Menu plan: Help!

Help me! I need suggestions for a good Christmas dinner. I don't really like turkey and chicken seems too everyday. Ham is for Easter. I'm open to both meatless and meatful suggestions: bring them on. What do you eat on Christmas? I really am at a loss at the moment and I need to figure something out before I go shopping on Wednesday.

Monday: Red beans and rice, fried plantains

Tuesday: Broccoli-cheese soup, no-knead bread

Wednesday: Egg salad sandwiches, baked carrot oven fries, chipotle orange dipping sauce

Thursday: Lemon-scented quinoa salad, grapefruit

Friday: Rigatoni and tomatoes

Saturday: Schoolhouse chili, Susan Baker’s bran biscuits

Sunday: Spaghetti, five-minute tomato sauce

Monday: Lentil tacos

Tuesday: Something for Christmas! Help?
(Breakfast: Fresh-squeezed orange juice, grapefruit, orange rolls, and tomato omlettes)

Snacks: Granola bars, roasted chickpeas, herbed buttermilk popcorn

Christmas cookies: Cherry chews, confetti chocolate-oatmeal cookies, lime crescents


  1. I like that recipe for Schoolhouse Chili I might try it soon!
    Check out mine here

  2. We always have take-out Chinese for Christmas dinner. That way I don't have to cook and can spend more time enjoying the children enjoying their presents. (It's also practical because church doesn't end until almost noon, which leaves not much time for cooking.)

  3. Thanks, cjmr. I never thought of that.

  4. Mmm yummy! I am still trying to learn the art of lentils. Those tacos look great. You know I normally do honey baked ham for Christmas, but there are some other options. I grew up with a traditional Mexican Christmas dinner of tamales, refried beans with an unhealthy amount of cheddar, rice, pan dulce (that's Mexican sweet bread) and some sort of citrus punch.

    Another idea I was thinking was maybe a hickory smoked pork tenderloin. You just soak some hickory wood chips for about an hour and then stick them in an open faced foil pouch under the pork in the oven. Make sure to marinate the pork in something equally smoky and sweet. If you add to that squash/sweet potatoes and another earthy veggie, you could easily have a very unique but tasty Christmas dinner.

  5. Great Menu........Happy Holidays!


  6. Lemon-scented quinoa sounds fun! I'd have to make it as lunch for myself though, Hubby is skeptil about grains. For Christmas dinner, my grandmother (who didn't have a drop of Italian blood in her), made lasagna with miniature meatballs. Even though she has since passed, that is still our main dish on Christmas.
    Thanks for visiting!

    Happy eating!

  7. What about making sweet pork? Here's a link to the recipe I use:

    We serve it on nachos, in burritos or on taco salads. It's really good.

    My Menu Plan is up too! :)

  8. Oops...the whole link didn't show up. Try clicking here.

  9. About Christmas dinner... are you hosting a dinner for more than your dear husband and little boy? Our favorite Chinese restaurant is open on Christmas and we were very tempted but we were invited to spend the day with friends (we don't live near family).

    If I were to make Christmas dinner though, I'd most likely put an excellent quality roast in the crockpot with chipotle seasoning & a bay leaf, onions and sweet peppers. Whipped potatoes, gravy, steamed green beans and chipotle biscuits..and goodies on hand for dessert. Yum.

    Haus Frau

  10. It will be just the three of us for dinner, yes. My husband and son aren't hard to impress . . . I'm the one who's worrying about it. All the ideas have been quite helpful. I'll be sure to share what I eventually decide!

  11. We will be having roast turkey with all the trimmings, pavlova topped with summer fruit and fruit mince pies.

    Sometimes the English have roast duck or goose, or perhaps you could choose your family's favourite meal and do that.