January Menu

Well here is this month’s menu!  I have a few planned leftover days because I wanted less time in the kitchen so I could focus on getting my house organized.  But planning meals for my family is the first step in organization. So here are the meals planned for January….

1stmeatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad
2ndchili, cornbread, salad
3rdegg rolls, chicken chow mien 
4th – fish tacos, Spanish rice, salad
5th yummy pinto beans (make extra for tomorrow), homemade dinner rolls, salad
6th – leftovers
7th split pea soup made with ham bone saved (frozen) from Christmas dinner, dinner rolls, salad
8th Cajun baked chicken, cheesy rice, salad
9th – spaghetti, French bread, salad
10th – kielbasa cabbage & pasta, salad
11th salmon patties, garlic roasted potatoes, coleslaw
12th – tacos with all the trimmings
13th – crockpot beef stew (make extra), dinner rolls, salad
14th – leftovers
15th tuna noodle casserole, salad
16th lasagna, French bread, salad
17th – tuna melts, tomato soup, salad
18th – Pizza – Jacob’s birthday!!
19th Nachos for a Crowd, salad
20thpotato sausage soup (make extra), salad
21st – leftovers
22nd - white bean chicken chili (make extra), corn bread, salad
23rd – leftovers
24th – hot dogs, coleslaw, chips
25th – hamburgers, chips, coleslaw
26th chicken fajitas, salad
27th salmon chowder (make extra), biscuits, salad
28th – leftovers
29thbeef noodle soup (make extra), dinner rolls, salad
30th – leftovers
31stcrockpot chicken & gravy, salad


  1. Thanks Crystal !! I was just talking to my family about needing to cut back on the food shopping and asking them about meal ideas for saving money. I knew that I needed to plan ahead better then I had been doing and now with your one month menu, you have helped alot !! Sometimes I just can't think of ideas for supper and now with your list and your great recipes, I am off to a great start !!

    Thank you so much for doing this!

  2. happy new year to you Crystal. It is such a pleasure to read you years after years. Thank you for sharing with us your life and as you said in your newsletter to invite us in your family. Have a great year.

  3. Looks delicious!! Makes me wish I was home so I could enjoy some of that wonderful goodness. :D

  4. Many of your menu plans are similar to the way I fed my family when they were growing up. These days, I am more concerned about limiting my carbohydrates. My children are grown and on their own; therefore, I can afford to make some necessary changes needed for my aging heart. Those large pot meals are way more than my husband and I could possibly eat. I am cooking for only two now.

    Keep up the great work!

    Diana Freeman

  5. Crystal... I am making your chili today. I only have an hour left for the beans to be done but there still seems to be A LOT of water. am I supposed to drain it first or just mix everything together???

  6. Heather, You can drain the water (saving some of it to add back) , add the spices and hamburger and then add back any amount of the water if you want to, to get a consistency that you like..

  7. Ok- Thanks!!! It smells good ;o)

  8. I feel very happy that I live here and get to eat all those yummy meals. :)

  9. Crystal,
    I have been a lurker on your blog for a while, even on the other site - I truly enjoy everything on it. And I'm origianlly a Washingtonian (Yakima Valley). :) I have a question about your yummy pinto beans...is there a way to modify this to be done in a crock-pot/slow cooker? So it's cooking all day and done when I get home from work type thing?


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