December Meal Plan: 5 weeks of seasonal family dinners

Hello December!! I switched from weekly menu plans to monthly 6 months ago and, I’ll be honest, planning a month at a time truly makes the year fly by. Oh my goodnesss! Today, I’m turning the calendar into 2014! As I look ahead to the coming weeks, I’m a bit in awe of the many events on my plate–we have rehearsals and concerts, holiday shows, swim meets and practices, holiday parties… who has time for a daily life?

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But, we all must eat. I’m really hoping that the majority of the meals on this month’s plan will turn out to be as easy and fast as they’re described. At least one meal a week will be a slow cooker meal — double up on the recipe if you want a full meal of leftovers. And try to find at least one consistent night a week to make a mandatory family dinner night.

December Meal Plan: This menu takes us into January!

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Week 1

Monday: Beef Chili
Tuesday: Panko Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Panko Parmesan Zucchini Fingers (follow same recipe for chicken)
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Quick Pastitsio
Weekend: Extra Easy Lasagna, Quick Fall Minestrone

Week 2

Monday: Herbed Cheese-Stuffed Salmon & Caesar Salad
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Turkey Meatloaf and green beans
Weekend: Baked Potato Soup; MYO Pizza night

Week 3

Monday: Crock Pot Sweet Apricot Chicken with side of fresh veggies
Tuesday: Citrus Salmon with Watercress Salad
Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Thursday: Leftovers
weekend: Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf with salad; Hanukkah Brisket and Roasted Veggies

Week 4

(This is Christmas week… so adjust and plan accordingly. Also, don’t forget to include your Christmas morning breakfast casserole in your plans. Here’s my recipe for French Toast Casserole, which can be made Gluten Free and is loved no matter which way you make it. Take note! You must make this the night before you serve it–which makes it perfect for Christmas morning.)

Monday: Steak Fajitas
Tuesday: Butternut Squash Soup with side salad
Wednesday: Chicken with Acorn Squash & Tomatoes
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Beef & Beer Chili, Slow Cooker Turkey Breast (here are the basic how-to instructions for slow-cooking a turkey breast. This time, I’m adding a can of cranberry sauce and a packet of onion soup.)

Week 5

(See what I mean? 2014!!! This is New Year’s week… so adjust and plan accordingly.)
Monday: Rigatoni with Sausage & broccoli
Tuesday:Sweet & Sour Chicken with Soba Salad
Wednesday: Beef & Vegetable Pot Pie
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Cauliflower & Chickpea stew, Jambalaya for a crowd (this is actually the recipe I use for New Years Eve–so if you’re entertaining this week, move Jambalaya to whichever that night will be for you.)

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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