Note: For 2015 I will be republishing our monthly menus from 2014, adding in new published recipes when appropriate. I hope you are able to use these seasonal menus as a starting point for your own family menus. Not sure why to menu plan? Check out all the great reasons here, plus get a free seasonal menu planning eBook!
Here are some dinner menu ideas for the cold, I-just-wanna-stay-inside month of January. These are many of our family’s tried-and-true dinner favs that appear on our menus regularly. Longtime readers may remember that I use to share seasonal weekly menus before changing to a monthly menu format that I hope will give you a starting-point for your own family menus.
Since I don’t think many people actually follow someone else’s specific menu plan exactly (every family is different in food preferences, needs, etc.) I think providing a list of dinner ideas would be the most helpful to you. If you see a dinner that your family would enjoy, you have the ingredients for, and think would be fun to make, then all you need to do is copy and paste it into your own dinner menu planning system!
Monthly Dinner Menu Ideas for January:
Baked ham, Slow cooker Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad
Baked Ziti with sausage, salad
Homemade Pigs-in-a-Blanket, oven fries, cut carrots
Roasted chicken & vegetables, corn bake, salad
Salmon Patties, Soba Noodles with green beans (I omit the baked salmon and top the noodles with canned-salmon patties & the sauce)
Curried Chicken & Rice Soup, salad
Individual Meat Loaves with Chipotle-Maple BBQ Sauce (recipe coming soon!), Simple Barley Pilaf, salad
*Note: our family menu always have a couple of standards: Saturdays alternate between burgers (or pigs-in-blankets) & fries and homemade pizza; Sundays are mostly on-your-own leftovers (if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or pesto).
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives:
- Menu Planning 101 (dinners)
- 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- Weekly family menus
- Monthly dinner menus
I’m sharing this at Menu Plan Monday.