January Meal Planning: Week 4 #jepmealplanning

Welcome to the last week of January! How did everyone do last week? I did better than the previous week, so I'm pleased with my progress. Thank you so much for sharing your menus along the way, it's been great to get some fresh dinner ideas. This week is a busy one, so they're are some make-ahead/crockpot recipes in this week's line up. 

Today is all about getting valentine orders out the door and the last week of meal planning for the January challenge.

Today is all about getting valentine orders out the door and the last week of meal planning for the January challenge.

MONDAY: Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos with a side of black beans. Hope this one tastes as good as it sounds!

TUESDAY: Panini Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries. We have these in regular rotation. They're  easy, quick and can accommodate different taste preferences. I purchase a good tuscan loaf of bread and have deli honey turkey on hand. My go-to is turkey, white cheddar, sautéed onions and mustard. I own a panini maker but haven't used it for a long time. I find it easier to put them all in a large cast iron skillet and weight the sandwiches down with another pan while they are browning. We could eat sweet potato fries every night.  I cut them up and season them with cumin, salt and chili powder and bake them on a thin layer of coconut oil. I whip up a dip of ½ cream of coconut (found in the liquor section at the grocery store) and ½ dijon mustard...so so good.

WEDNESDAY: Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork with Roasted Brussel Sprouts. I've made a similar balsamic pork before, hoping this version is just as good. Do you guys like brussel sprouts? I think they really get a bad rap. When you roast them with some pancetta and white wine, they are so, so good. Admittedly, I'm the only one in the family that eats them. I don't care. They're that good.

THURSDAY: Chicken Fajitas with a side of Pinto Beans. Nothing fancy here, I like that you can have these slow cooking and everyone can eat a warm meal even if they come home after a late sports practice.

FRIDAY: Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes. A little Ikea shopping last week reminded me how much I love these. See how scientific my meal planning is?

Hope you have a fabulous week!