Easy Christmas Week Menu | Meal Plan Menu (12/21/20)

Easy Christmas Week Menu | Meal Plan Menu (12/21/20)

From Chicken Mulligatawny Soup to Spinach and Bacon Quiche, this easy Christmas week menu was created with saving time in mind!

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • December 18, 2020


Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff with Roasted Balsamic Broccolini

Mushroom stroganoff is such a classic comfort food that we had to start off Christmas week with it. But, since there is often a lot to still get done this time of year, we made sure our recipe simplifies your cooking prep by using ground beef and sliced mushrooms. In just 45 minutes, you’ll be able to sit down with the family and enjoy the rich combination of creamy sauce, hearty beef, and flavorful egg noodles, with a tasty side of balsamic roasted broccolini.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • You can prep the pasta, broccolini, and seasoning mix up to 5 days ahead of time.
  • Since we use sour cream to add tangy richness to this meal, Tuesday’s Chicken Burrito Bowls, and Wednesday’s Chicken Mulligatawny Soup, we make sure you won’t have leftovers that you don’t know what to do with. This is a good week to use sour cream, but plain or Greek yogurt always works as a substitute.
  • Ground beef and mushroom stroganoff freezes really well for future meals. Download our ‘All-in-One Freezer Guide’ for more freezing smarts.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free flour and noodles. (Trader Joe’s has some good GF egg noodles!)
  • Paleo: We created a special paleo stroganoff recipe that uses sweet potato noodles.
  • Vegetarian: Instead of beef we use pre-cooked lentils in our 40-minute Vegetarian Mushroom Stroganoff.


Chicken Burrito Bowls with Pico de Gallo

With this meal, we’re making an even better homemade version of those bowls from that well-known fast-casual restaurant (you know the one!). In just 35 minutes – which, let’s face it, is faster than driving to grab take-out – you can assemble our savory bowls in the kitchen or simply set everything out so everyone can build their own bowl at the table.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Up to 5 days ahead, you can save time by making a double batch of rice to serve with these Chicken Burrito Bowls and tomorrow’s Chicken Mulligatawny Soup.
  • Use more of the tub of sour cream that you opened for yesterday’s Ground Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff and finish it off with tomorrow’s Chicken Mulligatawny Soup.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-Free: Our Chicken Burrito Bowls are already gluten-free!
  • Paleo: Enjoy the same burrito bowl flare with our delicious Chicken and Pepper Fajita Salad with pico de gallo and paprika vinaigrette.
  • Vegetarian: Using both pinto and black beans, our vegetarian Southwestern Burrito Bowls have 24 grams of protein each and are ready in just 30 minutes.

“[Having] a healthy mix of recipe ideas and being able to do weekend prep but then still knock out a great dinner every night in 30 min or less is perfect. Total lifesaver! My daughter gets home-cooked meals, we all get to eat together, and I save hours each week.”

– JJ P. (Member since Nov 2017)


Chicken Mulligatawny Soup with Rice

Mulligatawny soup is a soup that originates from South India, so you know it is chock-full of delicious flavor. Our version is creamy while still featuring many healthy ingredients like carrots, apples, and turmeric. Every time we feature this mild curry soup in a weekly menu, it gains new fans because it is just so good and easy to make.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Save time by using the rest of the double batch of rice you made for yesterday’s Chicken Burrito Bowls.
  • Our Chicken Mulligatawny Soup reheats and freezes well so you can make it completely ahead of time and freeze any extras for a future quick meal.
  • Since half and half is creamier than milk but not quite as rich as heavy cream, it strikes the right balance to round out this soup and Thursday’s Spinach and Bacon Quiche.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-Free: Our Chicken Mulligatawny Soup is already gluten-free!
  • Paleo: It’s easy to swap with cauliflower rice and coconut milk for creaminess.
  • Vegetarian: Use chickpeas for protein instead of chicken.


Spinach and Bacon Quiche with Raspberry Yogurt Parfait

There’s nothing quite like a festive brunch-style meal for Christmas. Even if you don’t serve it for brunch / breakfast, a 1-hour, homemade quiche is a deliciously satisfying meal any time of day, any day of the year. To make these quiches extra special, we use gruyere, which is a rich, nutty cheese that brings a unique and fancy flavor to this bake. And, if you really want to finish the occasion off with flare, make the raspberry parfait and peach bellinis we include in the meal’s recipe!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • If your grocery store doesn’t have gruyere, our meal plan offers some substitute ideas as a part of the grocery list for our easy Christmas week menu.
  • Finish off the carton of half and half that you opened for yesterday’s Chicken Mulligatawny Soup.
  • So you don’t have to cook on Christmas Eve, you can make this Spinach and Bacon Quiche ahead of time because it reheats well.
  • Quiche also freezes well, so make extras and save for a busy weeknight or when you just don’t feel like cooking!

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-Free: Enjoy all the same flavors with our Spinach and Bacon Frittata recipe.
  • Paleo: Try a more streamlined Spinach and Bacon Frittata with a raspberry parfait that uses paleo-friendly yogurt.
  • Vegetarian: Make our delicious vegetarian Spinach and Artichoke Quiches.

All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps. Join our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and more cooking tips for these 4 simple dinners.

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