New Year, new recipes! The beginning of the month is my favorite because it gives me a chance to plan new recipes for our family. With our busy work and daycare schedules, I find it easiest to plan at least 2 weeks worth of recipe ideas for dinner in advance. I write down our nightly meal on a large dry erase wall calendar in our kitchen, this helps me know what ingredients to get out in advance.
After I decide on some recipes, I hit the sales ads in the grocery store to match recipes. I also analyze what we already have on hand in the pantry, and think ahead to ingredients we might run out of in the near future. We then make a grocery list and head to the store.
Every month, we buy a large bag of chicken (10 lbs), this makes between 7-9 meals for our family of 4 for the month. We supplement the non-chicken meals with meatless Mondays or pasta nights. In addition, we have breakfast for dinner night, and of course leftovers for dinner. Luckily for us this month, we happen to have a gift card to our local favorite, Blue Sky Cafe.
Here is our menu plan for January:
BBQ pork in the crockpot, the port roast was on sale
Crockpot Chilli with 1 Lb of ground beef and 1-2 cans of beans
Vegetable beef stew in the crockpot
Indian chicken and rice, we will have this 2 times. Once will be Tikka Masala and the other will be Korma Curry.
Gluten Free Spaghetti with homemade sauce
Sweet asian bbq chicken
Chicken tacos in crockpot
Pork chops with veggies
Taco chicken with avocado corn salsa and rice
Polynesian beef stew
Winter minestrone soup with gluten free noodles
Cuban chicken black bean bowls
Spicy shrimp bowl
Garlic shrimp ravioli
Moroccan chickpea stew