Cold Weather Meal Plan for the Slow Cooker

I feel like a fraud pointing out that it's been cold lately because I am right outside of San Francisco and our cold is NOTHING compared to real cold.

I know. I stink. But I do have CNN and twitter so I am very very aware at how REALLY cold it can be. And I hate it if you are cold and I wish I could make global warming happen even quicker so you are no longer cold (KIDDING. that is a joke  .....  save your (frozen) tomatoes!!)

If I could send everybody heating blankets and fluffy slippers, I would. Most definitely.

Instead, I've got a cold-weather meal plan for you that is easy on the wallet (I'm in denial over my credit card bill from Christmas) and is filling without being heavy and bogged down with cheese and grease in case you (like me) are trying to figure out why the super cute corduroy pants that fit in October no longer fit.


Monday: Sausage and Vegetable Medley
Tuesday: Clean out the Pantry Chili
Wednesday: Honey Garlic Chicken
Thursday: Parmesan Tilapia
Friday: Carnitas

I hope you have a wonderful week and stay warm and cozy! And wash your hands a lot; it's flu season.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at January 12, 2014

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  1. I absolutely love it when you do my weekly meal planning and my shopping list for me. Thanks.

  2. I've been looking for a reason to buy sausage the next time I go to the local butcher shop...thanks for providing one! After four days of Whatever's In The Cupboard Vegetable Soup, I am really ready for some big chunks of flavor :)

  3. This was the best idea ever. I totally abdicated my weekly meal planning over to you. It was fun and I loved trying a few things I wouldn't have thought to try before.

    Thank you!

  4. Wow! What a great meal plan!

  5. I thought it was cold this morning while waiting for the train to the office in Silicon Valley. It's to be in the 70s in a few days. Thank you for the menu!

  6. I often look at weekly meals plans on blogs, but have never put them into action. There's always too many days that I can't make work or way too many ingredients to be able to afford. This - yours - is perfect. And is the first weekly meal plan I've put into action. I've started a new job this week and having dinners planned out for me - and perfectly - has saved me. Really. Thank you so much.

  7. This sounds delicious. Thanks for the grocery list.

  8. Not sure if this worked the first time--trying again. Hi Stephanie, I'm hosting this week's Festival of Frugality blog carnival, and wondered if you would allow this post to be included. If not, I certainly understand--just thought I'd ask! I will check back before Tuesday (carnival day).

  9. HI Mama Squirrel, certainly!! thank you! Is there something special I should do?

  10. No, I'll just include the link in the carnival post, and let you know when it's up. Thank you!

  11. Very cool, thanks!

  12. Hi Stephanie, I recently purchased one of your cookbooks and am loving it! Thank you for the delicious recipes!

    Emily at