendar! For those of you who have bigger families and don’t have enough leftovers to do 2 additional dinners, I’ve added an optional 5th meal to the week. You’ll find these on Saturday and marked with an *. The shopping list for these additional meals can be found at the bottom of the regular list. ¬†I won’t be making these as part of my meal plan so they aren’t included in my $100 a month budget. ¬†But in case you need them, here they are!

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      1 Happy New Year! 2 Grilled Chicken 
Caesar Salad
3 Zucchini 
4 Left Overs OR Chicken Lo Mein*
5 Family Dinner 6 Loaded Baked 
Potato Chicken
7 White Bean, 
Spinach soup
8 Left Overs 9 Ham Broccoli 
10 Chili & Corn 
11 Left Overs OR Teriyaki Chicken & Rice*
12 Family Dinner 13 Beef Noodles 14 Chicken Noodle Soup 15 Left Overs 16 Bean Burritos  17 Garlic Chicken Pizza 18 Left Overs OR Sloppy Joe Sandwiches*
19 Family Dinner 20 Split Pea Soup with Ham (SC) 21 Swedish Meatballs 22 Left Overs 23 Breakfast for dinner 24 Taco Roll Ups 25 Left Overs OR Cowboy Casserole*
26 Family Dinner 27 Italian Casserole 
28 Cheesy Southwest Egg Bake 29 Left Overs 30 Oven Baked Tacos 31 Spicy Chicken Pizza Roll Ups  

Have you noticed that New Years just isn’t that great when you have children? Where we live, once the clock hits midnight, people are out doing fireworks, shooting guns, yelling, and banging on pots. I have 2 little kids that go to bed at 8:30 and all of the racket wakes them up. Ya. So NOT cool. Just once, I’d love to retaliate by waking up at 6 AM and going outside banging on my pots and yelling “Happy New Year!!” Just to see how they like it. I mean, it’s just as much a new year at 6:00 in the morning as it is at midnight, right? ūüėȬ†Anywho, now that you all know that I’m the grinch of New Years celebrations, let’s move on…

What an amazing year! We were so blessed (especially to have such a healthy, happy new baby!) and I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings. ¬†One big thing for this year is that my husband will graduate with his master’s degree. (Only 131 more days!¬†You can do it, Honey!!!)¬†

Happy New Year!! I hope it’s a great year for you!

January Meal Plan

January Shopping List

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  • Butter 2 sticks
  • Cottage cheese 3 cups
  • Cream cheese 8 oz
  • Milk¬† 5.5 cups
  • Sour Cream 1 cup
  • Land O Lakes¬ģ Garlic & Herb Saut√© Express¬ģ square (This is a roll-over ingredient from last month) 1

Dairy – Cheese

  • 1¬Ĺ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 6¬Ĺ ¬†cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¬†5 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Milk 2/3 c


  • Ground beef 7 lb
  • ¬†Ground pork 1 lb
  • 1 piece of steak, thinly sliced
  • Bacon 12 slices
  • Chicken breasts 14
  • Ham for cubing about 2 lbs
  • Pork sausage 1 package (12 oz)
  • Chicken breast 3


  • Penne Pasta 2 boxes
  • No-boil lasagna noodles 12
  • 1 box angel hair pasta
  • Pasta – linguini or fettuccini, 12oz

Canned Stuff

  • Beef broth 3 cans OR 4 large beef bouillon cubes
  • Black beans, 1 can
  • Chicken broth 16 cups
  • Cream of Chicken Soup 1 can
  • Kidney beans¬† 16 oz can 1-2
  • Refried beans 2 (16 oz) can
  • Tomato sauce 1 (15 oz) can
  • Tomato Sauce 8 oz
  • Tomatoes 2¬† – 16 oz can stewed
  • Tomatoes can of 28 oz crushed
  • Tomatoes with green chiles, 1 can (10 oz) (Rotel)
  • White beans, 1 (15 oz) can (like navy)
  • Baked beans 1 can (16 oz)


  • Bell pepper (any color) ¬ĺ cup chopped
  • Red bell pepper 1
  • Green Pepper ¬ĺ c.
  • Broccoli – 1 ¬Ĺ cups chopped
  • Carrots, 8
  • Celery, 6 stalks
  • Garlic 4 bulbs OR garlic powder
  • Green onions, Two Bunches, sliced – 4
  • Lemon – 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
  • Onion 7 medium (or substitute onion powder)
  • Red potatoes
  • Romaine lettuce 2 heads
  • Russet potatoes 3 – 4 medium
  • Spinach – 2 bunches
  • Zucchini ‚Äď 4

Random Stuff

  • Capers, Optional
  • Taco Seasoning 2 packets or 1.5 oz
  • Chicken broth¬†2 quarts ¬†or¬†8 c. water + 8 tsp. chicken bouillon
  • Dry ranch dressing mix (from 1-oz package) 2¬†teaspoons
  • Caesar dressing
  • Cornmeal 1 cup
  • Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons
  • Dried split peas, 1 lb.
  • Fresh rosemary leaves – 1 tablespoon chopped
  • Frozen spinach (thawed) 10 oz
  • Garlic-herb croutons 2 bags
  • Pancakes or waffles or toast
  • Panko bread crumbs ¬Ĺ c
  • Pillsbury¬ģ Grands!¬ģ Flaky Layers refrigerated original biscuits1 can (16.3 oz)
  • Pillsbury¬ģ refrigerated classic pizza crust 1¬†can
  • Salsa 1¬Ĺ c
  • Taco shells 12 hard
  • Tortillas ‚Äď burrito size
  • Tortillas flour 6 (10-inch)
  • Barbecue sauce ¬Ĺ cup
  • Bisquick mix 2 cups
  • Chicken broth 4 cups
  • Hamburger buns, (I just use bread)


