Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there's no shortage of sweets and indulgences. I try to balance that out with healthy dinners at home filled with vegetables and whole grains. One of the easiest ways to do that is soups–usually made in the slow cooker so I don't have to think too hard–and with lots of salads. Even though I think it's too cold for dinner salads (that's a summer thing!), my kids have been asking for their favorites lately.
Take a look at your December calendar and fit your meals to the schedule. Can you prep a meal the night before or in the morning to make the dinner hour easier on a busy weeknight? Can you take the time on a Sunday afternoon to prep food for the week? Can you double up on a meal one night and freeze the second half for a busy night later in the month? All these strategies help you with the goal of feeding your family healthy dinners and avoiding takeout or fast food.
Moneywise Menu Plan – 12/6 to 12/19
Sunday: Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup and homemade wheat bread
Meatless Monday: Spinach Stuffed Shells (made double on Sunday and froze for another meal later) and salad
Tuesday: Taco Cornbread Casserole
Wednesday: Chicken Sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers & onions over pasta
Thursday: Oriental Chicken Salad from Chef in Training
Friday: My son & I are at a swim meet all day so I'm telling hubby to use up the leftovers from the week
Saturday: Homemade Pita Pizzas in between the all-day swim meet & a date night
Sunday: Slow Cooker Beef Gyros from Six Sisters’ Stuff
Meatless Monday: Corn and Potato Chowder and salad
Tuesday: We have a school event so I'm packing Cold Greek Quinoa Salad from Back to Her Roots in our Easy Lunchboxes, and everyone can eat when they can.
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos, black beans and brown rice, and fixings
Thursday: Chicken Caesar Salad and garlic bread
Friday: Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from 365 Days of Crockpot and homemade rolls
Saturday: Herb Roasted Pork with baked potatoes, green beans and salad
What are some of your favorite ways to get veggies on the table during the holiday season?