Monthly Menu Plan – January 2010

Well, already behind on the new year.  I actually made the menu before the month started but lost it in the piles of fun in my house. We seem to have something in our house that makes paper and piles multiply.  Rapidly!  They soon are on every surface and you never know what you’ll find lurking in one.  Does anyone else have this at your house?  Are there any known remedies for this?  Maybe I should consult OrgJunkie!

My menu this month will include recipes I’m trying or changing from one of my new cookbooks, Rick Bayless Mexican Everyday.  I really love the flavors of Mexican cooking.  Most of it is naturally gluten free!  This month I’ll be diving into as much flavor as possible while keeping the calorie count down.  This will mean more of the vegetables and seafood in my meals with high flavor spices.

So have you made any culinary resolutions for this year?  Do you want to learn how to cook a certain dish, cuisine, eat more or less of something?  I’d love to hear what your goals around food are for 2010!

1- Pork Roast, Lentils and Rice, Braised Cabbage

2- Old Bay Crab Hash Eggs Benedict with dairy free blender Hollandaise Sauce

3-  Skirt Steak, sweet potato fries, spinach salad

4- Turkey breast tenderloins on Stuffing with Pancetta Sage Sausage

5- Sea Scallops Pasta

6- Ostrich Burgers, Jicama and Watercress Salad (R.B.)

7- Mushroom Potato Soup with Pablanos (R.B) adding my homemade chorizo

8- Whole Roasted Spatchcock Chicken, roasted white sweet potatoes and pablano peppers

9- Veal Roast with root vegetables and a leek and mushroom sauce

10- Mexican Seafood Soup

11- Turkey Burgers (Greek seasoning), Hand Cut Oven Fries, peas

12- Pork Pupusas, refried beans, Jicama and Watercress Salad

13- Ostrich steaks, Polenta Fries, roasted broccoli

14- Shrimp Scampi with pasta

15- Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

16- Red Chileatole with mushrooms, chicken and zucchini (R.B.)

17- Roasted Whole Fish, rice, sauteed vegetables

18- Pizza!  Zaatar, Spinach, tomato and cippolini onions, BBQ Chicken

19- Sheppard’s Pie

20- Buffalo & Pork Chipotle Chorizo Tacos

21- Freezer Finds

22- Turducken Burgers, Corn Bread, green beans

23- Blackened Fresh fish fillets, polenta, salad

24- London Broil, parley potatoes, broccoli

25- Fresh Chorizo casserole

26- Lamb Al Pastor Burgers, tortilla chips, salad

27- Chicken Freezer dish

28- Roasted Vegetable Pasta, spinach salad

29- Turkey Meatballs Albondigas

30- Shrimp and Scallops Skewers, rice, greens

31- Pro Bowl!  Miami Cuban Feast

10 Responses to Monthly Menu Plan – January 2010

  1. Ali @ The Whole Life January 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    I am looking forward to your veggie/sea food recipes. Also can't wait to hear more about the Mexican cooking! I'll have to check out that book. Thanks Diane! -Ali 🙂

    • Diane January 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

      Ali- Thanks! I do live spicy foods and the flavors of Mexican cooking. Might have to live there for a few months. Coming over to your blog to check out the detox diet.

  2. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free January 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    I have that same thing in my house that makes stuff multiply. If you figure out how to get rid f it let me know:)

    Happy New Year!

    • Diane January 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

      Carol- I’m glad it’s not just my house. Deal, if you find something that works share it with me too.

  3. Michele January 4, 2010 at 4:03 am #

    Just in case you have a new gfree reader out there

    I think you meant to say Mexican cooking is naturally gluten free! 😉

    • Diane January 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

      Michelle-Wow, you have great eyes! Thank you for pointing that out. You are so right. A lot of ingredients used in Mexican cooking are GLUTEN FREE! But if you are buying anything processed or buy seasonings, make sure they are gluten free.

  4. Alta January 4, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    I have that paper-multiplying issue at my house too. I also made culinary resolutions – one is to incorporate more vegetarian meals into our diet, but I also want to learn to make sausage, posole, menudo, and learn more Indian cooking. I am really interested in hearing about your homemade chorizo! Sounds like fun, you'll have to let us know about it!

    • Diane January 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

      Alta- Wow, this is starting to sound like an epidemic. We think and eat alike. Now if you live close we can get together for some meals! Chorizo recipe is coming on Wednesday!

  5. glucosamine January 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm #


    Well I don't have any resolutions for this new year but I will try to learn some more vegetable dishes,sweet food and salads.You have given a nice list of different dishes.I also like Mexican cooking.Thanks for this post.


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