Winter 2013 Menu

Brrrrrr! Cold temperatures have set in and Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to start using this year’s winter menu. As you may recall, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months before moving on to a new one (read more on why I plan monthly menus here).

Winter 2013 Menu | What’s for dinner in my house during winter 2013? Menu items range from hearty chicken noodle casserole to zippy nacho soup.

We only include dinner selections on our menu because we almost always eat leftovers with a side of fruit for lunch. I typically make a few items on the weekends for breakfasts and freeze them for easy preparation on weekday mornings. Our recent favorites include honey wheat butterhorns, pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches.

We have several casseroles on the menu that call for cream of mushroom soup. In the past, I would have used canned condensed cream of mushroom soup. However, in keeping with our efforts to eliminate our need for foods that come in BPA-laden cans, I’ll be making homemade cream of mushroom soup this winter.

Week 1

  • Cornbread-topped BBQ bake, green beans
  • Cheesy chicken and broccoli orzo
  • Creamy curry tortellini soup, cheesy bread
  • Easy Mexican lasagna, corn
  • Savory slow cooker cube steak, green beans
  • Chicken noodle casserole, carrots
  • Pepperoni pizza, green beans

Week 2

  • Sloppy Joe macaroni and cheese, corn
  • Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup
  • Spaghetti and meat marinara, green beans
  • Refried bean soup, Mexican drop biscuits
  • Beef stroganoff, carrots
  • Creamy tomato penne with broccoli
  • Open

Week 3

  • Chili
  • Baked ricotta spaghetti, green beans
  • Chicken and gravy over rice, corn
  • Tortellini tomato soup, cheesy bread
  • Nacho soup
  • Honey pepper chicken, green beans
  • Chicken tetrazzini, carrots

Week 4

Over the next few weeks I’ll post recipes for some of the dishes on our menu.

What will you be eating this winter? Do you have any new recipes you’re eager to try?

Shared on the following link-ups:

Teach Me Tuesdays, Living Proverbs 31, Essential Fridays, & Friday!


  1. Such great ideas here. Thanks for taking the time to inspire us.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  2. I can’t wait to see some of these recipes!
    I’m curious about the BBQ bake and the nacho soup in particular.

  3. Love the idea of planning the whole month! How often do you grocery shop? My husband and I have noticed a huge difference in or grocery bill when we plan well and shop less frequently. Love the idea of making homemade cream of mushroom too!!

    • Making monthly menus is one of the best things I’ve done since my husband and I got married. I shop twice each month. This saves both time and money!

  4. Carol Cook says:

    Hi Shannon! Would you be willing to share your cream of mushroom soup recipe? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!

    • I certainly am willing to share it. In fact, it’ll be one of the first I share because I use it in several of the other recipes. 🙂

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