These easy kid-friendly recipes are perfect to make for dinners in January! The new year is here, and that usually means: RESOLUTIONS! Whether your resolution is to eat healthier foods that your kids will actually eat, or to save money on your groceries, this meal plan can help! This FREE version of January’s Meal Plan includes dinners for the month of January, with links to some of the recipes, and a grocery list for shopping for groceries in bulk. Most of the weekday recipes are ready in about 30 minutes, and meals on weekends can be doubled and turned into freezer meals.
What’s For Dinner?
Click on the recipe name for a link to the recipe and step-by-step directions on how to cook each recipe. Recipes without links are only available in the paid version of January’s Meal Planner. The full version of January’s Meal Planning Kit includes a cookbook with over 65 recipes from January’s Menu.
Lemon Pepper Chicken & Potatoes
Slow Cooker Pork Green Chili
Cacio e Pepe Gnocchi
Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos
Sheet Pan Beef & Broccoli
Instant Pot Rice
Pasta with Meat Sauce
Egg Fried Rice
Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas
Breakfast for Dinner – Ham & Cheese Frittata
Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables
Sheet Pan Greek Chicken & Veggies
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burrito Bowls
Chicken Caesar Salad
French Dip Sliders
Oven Baked French Fries
Tomato Soup with Tortellini
Instant Pot Carnitas
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Fish & Chips
Where To Shop
This grocery list has everything you need to make dinner for the month. If you’ve been following my menus for a while, you’ll know that I like to shop at different stores to optimize my savings. These are some of my favorites:
Costco is one of the best ways to budget meal plan. I like to buy things that I can freeze, items that are shelf stable, and produce that I know will last throughout the month.
Walmart is my favorite place to buy all of my grocery items. On average, items are $0.20 – $1 cheaper each. All those little savings add up, and if you shop online and have your groceries delivered using Walmart Grocery, you can see just how much you are spending as you shop.
Our local grocery stores are King Soopers (Kroger) and Safeway. I like to shop at these stores for all the odds and ends, as well as my dairy. I’ll shop the sales each week to see what store I need to go to for each item. By using my King Soopers or Safeway cards, I always get their best deals on items, especially items that I buy frequently. King Soopers gives me one or two free items each month – usually something that I purchase often as well as coupons for different departments in the store like $3 off $10 in produce, and Safeway offers personalized prices on items and promotions like $5 off of $25. I also like to get my deli meats and cheeses at my local grocery store unless I am buying deli meats for lunch, then I will get that at Costco.
For the most part; this is something that I like to do each week. This keeps everything fresh and doesn’t over crowd your fridge each week. I shop at Sprouts for produce, but will also purchase it at my local grocery store if I see that the price is better, or if I have a coupon. Sprouts always has the best deals, and the widest variety of produce. If you don’t have a Sprouts around you, check out Whole Foods. Now that they are owned by Amazon, you can get some pretty great deals on produce.
Maximize Your Savings
I’ve done all the planning, so that all you have to do is shop. When you get your weekly sales flyers in the mail, sit down with your weekly menu, and highlight the items you want from each store with a different color. I sometimes even go a step further, if I know it’s going to be a big grocery haul, and print some blank grocery lists, and write one for each store that I am going to, so that I see exactly what I need from each aisle, and do not have to wander around the store, tempting me to spend more money.
If you can swing it, purchase all of your bulk items from Costco at the beginning of the month. It will be a steeper grocery bill than you are probably used to, but it will save you greatly throughout the month. For the big Costco trip, print the monthly grocery list, and highlight everything you need.
This is one of the easiest ways to “save money”. Now you don’t save money off of your groceries, but you earn money back for purchases, and these little savings add up. In a nutshell, with iBotta, you go shopping, and once you get home, open the app, and scroll through the stores you shopped at to see if there are any rebates. There is at least always one for $0.25 for any item. It may not seem like much, but all of those little savings add up, and once you hit $20, you can cash out through PayPal, or in gift cards or even use it to pay at the store. There are even rebates when shopping online on websites like Amazon and so many more. If you haven’t checked it out yet, seriously consider it. Like I mentioned above, although the savings aren’t immediate, they add up, and you can use the money towards other things.
Use code hqsrpvf and get $10 as soon as you redeem your first receipt! The other day, I bought some laundry soap at Walmart, went through the iBotta app, and got $7 back. I let my iBotta money collect throughout the year, and at the end of the year, I use it towards Christmas or my big Friendsgiving dinner.
Shop Your Pantry
This is your first step in saving! Check your pantry, fridge and freezer for the items on your grocery list, and cross them off if you already have it in stock. Also be sure to check your staples like; spices, salt, pepper, flour, sugars, olive oil, vinegars, soy sauce, condiments, etc. If you are out, add them to your list. I keep an inventory list of my pantry so that I always know what I have on hand and what I need to replace.
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