January Monthly Menu Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 2, 2009

I love “new beginnings”…each new year brings as we start a new year, each new month, for me, means writing a new menu plan and thinking up new and creative ways to make $5 meals. Each week brings a more detailed meal plan. And with each day, “For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning!” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Here is my plan for the month of January. Notice “Soup Week”…I’ll be making a few of my favorites, as well as trying out a few new recipes!

In looking at this plan, I’m not sure my crockpot’s gonna make it through this month! I got a new one of these for Christmas, so my counter’s might be a little crowded this month!!! I am very much looking forward to “expedited baking”…since I’m making all the boys snacks now :)

5- Dominican Rice and Beans
6- Lemon Chicken on Pasta
7- Twice Baked Potatoes and Green Beans
8- Sweet n Sour Pork on Rice
9- Chicken Dijon on Potatoes
10 – BBQ Beef and Pasta
11- Potluck : Dessert

12- Potato Veggie Medley
13- Beef Goulash
14- Pork Roast
15- Rosemary Orange Chicken
16- Garbanzo Beans and Winter Vegetables
17- Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing
18- Pulled Pork with Corn Pudding

“Soup Week”
19- Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
20- Tortellini Soup (Thanks to The Meal Planner!)
21- Vegetable Bean Soup
22- Looking for another idea…got one…email me :)
23- Hearty Beef Stew
24- White Bean and Ham Soup (Thanks Emily for the idea!)
25- Turkey Chowder

26- Sweet n Sour Beef Roast
27- Fish
28- “Cheater” Chicken Divan
29- Crockpot Steak and Potatoes
30- Stuffed Peppers (If peppers are on sale??!!)
31- Beef and Asparagus Stirfry
1 – Lentils

I will post the recipe each night…stay tuned!

If you’d like a copy of my monthly menu planning template, you can find it HERE!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

April January 3, 2009 at 12:39 am

I would love a copy of your template! daisyprincess98@yahoo.com Thank you!


Nil Zed January 3, 2009 at 5:57 am

expedited baking?? I googled it, and only came up with your post, plus lots of sites selling stuff for baking & offering expedited shipping.

What is expedited baking? Thanks



Fulinn January 3, 2009 at 7:49 am


I just found your site recently and I’m enjoying it ! Thank you for all the ideas.

I was trying to make use of your monthly meal planner but I can’t figure out how to save the template to my own google acct or even my save to my desktop.

I don’t want to the wrong thing and take something that was intended as an example and not for our use. If it is ok for us to save a copy could you help out the newbie with the “HOW” part ?

Thanks again,


Kat January 3, 2009 at 8:08 am

I’m so glad I found your blog – sounds like something I will really love – since I really love my crockpot – especially during the winter.

Oh and your Christmas Gift – the KitchenAide – you will LOVE It. I have a small kitchen with limited space – but this is one thing that is permanently IN the kitchen. If for nothing else – pizza dough / bread dough is made so much easier with this.


Treva January 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

Soup idea: potato soup! Recipes abound online. One of my favorites is a double-potato soup that has russett and sweet potatoes in it. I also like a basic potato soup that I can sprinkle with cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.


Joanna January 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

I love new starts too! I’m using your template starting…. NOW! LOL


Amy January 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

My potato soup is cheap and easy! :)

I’ll be checking back for some of these recipes. I plan my menu on a week by week basis.


katherine January 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

Congrats on winning the Walmart groceries! Great video.

I also had to comment because I just modified a recipe so much last week that the friends we had over named it Cheater’s Shepherd’s Pie. After I told them about all the vegetables that were in it they both wanted a second helping since it was so healthy!


katherine January 3, 2009 at 10:37 am

I forgot to say that it was you “Cheaters” Chicken Divan that made me think of the shepherd’s pie–in case you didn’t get that connection. =)


Martha A. January 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Here are some links to some of my recipes! My favorites are probably the potato sausage or Tortilla soup

Meatball soup and rolls


Black beans recipe that i like as well as a black bean chili
This is another one with beans and chicken that we all like

Roasted chicken vegetable soup and apple cheese muffins

using what you have to make some easy soups…..This post talks about a easy soup i made with broccoli and cauliflower and a spinach tortellini soup. If there is not enough detail let me know, the recipe for the spinach tortellini is so good, but i do not think i have it on my blog, but I can get it.

Baked potato soup

Easy cream of broccoli soup

Tortilla soup

Potato sausage soup


Heidi January 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I can’t wait to see some of these recipes! YUM!
Congrats on the Christmas gift- I got the pink one for my birthday last year and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! :)


jean January 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

When I was reading your entry asking for another soup idea, my first thought was Potato soup, but it looks like I’m not the first to come up with that idea! Potatoes are pretty inexpensive, and you can tailor it to your specific tastes (cheese, bacon, onions, etc.).

Love your blog, and congrats on winning the WalMart gift card! I heard your story on the radio last night and on TV this morning – you’re REALLY becoming a local celebrity! :-)


~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ January 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I do my menu planning monthly also even if I only post weekly for MPM, but it sure makes it easy and dsves so much miney!


Rona's Home Page January 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Wow! A monthly menu plan? Do you find that you stick to the plan?


Misty January 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

January is housing lots of soups for us too! :)


Danielsen5 January 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Don’t worry about your crock pots, they will be fine! I often have 2 or more going at the same time, as well as two or more bread machines!

Blessings, Beth Ann


Abigail's_Mommy January 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Yum! Looks good! Can you set a place for me too? LOL


Just Me January 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I came across your Blog through Homespun Heart and I’m really enjoying it – thanks! My idea for your missing soup night is Cheeseburger Soup. I have NO idea if you can make it for $5, but I challenge you to give it a try! If you’d like it, let me know and I’ll email it to you. aussietasker @ gmail . com


vaneblu January 3, 2009 at 11:57 pm

dominican rice and beans? LOL I am dominican :D where did you learned this?
Here we eat it everyday :D


Michelle January 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Here’s a soup I’ve made a few times that I LOVE. Good with sweet potatoes added to it as well. Tuscan White Bean, Kale and Sausage soup. Subsitute spinach if you don’t like kale, but I think it’s perfect for soups.



Amy Ekis January 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I have the BEST soup recipe. It is so delicious and easy:

Potato Cheese Bacon Soup

2 cans of chicken broth
cream of celery
cream of chicken
half and half
chopped up bacon
a little bit of chopped up broccoli
a bar of pepper jack cheese shreaded
salt and pepper
shreded hashbrowns (i used about um…….3-4 cups)

cook on high in crock pot for 2 1/2 to 3 hours
soooooooooo yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!


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