A Meal Plan To Save You Money On Groceries In The New Year! 31 Days of Dinners for $220 with FREE Printable Grocery List and Recipes | January 2016 Meal Plan

As the new year approaches, I have been reflecting on 2015 and it’s ups and downs.  For the most part, 2015 was a great year.  D.J. and I got married, Anthony is doing well and already starting to read and my blog has taken off!  I started sharing monthly menu plans in January of last year and made it part of my resolutions/goals for 2015 to share a meal plan and grocery list each month.  As the year passed, and I got into the groove of things, the meal plans got better and I even started adding printable recipes to recipes AND monthly meal plans.

 budget meal plan january 2016

As 2016 sneaks it’s way here in two weeks, it’s time to start making our resolutions.  For many of us, including myself, saving money is at the top of my list which is why I have planned on sticking to sharing a Budget Monthly Meal Plan again every month of 2016.

Each months menu will include a FREE printable collection of the months recipes, a menu plan and two FREE printable grocery lists – one for the entire month so that you can buy groceries in bulk and weekly grocery lists for fresh groceries like produce.  The printable grocery lists are divided up into categories are each menu and grocery list is planned around feeding a family of four with leftovers for a leftover night each week and making a double recipe of things like Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce and freezing it for meals throughout the month.    2016’s Budget Meal Plans will also have some helpful hints on each weeks grocery list on what to prepare in advance or how to freeze leftovers for other meals throughout the month.

 budget meal plan january 2016

New recipes are going to be posted throughout the month, and ALWAYS before the date that is on the meal plan.  Sign up to receive e-mails at the top of the screen and get all new recipes, meal plans and how-to’s delivered right to your inbox.  For the FREE printable version of this meal plan, the grocery lists and the recipes, scroll down the the bottom and click the links.  For recipes with step-by-step directions with pictures, click the recipe name below.

January 2016 Budget Meal Plan

31 Days of Kid-Friendly Dinners for $219.64

January’s menu 31 days of dinners with 4 new recipes.  Like I did in 2015, I shopped around at a couple different stores to get the best prices on my groceries so that I could stay under my $250 a month goal.  Last year I had a $200 budget, but this year since almost everything has increased in price – at least here in Colorado.  For January I bought most of my groceries at Walmart.

Week One – January 1 – 8

  • Add spinach, carrots, ditini and parsley to this list!  I forgot to add them to the week one list from the monthly list!

 budget meal plan january 2016

January 1
Pasta Fagoli (Pasta Fazool) with Black Eyed Peas – NEW!

January 2
Crockpot Beef and Broccoli with Rice – NEW!

  • Make extra rice for Egg Fried Rice on Tuesday, January 4

January 3
Spaghetti and Meatballs

This Spaghetti Sauce will make you famous! Easy Kid-Friendly Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

  • Make Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce and a double batch of Meatballs
  • Use spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight and freeze leftover sauce in 3 separate containers for Spinach 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells, Eggplant parmesan and Meatball Subs
  • Use half of Meatballs for dinner tonight and freeze the cooked Spaghetti Sauce for Meatball Subs on Saturday, January 9

January 4 – Meatless Monday!
Egg Fried Rice

  • Use leftover rice from Saturday

January 5 – Taco Tuesday
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

January 6
Leftover Night!

January 7
Giambotta (Italian Vegetable Stew) – NEW!

** This recipe didn’t post for some reason, please scroll down for the Giambatta recipe!  An updated, printable version will be available this week. **

January 8
Mini Corndog Bites and Oven Baked French Fries

  • Take out frozen Spaghetti Sauce for Stuffed Shells and Meatball Subs next week

Week Two – January 9 – 15

 budget meal plan january 2016

January 9
Meatball Subs and Salad

  • Use frozen Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce from last week

January 10
Spinach 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells

30 minute stuffed shells leftover spaghetti sauce crockpot easy weeknight meatless monday kid approved friendly recipe

  • Use frozen Spaghetti Sauce from last week

January 11 – Meatless Monday!
Butternut Squash Soup and Grilled Cheese

  • Freeze other half of bread for ABC Soup and Grilled Cheese on January 25
  • Save extra American cheese for Grilled Cheese on January 25t

January 12 – Taco Tuesday!
Turkey Tacos and Corn

January 13
Leftover Night!

