January Family Meal Planner with weekly grocery list

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

January Family Meal Planner with weekly grocery list

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I hope January's meal planner saves you precious time planning so you can spend it with your kids making snowmen, drinking hot cocoa, and playing with your kids!  This month features Crockpot Wednesday – so dinner time is quick and easy before Wednesday church activities.
January monthly family meal plan with free shopping list

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If you've never used our free monthly family meal planner you are in for a treat. I've done all the work for you. Each month includes 4 weeks of meals, recipes, and weekly printable grocery items. You will even find seasonal recipes - and it's all FREE! My meals are an outcome of me striving to feed my family better - organically, nutritiously, and still yummy food! Oh, and did I mention eat on a budget! Our family feels these meals are:
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January Meal Planner

In January it's time to sever comfort food that not only warms our bellies, but also our homes as it cooks. Get ready for some seasonal favorites and warm-you-up soups.   Our meal plan feeds our family of 5.  So for all you busy moms out there – dinner is served {and you didn’t even have to plan it!}

Week 1:






Monday Fruit & Granola (use coconut oil)

Spanish Rice with Hot Dogs** Classic Tortilla Soup** fruit
Tuesday Oatmeal w/ fruit Refried Bean Burritos with homemade taco shells (save 1/2 for tomorrow’s lunch) SoufflĂ©** string cheese
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Pizza Quesadilla (with leftover taco shells) Crockpot BBQ SandwichesCrockpot BBQ Sandwiches on Sandwich Buns (makes enough for 2 meals) popcorn
Thursday Blueberry Muffin Leftover BBQ Sandwiches baked beans & fresh bread** Granola
Friday Farmer Eggs** with 2-3 potatoes, 1 pepper  & 2 eggs per person)
with juice
Baked potato with cheese, sour cream, and broccoli Peanut Linguini**
Green Beans
bell pepper with hummus
*only eat 1/2 hummus
Saturday Waffles** with maple syrup leftovers Cheese & Veggie Pizza

*save 1 pizza crust for Monday
celery with peanut butter
Sunday Apple Sausage Crepes Layered Herby Stew Mac & Cheese with Broccoli fruit
*Granola makes 20-24 servings – save the rest for other days on menu (keeps in air tight container for 2-3 weeks)
**Recipe in Shopping List Download

Week 2:

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola Calzone (using saved crust) with pepperoni (optional) Sweet Chili with Buttery Cornbread** bell pepper with humus (leftover)
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Leftover et Chili & Cornbread Angel Hair Brushetta with Spinach salad (with balsamic vinegrette & walnuts) fruit
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Refried Bean Burritos with homemade taco shells (save 1/2 for Friday’s lunch) Crockpot BBQ Roast with Confetti Couscous String Cheese
Thursday Banana Bread Leftover BBQ Roast or PBJ Sandwiches Stir Fry (Vegetarian with 1 cup nuts) fruit
Friday Fried Eggs + Fruit  Tortilla spread with cream cheese & topped with cooked bacon Lemon Chicken** with buttered potatoes and peas popcorn
Saturday pancakes leftover Cheese & Veggie Pizza cucumber slices
Sunday Smoothie Blueberry Pork Chops** over brown Rice with Green Beans Tortilla Espanola** with “french” bread fruit
Treat: Maple Peanut Butter Yummies

Week 3:

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola Spinach Salad with deviled eggs Red Beans & Rice** fruit
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Fruit, bread** cheese, kabobs Italian Tortellini Soup** granola
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Leftover Italian Tortellini Soup
Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
celery with peanut butter
Thursday Bundt Coffee Cake** BLT Sandwich
Homemade Bread**
Pasta with alfredo sauce** and green beans Granola
Friday Spinach/garden Omelet (add ground mustard & nutmeg) Black Bean Taco Salad** Cheese & Veggie Pizza fruit
Saturday Banana Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes (use coconut oil) + maple syrup leftover Eggplant Parmesan, pasta & sauce
Cheese & Veggie Pizza
Sunday zucchini bread Roast
Mashed Potatoes / Gravy
Lunch Meat Sandwich with bread++
Sweet Potato & Beet Chips (bake)
Treat: Pineapple Upside Down Cake**

Week 4:

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola hummus on pita, peppers Quinoa Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup apple with peanut butter
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit tuna sandwich on tortilla shells (save 1/2 for tomorrow) & fruit Spaghetti Squash w/sauce + cheese + Green Beans granola
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit refried bean burritos
+ tortilla shells (leftover)
Crockpot Stroganoff Beef over Linguini with Green Beans fruit
Thursday Sweet Potato Muffins *use coconut oil and 1/2 sugar Leftover Stroganoff & noodles  
Veggie Burgers on homemade buns
Sweet Potato Fries
Friday Scrambled Eggs
Potatoes & Green Peppers
Cobb Salad Reuben Sandwiches with fruit popcorn
Saturday French Toast Casserole Leftovers Taco Pizza fruit
Sunday Smoothie Leftover Taco Pizza Spinach Friata fruit
Treat: Banana Pudding SquaresBanana Pudding Squares


{free} Weekly Shopping List Printable

First off, because I know you are going to ask, where is the Menu {free} printable?  I know I usually have free printables for everything! But I think it will be more helpful to you if you just read the menu {this post} on your smart phone, ipad, or computer. All the recipes are hyperlinked for your convenience! {This is how I am cooking now too}

>> {free} Printable Weekly Shopping Lists <<

You can also pull up your shopping list from your smart phone, but I know sometimes it is easier to print this off to add your own notes {things you already have, add’l household supplies you need, etc.} Each weekly shopping list contains everything you need to make the recipes that week.  Easy Peasy!