  • Bay leaf 3
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried parsley
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasonings
  • Marjoram
  • Onion powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Smoked paprika
  • Thyme

Common Pantry Items

  • Baking powder
  • Cornstarch 2 Tbs
  • Flour
  • Honey
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Yeast 1 TBS
  • Vinegar
  • Egg 2 dozen
  • Ketchup 1 cup
  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • White Rice 1 c
  • Worcestershire sauce


Split Pea Soup with Ham


  • 1 lb. dried split peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 2 quarts chicken broth¬†or¬†8 c. water + 8 tsp. chicken bouillon
  • 1 lb. ham diced into small pieces (perfect for left over ham!)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • pinch of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf


Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. You can also cook it on high until it starts to boil and then turn the setting on low until you’re ready to serve the soup. Top with garlic croutons.

Slightly adapted from http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/01/split-pea-soup-with-ham/

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs









Serves 6-8


  • ¬Ĺ c panko bread crumbs
  • 1 c buttermilk OR 1 cup milk mixed with 1 TBS vinegar
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¬ĺ c minced onion, pressed between paper towels to remove excess moisture (or 1 tsp onion powder)
  • ¬ľ c capers, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 ¬Ĺ tsp kosher salt
  • ¬Ĺ tsp black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS dried parsley
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 3 c low-sodium¬† beef broth OR 3 c water and 2 small cubes of beef bouillon
  • 3-4 TBS milk, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with: Boiled red potatoes tossed in butter
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (seriously, doing this saves a lot of scrubbing time later!)
  2. Combine bread crumbs and buttermilk in a large bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Add beef, pork, egg, onion, capers, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, and parsley. Combine with your hands.
  4. Scoop tablespoon-sized portions and roll into balls. Place on baking sheet. Broil 10-12 minutes on low or until they are brown on top.
  5. While meatballs are browning, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth.
  6. Add 1 cup beef broth and whisk together until completely smooth. Add remaining beef broth and increase heat to medium so it starts to simmer and thicken.
  7. Simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat and stir in milk or cream if you want.
  8. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

This is my budget-friendly adaptation from Our Best Bites ‚ÄúSavoring the Seasons‚ÄĚ Swedish Meatball recipe. This cookbook is amazing!! You need it. Buy it here.

Garlic Chicken Pizza

Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 4 servings


  • 1-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1¬†Land O Lakes¬ģ Garlic & Herb Saut√© Express¬ģ square (This is a roll-over ingredient from last month)
  • 1 prepared pizza dough recipe
  • 1/2 cup¬†baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup¬†shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup¬†shredded Cheddar cheese


1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Heat oven to 450¬įF.

2      Prepare dough recipe.

3      While dough is rising, cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.

4¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Melt Saut√© Express¬ģ square in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat just until bubbles begin to form.

5      Add chicken and sauté 4-5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

6      Roll out dough on a pizza pan.

7      Brush liquid from pan over pizza crust. Top with spinach, chicken and cheeses.

8      Bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese melted.

This recipe is slightly adapted from this recipe here.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 1Ingredients:

  • ¬Ĺ c Caesar dressing (for marinating)
  • Caesar dressing (for tossing)
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 heads romain lettuce
  • ¬Ĺ cup shredded parmesan cheese (plus more for topping)
  • Garlic-herb croutons


  1. Place chicken in a ziploc bag. Add ¬Ĺ c caesar dressing. Let marinate for as little as 30 minutes – 6 hours.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat or just plug in your George Foreman ūüėČ
  3. Remove chicken breasts from marinade and let excess drip off. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Remove from grill and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Let cool to room temperature and store in fridge until ready to use.
  4. Wash and dry lettuce and tear into bite sized pieces. Place in large bowl and add parmesan cheese, croutons, and prepared chicken.
  5. Toss with dressing to taste. If you’d like, add additional cheese and pepper to each serving.

This recipe is adapted from the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad recipe from Our Best Bites new cookbook ‚ÄúSavoring the Seasons‚ÄĚ

Cheesy Southwest Egg Bake

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Serves: 8-12


  • 1 package (12 oz) pork sausage
  • ¬Ĺ¬† cup chopped onion
  • ¬ĺ cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
  • 10¬† eggs
  • ¬ľ cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded pepper Jack or Mexican cheese blend (8 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury¬ģ Grands!¬ģ Flaky Layers refrigerated original biscuits
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

¬†1¬†Heat oven to 375¬įF. In 12-inch ovenproof skillet, cook sausage, onion and bell pepper over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Remove mixture from skillet; set aside.

2 In large bowl, beat eggs and milk. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese, the pepper flakes and sausage mixture. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces.

3 Spread oil in bottom of skillet. Place biscuits in skillet. Pour sausage mixture over biscuits. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.

4 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until egg mixture is set and crust is deep golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.