Here's the meal plan for January 1-7, y'all. I'm keeping it easy and comforting! Scroll to the bottom for the grocery list.
📅 Food Holidays
We celebrate a couple of fun food holidays this week. They're silly little holidays but it gives us an opportunity to make some memories and have some fun!
- January 1 is National Black Eyed Pea Day. I've put our traditional blackeyed pea soup on the menu but you might prefer this Texas Caviar.
- January 3 is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day so if make some white chocolate cherries or chocolate covered cherry cookies!
- January 4 is National Spaghetti Day and you'll find a ton of different recipes in the Pasta category.
💭 Tips for success
Here are some tips for this week -
- If you have leftover cornbread save it and spoon the Fiesta chicken over it. Delicous!
- The baguette recipe makes 3 baguettes. Use one for a French Bread Pizza! Just split in half longways, cover with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings and bake until the cheese is melted. It's an easy lunch or dinner!
- Cook extra chicken for the chicken spaghetti and use it for the chicken and stuffing casserole to cut your bake time in half.
🍹This week's cocktail
Clementine Kentucky Mule
Full of bright citrus flavor! This Kentucky Mule will brighten up the dreariest January day!
Black Eyed Pea Soup
Simple and comforting, this black eyed pea soup is full of smoky, spicy flavor.
Serve with this easy, southern buttermilk cornbread for an easy, budget friendly, and LUCKY way to start 2021.
Enjoy a few more holiday cookies before they're all gone until next year! This gingerbread snowballs are perfect little bites.
Fried Potatoes & Sausage
Such a simple, cozy meal! Slice up smoked sausage and add it during the last 5 minutes of cooking your fried potatoes for an easy skillet meal.
Be sure to save some sausage for later in the week.
Add a batch of these piping hot cheese biscuits to the table if you have time. They're light, flaky, and delicious! No time to make them from scratch? Sprinkle grated cheese on top of refrigerated biscuit dough!
Add a little something sweet with these cinnamon spiced apple rings. Make extra and using them with the cheese biscuits and some deli ham for sliders later in the week.
John Wayne Casserole
Comfort food time! Settle in with this cheesy John Wayne Casserole!
Green Beans and Potatoes
Make a batch of these vienna rolls but make some of them small (dinner rolls size) and some sandwich sized for later in the week. You might want to triple the recipe - these freeze really well!
Chocolate Upside Down Cake
This is an easy, Depression era recipe! The topping bakes right on this chocolate upside down cake!
Happy National Spaghetti Day! This chicken spaghetti is quick & easy. If you're pushed for time grab a rotisserie chicken from the deli to use in this. I serve broccoli with this.
Cook extra chicken for tomorrow.
This quick baguette is done, literally start to finish, in 30 minutes. While it's baking make some garlic butter! Just add garlic powder and salt to taste to softened butter.
Vanilla brownies are delicious! They work for anytime of the year - just cut them in squares instead of Christmas trees!
Chicken and Stovetop Stuffing casserole keeps it easy tonight! You deserve a 30 minute meal!
If you use already cooked chicken this only needs to bake for 15 minutes or until warmed through!
Maple Roasted Carrots
Maple roasted carrots are the perfect side dish for chicken and stuffing! Big plus?
They're super easy!
No Bake Lemon Pie
This lemon icebox pie goes together in about 5 minutes and then you just need to chill it! SO easy.
Fiesta chicken is so easy and your family will love it! Try to save some to make nachos for lunch tomorrow.
Serve over rice and add a salad if you like.
Garlic Butter Breadsticks
You'll love these easy garlic butter breadsticks - make extra to go with tomorrow's meal as well!
Peach Dump Cake
Throw together this super easy peach dump cake for dessert. Use peach pie filling or cherry or apple - whatever you like! Ice cream on top is nice.
January 7 - Thursday
Smoked sausage, pasta, and Alfredo sauce is cozy and comforting in this easy smoked sausage Alfredo skillet meal. Serve with garlic bread from yesterday.
Green Bean Salad
Tangy and crispy - this easy green bean salad is best when it's marinated overnight.
For dessert take those leftover brownies and warm them up slightly. Top with vanilla ice cream and this easy Jack Daniels caramel sauce. Sprinkle with some coarse salt crystals if desired.
Enjoy 30 quick weeknight dinner recipes!
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Originally published December 27, 2020. This meal plan has been updated for 2022.
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