Hey guys, I am back with Meal Plan Monday! You can view previous posts here. I took some time off of these posts solely because we were out of town for over two whole weeks and I didn’t think it was fair to not put my all into the posts. I figured skipping it all together would be better and coming back in the full swing of things. So without further ado, let’s get into it!
This year, my goal is try to and really budget every month on groceries. We spend A LOT on groceries, so you may notice some cheaper meal options for dinner and/or some repeats. You don’t have to follow every single week, this is just to help anyone out who may need some meal ideas!
Monday Jan 14: One Pot Cajun Pasta – This recipe is so dang good, you guys! I highly recommend trying it fin The Blond Cook. I often switch up which sausage we use. Sometimes we use the Cajun sausage, sometimes turkey sausage and other times I will use kielbasa. You can use whatever sausage you have on hand/or on sale and you can use whatever pasta you have, as well. Because this is somewhat of a heavy dish, we will probably have a small side salad with it!
Tuesday Jan 15: Crockpot Beef & Broccoli – I actually threw this together for the first time very recently and it was SO good. With that being said, I don’t have any measurements but plan to make a recipe post about this soon. For now, if you’re having a beef and broccoli craving I can let you know what I did. I threw in a package of stir fry meat, minced garlic, green onion, cilantro, soy sauce, teriyaki and seasonings to my liking. Cooked on low for about 4 1/2 hours. Added in a package of frozen broccoli and cooked for another 30min or to whenever dinner done. I then cooked up two packages of ramen noodles and served it over them! You could also make rice and serve over that as well.
Wednesday Jan 16: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas – This will be my first time making these and this is the recipe I am following from Cooking Classy! We usually eat tacos, so I figured it would be a nice change to try something else. Sheet pan meals are also a favorite because you throw everything on one baking sheet, bake and done! Easy clean up.
Thursday Jan 17: Chicken Salad Sandwiches – You can either eat these toasted or not. I figured we would eat these with soup. I make my chicken salad different every time. I just throw whatever ingredients in and call it good.
Friday Jan 18: Egg Fried Rice – Again, I made this for the first time very recently and we absolutely loved it! Shae and Everlee were huge fans. I also skip out on meat in this to save some money, and add in extra eggs for added protein and lots of vegetables to make it a substantial meal. I may serve with frozen pot stickers depending on if I see some on sale at the store!
Saturday Jan 19: Elk Burger Stuffed Shells – Stuffed Shells are Shae’s favorite. If he goes shopping with me, he automatically throws a box in the basket. While they are a little tedious and time consuming, they are also my time to get a little creative! You can throw anything together and stuff the shells and bake them and call it good. For these, I will use cooked and seasoned elk burger, marinara sauce, cream cheese and mozzarella. Throw them in the oven and bake on 350 for about 30min.
Sunday January 20: Fried Chicken Legs – Going into this week, I had a package of frozen chicken legs. My go-to is typically lemon pepper but Shae has been asking for fried chicken. So I’m going to take a swing at it this weekend and hope for the best. I will serve with either mashed potatoes and corn or Mac and cheese and whatever veggie we have on hand!
Monday Jan 20: Pepperoni Croissants – I have talked about these in previous posts, but they’re so simple, cheap and easy to do! I love that they are so customizable. Personally, we like just plain mozzarella cheese sticks cut in half with 5-6 pieces of pepperoni rolled in each one. If you’re feeling fancy, you can use marinara sauce on the inside and sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan before you bake! We like to eat these with a side of pineapple!
Tuesday Jan 21: Breakfast for Dinner – I will typically just throw together whatever breakfast items we have. If I have tortillas, lots of eggs and sausage/bacon, I will make breakfast burritos. If not, it will be kodiak pancakes, eggs and hash browns.
Wednesday Jan 22: Spaghetti & Meatballs – Pretty self explanatory. Whatever pasta you have on hand with your favorite meatballs (frozen or homemade) and marinara sauce and of course, a side of garlic bread.
Thursday Jan 23: Meatball Sub Sandwiches – I’ve actually never made these before, and found this recipe at For the Love of Food! I figured since I would have about half a bag of meatballs leftover from spaghetti and meatballs, this would be a cost efficient way to use the rest of the bag!
Friday Jan 24: Homemade Chicken Taquitos – I remember one night being absolutely stumped on what to make for dinner. I had shredded chicken in the fridge and I knew I had tortillas, so I attempted some homemade chicken taquitos and they turned out amazing! For this, you just want to take shredded chicken, cream cheese, onions, your preferred seasonings and cheese and roll them up in your tortillas and throw in the oven to bake! I don’t have an actual recipe, so this is your time to get creative! Or you can look on Pinterest! I will serve with either Mexican rice or a side of plain rice.
Saturday Jan 25: Sirloin Steaks – Shae requested I make steaks sometime soon so I figured a Saturday evening would be the best time to do it! Since it isn’t summer time, we haven’t used our grill, so I just cook these in a pan in butter with yummy seasonings like rosemary, thyme and other herbs! We like steak and potatoes over in our household so baked potatoes and a side of broccoli will go perfect with this dinner!
Sunday Jan 26: Pork Chop Casserole – If you haven’t noticed, this is a staple in our house. It is just SO easy to throw in the crockpot and Shae loves it because we always have leftovers for lunch the following day. You can read about it in one of my previous Meal Plan Monday posts here. This serves well over egg noodles, rice or potatoes.