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Here are some dinner menu ideas for the cold, I-just-wanna-stay-inside, month of January. Most of these are our family's tried-and-true dinner favorites that appear on our menus regularly.
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'm providing a basic list of dinner ideas to be the most helpful to you.
In the four weeks of menus below you'll find a main dish and the sides we usually enjoy with it. You can use the sides as-is, come up with your own, or even mix-and-match from other days.
I've also created a couple of weekly menus around some holiday meats you might've gotten on sale - a turkey and a ham. I love stashing these in the freezer to bring out in January or February - it's fun to have them again and there are lots of meals you can make with the leftovers.
What about desserts?
There are no desserts since we don't regularly have dessert, though a small piece of after dinner dark chocolate is our tradition. If you'd like a dessert for a special occasion or once a week, I've got you covered - find both decadent and healthy-ish dessert options here.
If you see a dinner that your family would enjoy and you have the ingredients for, then all you need to do is copy and paste it into your own dinner menu planning system, whether digital or analog.
Dinner planning done.
January Dinner Menu Ideas
Easy Potato And Caramelized Onion Frittata, leftover artisan bread, green salad
Baked Ziti with sausage, green salad
Homemade Pigs-in-a-Blanket, oven fries, cut carrots
Curried Chicken & Rice Soup, salad
Sriracha Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowls (one bowl meal!)
What about weekends?
Make your weekends easy by repeating family favorites!
Our family’s weekend menus always have these standards:
- Saturdays alternate between burgers on homemade buns (or pigs-in-blankets) & fries and homemade pizza.
- Sundays are mostly on-your-own/leftovers ("OYO" on the menu board) - if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or pesto.
I hope you enjoy and are able to use some of these favorite family meals of ours. You can follow me on Pinterest for even more simple, seasonal and from scratch dinner ideas!
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives: