Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Meal Planning: Christmas Eve 2011 Preparation

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If you don't menu plan any other time, this might be the week for you to jump in! Even before I planned weekly meals, I would always plan Christmas Eve dinner. Our family has a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner (well, our twist on it, anyway!), and there is no way to pull that off on my own without planning! I save my plans from year to year, so I don't have to start from scratch -- just a tweak here or there. I'll be doing some preparations all week to spread it all out.

Just a couple notes about last week's menu... my acorn squash soup turned out fabulous! I'm also working on refining my pulled pork slow cooker recipe -- hoping to share that sometime soon!

I'm still working on using up things we have hanging around in the pantry, freezer, and frig (though the frig is relatively empty now), and I'll be careful only to buy what we absolutely need so we'll have room for our holiday meal items. I need to check that the seafood mix I bought for the casserole has enough different fish (fishes?) in it... if not we'll have another menu item on Saturday :) Here's my plan for this week!

Sunday: Leftovers and salad
Make Ahead: Cookies (Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies)

Monday: Black Bean, Spinach, and Mushroom Enchiladas
Make Ahead: Cookies (Chocolate Rolo Cookies, Snowballs)

Tuesday: Broccoli quiche
Make Ahead:  Cookies (Jam Thumbprints, Oatmeal)

Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
Make Ahead: Cookies (Chocolate Chip)

Thursday: Grill night
Make Ahead: Kluski's, cut up veggies for veggie tray

Friday: Homemade Pizza night
Make Ahead: Pumpkin Cheesecake, french bread and rolls, hot crab dip, spinach dip (boys will make dips), Cheeseball
Saturday (Christmas Eve): Appetizers (smoked salmon quesadillas, dips, smoked sardines, cheeseball), Ham, Seafood Casserole, Kluskis with sauerkraut, Mixed Green Salad, dried fruit compote, rolls, dessert (Pumpkin Cheesecake, cookies).

Sunday (Christmas): Breakfast: French Toast Casserole; Lunch/Dinner: Ham Sandwiches, leftovers.

What are you having for Christmas dinner this week? If you need some more inspiration, check out Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Have a great week!


  1. I made the soup and it was good! I used a butternut squash and Jon even liked it though he usually doesn't like any hard squash.


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