January 14
Pasta with Bacon and Peas

January 15
Easy 30-Minute Asian Stir Fry and Rice

Week Three – January 16 – 22

 budget meal plan january 2016

January 16
Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork – NEW!

crockpot bbq pulled pork

January 17
Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken, Mixed Veggies and Roasted Potatoes

  • Save chicken bones and make Homemade Chicken Stock and save money on buying boxed chicken stock later in the month
  • Save leftover chicken for Chicken Enchilada Cups on January 19

January 18 – Meatless Monday!
Macaroni and Cheese and Peas

January 19 – Taco Tuesday!
Chicken Enchilada Cups and Corn

  • Use leftover Chicken from Sunday

January 20
Leftover Night!

January 21 – Breakfast For Dinner!
Breakfast Burritos

Green Chile Smothered breakfast Burrito

January 22
Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Veggies and Oven Baked French Fries

Week 4 – January 23 – 31

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January 23
Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs, Rice and Broccoli

  • Try and grind extra chicken on January 22 when you make Chicken Nuggets to make dinner prep easier tonight

January 24
Eggplant Parmesan

  • Use frozen Spaghetti Sauce from January 3 and take leftover bread out of freezer for Grilled Cheese tomorrow

January 25 – Meatless Monday!
ABC Soup and Grilled Cheese

January 26 – Taco Tuesday!
Carnitas (Pork Tacos) and Corn – NEW!

carnitas pork tacos

January 27
Leftover Night!

January 28
Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

January 29
DIY Pizza Night!

  • Make your own pizza with your favorite toppings.  Only the cheese, sauce and crust are included in the ingredients for this recipe. 
  • Make Homemade Ranch Dressing for tomorrow night if you can

January 30
Buffalo Chicken Strips and Celery with Homemade Ranch

buffalo chicken strips ootball recipe momsbistro

January 31
Sausage and Peppers – NEW!

January 2016 Budget Meal Plan and Grocery List

January 2016 Meal Plan Recipes

New Recipes To Print –

Pasta Fagoli

CrockPot Beef and Broccoli

Stove Top Pork Tacos (Carnitas)

CrockPot BBQ Pulled Pork

Giambotta Recipe


1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
1 zucchini, cut into bite sized pieces
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large tomatoes, cored and cut into small pieces or 1, 15oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup chicken stock or water
2 tbsp olive oil


In a large pot combine all ingredients.  Cover and cook, stirring frequently for about 30 minutes until all of the vegetables are tender.  Serve right away.


  1. Jessica Sorenson

    What do you typically eat for breakfasts and lunches? I’m wanting to cut our grocery bill WAY down this year. We have 3 kids, so I doubt there will be any leftovers. Do you have ideas or lists of cheap and easy breakfasts and lunches?

    • Hahah! Yeah, my meal plans are designed for a family of 4, so I can see the issues with leftovers. For breakfast we usually eat cereal, eggs or oatmeal – but it really depends. And for lunch, we can do leftovers, but it’s always different because I am making different food for the website and Anthony is usually my taste tester. But, if you sign up for e-mails, in January, I will be sending out the one month meal plan that I have been working on for all three meals, and definitely on a budget!

      Oatmeal is really a great breakfast though. You can add some fruit to it if you want to change it up, and it helps keep you full throughout the day! I hope this helps, and if you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at lindsie@momsbistro.net

      Happy New Year!

  2. Lori Cervantes

    I just found your blog through Pinterest and so far I ❤️ It!! My question is that I printed out the recipes for January but there wasn’t one for Jan 1 and 2 meals. Where can I find them?

    Thank you for your help! Have a blessed New Year!

    • Hey Lori!

      These are all new recipes for the month, and since two of them just posted over the past couple days, they havent been updates yet. Januarys menu includes everything but the new recipes, but as I post them they will be uploaded to the main post – sorry for any confusion. Adding new recipes to meal plans makes it tricky!