If you notice a mistake, please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks

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I’d love to hear from you if you used my meal planner. What’s your families favorite meal?

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  1. Wow! thanks for sharing this! Your menu plans actually have things my picky toddler will eat which will save so much time with re-doing other meal plans out there. Thanks again!

    1. So glad they are a good fit for your family! Happy to have you following along =)

  2. What a great share. Thanks for all your hard work here... I just wondered whether you might have considered the fact that some days all three meals consist of bread / wheat based ingredients, which may not be the healthiest option. But there are certainly plenty of ideas I can use here :)

    1. Certainly adjust your meals to your families interests, needs, and your climate. We live where we have a COLD winter and I feel my family needs the carbs. But if you live in say Florida, certainly change a meal to serve over some greens instead =)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is awesome! You have things my family will eat and you include ALL meals of the day, not just dinner. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. Hey! I love this site, and I'm making a decision (better than a resolution) to try it for at least a month and see how it goes. Of course, we have a family of 8, so that will take some adjusting on my end. I was just wondering about the spanish rice with hot dogs--we do not eat hot dogs (Ted Broher [sp?] cured us of that), so what should I substitute? And the abbreviation TAB is driving me crazy!! :) Traditionally it's abbreviated Tblsp, or just T. I kept saying "tab" as I was reading you recipes, LOL! If I have to buy store-bought tortillas, what is the best kind? Thank you so much, again, I need the organizing help so I'm hoping this will keep me on track.

    1. I've used both ground beef and ground turkey with good success mixed in with spanish rice, on different meals.

    2. So glad you found my planners and find them helpful!

      I think "my" abbreviation started reading my Mom's handwritting on recipes when I was still in elementary school. The differences between t. and T. were not always so east to decifer... so I started making it all aps and writing TAB (for TABlespoon) It's just one of my quirks =)

      I agree with fairyhalo, ground beef would work great, as would grilled or fried chicken or chorizo (Spanish sausage meat).

  5. Thank you!! I also find it hard to find a meal plan with all the meals.And free is a huge bonus. Thank you so much!

  6. I am making Lemon Chicken from your week 2 recipes, and I am little confused. You said to add all ingredients in the second column together (minus water) and cook for 30 min. The second column has chicken, 1/4 teas salt, 1/2 teas salt, pepper, and butter. I have a feeling the columns didn't come out right. Can you please tell me the recipe? My plan was to make it tonight :)

    1. sorry for the confusion, it does look like the columns became askew. I updated the recipe in the download to make it clearer =)

  7. Hello again! I want to say thank you so much for taking the time to post these! They have been a huge help! I have a question about the tortilla soup. The directions say to add broth, but there is no broth listed in the ingredients. Can you tell me what kind and how much? Thank you!

    1. Alina - add as much as you like to make it the consistency you like. I generally add 2-3 cups broth (or water) as we like it semi thick, but still soup like. Make sense?

      Glad you are enjoying these =)

    2. Yes, it makes sense. Thank you so much! One more thing: The recipe for Crockpot BBQ Roast with Confetti Couscous appears to be missing. Thanks!

    3. It's a new recipe I'm sharing & post goes live on Monday, January 6th =) It is my new favorite meal!!

  8. Thank you so much for your meal plans!! I can't wait to get started! It's such a huge help!! I do wish they were printable though but grateful to have them regardless! Thanks again!

    1. So glad you are able to make use of them. You can always highlight what you want printed and click Print (selection only) to print. However that won't help you get all the recipes you need =)

      Enjoy! Thanks for reading along,

    2. Unfortunately I'm not able to print selections. It does funky things when I try, including printing so tiny that I can't read it w/o a magnifying glass! o.0 That's a great suggestion though! I had hoped to be able to do that and print out all the recipes because my kitchen is too small for me to take my laptop in there. Oh well, I'm sure I can make it work somehow. Thanks!

  9. Just came upon your menu plans a couple days ago. They are WONDERFUL! I love that it includes all meals, not just dinner. Coming up with variety for breakfast and lunch is one of my biggest struggles. I would like to offer maybe one suggestion. I would love it if the shopping list listed what menu item it was needed for. For example, as a family, we don't generally like sour cream, but will eat it if it's cooked in something specific. As I see sour cream on the list, I'm having to hunt through the recipes to figure out which meal this is for, to decide if we really need it or not. I can also imagine that not every person enjoys every meal for their family and they might want to delete specific items on the shopping list that correspond with that particular meal. Just a suggestion :). But seriously...THANK YOU!

    1. Great suggestion Carla! I will make the changes for Feb =)

      Enjoy & thanks for reading along,

  10. Just noticed that the link for Crockpot BBQ Roast with Confetti Couscous is broken :)

    1. It's a new recipe I'm sharing & the post goes live on Monday, January 6th =) At that point the link will work. It is my new favorite meal!!

  11. Hello again! I am now making the crockpot BBQ roast and confetti rice, but the link to the recipe isn't working :( I know I am a week ahead, but at least Im helping get out the kinks now :) THANKS!

    1. It's a new recipe I'm sharing & the post goes live on Monday, January 6th =) At that point the link will work. It is my new favorite meal!!

  12. Your recipe for Tortilla Soup doesn't say how much broth to add. I made a guess and used 4 cups.

    1. I've used 4 cups on 2 occasions. Love, Love, Love this recipe. :D

  13. It looks like the recipe for Stroganoff is missing. Is it another one that will be put up later? Thank you!

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