Well folks, the holidays are finally here! Are you ready? We’re having a fairly low-key Christmas, which is just the way we want it. Christmas Eve is our traditional time to open gifts together and then Santa comes and my daughter and her family open gifts on Christmas morning. We have a brunch of pancakes in fun Christmas shapes – Rudolph with bacon antlers or Santa with a yogurt beard. Boxing Day is our quiet, chilling on the couch kind of day to take a break from the holiday hubbub.
During the holidays, I find it’s even MORE important to have a meal plan in place. We do have some freezer meals put away – I planned ahead with making some double meals back in November and early December so we could have some simple grab and go options. But we’re also trying to work from a plan so that even when the hectic pace of the holiday season sets in, there is still that one constant to keep us on track.
WEEKLY MEAL PLAN
YOUR GUIDE TO THE MEALS IN MY MENU PLANS:
FF = FREEZER FRIENDLY
SC = SLOW COOKER
MF = MEAT FREE
PLO = PLANNED LEFTOVERS
MA – MAKE AHEAD
BBQ – GRILLED FOOD
I’m also planning extra simple meals on Saturdays and Sundays so that we truly can take a Sabbath and spend some time focusing on family and fun!
This Week’s Meals
Christmas Eve – French onion soup. Our traditional Tourtiere (French Canadian meat pie). Broccoli. Carrots.
Christmas Day – Roast turkey. Roast duck (my daughter doesn’t care for turkey so we’re doing both). My daughter’s sausage and apple cornbread stuffing. Corn pudding. Creamed peas. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Cranberry sauce (the kind that’s shaped like the can – just the way we like it!). Apple cream pie. Pumpkin eggnog cheesecake.
Boxing Day – a day of no cooking! We bought a bunch of appetizers from M and M Foods and all we have to do is heat them up.
Sloppy Joes, raw veggies with Ranch dip
My daughter’s simple chicken pot pie, tossed Caesar salad
Sausage sheet pan dinner with sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, broccoli
We’re headed to my nephew’s house for our extended family Christmas. We’re taking some of my eggnog Bundt cake and gingerbread Bundt cake for dessert.
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Here’s a full 30 days worth of quick, easy, and inexpensive main dish ideas here.
You can find more of my menu plans here.
And check out more meal plan ideas over on Menu Plan Monday at Orgjunkie.com
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