Weekly Menu Plan – Jan. 5, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan featuring Buttermilk Waffles. Recipe links, menu planning tools and free printables to help you save money on groceries and eat well.

Happy New Year! Time for a delicious weekly menu plan to share with you some easy, family favorite recipes. Weekly menu planning ensures we save money on groceries and from spending a small fortune taking our family of 5 out to eat. 

The only topic I like to chat about as much as books is food! If you have a menu plan or a delicious recipe you want to share, feel free to link it up with our Small Victories Sunday Linkup. I’m always looking for new recipes to try.

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This Week’s Menu Plan:


Mini Meatloaves, Green Beans and Potatoes from Parents Magazine. A simple, sheet pan recipe. My youngest called the meat “fantastic” and ate two servings…small victory! 




Parmesan Crusted Cod with Garlicky Squash from Parents Magazine. I love these one sheet pan suppers, makes meal prep a cinch! 




Hoppin John from Syracuse.com. I was supposed to make this traditional Southern dish on New Year’s Day but it didn’t quite work out that way. Better late than never, I need flexible menu plans.

Cornbread and salad



Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Lime Enchiladas from Carlsbad Cravings. I’ll be making half with corn tortillas so I can eat them as I’m going gluten-free this month.

Spanish Rice from Just a Pinch. I use my mother-in-law’s recipe but this recipe sounds very close.



Homemade pizza



Buttermilk Waffles and fruit from Cooking Classy

I’ll be using my new panini press* and waffle plates*, can’t wait to try them out! 

Baked Bean Chili with Cheesy Bacon Potato Rounds from This Simple Home and salad



Chicken Potpie Casserole from Taste of Home with salad



Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells from Fork Knife & Swoon

Cheesy Garlic Sticks from Six Sisters’ Stuff


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Menu Planning Tools

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Plan to Eat* is a fantastic menu planning tool. Stop by and sign up for a free trial to see how you like it.  To date I have 206 recipes in my account and planned 424 meals, that’s a whole lot of good eating!

I created a couple simple but FREE weekly planner printables to incorporate my menu plans into my week. Check them out and download for free if it will help you with your weekly goal and menu planning.

Free Weekly Planner printable with menu planner based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Free Weekly Planner Printable with Menu Plan, Daily Goals and Small Victories & Gratitude Tracker

All Linked Up

This post linked up with Menu Plan Monday.

What’s on your menu plan for this week?


    1. Thanks Nicole, I like when menu plans include links too. I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Hope you will stop by and linkup with our Small Victories Sunday Linkup.

  1. Your recipe for Chicken Pot Pie Casserole is very similar to mine- except mine is done in a skillet with whole wheat biscuits. I’m sure it’s delicious either way!
    I should plan my meals like this, but usually I just decide at the last minute what to make. I’m sure it makes things easier. 😉
    ~Litha Nelle

    1. Yum, pot pie casserole is such a comfort food and my boys love biscuits. I wish they would eat whole wheat. Oh I’ve got to menu plan, makes it easier for me. I can’t wing it when they start hovering in the kitchen the moment they get home from school. Have a great day!

  2. I’ve printed the Pot Pie Casserole, plus quite a few other recipes from the Sunday Linkup. I’m in the mood to try some more variety in my meals. It must be the New Year’s thing getting to me. ^_^

    Happy cooking, and have a wonderful celebration of your son’s first communion!

    1. Yay, glad you got some good recipe ideas. I love collecting new recipes, it’s a problem really 🙂 I’m still working on getting my paper recipes/cookbooks organized. Enjoy your delicious eats!

  3. Mmmm…they all sound yummy!

    I love sheet pan dinners, too – sooo easy & hardly any clean-up at all! I just throw a bunch of veggies and sausage onto a sheet pan and roast it – always delicious.

    We just had our Hoppin’ John Sunday night when we got back into town, so you’re not too late 🙂

    BTW, traditionally, enchiladas are always made with corn tortillas. The flour ones are used for burritos and quesadillas. So you are good! And thanks for reminding me – my family loves enchiladas & we haven’t had them in a while – have to plan that for an upcoming Sunday dinner when everyone is here!


    1. Thanks Sue. I ended up making the Hoppin John tonight because the fish wasn’t thawed and the boys all loved it. Inevitably I write out a menu plan and then immediately have to start switching them around. Oh well it was still good 🙂 I had a recipe for veggies and sausage sheet pan supper and I still haven’t made it but sounds good. I was surprised this recipe had flour tortillas too. My boys don’t like corn tortillas at all so I will make theirs burritos so they are more likely to eat it. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Oh menu planning is a must for me with all these hungry boys to feed. If it was just me, I don’t think it’d be such a priority. The waffles are really good, one of my boys’ favorites! Enjoy!

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