Simply Recipes 2018 Meal Plan: December Week 4

It's almost Christmas! Need some inspiration for Christmas dinner? (And not to mention the rest of the week?!) We're here to help. Besides glazed holiday ham, we've got quiche lorraine, sheet pan pizza, chicken stroganoff, and more!

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s something to be said about gathering with family and friends in the spirit of peace and goodwill. Plus, there’s cookie exchanges!!

I’m keeping the peace by breaking away from all things turkey and green bean. This year, I’m making glazed ham, Brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner!

For the rest of the week, I’m looking forward to simple, easy dinners. Less time cooking means more time spreading my cheer!

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Quiche Lorraine for dinner on Christmas Eve means that on Christmas morning – the morning after my long-distance guests have arrived – breakfast is already made. Tonight, I’ll serve it with a side salad, tomorrow morning with fresh fruit and yogurt.

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Side view of a cooking ham with a bone in and sitting on a cutting board.

Merry Christmas! Gone are the days of cloyingly sweet pineapple- and maraschino cherry-laced hams for Christmas dinner. Instead, this sophisticated Glazed Baked Ham is the star of the dinner table tonight. With plates of Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Perfect Mashed Potatoes also on the table, we can enjoy the festivities with full bellies.

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Chicken Stroganoff Recipe

Time to unwind and relax from the holiday. Using convenience items like a rotisserie chicken I picked up from the supermarket helps me do just that while the twins argue over who gets to play with their new toys first. This Rotisserie Chicken Stroganoff is a welcome spin on the classic beef stroganoff.

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Baked Potatoes with Chickpeas

I’m probably going to regret the amount of money and time I’m spending on these after-Christmas sales…probably, but not likely. Happily, I know I won’t regret making these Curry Chickpea-Loaded Baked Potatoes, not a chance.

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Spinach-Artichoke Sheet Pan Pizza

This sheet pan pizza is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. As I gear up for the New Year, the healthy spinach makes me believe I can actually stick to this year’s resolutions. The fact that I’m serving this decadent Chocolate Sour Cream Cake for dessert afterwards reminds me to keep it real with myself.

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Marta Rivera

Marta Rivera is trained chef with over 20 years in the culinary field and the blogger behind Sense & Edibility. She graduated from the Baltimore International Culinary College with degrees in Culinary Arts and Classical Pastries. Her cookbook is Taste and See Cooks.

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  1. Pat

    All look delicious. Thank you.