Happy New Year, my friends! It’s great to be back in the swing of things. If you are looking to get organized and make your life easier for the New Year, menu planning is one of the first steps.

We have a couple years worth of Monthly Menu Plans for you as well as Weekly Menu Plans. As our weather continues to be quite chilly and the snow is piling up, we will enjoy comfort food this month, as well as easy make ahead and Slow Cooker meals to help us with our time management.

Whether you are planning just a week or a whole month, it simply makes your life easier. Here are a few tips we use when planning our menus…

  1. Keep it simple! Make ahead dishes are a great time saver. While you are making a casserole, make 2, it won’t take that much longer to double the recipe, put 1 in the freezer for later when you don’t feel like cooking or your day exploded on you and the meat never got taken out of the freezer.
  2. Make themed nights, we typically have Quick & Easy, Mexican, Italian, Slow Cooker and Kid Friendly meals. So when you are planning, you just have to decide what type of meal for that night. Narrowing down the choices is much easier.
  3. Plan for the month, buy for the week {or 2 weeks}. After you have several monthly menus planned, just rotate them. Having 2 or 3 menus with warmer meals and 2 or 3 menus with cooler meals is perfect.

Printable January 2014 Menu | Available on PocketChangeGourmet.com

Due to popular request, the Printable Menu is now available on a calendar in grid form. Print or save to your computer for easy access!

January Menu Plan


2 – Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread

3 – Homemade Pizza Sliders

4 – Stir-Fry and Pork Fried Rice

5 – Chili and Corn Bread

Honey Hoisin Chicken Sandwich :: Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

6 – Chicken Nuggets and Oven Fries

7 – Ultimate Fried Egg Sandwiches and Fruit Salad

8 –  Taco Ring, Chips and Salsa

9 – Meatloaf, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Corn

10 – Bacon Ranch Chicken StripsLoaded Baked Potato Skins

11 – Honey Hoisin Chicken Sandwiches, Potatoes and Green Beans

12 – Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Potatoes

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13 – Meatloaf Sandwiches with Fried Smashed Potatoes

14 – Individual Chicken Pot Pies, Mashed Potatoes and Applesauce

15 – Taco Bake and Spanish Rice

16 – Mom’s Beef Stew with Cornbread

17 – Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce, Oven Fries

18 – Pepperoni Pizza Ring

19 – Make Ahead Sloppy Joes, Chips and Dip

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

20 – Breakfast for Dinner – Ham & Egg Casserole and Fruit Smoothies

21 – Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

22 – Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

23 – Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread

24 – Homemade Pizza Pockets and Oven Fries

25 ~ Appetizers and Baked Potato Bar

26 ~ Classic Lasagna, Salad and Garlic Bread

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

27 – Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, Salad

28 – Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles, Salad

29 – Chicken Fajitas and Rice

30 – Beefy Noodle Casserole

31-Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker and French Dip Sandwiches


Desserts for the Month



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