      Thanks so much for the kind words, and I hope that this kinda clarifies things for ya. I apologize for the confusion. The recipes for the Pork Tacos, Giambatta and Sausage and Peppers will all be posted this week coming up (Jan 4) and early the week after – but have no fear, all the recipes will be shared before they appear on the menu. And if you haven’t signed up for emails yet, add your email at the top of the page, and the recipes will be automatically sent to your inbox!

      Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. Lori Cervantes

    Hi! I commented earlier this evening about not seeing recipes. I think it’s basically your menu item that say NEW that are missing. I was able to search and find the crockpot beef and broccoli and the crockpot pulled pork. Is there anyway you can post the other recipes as well? Thank you!!

  4. Lori Cervantes

    Ohhhhhh Ok!! I see!! Thanks! You are AWESOME!!

  5. Just went on a major grocery run and bought all the meats( got great bulk deals on chicken breast and minced beef) and pantry items, cheeses, some fruits and vegetables for this months meal plan. We still need some of the dairy and produce items but all in all we are up to 220$ now including some breakfast and lunch items and I have a lot of meat for next month to. That’s so great!!!, even if we hit a total of 400$ it’s a great month.
    I live in a really expensive country and we normally use about 800$ a month on groceries, and household items. I’m going to be a stay at home mom this year so we are one income down and really need to save money where we can

    • Stin!

      That is great! I know how different markets can be, and these are the prices here in Denver, but still that is significant savings! Awesome, and thanks so much for sharing!!! I am working on a Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner menu that I will post later in the month which might help everyone asking for breakfast and lunch ideas!

      Please keep me posted!!

      Lindsie 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  6. Quick question, for week 1 (day 1-8) I am not sure what recipe the chuck roast is used for. Thanks so much.

  7. Hi 🙂 I am so glad i found your page 🙂 . I live alone and i would use your recipes for one Person. Could you tell me if I have to buy half of everything on the grocery list or what do you suggest? thanks for your help 🙂 much love

    • Well it depends on if you want lunches or not. If you want a lot of leftovers for lunches, then I would keep the menu the way it is now, maybe cutting back a little on the meat. But definitely cut it in half, even 1/3 of the menu if you’re not a big eater! Thanks for the kind words <3

  8. Anna Saunders

    Hi, I’m confused about the chuck roast…. You told Nancy it was for the beef and broccoli except on that recipe it says flank steak or skirt steak. Just for future references is there a way to know what you actually mean for the recipes, that way I don’t get confused again and buy the double meat. I’m sorry I’m not being mean or rude in the least, just trying to not be confused next time. So sorry if this comes off as rude. Please forgive me.

    • I apologize for the confusion. I am using old templates with a new system, so I still need to work out the kinks. Don’t worry about it sounding rude – it’s hard to explain what you’re asking sometimes in text. February should be much better. I meant flank/skirt, but typed chuck by accident. The chuck will give a more shredded beef texture!

  9. I just found you through Pinterest. I haven’t tried anything yet, but plan on starting with your February menu. I was wondering if any of your recipes can be put in freezer bags for freezing like dump meals?

    I’m having a hard time since we all get home at 530 and then I need to get something into my 3 and 1 year old before bedtime at 8pm. I’m thinking of things can be pre cooked then I can do that the night before after bedtime.

    Any suggestions would be so helpful. Thank you!!!!

    • Hi Mandi!

      Yes, a lot of them can! Thanks for the suggestions, I love hearing what other people want for dinner, so that I can help out and create new recipes. I will make notes on the meal plan printables about meals that can be prepared in advance and frozen, or things that you can prep the night before for easy dinners.

      If you have the time, prep your veggies and such all at once, put them in some ziplock bags and label the bags to what meal they go with. This will save a lot of time during the week! We also usually cook up some rice to eat throughout the week as well. Rice heats up well, but can be very time consuming at dinner.

      February’s menu will be posted on January 25th. If you haven’t signed up for e-mails yet, enter your email at the top and the menu plan will be sent right to your inbox with a link to the post on my site, and the printables you’ll need to get started meal planning right in the email

      have a great day!!!

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