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Menu Plan Monday: Back to Normal?

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I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for my life to get back to normal!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Holiday Season!  But, I simply can not take any more of it. LOL!

I used to meal plan every week, like clockwork.  However, over the past few years, I have fallen off the wagon and my pocketbook shows it!  It is really amazing how much money you save when you plan your menus.  You can get items on sale, but you also stop getting quick items at your local convenience store or fast food place.

I have set myself a goal to post a new printable menu plan and shopping list every single week for this entire year.  Don’t want to wait?  You can get all of January’s (or weeks 1-5) in my shop right now!

Includes the complete menu plan for the first week of the year - or any week, really.  You can find links to recipes and more

The complete menu plan for the first week of the year is below.  You can find links to recipes and more.  Scroll to the bottom to print out the menu plan and the shopping list.

Week One Breakfast Plan

Monday –  Sausage, Egg & Biscuit Casserole at Mess for Less

Tuesday – Quick Grab, and Go, Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Cereal Bars via The Big Man’s World with milk in a grab and to-go Cup.

Wednesday – Ham & Egg Biscuits with sliced apples

Thursday – French Toast, (Make extra and freeze) , Sausage Patties

Friday – Yogurt & Granola with Bananas

Saturday –  Oatmeal with cinnamon and apples.

Sunday – Easy Homemade Waffles via Living on a Dime, Bananas, Chocolate Milk (Make extras and place in freezer)

Week One Lunch Plan

Monday – Boiled Eggs, Crackers, Apples, Cheese Sticks

Tuesday – BBQ Pork Wraps with Swiss Cheese, Side of Pineapple Cole Slaw using this recipe.

Wednesday –  Yogurt, 1/2  a Banana, Sliced Bell Peppers & Grape Tomatoes, Pretzels

Thursday –Ham Salad Sandwich via 3 Boys and a Dog with leftover Simple Carrot Salad

Friday – Chicken, Spinach, and Cheese Wraps, with grape tomatoes, and leftover No-bake Cereal bars

Saturday- Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Sunday – Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe with DIY Dijon Vinaigrette with Zucchini Bread

Week One Dinner Menu Plan

Monday – Boneless BBQ Pork Ribs via 3 Boys and a Dog with a side of  Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion Dijon Sauce via An Oregon Cottage.

Wednesday — Herb Crusted Baked Chicken Breasts via  Recipes Just 4 U, (cook 2 extra chicken breasts for lunch friday) serve with side salad and mashed potatoes and  Simple Carrot Salad via 3 Boys and a Dog.

Thursday Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup – via 3 Boys and a Dog with a garden side salad and dinner rolls

Friday –  Zucchini and Turkey Lasagna – 3 Boys and a Dog with a side of green beans and garlic bread.

Saturday-  Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs via  Sweet T Makes Three with loaded twice baked potatoes via 3 Boys and a Dog.

Sunday –  Crock Pot Garlic Pork Roast via Frugal Family Home with a side of rice and steamed broccoli

Week One Menu Plan Recipes and Shopping List

Get Your Printable Menu and Shopping List here.  OR get 5 weeks of planning and shopping printables in my shop.

My Favorite Meal Planning Resources:

The following affiliate links are things that I love!  I get so tired of planning, but having interesting, educational, and down-right fun goodies makes this chores so much easier to swallow. 🙂

How to Meal Plan

Menu Wipe Off Board

My Favorite Pens

What do you do to be sure you are using a great variety of your recipes?

Weeks 1 through 5 January Meal Planning Printables

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Monday 4th of January 2010

Melissa, My problem is not remembering to put all those extras into my menu.. it isn't that I don't have enough recipes. We just have a select few that pops into my head. I need a system to help me remember to rotate recipes. Any ideas?


Monday 4th of January 2010

Hmmm .. my comment didn't post, for some reason.

We get stuck in a rut, too. I like to try a new recipe, or something we haven't had in a while, once a week. I also find that MPM nudges me to be more creative. :) .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday: Week of January 4 =-.


Monday 4th of January 2010

I love to watch or DVR my favorites on Food Network and get ideas for new recipes that the whole family will love.....every couple of weeks or so. Also, every now and then I sit down with my cookbooks and just flip through for something new...