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January Meal Plan Week 5

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January is a long month with 31 days and this is our 5th Meal plan for January. It will take us into the first few days of February.

This week we’re serving up; a Roast Chicken and vegetables recipe using a kitchen hack, Black Bean Chili made in the Slow Cooker, a scrumptious salmon recipe prepared in the iron skillet and ready in 15 minutes. Comfort foods include; meatloaf, cube steak with homemade gravy and pork chop casserole plus a fun sweet potato toppings bar.

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About the meal plan

  • This meal plan will serve 4. Some recipes will serve more than four depending on your portion sizes.
  • It’s a meal plan for one week of dinner ideas.
  • Some recipes are intended to create premeditated leftovers, like casseroles or large pots of soup. This saves on the budget.
  • It is understood that you have common ingredients in your pantry such as salt and pepper so those are not included in the ingredient lists.
  • Some recipes will call for ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes for the week. Such as a head of lettuce can be used to make side salads with a small amount also portioned for tacos. A bag of carrots can be used for multiple dishes in one week to avoid waste.
  • There are 7 dinner ideas each week, in no particular order.
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Weeknight Dinner Ideas

All recipes are linked at the bottom of this artcle. Side dish suggestions are not required, cook your favorite family sides. The grocery list for each entree includes what is required for that recipe.

Also, see the January Week 1 Meal Plan, January Week 2 Meal Plan, January Meal Plan Week 3 and Week 4 January Meal Plan for more dinner ideas.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, see these 15 Fun Meals To Make As A Couple.

January Meal Plan Week 5

Bundt pan chicken with vegetables fresh from the oven
Bundt Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

1. Bundt Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

A savory roast chicken recipe one-pan dinner made easy with a simple kitchen hack. Seasoned chicken juice flavors the vegetables underneath while the chicken is roasting.

Side Dishes

Potatoes, carrots, and onions are part of this one-pan meal. No need for more sides unless you’d like to add some rolls.

Grocery List

  • 1 (3-4 lb.) whole chicken
  • 1.5 lb. small yellow potatoes, cut into chunks (like Yukon gold)
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into large wedges
  • 1 lb. baby carrots
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Black Bean Chili Ingredients
Ingredients for Black Bean Chili

2. Crockpot Black Bean Chili Recipe

My Black Bean Chili recipe is made in the Crockpot and has been a family favorite for more than 40 years. Ground sausage paired with your choice of ground beef or turkey means added flavor.

Side Dishes

We enjoy homemade pimento cheese sandwiches or oyster crackers with a bowl of chili.

Grocery List

  • 1 28 oz.. can of tomato puree
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of your favorite diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of Black Beans, do not drain
  • 1 lb. Ground sausage
  • 1 lb. Ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Optional: 1 medium onion diced
Parmesan crusted Salmon
Parmesan Crusted Salmon with green beans and mashed potatoes

3. Parmesan Crusted Salmon Iron Skillet Recipe

Only four ingredients are needed for this lightly crusted Parmesan Italian-flavored Salmon made in the Iron Skillet. Your entree will be ready to eat in about 15 minutes.

Side Dishes

Make these pecan-glazed green beans or roasted brussel sprouts and homemade mashed potatoes for a restaurant-quality dinner.

Grocery List

  • 1 large piece of Salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 pk. Italian dressing mix, like this
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Robust olive oil
Mashed Potato Topped Meatloaf

4. Cheesy Mashed Potato Smothered Meatloaf

Make this classic meatloaf recipe but turn it into a delicious meal by topping it with homemade mashed potatoes. Melting cheese on top makes this meatloaf like your favorite cheeseburger.

Side Dishes

Mashed potatoes are included in the recipe. A nice side salad will give you some green vegetables. Dinner rolls are perfect too.

Grocery List

  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • Approximately 16 crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 4 Cups prepared Mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Cube steak and gravy on a bed of rice
Baked Smothered Cube Steak and Gravy with rice

5. Baked Cube Steak and Gravy

This comfort food weeknight meal is made from scratch and is worth the effort. The meat is browned. Then the gravy is made in the pan drippings and poured over the meat to be slowly baked for a tender and yummy entree.

Side Dishes

Rice goes perfectly with the homemade gravy. Serve peas and carrots or your favorite green vegetable on the side. These Italian beans are a family favorite.

Grocery List

  • 4 cube steaks
  • 1 small onion (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 cup prepared black coffee (Instant will work)
  • 1 Cup sifted flour for the cube steak batter
  • 2 Tbsp. sifted flour for the gravy
  • 2-4 Tbsp. olive oil
Pork Chop Casserole
Pork Chop Casserole with potatoes and mushrooms

6. Pork Chop Casserole

This Pork Chop Casserole with potatoes recipe is an easy and unique casserole recipe. It’s my Mom’s recipe that I grew up eating. I tweaked it a little to slice the potatoes thin and added the mushrooms.

Side Dish

I like to serve sweet peas on the side with this dish and canned biscuits.

Grocery List

  • 6 Bone-in pork chops average, not the really thick ones
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 4-5 medium Red Potatoes sliced thin
  • 1 carton of fresh sliced mushrooms rinsed (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
Baked Sweet Potato Toppings Bar labeled
Baked Sweet Potato Toppings Bar

7. Baked Sweet Potato Toppings Bar

Set up a Baked Sweet Potato Topping Bar for a fun and easy weeknight dinner idea. Be sure to bake really large sweet potatoes so everyone will get full from their meal.

Side Dish

A fun meal needs fun side dishes. I am recommending Deviled eggs and Pear Salad as sides for your Baked Sweet Potatoes. Both can be made ahead and placed in the refrigerator until dinner time.

Grocery List

Use this simple menu plan to make dinner easier at your house. Scroll down for all of this week’s recipe links.

January Meal Plan Recipes Week 5

  1. Bundt Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables
  2. Crockpot Black Bean Chili recipe
  3. Iron Skillet Parmesan Italian Crusted Salmon recipe
  4. Cheese Mashed Potato Topped Meatloaf recipe
  5. Baked Smothered Cube Steak recipe (video included)
  6. Pork Chop Casserole recipe
  7. Baked Sweet Potatoes Bar

Your thoughts?

Got tips others can use? Questions? I love hearing from you. Please scroll down and leave a comment.

Dessert Recipes

Homemade Crescent Roll Apple Turnovers is an easy recipe with homemade glaze you can whip up with just a few ingredients.

Soft and Chewy Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies. Only 5 ingredients in this quick and easy cake mix cookie recipe.

My Easy Classic Recipe for Pineapple Upside Down cake is baked in an iron skillet. I make the topping from scratch and cheat a little on the cake.

Canned Biscuit Donuts are quick and easy to make. Fried biscuits tossed in sugars make a scrumptious homemade dessert easy recipe.

Watergate Salad is a quick and easy dessert to whip up in about 5 minutes with no cooking required. Cool Whip, nuts and pineapples come together for a light and tasty dessert.

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