Menu Plan Your Butt Off, New Year's Day Edition | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


Can you believe it’s New Year’s Day and we have  brand new challenge starting TODAY? That’s right. Check back here around lunchtime (you know, when that hangover is starting to fade), and get all the awesome details!

Sunday, January 1st – Chili – my husband’s secret recipe. And real Texas Chili does NOT have beans. Yo.

AND also on January 1st, for a prosperous New Year – Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas

Monday, January 2nd – We’re still out of school, and I’m sure we’ll have lots of leftover chili and black-eyed peas to eat!

Tuesday, January 3rd – We’ll definitely be tired of leftovers, so I’ll freeze up whatever is left and make this yummy and light Pepper Corn Chowder today. I might make a fresh batch of cornbread to go with.

Wednesday, January 4th – Wednesday are our late nights to get home, so having these delicious Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs will be so nice. I will be subbing in some ground venison, because our freezer is full of it right now. Will be served with either steamed broccoli or a quick tossed salad.

Thursday, January 5th – Seared Chicken with Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa – don’t let the long name fool you, this recipe is a cinch to pull together and oh-so-yummy!! I’ll probably serve it over some couscous.

Friday, January 6th – Meatball sandwiches using our Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs – served with a fresh green salad and baby carrots for the kiddos!

Saturday, January 7th – Out to dinner – Mama has the night off!

Well, that rounds out the first week of 2012! Blog about your menu and link up below if you’d like. Be sure to give us a link back if you blog and share your link here. Gracias.

Don’t forget to check back in later today for an awesome new weight loss and fitness challenge. AND, we have a great project starting tomorrow in the ‘hood based on the fabulous book 52 Small Changes, One Year to a Happier, Healthier You.

Grocery List:

(does not include ingredients for chili)

  • 3 tomatillos (little green tomato looking things with skins)
  • avocado
  • garlic
  • radishes
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • onion
  • lime
  • salad mix
  • baby carrots
  • fresh chives (optional)
  • chopped basil (optional)
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 20 oz. ground turkey breast
  • eggs
  • 16 ounce bag of black-eyed peas
  • whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • couscous
  • beef broth
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • hoagie rolls
  • leek
  • loose-pack frozen whole kernel corn
  • 14 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • medium red sweet pepper
  • saffron (optional)


  • crushed red pepper
  • poultry seasoning
  • white wine vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • bay leaf
  • cayenne
  • pepper

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