January 2015 Real Food Meal Plan

January includes my birthday, so cake for me!

January Real Food Monthly Meal Plan from The More With Less Mom

Ideas and resources for menu planning in January, many seasonal winter and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all frugal recipes intended for a tight budget. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. My monthly meal plans use an alternative meal planning method, recipes organized into tiers based on how perishable the ingredients are, not sorted into particular days.
*Attention real food purists/whole foodies – the recipes I link/pin are all from scratch, but some of them you may have to make substitutions or modifications. For example, I link recipes that have sugar, but you can substitute whatever your favorite sweetener is.

*Don’t forget to read about how I meal plan at Frugal, Flexible Monthly Menu Planning!*

In this post: Seasonal Produce ~ Recipes ~ Download PDF ~ Pinterest Boards


Seasonal produce for January includes:

Vegetables

Brussels sprouts
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Kale
Leeks
Parsnips
Potatoes
Rhubarb
Spinach
Turnips

Fruits

Apples
Clementine
Grapefruit
Kiwi fruit
Lemons
Oranges
Pears
Pineapple
Pomegranate
Tangerines

Epicurious Seasonal produce maps by state
CUESA Seasonal vegetables by month


Recipes from the January Meal Plan (organized by how perishable ingredients are)

Tier 1/Most Perishable (ie broccoli, kale, spinach, shrooms)

Chinese New Year Egg Drop Soup with Vegetables from Sweet Peas and Pumpkins
Lemony Lentil Soup with Greens
Brown Rice, Lentil, and Spinach Soup from Saveur
Tomato Braised Chicken with Kale from My Kitchen Addiction

Tier 2/Less Perishable (ie cabbage, cauliflower, pepper, scallion)

Cauliflower Soup with Sharp Cheddar and Thyme
Chicken & Cauliflower Yakitori
Curried Chicken Potpie from Martha Stewart
Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Ginger Potstickers from Naturally Ella
Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Soba Noodles with Ginger-Honey Sauce from Naturally Ella

Tier 3/Pantry or Make It Whenever (ie carrot, celery, leek, onion)

Basic Veggie Lasagna with Homemade Noodles from Naturally Ella
Chinese Orange Chicken
Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac from Sweet Peas Kitchen

Download Free Printable PDF January Real Food Monthly Meal Plan from The More With Less Mom
Download PDF. This has the links in the order listed above. Keep in mind I don’t limit myself to particular days, so this is not in order by date. Save it to your desktop and you will always have a quick reference when you’re hunting dinner, you probably have the ingredients for Tier 3 recipes at this very moment!


January Meal Plan Pinterest Boards:

Meal Plan January (just look at all that tastiness!)

Recipes to Try Winter


In this post: Seasonal Produce ~ Recipes ~ Download PDF ~ Pinterest Boards

*Also see our
Free Weekly Meal Plan Printable Template from The More With Less Mom Free Weekly Meal Plan Printable Template from The More With Less Mom
We hope you enjoyed our January Real Food Monthly Menu Plan post for seasonal eating

Photo credits: photo from H is for Home on Flickr

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How often do you make an effort to eat seasonally?


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