December Meal Plan Calendar A Menu for the 5 Weeks Leading to the New Year

I was SO wanting to cook on the grill last night. With 65 degree weather at 5 pm, I’m kind of wondering what stopped me. But, if I’m honest with myself, it’s that I didn’t want to fight the hectic 5 pm grocery store mob to get burger buns. Instead we stuck with the plan and had a delicious baked potato soup.

Onward! This week’s menu plan has several easy soups and crock-pot dinners, plus another version of turkey meatloaf that will make my family’s warm hearts sing.

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And because Hanukkah began just last night, I’ll remind you that here are several Hanukkah-themed posts that have appeared on Julieverse in the past. Enjoy your festival!

  • Our 8 Nights of Hanukkah describes how our family assigns a theme to each night of Hanukkah, helping our focus to remain on the family, rather than gifting.
  • Favorite Hanukkah Books for Children is an lengthy listing of books your family will enjoy reading together, categorized by interest.
  • Having an Interfaith family offers excitement, but also, at times, added stress. Here’s a story of how we celebrate both December holidays in our home.
  • The biggest share of the week was this listing of Interfaith holiday books for families. There aren’t many books available at this time, and I look forward to adding to this list each year.

December Meal Plan

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Week 1

Monday: Easy Slowcooker 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, Hanukkah Brisket and Roasted Veggies (Hanukkah begins 12/6/15)

Week 2

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

Week 3

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

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: Christmas Eve dinner — Whole Chicken with Acorn Squash & Stewed Tomatoes with Basil
Thursday: Christmas — start the morning with the French Toast Casserole
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? 2016!!! This is New Year’s week… so adjust and plan accordingly.)
Monday: Rigatoni with Sausage & Tomato Cream Sauce I also add chopped red or green peppers with the onions
Tuesday:Sweet & Sour Chicken with Soba Salad
Wednesday: 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.)
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Cauliflower & Chickpea stewBeef & Vegetable Pot Pie

Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party

Check out my New Year’s Eve Family Party Pinterest Board full of lots of ideas for our party.
Follow Julie Meyers Pron’s board New Years Eve family party on Pinterest.

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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