Simple, Frugal, Kid Friendly January Meal Plans
Picture above is my Beef Veggie Soup, I toss just about anything in there!
I’ve been meal planning for quite some time now. I love the way that it makes my evenings easier and it has completely stopped the “what’s for supper?” question in our house. Not to mention that it makes my twice monthly shopping trips a breeze and since I have a list I’m MUCH less tempted to add any impulse purchases to my cart. We also order 85% of our monthly foods from a coop (Azure Standard) so I have to know ahead of time what I’m planning on making with the food I’m getting, otherwise it tends to go to waste and I really really really dislike food waste.
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared any of my meal plans here and I thought maybe I’d give it another go. I know that I like to check out other meal plans for inspiration on my own so hopefully this list can do that for you if you are in a bit of a rut.
Here’s a little more info about my meal plans and how I plan meals.
- We currently grocery shop twice a month. I make a trip to the local grocery store twice a month for produce and usually get to Costco once a month on one of those trips to town. I order from Azure Standard once a month.
- I do not buy meat from the grocery store. Right now I’ve been getting all of my meat from our family’s beef cows and all of my chicken from online twice a year. We are currently raising pigs for pork but don’t have any on hand and don’t plan on buying any until we have our own.
- I plan all of my meals off my Meal Planning Binder so I know that I’m already making things that my family will eat. I plan no more than one new recipe per week, usually less.
- Our family has a large number of food allergies so you may see very little of certain foods on my list (such as breads, eggs, etc.).
- I do not plan side dishes. We use whatever produce we can find the best deals on during the time of the month that we get to grocery shop for simple sides. This month it was slim pickings because it’s January in South Dakota so we will be mostly using frozen veggies from Costco (you can’t beat 14lbs of organic peas, broccoli, and green beans for $20!) . We eat a lot of fruit for snacks so I don’t usually have that as part of a meal unless a recipe requires it.
- Breakfasts vary from day to day but are usually a mixture of homemade muffins, smoothies, egg sandwiches, or oatmeal. Lunches are almost always leftovers from the day before and if for some reason we are out of leftovers we will have chef salads or bean burrito bowls.
- Several of the below meals will be served more than once. We also have leftover nights every Saturday.
And I apologize in advance if not all of these recipes on on the Little House Living website yet. If you’d like to see me post one of them just leave a comment and let me know so I can work on it. 🙂
- Steak/Roast Stroganoff
- Queso Chicken
- Loaded Baked Potaotes
- Porcupine Skillet
- Sausage and Hashbrowns
- Easy Lo Mein
- Shredded Chicken Tacos
- Spaghetti and Tomato Gravy
- Taco Skillet
- BBQ Meatballs
- Chicken, Broccoli, & Rice
- Spaghetti & Alfredo Sauce
- Cheeseburger Soup
- Lettuce Wrapped Tacos
- Potato Soup
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Roasted Tomato & Squash Pasta
- Beef Vegetable Soup
- Swiss Steak (or roast)
- Crockpot Rice Soup
You can find more info on Budget Meal Planning here along with more sample meal plans and ideas.
Something simple that I also use to help me plan these meals for an entire month at a time is this little chart:
Tuesday: Chicken Meal
Wednesday: Meatless Meal
Thursday: Beef Meal
Friday: Pizza Night
What are some recipes on your meal plans for January?