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Christmas Week Menu Planner


Here’s a nutritious yet simple menu for the week of Christmas. It’s designed to save you time, stretch ingredients and help make use of Christmas leftovers. I’ve also created a handy grocery list so that you can easily stock up the ingredients.

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Sunday, December 23rd

  • Lunch
    • Tomato soup
    • Grilled cheese sandwiches


Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve)

  • Lunch
    • English muffin pizzas. Use the recipe here, but you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand for your toppings.
    • Green salad. Use bagged and washed salad mix to save time
    • Dinner
      • Chicken breasts with lime sauce. Here’s a simple recipe and you can even use bottled lime juice if you don’t have fresh lime on hand.
      • Rice
      • Vegetable medley
      • Brown and serve rolls

      chicken breast and lime recipe


Tuesday, December 25th (Christmas Day)

  • Lunch
    • Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato (BLT) sandwiches. They’re easy to make and you can pre-cook the bacon and chop up the lettuce and tomato ahead of time. Then, let everyone assemble their own sandwiches.
    • Baby carrots with ranch dressing
  • Dinner
    • Ham. A cooked ham is such a simple thing to make. You can heat it up as is or mix some honey and Dijon mustard to make a delicious glaze.
    • Roasted turkey breast. Just use a breast, if you don’t have a big crowd.
    • Mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce
    • Stuffing…you can make it from scratch, but don’t stress yourself out too much. The boxed kind is usually a crowd pleaser.
    • Broccoli cheese casserole. Here’s an absolutely delicious one.
    • Ask your guests to bring a vegetable dish or check out this site for vegetable dish ideas.
    • brocooli cheese recipe
    • Dessert Ideas:  You can purchase delicious premade desserts from the bakery to save time, or if you’re ambitious, try these ones.


Wednesday, December 26th

  • Lunch
    • Use your leftover ham to make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
    • French fries
    • Dinner
      • For a change from regular turkey soup, try this Southwestern turkey soup recipe.
      • Using your leftover mashed potatoes, make pan-fried potato cakes.

      turkey soup recipe

Thursday, December 27th

recipe for corn muffins

Friday, December 28th

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
    • Turkey tetrazzini. This highly-rated recipe uses egg noodles, for a delicious light texture.
    • Salad
    • Brown and serve rolls

ham and bean soup recipe

Saturday, December 29th

  • Dinner
    • Tacos. Give yourself a break and use a taco kit that includes shells, taco seasonings and taco sauce.
    • Don’t forget the shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream.
    • For something a little extra, try this recipe for refried beans.

sweet potatoes recipe

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