Meal Plan for December Week 4

Meal Plans

Here's your meal plan for December Week 4! We've got lamb shanks for Christmas dinner (if you're still in planning mode!), chipotle chicken and rice bowls, a warming fish stew, and more!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer and Coco Morante

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

My general philosophy is to eat as healthy as I can, most of the time. For me, this means that not much is actually off limits, but I focus more on eating in moderation.

When planning our meals for the week, I also try to look at the week as whole and then gauge when we can indulge and when it’s better to plan something lighter.

With Christmas on Monday and three separate parties or family gatherings between now and then, I’m definitely adjusting the rest of my meal plan to compensate this week. When it comes to the wonderful indulgences available at these kinds of holiday get-togethers, I want to feel comfortable partaking in the festivities without worrying that I’m going overboard.

Hopefully these recipes will keep your week balanced and your spirits bright!

Lamb Shanks with Butternut Squash

1 Lamb Shanks with Butternut Squash: If you haven’t yet decided on Christmas dinner, I suggest these lamb shanks! Lamb is a rich meat, so a little goes a long way. This recipe requires braising the lamb for three hours. It’s best to make this dish when you have a little extra time – like a holiday! I love these Parker House Rolls served alongside.


Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

2 Cauliflower Chickpea Curry: Cauliflower, chickpeas, onion, tomato and cilantro come together in this delicious vegan curry. Serve it with this basmati rice salad made with peas and mint.


Kale Sausage Chickpea Soup

3 Kale Sausage Soup: Sausage imparts a nice depth of flavor to this colorful soup.


Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls

4 Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls: This one is for the pressure cooker converts among us. Cook the rice and the chicken at the same time for a no mess, no fuss meal.


Quick and Easy Fish Stew

5 Quick and Easy Fish Stew: Ease into your weekend with this gorgeous fish stew. It’s ready in 30 minutes.


Gift Wrapping Cocktail of the Week: Hot Chocolate – Spiked or unspiked!

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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. Stephanie

    The fish stew looks lovely, but my husband is allergic to shell fish. Any suggestions for a replacement of the clam juice?

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  2. dana Ionescu

    I will try quick and easy fish stew. Thank you for the recipes

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