52 weeks of seasonal eating meal plans for 2020, based on my personal diet are detailed below, week-by-week and season by season.
Each week’s meal plan will be released on Sunday with our newsletter. It will include a shopping list and recommended recipes.
Along with the downloadable meal plans, I’ll explain any prep required to eat seasonally with ease each week of the year.
You can also find the weekly meal plans in the Files section of our Facebook community. Click here to join!
This post also contains affiliate links based on my personal experience with products that support a seasonal lifestyle. As an amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. I hope you find them useful.
A Personal Practice of Seasonal Eating
I’ve eaten seasonally for about a decade, but never with this much precision. It took me the entire month of December to be sure I was up to this commitment. Creating 52 weeks of seasonal eating meal plans with shopping lists and recipes, on top of the actual cooking will be life-changing for our little household, I have no doubt!
I hope this journey brings healing to your home as well!
Your Seasonal Eating Reding List
It all began with reading Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s the story of a family taking the bold move from Arizona to southern Virginia to create a life more in alignment with their values. Any homesteader or wannabe homesteader will easily relate to this family’s trials and triumphs as they seek to eat locally and seasonally for a full calendar year.
If you haven’t read the book, please do! And, while you are at it, pick up Kingsolver’s novel about agricultural life in Virginia, Prodigal Summer.
And, while I’m recommending seasonal eating reading, you might also enjoy The Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball. It’s a fun romp through a year of micro-farming written by a love-struck city girl gone agricultural!
The Seasonal Kitchen Pantry Planner
These meals plans will help you plan your pantry and garden in 2020. Each week’s shopping list can be a prompt to help you think about what you eat, especially in the off season. Those ingredients…how many of them could come from your pantry with a little planning?
Week 1: 52 Weeks of Seasonal Eating Meal Plans for 2020
I live in agricultural zone 6a and enjoy four equal seasons. While my home is in a rural setting, we are close to several small towns that have a remarkable local produce store. Aldi makes up the remainder of my grocery needs for the week.
Click here to see the Seasonal Eating Meal Plan for Week 1 of 2020. Use it to get the most from the details about shopping, prep, and recipes below.
Mindset: the most important part of any goal!
Do you practice Atomic Habits? This is a method of life planning that relies on regular daily habits to create the desired change in your life over time. I can’t recommend this book enough as you create a personal lifestyle that supports your deepest values.
If so, then these meal plans might just be your ticket to create a seasonal kitchen while enjoying every flavorful and nutritious bite of every meal.
Any big endeavor, like changing the way you approach daily meals and kitchen management, needs to start with your thoughts. Be sure to work on your mindset as you work more and more seasonal meals into your weekly meal plan!
The first week of January is a tough one for seasonal eating, especially if the notion is new to you. Once your heart and mind are in alignment with seasonal eating, finding the time to create these meals will be much easier!
Consider this meal planning adventure an experiment and simply create seasonal meals when you can. No pressure, just a spirit of curiosity!
Identifying seasonal foods for winter months takes effort. No more winter strawberries with this meal planning philosophy!
Try to buy organic as much as availability and your budget will allow.
While I believe this is a healthy choice, I believe even more strongly that it is an environmental choice that preserves the natural order by minimizing herbicides and pesticides that harm beneficial bugs and birds, and the living soil.
Shopping lists, prep recommendations, recipes
Any meal plan requires dedicated attention to acquiring ingredients, advanced prep time, and easy-to-follow recipes. I think that the easier and more straightforward food prep is, the more likely we are to rely on whole food ingredients and eliminate processed and fast foods.
Seasonal eating is a slow food practice. For me, it is a somewhat spiritual experience where I have time with knife, skillet, and some beautiful ingredients to become creative. My seasonal kitchen is the web where all the components of my seasonal life interconnect.
Here’s what my week looked like:
Sourcing the Food
First, I go through my pantry and see what needs to be used up. The items for this week’s meals that came from my pantry are:
- Kale from the garden
- Winter Squash from the root cellar
- Canned and/or frozen tomatoes from the pantry
- Blackberries and/or blueberries from the freezer
Then, I plan a trip to the local farm-to-table food store or food co-op. This week I purchased:
- 3 heads of cos lettuce
- 2 cauliflower heads
- fresh ginger
- A big bag of Brussels Sprouts
- 2 dozen eggs
- Chicken leg and thigh pieces
Next stop, the local large chain supermarket:
- Kitu Creamer for my morning Bulletproof Coffee
- Organic ground sausage and pork chops
- Spices and spice blends
- Mary’s Gone Crackers
- Awesome Burger, our Meatless Monday go-to.
