You need to have a cake ready, but don’t feel like you really have time to bake one. Did you know that you can make a chocolate cake in the slow cooker? It’s got a ton of chocolatey goodness in it and is a quick set it and forget it until it is done. You’ll even be forgiven for not making it completely from scratch because it is so good. Continue reading “31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake”
January is a time to start fresh. We tend to be more focused on our health and wellness and are eager to start new diet routines. Sometimes it can be hard to stick with those, but with so many delicious January Food Holidays, you can find something to tempt your palate while also sticking to those resolutions. It’s the perfect month to bust out your slow cookers, Instant Pots, juicers, and blenders that you just got for Christmas. Use this guide to help you to plan your menu at home, for creative snack ideas in the classroom, or party fun! I’ll keep adding links as I come up with them. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas. Which ones are your favorites?
Monthly January Food Holiday Observances
January is the month that everyone decides to change their eating habits. It’s a great idea in theory, but remember it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit. One of the mistakes that most people make is trying to do a massive overhaul in one fell swoop. Start small with just one at a time and you will be more likely to make it a permanent dietary change. Luckily with so many great themes for the month, most of which are quite healthy, you should be able to find something to tempt you.
For example, it’s Fat-Free Living Month, so you can find new fat-free recipes to try. With it being Bread Machine Making Month, National Wheat Bread Month, and National Baking Month, you can find healthier ways to make your favorite baked goods. Plus anything you can make at home from scratch is usually going to be healthier for you anyway, as you know what’s really going in there and can control it.
Turn your breakfast around as you learn about new recipes for National Egg Month, National Hot Tea Month, and National Oatmeal Month. Find new lunch and dinner options with National Meat Month, National Slow Cooking Month, and National Soup Month. You can even help yourself get more regular with Prune Breakfast Month (although I can’t imagine!). And sure, let yourself indulge every once in a while with National Candy Month.
Daily January Food Holiday Observances
January 1 – National Bloody Mary Day
January 1 – National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 1 – Apple Gifting Day
January 2 – National Buffet Day
January 2 – National Cream Puff Day
January 3- Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day
January 5 – National Whipped Cream Day
January 6 – National Shortbread Day
January 6 – National Bean Day
January 7 – National Tempura Day (I love tempura! Need to make sure to go to my favorite Japanese restaurant today!)
January 8 – National English Toffee Day
January 9 – National Apricot Day
January 9 – National Cassoulet Day
January 10 – National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 10 – National Oysters Rockefeller Day
January 11 – National Hot Toddy Day
January 11 – National Milk Day
January 12 – National Marzipan Day
January 12 – National Curried Chicken Day
January 12 – National Glazed Doughnut Day
January 13 – National Gluten-Free Day
January 13 – National Peach Melba Day
January 14 – National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
January 15 – National Bagel Day
January 15 – National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
January 15 – National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 16 – National Fig Newton Day
January 16 – International Hot and Spicy Food Day
January 17– National Hot Buttered Rum Day
January 18 – National Gourmet Coffee Day
January 18 – Peking Duck Day
January 19 – National Popcorn Day – Try some Spicy Popcorn Recipes!
January 20 – National Buttercrunch Day
January 20 – National Cheese Lovers Day
January 20 – National Coffee Break Day (Isn’t this every day?)
January 20 – National Potluck Day
January 21 – National Granola Bar Day
January 21 – National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22 – National Blondie Brownie Day
January 22 – National Southern Food Day
January 23 – National Pie Day
January 23 – National Rhubarb Pie Day
January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day (I am always all about peanut butter everything.)
January 24 – Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25 – National Irish Coffee Day (I fully support this day!)
January 26 – National Green Juice Day
January 26 – National Peanut Brittle Day
January 26 – National Pistachio Day
January 27 – National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28 – National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29 – National Corn Chip Day
January 30 – National Croissant Day
January 31 – National Brandi Alexander Day
January 31 – National Hot Chocolate Day – OK, I know that there are differences between hot cocoa and hot chocolate, but most of us use the terms interchangeably. And I still consider this to count – White Peppermint Hot Cocoa. You can find more on this Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa roundup.
Which January food holiday observances are you most looking forward to celebrating?
Other Monthly Food Holiday Observances:
Sometimes you need to mix up your traditional holiday desserts for something a little different, to create a new tradition. Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to allow yourself to still indulge a little bit, but to not be temped to eat a large piece of pumpkin pie. Then there are those holiday get-togethers where you want to serve something small and bite-sized to make it easier to share. These mini pumpkin cheesecakes definitely fit the bill. They’re tasty, they sparkle, and they truly delight the sweets lovers in your life.