Meal Plan for December Week 2

Meal Plans

Here's your meal plan for December Week 2! Cauliflower Pasta, Chicken Piccata, Steak Salad, and more!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer and Sabrina Modelle

This month, Summer Miller is back and excited to share her family’s meal plans for December. Happy holidays, everyone!

I try to feed my family a few dishes I know they will like each week, combined with a few new items I hope they will try. I’m a big believer in food love by association. So far, this approach has worked for me.

I’ve also never let “no” stop me from serving a certain meal or vegetable for the second, third or thirtieth time. Sometimes kids don’t like the texture of something or the temperature of the dish or some other random thing known only to them. It doesn’t mean they don’t like the actual food — or that they won’t start to love it eventually.

Blueberries were one of my son’s first foods. He’d eaten them regularly until the age of five, when suddenly he decided he couldn’t stand the sight of them. Then, during the summer of his 8th year, he loved them again and couldn’t get enough. These mysteries of childhood are not for me to understand.

I try not to make too much of a fuss about what they eat, and I don’t force them to clean their plates. I figure it’s my job to serve them healthy food, and it’s their job to decide if they want to eat it.

If they refuse, I always have lots of chopped up fresh vegetables in the fridge. They are welcome to eat a bowl of cauliflower!

While it’s frustrating when kids (or adults) don’t eat what they are served, I understand that sometimes we just aren’t in the mood for what’s in front of us. This week’s meal plan offers a little something for everyone, even the pickiest among us.

Meal Plan for December Week 2

Salmon with Avocado Remoulade

1 Pan-Seared Salmon with Avocado Remoulade: Fish is a quick and healthy weeknight meal. This dish is bright and cheery, especially with some Cilantro Lime Rice on the side. What better way to start off the week!


Pasta with Cauliflower and Prosciutto

2 Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Prosciutto: Comfort food with a hefty dose of vegetables.


Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

3 Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette: Protein and vegetables all in one quick and easy meal.


Chicken Piccata

4 Chicken Piccata: This classic dish is an oldie but a goodie. Pair this fast weeknight meal with roasted sprouts and shallots for robust and elegant family dinner.


Skillet Chicken and Orzo

5 One Pot Chicken and Orzo: You had me at one pot.


Blood Orange French 75 Cocktail

Bonus Gift Wrapping Cocktail of the Week: Blood Orange French 75 Cocktail: Tis the season for citrus!

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Summer Miller

Summer Miller is the Senior Editor for Simply Recipes based in Nebraska. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Eating Well, Grit, SAVEUR, and Every Day with Rachael Ray, among others. Her first book is New Prairie Kitchen (Agate Publishing, 2015).

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  1. Julie Marl

    I’m so encouraged to read this post! Summer’s philosophy of feeding kids aligns with Ellyn Satter (parent’s job is to offer healthy options, kid choose what they’ll eat; kids need to try a food many times.). I, too, have a child that LOVED blueberries and now that he’s 6 yrs old, won’t touch them (among a long list of other foods he now “doesn’t like”)! All of these recipes are within the range of comfort for my family. Excited to try them, and, thanks to Summer’s commentary, I’m more willing to hear the gripes of which ones don’t suit which family members at a particular time. Appreciate the encouragement. Elise – I *LOVE* your work! Thank you for all the recipes, the spirit of collaboration that you embody, and the encouragement you provide to others through recipes. You’re a bright spot in the world!

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  2. Kay

    Not a comment a question-will your instant pot recipes work in my new Breville pressure cooker or will they need adjustments?

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Meal Plan for December Week 2