Seasonal January Dinner Menu Ideas to use as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus. Simple, healthy, from-scratch meals include side dishes as well as a couple dessert ideas for the month.
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Dinners for the cold, I-just-wanna-stay-inside, month of January are mostly warm, hearty, and healthy around our house.
Most of these are our family's tried-and-true dinner favorites that appear on our menus regularly. And they reflect that we're just coming off an anything-goes holiday eating season.
In the four weeks of menu ideas below you'll find a main dish and the sides we often 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 items you might've gotten on sale over the holidays like turkey and 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?
We don't regularly have dessert, though a small piece of after dinner dark chocolate is our tradition.
But I'm providing two ideas for lighter, healthier dessert options if you'd like to include them in your menus.
If you'd like a dessert for a special occasion, 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!)
Monthly Dessert Ideas
What about Saturdays & Sundays?
Our family’s menu always has a couple of standards for the weekends - it's one of the ways I make menu planning easier!
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives:
- Menu Planning 101 (5 steps to easy meal planning)
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- Monthly dinner menus
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!