This year started off with a bang for our family. We were sick over Christmas and New Years while visiting family and it hasn’t let us since. I think we’ve had 4 days this month when everyone in the family was well. And now we are stuck inside as we wait out the Polar Vortex of 2019.
But being stuck inside has its advantages! I am working on catching up on some projects, getting a little more organized and working on our February Meal Plan!
I started meal planning on a regular basis when I was pregnant with our 4th child. I knew my husband was going to need some help with meals while I was in the hospital and wanted him to be prepared for anything. So I planned out meals, went shopping, did batch cooking and made freezer meals!
I couldn’t believe the drop in our grocery budget when I was diligent with our meal planning. Meal plans are not only great for trying to manage your budget and keep your grocery trips to a minimum, but also to help you create and stick to a new lifestyle.
Special Meals for the Month
This month, many people will gather to watch the Super Bowl. Whether you’re cheering for a team or watching for the commercials (that’s what we do), these chicken wing recipes are sure to be hit! During those cold winter nights, try these chili recipes to warm you up!
And of course, we have Valentine’s Day. Whether you involve the entire family in your celebrations or want a one-on-one dinner with your sweetheart, we’ve got some delicious recipes to help! Your whole family will love these recipes and if you love your Instant Pot, don’t miss these recipes that will be ready in a fraction of the time! Want something a little fancier, try these Lobster recipes! And don’t forget the sweet treats for everyone!
Choose from Two Meal Plans
The regular meal plan includes slow cooker meals on Sundays and Wednesdays, for a break in the kitchen or those busy days. There are a variety of soups to get you through those cold winter nights and some salads to break it up just a bit.
Or choose the Instant Pot Meal Plan. On this plan I have included some delicious winter and festive meals with a variety of meats (fish, chicken, pork, beef), plus a few salads. Also, the suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and desserts at the bottom are all Instant Pot recipes!
As always, feel free to move any of the recipes around as needed to fit your family’s schedule. However, you can combine the two for more variety. And if you’d like to switch up some of the Slow Cooker Meals to an Instant Pot recipe, check out this Instant Pot beginners post for a great link to help! There is a variety of meats (fish, chicken, beef, pork) as well as soups and salads (on both plans) to keep the whole family happy. My hope each month is that you will find some new favorites to add to your own must have rotation.
You can download each meal plan by clicking on the corresponding images below.
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.