I spent two days planning menus for the two holiday weeks and spent four hours at three grocery stores getting all the ingredients so I didn’t have to go anywhere during the holidays. I wanted to share with you some of my menu plans hoping they might help you fill in your calendar. I am including links to all but two recipes.
Sunday- Quick Chicken and Dumplings – This turned out so well and the kids just loved it. Great cold-weather meal and I’m sure you could double the whole recipe for a crowd. I think next time I will make more dumplings. The kids loved them. Also a great way to get some veggies in them.
Monday – Flat iron steaks with wine sauce – Used flat-iron steaks, which are very inexpensive yet tender. Cooked very quickly and the sauce was fast and lovely. Served with mashed potatoes and salad and everybody was happy.
Tuesday – I am too cheap to buy a real Honeybaked Ham but I do like this Copycat glazed ham recipe. It’s clearly not exactly the same but it does make a really nice glazed ham. Check grocery store ads for cheapest price on a spiral sliced ham. We’ll also use this for lunches this week.
Wednesday – Since we planned a trip to the mountains I wasn’t sure if we would be back in time for dinner. So I’ve made up this super easy chili that I can reheat if we’re home in time for dinner. The kids don’t like chili so I will do spaghetti for them. (My new favorite brand is Barilla Plus. It has added protein and fiber so I know they are getting protein even if they don’t eat a meat that night.) The adults can eat the chili Cincinnati-style.
The recipe came from Cooking Light so many years ago I can’t find it on their web site. But here is the gist.
1 lb. ground beef, 2 cups water, 1.5 cups frozen corn, 1 cup salsa, 2 tbs. chili powder, 1 tbs. sugar, 1.5 tps. Cumin, 1.5 tsp. dried oregano, ¼ tsp. salt, 1-16 oz. can of chili beans undrained, 1-14 oz. diced no salt tomatoes
Brown your ground meet, add in all the other ingredients, bring to a boil and let simmer for a bout 30 mins and you’re done! It couldn’t be easier and not too spicy. Just right.
Thursday – This night will probably be the ham that I made the other day. I thought I would serve a baked ziti with meatballs that I made earlier in the day but I’m not sure I will get it done. So the baked ziti could move to Friday night.
Friday – Baked Ziti with Meatballs from Giada de Laurentiis. You need a very deep casserole for this dish. It turns out very bubbly and drippy. It has several cheeses in it. Everyone loves it and I’ve used it for Christmas Eve the last several years. I can make it advance and then reheat after church. Add in some French bread and a side salad and you’ve got a lovely warm meal.
Saturday – Christmas Day my husband wants duck. So I am making Tyler Florence’s Chinatown Steamed and Roasted duck. I am trying to remember if I made it once or just loved the recipe after watching him make it on TV and added it to my arsenal. We’ll see if I can make it turn out like his. Still deciding on what to serve with the duck but have bunches of sides at home to choose from.
I am still debating what I am doing for Christmas breakfast. I have a lovely Grits casserole with sausage, eggs and cheddar cheese. So fatty but so yummy. ( I don’t use the hot sausage just the mild.) But my kids don’t like it. So I am also considering baking a French toast for them. I am still thinking on this.
Sunday – I was going to do Emeril’s cocktail meatballs (I took the heat out for the kids to eat.) and homemade mac and cheese for football but now I am thinking this recipe for posole – a New Mexican pork stew with hominy (you know – our grits – actually big grits.) I can’t find the recipe online but it’s in the Everyday Food Fresh Flavor Fast cookbook on page 105. I picked my copy up at the library. The kids probably won’t eat the posole but I am going to take the pork meat and cook some up for them to use in tortillas.
So I have some option plays depending on what the family feels like eating and what I feel up to cooking. I am planning to post some baking with kids as well as crafts with kids ideas on Thursday – maybe Friday but hopefully Thursday.
So what are you making through the holidays? Share a link to the recipe if you have one!
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