Weekly Meal Plan: Quick & Easy Dinners To Make Over The Holidays
It’s nearly here! Over on this side of the pond my fellow food people and I are poised and prepping our Christmas content, but for friends and readers in America the holiday season kicks off this Thursday with Thanksgiving Dinner. So, as this should be my last ‘Weekly Meal Plan‘ of 2019, I though now would be a good time to share some of my favourite quick and simple recipes to make for dinner when we’re all focusing on other meals.
Monday: Bloody Mary Penne with Crunchy Parsley Breadcrumbs
This pasta is something we made as a family last Christmas, and it is great if you just want something simple, but with a little bit of a twist. I find that leftovers, and little bits of things that need to be used up go into overdrive every December, and this is great for using up the ends of a loaf or the packet of parsley in the fridge.
Tuesday: 15 Minute Five Spice Pork with Pak Choi & Jasmine Rice
I’m realising now that I’ve not made this super speedy, super tasty pork dish in ages, and I must add it back into my rotation because it is a real gem. I’m not kidding, it’s tasty, healthy, and on the table in a quarter of an hour.
Wednesday: Creamy Vegan Roast Parsnip & Apple Soup
I find that soup is always a total saviour during busy periods because you can make it whenever you’ve got a moment to heat up later, and if your soup is of a smooth variety, it also freezes beautifully. While I find this one is great on a cold, icy day, you can find all of my favourite soup recipes for something a bit different here.
Thursday: Slow Cooker Thai Red Chicken Curry
Yes I know, I’ve been looking at what you’re all plugging into the search box here and I really must get some more slow cooker recipes up as they really are cold weather / holiday saviours. I find curries are great in the slow cooker as the meat always comes out super tender, and all you need to go with is to cook a bit of rice.
Friday: Simple Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Beef Wraps
Even when we’re having so many indulgent meals and treats already I like to keep things a bit celebratory on a Friday night, hence these wraps. Once you’ve slow cooked the beef it heats up really, really well – it was something I made during the final days before my best friend’s two day wedding as I knew I’d be up to my elbows in flowers most of the day, starving but too tired to cook at the end of it – and it is so versatile with different serving options, also working great as part of a burrito bowl over rice, or studded inside grilled cheese.
A few more recipes to make your Thanksgiving / Christmas a little easier: Tenderstem Broccoli with Toasted Almonds & Anchovy Butter, Autumn Spiced Maple Frosted Baked Doughnuts, Blood Orange Margaritas, Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse with Fleur de Sel (a lovely make-ahead dessert!), Crystallised Ginger Cheese Straws, How To Marinate Your Own Olives, Devilled Eggs Royale, Organic Smoked Salmon Terrine with Gin & Tonic Jelly.