Christmas Meal Prep Plan

 

For Christmas this year, I’m pretty much making exactly what I made this past Thanksgiving, with a few changes to the dessert menu.

Here’s my menu and the breakdown of what I make ahead. I make as much in advance as I can to make it a little easier on the big day.

I’m breaking it down between four days. You can do it in two days if you’re pressed for time. I’m spreading it out slowly because I’m not rushed for time this year.

Day 1:

Make a double batch of Buckeyes and freeze them.  Use dairy free subs and coconut oil instead of shortening.

Day 2:

Make Homemade Bread (I use this to make the breadcrumbs I need for Day 3’s Cutlets recipe.)

Make Fudge and refrigerate.

Make Sugar Cookies and decorate.

Day 3:

Make Pumpkin Pie and refrigerate.

Make Cornbread.

Make Double Batch of Chickpea Cutlets and refrigerate.

Peel Potatoes in the evening and completely cover potatoes with water in a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Keep in fridge until it’s time to make the mashed potatoes the next day. (Optional step. Can omit and do this on day 4.)

Day 4:

Start Dough for Homemade Dinner Rolls early. When dough is ready, prepare rolls and bake.

Boil and season fresh green beans (I use vegetable broth and season with Adobo, garlic powder and onion powder.) Transfer to a crockpot and cook on high for approximately 4 hours.

Make Gravy. A triple batch. Use the suggested variation of adding poultry seasoning and sage to the gravy.

Make Cornbread Dressing.

Make Holiday Mashed Potatoes.

I hope this breakdown helps. If you need any last minute recipes for Christmas, these recipes will not disappoint!

I hope you have a wonderful week leading up to Christmas.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

Yummy Christmas Recipes: Dairy & Egg Free

The only thing I've done so far- make amazing fudge!

The only thing I’ve done so far- make amazing fudge!

Hiya. Merry (almost) Christmas friends! We have been quite the busy bees with vacation, traveling from Iowa to South Carolina to Florida and so on!

Things finally settled down for literally, like, ONE day and now we’re ramping up for Christmas.

This year, we’re trying something different. The Huzz’s family always had their big meal on Christmas Eve. Growing up, my family always had the BIG meal on Christmas day. (Seriously, y’all, my mom cooked and baked for days!!! Her spread is crazy big!) This year, we are going to follow in the tradition of the Huzz’s side and have our big meal on Christmas Eve.

Here’s what we plan to make. Click on the colored words to follow the links to the recipes.

And by the way, it’s 8:30 pm on December 23rd and I’ve only accomplished ONE THING on this list…yeah, I better get to getting!

Christmas Dinner and Treats:

Mojo Crockpot Chicken (Click here to see how to make homemade mojo marinade. There’s not a recipe for this one. I’m making it up. I’ll put the chicken in the crockpot. Pour the mojo on a whole chicken. Probably throw in a chopped onion, some adobo seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and oregano. Cook on low for 8 hours.)

Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Grilled Asparagus (Rinse asparagus, snap off ends, season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill on medium on grill pan until tender.)

Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots

Classic Dinner Rolls (Sub non-dairy milk and vegan butter. Use the bread machine to make dough on dough setting.)

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Fudge (I used SO Delicious boxed Culinary Coconut Milk Lite.  This is the one recipe I’ve made so far.  I’ve only licked the spoon and it was AMAZING!)

Buckeyes (Use vegan butter and Enjoy Life chocolate chips)

Vegan Sugar Cookies with Easy Royal Icing (We decided not to use food coloring.  Our cookies will just be decorated with white icing.  And maybe a few sprinkles!)

Pumpkin Pie with Coco Whip from SO Delicious

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for breakfast on Christmas morning (I have a cinnamon sensitivity so I’m omitting the cinnamon.  I might sub allspice but most likely I’ll add brown sugar instead of the cinnamon or allspice.)

That’s our safe menu plan.

This Christmas, we’ve been teaching SG that Christmas is not about getting gifts or Santa.

In our house, we’re trying to focus on the ultimate gift, the gift of a precious babe born into this world to save us from our sins.  God gave us the ultimate gift of Jesus, which is why our little family celebrates Christmas.

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:10-11

We hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.  I wish you all a safe and wonderful day together filled with lots of safe food!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Dairy & Egg Free

Holidays are steeped in tradition. Food allergies change things. But what doesn’t have to change is still having a yummy, delicious, and safe spread for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Maybe it’s the first time cooking the holiday meal for everyone.

Maybe you’re the sweet family member or friend who is searching for safe recipes for a food allergic loved one. (Thanks for that, by the way. It means more than you know.)

Maybe the idea of a dairy and egg free holiday feast terrifies you.

Whatever the hesitation or reason, fear not. I’m going to share links to yummy recipes.

Last year we had a completely “safe” Thanksgiving and Christmas feast! None of the food tasted weird- just good.

Without further ado, here are some of the dishes I made last year. I’m also going to throw in a few recipes I haven’t yet tried, but will try for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

A star in front of the name means I haven’t tried the recipe yet but I’m going to soon. No star means I made it, liked it and will make it again this holiday season.

Herb Roasted Turkey

Twice Baked Potatoes

*Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Mallow Melt

My Mama’s Southern Puerto Rican Green Beans
(Simmer green beans for approximately 30 minutes along with fatback (or bacon) and lemon juice to taste. Salt and pepper to taste.)

Nana’s Safe Stuffing
(I never knew this recipe is originally from Better Homes and Gardens. You can look it up if you have that cookbook. Use vegan butter and safe bread. We omit the celery and carrot and only use the onion. We used homemade bread the last time we made it. Delish! And Nana uses poultry seasoning, not the suggested sage.)

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Pumpkin Bread
(This makes a delicious breakfast. We slather our pumpkin bread with Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread.)

Pumpkin Pie
(I made this one last year. Last year I omitted the cinnamon and subbed allspice.)

*Pumpkin Pie 2
(I’m trying this recipe this weekend before the big day. I always use the Refrigerated Pillsbury Roll Out Crusts. That’s not the official name but that’s what I call it.)

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie & Apple Pie

Cherry Pie & Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Can dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate. Melt some Enjoy Life chocolate chips along with some shortening or coconut oil in the microwave. Mix well. Dip cookie. Repeat. Let cool on parchment paper.)

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla Cupcakes
(These are great for making ahead and freezing. Mine are in the freezer baked already. I’m planning on frosting them with Pillsbury Maple Brown Sugar frosting and putting cute little pumpkin picks in the cupcakes to make them festive.)

If you like to bake in advance, the following freeze well:
Pumpkin Bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vanilla Cupcakes (unfrosted)

The apple and pumpkin pie can be made the day before Thanksgiving. The cherry pie tastes better (to me) the day it’s baked, so that pie I bake the day of.

I hope these recipes help you have a safe and delicious Thanksgiving.