Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s finally time to start thinking ahead to December. I’ve shared a Monthly Menu Plan and Grocery List with you every month this year, and I plan on sharing mouth watering recipes and menu plans with you throughout 2016. You’ve all spoken, and I’ve taken all of your comments into consideration, which is why 2016 is going to ROCK with my best menu plans yet!
December’s Menu will give you a glimpse into what the 2016 menus will be like. As we ease into the winter months here in Colorado, the produce isn’t as plentiful, and with that the costs of everything are higher. But I have tried my best to keep costs as low as possible. December’s Menu includes a Roast Beef Christmas Dinner and two days of Christmas Dinner leftovers, a leftover night each week and one night when we have breakfast for dinner!
The grand total of December’s menu, including Christmas Dinner is $233.61. Without Christmas Dinner, the total for the month would have been $192.21. If the extra money for a Christmas roast doesn’t fit into your budget, or if you’d rather stretch out your budget over the holiday season, you can either substitute the roast for a CrockPot Roast Beef, which is always a hit, or even cook up a juicy and delicious turkey! Turkeys tend to cost around $0.69 per pound this time of year, and that can save you about $30 right there!
I shopped around again, making sure I took advantage of all of the sales at the local grocery stores in my area, and I purchased all of my canned and frozen items at Walmart. Buying my canned goods at Walmart saves me so much money in the long run. Now if I could just get out of there without buying 100 other things. And also because you asked for it, and many of you have Costco or Sam’s Club memberships and like to purchase your items in bulk, I have included both weekly AND monthly grocery lists to help make your shopping trips easier. I also separated out the Christmas Dinner grocery list as many of you do not cook at home on Christmas Day.
I plan my grocery lists by categories, like you see in the list above. Here is how much I spent in each one:
Meat & Poultry: $43.50
Christmas Dinner: $41.40
Although this has been my most expensive month of menu plans, it also included the most extravagant recipes as the holidays promote these things. If you’re looking for the free printable version of this months menu, weekly, and monthly grocery lists, scroll to the bottom and click the link. For the entire collection of December’s Recipes (NOT including new recipes) you can download them at the bottom too. And with that being said, here is what’s for dinner in December:
Week One: December 1 – 6
December 1 – Turkey Tacos
December 2 – Never Fail BBQ Meatloaf with Buttered Corn
December 3 – Chicken Caesar Wraps with Bacon
December 4 – Leftovers
December 5 – Homemade CrockPot Baked Beans and Hot Dogs with Mixed Veggies
Week Two: December 7 – 13
December 7 – Mini Spaghetti Pie’s
Use leftover spaghetti from last night to make this easy 30 minute kid-friendly dinner.
December 8 – Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
December 9 – Pierogies with Bacon – NEW!
December 10 – Leftovers
December 12 – Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole, Peas
December 13 – Beef Stew – NEW!
Week Three: December 14 – 20
December 14 – Ultimate 30-Minute Macaroni and Cheese
December 15 – CrockPot Refried Bean Tostadas
December 16 – Leftovers
December 17 – Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs and Rice, Peas
Save leftover rice for a dinner on Monday.
December 19 – Roasted Chicken, Creamed Corn
December 20 – Stuffed Shells – NEW!
Use leftover, frozen spaghetti sauce.
Week Four: December 21 – 31
December 21 – Chicken Fried Rice (egg fried rice recipe link)
Use leftover chicken from Saturday’s roast and the leftover rice you saved from last Thursday’s dinner.
December 22 – Leftovers
December 23 – Breakfast For Dinner! Bacon and Eggs is always an easy solution, especially this time of year when things are always so busy!
December 25 – Merry Christmas! Enjoy an extravagant Christmas Dinner. On tonight’s menu:
Roast Beef and Gravy, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli and Yorkshire Pudding
December 26 – Christmas Dinner Leftovers
December 27 – Roast Beef Sandwich with Christmas Dinner Leftovers
December 28 – Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
December 29 – Pasta with Bacon and Peas
December 30 – Leftovers
December 31 – Happy New Year’s Eve! Tonight is an appetizer night! Make these easy CrockPot BBQ Meatballs (NEW!) and a simple 5 Layer Nacho Dip in the morning and enjoy your New Year’s Eve!
Use leftover refried beans from tostadas.
Keep your eyes open throughout the month for all of the NEW recipes. I will be posting the Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Creamed Corn, Roasted Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes Recipes as part of my 12 Days of Christmas Series along with some fun, and easy sewing tutorials for easy homemade Christmas gifts that will save you a ton of money!
Click Here to download the FREE printable version of December’s Menu and Grocery Lists.
Click Here to download all of December’s Recipes! New recipes are NOT included in this list.
That’s it for December folks! I’ll see you next year for another 12 month of budget-friendly menu plans with free printable grocery lists and recipes! For Menu Plans and Recipes from January 2015 through November 2015 click the links below.
August Month of Meals PDF Mom’s Bistro September 2015 Menu and Grocery List month of meals – October menu calendar – Printable November Menu Plan with Weekly Grocery Lists and Thanksgiving Dinner Moms Bistro