≡ Menu

January 2017 Monthly Menu Plan!

Happy New Year!!!!  Well, almost Happy New Year!  I pray that 2017 finds you joyful, athletic, wealthy, ecstatic, rich, merry, buff, and full of free time on your hands!  But just in case it doesn’t start out that way, have you considered a menu plan that will help you save stress?  Buy only the ingredients you need?  Plan ahead on when meals can be made?  Well, you should!  And if not now, then when?

And which menu plan should you use?  The one that has you eating Peanut Butter and Jelly for every meal?  Nah!  It’d work though – a menu plan doesn’t need to be all fancy.  You’d know exactly what ingredients you need.  You’d know exactly how much prep time you need.  You’d get a good idea of what it costs to feed your family.  But you’d get bored.  And this is America – we’re not exactly known for wanting to be bored by our food!

So use this menu plan.  Or one like it.  Take this plan and use it exactly as it is.  Or take this plan and use it just as a starting point – it’s up to you!


The Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Menu:

Available formats:


The Dinner Only Menu:

Available formats:


Its okay if you don’t like these recipes or these ideas – make your own!  Just open the Excel version, delete what you don’t want and keep what you do want!  I have a menu plan that works for my family – you should have one that works for yours!

What if I don’t cook every night?
Awesome!  I don’t either – we often have leftovers 2-3 night/week.  Just take this basic plan, cut out some meals and make leftovers part of your plan!

What if I don’t want a particular meal on a specific night?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan and swap meals around.

What if I don’t eat beef?  Or chicken?  Or pork?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan, remove the foods you won’t eat and put in foods you will eat.

What if I don’t know how to make that meal?
Awesome!  Included are the links for the recipe that I usually use.

What if we always have pizza on Friday nights?
Awesome!  (Can I come over?)  Just remove my Friday meals and put in pizza.

What if I don’t like your recipe?
Awesome!  Use whichever recipe you normally use and just use this basic plan as a suggestion.

What if I have my own monthly menu plan?
Awesome!  Care to share it?  Share it down below in the comments so that we all can see it and be inspired!

What’s cool about this menu plan?

I kept it simple around the holidays – go into the holiday relaxed and enjoy yourself!

Breakfast & lunch are simple and repetitive while still providing variety.  For dinners, I try to have a lot more variety each week – some beef, some chicken, and some pastas.  That way you won’t get too bored.  There are also plenty of ways to save time when using this menu plan.

Examples:  When prepping chicken at the beginning of the month, make enough for the other recipes and freeze it for future use.  When making ground beef, brown 2-3 times the normal amount and freeze that. Check out these easy crockpot instructions for bulk cooking chicken and bulk cooking ground beef. It makes it super quick to pull meals together!

Recipes in this menu plan:

Breakfast Recipes:
Breakfast Popsicles
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Sausage Bagel Sandwiches
English Muffins (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
Breakfast Burritos
French Toast Sticks
Scrambled eggs
Cinnamon Rolls
Fried Eggs
Bagels (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
Baked Oatmeal

Lunch Recipes:

Tortilla Roll Ups
Easy Skillet Nachos
Chicken Nuggets
Soup Ideas: Baked Potato Soup, Slow Cooker Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Soup, Cheesy Veggie Chowder, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Chili, Taco Soup, Vegetable Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup
Bean & Cheese Burritos
Summer Sausage, Cheese & Crackers
Macaroni & Cheese
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Mini Pizzas
Cheese Quesadillas
Cobb Salad
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Egg Salad

Dinner Recipes:

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
Baked Potato Buffet
Baked Quesadillas
Chicken Tacos
Balsamic Chicken & Veggies
Stuffed French Bread
Crispy Onion Chicken
Teriyaki Grilled Chicken
Tuna Melt
Creamy Chicken Pockets
Hawaiian Chicken
Italian Sausage & Peppers
Meatball Subs
Baked Honey BBQ Popcorn Chicken
Bean & Cheese Enchiladas
Pepperoni Roll
Spicy Chicken Rigatoni
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork
Spaghetti Pie
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Bow Tie Fiesta
Candied Chicken
Beefy Mac & Cheese
Chicken, Green Chile, & Cheese Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup
BBQ Chicken Foil Pack
Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Ring
Little Meats & Gravy (Beef Stroganoff)

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Jennifer Landsberger December 31, 2016, 11:04 am

    These are fabulous! I love the fill-in-your own option. I not only pinned them to my group board “Free Printables” on Pinterest, but also shared them on my sub-reddit “Free Printables” on Reddit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nicole December 31, 2016, 11:25 am

      Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Jayme January 2, 2017, 9:21 pm

      That’s awesome! I think they’re the bees knees, but I’m quite biased!


Leave a Comment