Meal Plan Monday for December 19 thru 25

Wow, I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away! It came so fast this year. Or maybe it just felt that way because I have been busy non stop for the past few months. I look forward to a rest in January.

And hey, I’m so glad to be back to my beloved blog here after pretty much ignoring the poor thing for the past month. But there is only so many hours in a day and unfortunately this blog was last on the list even though it’s the thing I most enjoy working on.

I was just wondering what everyone does for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner?

We started the tradition a few years ago of having lasagna for Christmas dinner since it’s my kids’ favorite dish. It’s also the dish I make the best and the first meal I ever learned to cook.

For Christmas Eve, we always had dinner over at my parents’ house along with my sister and her family. My sister and I made a bunch of party foods or finger foods. Or technically called hors doeuvres (pronounced or-dervz).

Anyway we just made a bunch of easy, kid friendly food and everyone sat in the living room near the tree and ate.  Sometime during the evening a few neighbors and friends would stop by and there was always plenty left to offer them. It was a fun time.

Now that both parents have died and my sister moved 6 hours away, this will be the first year we will be doing Christmas Eve here at my house. I wasn’t quite sure what to do for it and my kids kept asking what we were going to be doing for Christmas Eve. I finally decided to just continue the tradition here at home. It won’t be as fun without my sister and her family and my parents. But life changes.

 

Monday
Chili
Tuesday
Chicken and Dumplings
Wednesday
Beef Stir Fry
Thursday
Leftovers
Friday
Dinner over at my sister in law’s (I’ll bring a couple of pies)
Saturday
Various Finger Foods:
Chicken Nuggets
mini Quiches
Tiny Pigs in a Blanket
Vegetable Tray and Dip
Christmas Cookies
Sunday
Lasagna
Garden Salad
Garlic Bread
Pumpkin Pie

I’m going to share with you my recipe for Chicken and Dumplings:

Chicken and Dumplings
*NOTE: This can be made in the crockpot, or if rushed for time, I make it on the stove top and use  canned chicken or frozen cooked and shredded chicken. Also, I’m kind of weird about my chicken. I only like chicken breasts and that’s all I use in my cooking. My local grocery stores have a sale on skinless, boneless chicken breasts at least once a month for $1.99 a pound, and sometimes as low as $1.79 a pound. When it goes on sale, I stock up and freeze it. I will also cook up a few packs when I get home from the grocery store in the crock pot. I freeze the broth for cooking and shred the chicken (my standing electric mixer works well for this with the hook beater blade) and freeze in sandwich bags and store in gallon plastic bag in the freezer. Then I just pull out a bag or too when needed for a quick meal.

This recipe is assuming you are doing the stove top version. If you do the crockpot version, just use raw chicken (your choice of cut) and shred before adding the dumplings (biscuit pieces). Adjust the seasonings for your own preference.

2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom, or cream of celery soup
3 cups water  ( 3 c. of chicken broth I have frozen in advance and don’t use the bouillon cubes)
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 can biscuits
1/2 t.  poultry seasoning
1/4 t. white pepper
1/2 t of garlic powder
1 t. dried onion
1 t. dried celery flakes or 3/4 t. celery salt

Bring water and bouillon to a boil. Add soups and stir to mix. The liquid will be watery but that’s ok. Add chicken and seasonings. Cut biscuits into small, bit size pieces and drop into pot. Let them cook until they get bigger and are not so doughy looking. The excess liquid will be absorbed by the biscuit pieces and the liquid left will thicken up.

 

Hope y’all who celebrate Christmas or any other holiday going on now have a special, wonderful time with your friends and family! And if you have a moment, please leave a comment and tell me what your Christmas traditions are. I love hearing about how other celebrate this holiday.

Cathy

2 Responses to “Meal Plan Monday for December 19 thru 25”

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  1. we are doing finger foods too on christmas eve. there is so much running around and preparing to do that i is the easiest thing!
    My menu plan this week is pretty much just fast food and leftovers with all the running around to do!
    Here is a link to myChristmas Day Menu
    I’d love if you stopped by my blog to check it out and leave a link to your menu or share it in the comments, or let us know what your plans are for Christmas if you are not cooking!
    Merry Christmas!
    I also have a $10 applebee’s gift card giveaway happening too! link is under the cooking with cristin sign:)

  2. mommacat says:

    Thanks for stopping by Cristin. I went to your site and left my Christmas day menu and also entered to win the Applebee’s gift card. Yum! Love Applebees!

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