Meal Planning for the New Year

I don’t know about you, but when it comes time to menu plan for the week, I often feel blank and totally uninspired. I am at a loss for any good ideas for quick, somewhat healthy meals even though I have cooked so much food over the years! One of my ideas for the New Year was to compile a list of ‘go-to’ meals that are successful, fairly simple and quick so when I am totally blanking on ideas for what we should eat, I can come here.  Now, this list isn’t for everyone since my family has some weird likes/dislikes (sadly, no sweet potatoes, beans, anything in the squash family or cauliflower <insert large sad face here because I love all those things>) but maybe it will help some of you (like me, hopefully) break out of cooking ruts.

Will you suggest some of your favorite quick meals? I am going to try to keep updating this list as I occasionally venture out and try new meals.

Quick Meals

Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Noodles

Mom’s Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole (add orzo or rice)

Roast Chicken Breasts with Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes, and Paprika

Lazy Sunday Casserole

Quinoa ‘Burgers

Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Sautéed Chicken with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette over Spinach

Salt Cured Steak

Honey Soy Stir Fry

Pre-marinated HEB Chicken Thigh Fajitas (leftovers to tortilla soup or enchiladas)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Simple Enchilada Casserole

Tortellini and Meatballs

Panko Crusted Chicken with Maple Mustard Sauce

Man Pleasing Chicken

Easy Sesame Chicken 

Pasta Carbonara (from Best New Recipe)

Grilled Salmon with Browned Butter Couscous

Parmesan Panko Herb Chicken (chicken parmesan style?)

Risotto (risotto cakes for leftovers)

Hamburgers/Turkey Burgers

Fried Rice


Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Carrots (with brown sugar or honey)

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes (maybe 1/2 and 1/2 with mashed turnip or cauliflower)

Sautéed Spinach with garlic

Basmati Rice

Egg Noodles


Spinach Parmesan Quinoa

Slow Cooker Meals

Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Tenderloin (or Shoulder)

Chicken and Dumplings


Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken (chicken, salsa, taco seasoning, shred when done)

South Indian Style Vegetable Curry (the meal for all diet restrictions, Paleo – no rice, add grilled chicken, vegetarian – serve over basmati, no chicken)

Breakfast (for dinner)

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie

French Toast with fruit

Breakfast Tacos



Breakfast Slab Pie

Pancakes with Fruit

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4 Comments Meal Planning for the New Year

  1. worldhurdler January 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Oh girl – here are some of my FAVORITES!


    Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Shoulder (DO take it out and broil it at the end with the sauce – WORTH IT!):

    Chicken Massaman Curry:

    Chicken Tikka Masala:

    Indian Butter Chicken:

    Pulled Pork Shoulder: I often just buy one, throw it in the crockpot, and season it randomly with ground mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, a bit of broth, and whatever herbs I feel like. Comes out mildly sweet/tasty, and then can be used for BBQ sandwiches, or (my favorite) a yummy taco-salad with avocado, corn salsa, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of ranch =)

    Stuffed Bell Peppers
    Chicken-Whatever-Pasta (pan sear some chicken, cook noodles, stir fry some veggies, pick a sauce. Done)
    Chili (so many varieties! Crockpot or stovetop!)

    I’m also intending to do more meal planning in 2014, so I’ll let you know if I stumble across any good recipes =D

    1. Elizabeth January 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Great list, thanks! Gonna try that balsamic pork shoulder this week.

  2. Ellie January 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Great list! I’m gonna steal it!

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