A final stop at Aldi’s:
- Tuna (canned)
- Coconut milk
- Oils (olive, coconut, avocado)
- Jarred things like olives, artichoke hearts, etc.
Sundays in January are all about food prep and football at Stony Ridge Farm!
Much of my weekly shopping is done Sunday mornings as our local farmers market is open Sundays. This year, we’ll even have a winter market! This first week of January was a bit different because of the holidays, though.
I only batch cooked the roasted vegetables. In future weeks you’ll see me knock out a good bit of the cooking on Sundays!
52 weeks of seasonal eating meal plans will offer a tremendous amount of information. Simply take what you need and bookmark the rest for future reference.
Here are recommended recipes to help you create as many seasonal meals as your lifestyle can support. I chose these for ease and flavor. Please leave a link in the comments if you have a favorite recipe to share!
The weekly meal plans
Use these hotlinks to get the meal plans for each week of 2020!
Week 3 – January 19-26 | The Charcuterie Board
Week 4 Seasonal Eating Meal Plan | Mid-Winter Produce on Display
I am not a nutritionist.
These are simply my actual meal plans for the 52 weeks of 2020.
You will notice that my meals are low carb. This is a lifestyle choice of my own and I do not advocate or recommend any dietary regimen. If you would like to explore the nutritional aspects of meal plans, work with a certified nutritionist.
As a recommendation, I use the products and programs of Karen Martel. I am not an affiliate of her programs, just a fan.
A word to my moms, and especially single moms…
In a word, I get you!
I was a single mom with a more than fulltime job throughout most of my adult life. My meal planning aspirations were often undone by tight finances, exhaustion, someone having a cold, soccer practice…life.
Just pick one meal per week. Let it be YOUR time, your seasonal practice. It’s ok. There will be time to go all-in and create your seasonal life soon enough.
Grow your own as much as possible
For years I maintained a 4-season market garden and provided most of my own winter greens. This year, I let the winter garden rest so I could focus on other things. You’ll see produce from my kitchen garden enter the meal plans as I start indoor winter greens, and of course, begin harvesting from the outdoor beds.
The Seasonal Living Planner
This post complements the worksheets in the 2020 Seasonal Living Planner. It’s a free lifestyle calendar that helps you create a life grounded in seasonal time. You can download it anytime at this link, which will also help you get the most from all the resources it contains. Enjoy!
The Seasonal Living Framework
Want to dig even deeper into the rich soil of seasonal living? Check out the Seasonal Living Framework and download the Workbook! It’s also a free resource to help you create your seasonal life. I hope you find it useful, perhaps healing.
A Supportive Community
Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter. It will support you in creating a seasonal lifestyle that places your daily meals in the context of your whole day. It’s a wellness strategy I’ve practiced for years and find it healing to body, mind, and soul!
The members of our tribe are knowledgable and talented! They are eager to share and learn. I think it is just the right place for you, too!
Check out our Facebook Group. It’s a community of gardeners and cooks who are eager to share what they know and get tips from others.
There’s a party happening and we’re waiting for you to arrive!
We also gather over email once a week to focus on one specific garden, kitchen, or wellness topic in-depth, with lots of step-by-step how-to’s. The best way to jump into the email conversation is with the Seasonal Living Workbook, you can download it here and explore the seasonal living framework with an email course!
So much love and free information in one place, but it’s not the same without YOU!
- What is seasonal living?
Seasonal living is a lifestyle grounded in nature's time through gardening, cooking, natural wellness practices, and community involvement. It is slow living, sensual living, sustainable living.
- What is seasonal eating?
Seasonal eating is based on meal plans that highlight vegetables, fruits, and proteins that are local, organically grown, and seasonally available. Seasonal eating relies on access to a garden or farmers market, and the cultivation of basic food preservation skills.
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