Picture it: December 25. What does that mean for your family this year? Perhaps attending a virtual worship service, calling up family and friends, putting one last ornament on the tree, taking a picture in matching pajamas and unwrapping piles of gifts. Or, something else entirely. Many families have their own Christmas traditions! Chances are, you will be exhausted at the end of a long day, and just want to eat a filling and festive mail. Here is a hint: start prepping in advance to save yourself some time on Christmas. Needed some ideas for easy Christmas dinner menus? See below for some inspiration.
Menu one: Traditional
Valerie Cain Cuff posted this recipe for cute cream cheese penguins. Simply stuff olives and shape to look like a penguin. Frilly toothpicks and colorful pepper scarves and hats are recommended. Embrace the winter season with these fun bites.Read More »
Make these simple crackers and enjoy the fruits of your labor when they are served with the Cream Cheese Penguins. Ray Anne, who submitted the recipe, thinks they have ‘much more character’ than mass-produced crackers.
There is nothing like a Christmas ham. Top it with honey for some extra sweetness. Tip: this recipe also works with pre-sliced ham. Enjoy!
Garlic adds some flavor to this classic side dish. Add plenty of butter and sour cream for additional creaminess.
Decadently rich chocolate sponge is stuffed with a mocha buttercream. For extra fun, garnish it with meringues.
Menu two: Vegetarian
If your family has a tradition of serving holiday-themed vegetable trays, why not add Santa into the mix? This tray uses peppers, cauliflower and a multitude of other crunchy veggies to lighten up the appetizer spread.
Soup mix, sour cream, mayonnaise, chestnuts and spinach may sound like an odd combination, but, when mixed together, make a delicious dip. If it is good enough for Shawna, the recipe author, then it is good enough for you. Serve with sourdough bread and the Fun Santa Vegetable Tray.
Hot cocoa is a classic. Why not enjoy it on Christmas? Top it off with some non-dairy whipped cream and vegan marshmallows for some extra pizzazz. Make sure you have plenty of mugs handy!
This vegan take on turkey is sure to delight, and no animals were harmed in its making! A sesame-soy sauce glaze adds some dimension.
A casserole dish of root vegetables is the hearty side you need to celebrate Christmas well. Color, flavor and crunch are all here. This makes for a perfect piece of an already delicious meal.
Red, green and white are the dominant colors in this tasty blend of salty and sweet. Give everyone their own bowl of snack mix to enjoy as your meal comes to a close.
Whichever menu you choose to make, we hope these ideas help get your creative gears turning. Both choices are equally delicious, and a surefire way to end the holiday on a good note. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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