Welcome to December! The holiday season is usually extraordinarily busy–so having a meal plan become even more important than usual.
1. We’ve got our normally scheduled dance classes, scout meetings and pool games. On top of that Yankee Bill has an additional club meeting one evening this week. Wednesday I’ll be in town most of the day and Thursday I’m hosting a cookie swap party at my house, so those days I won’t be in the mood for complicated cooking.
2. We are planning on decorating the tree this weekend-we’ll choose the day depending on how hunting is going for Yankee Bill. Our family tradition is to eat potato pancakes for dinner on the night we decorate the tree.
3. In the cold frames I’ve got lettuce, kale, chard and radishes. In the garden I’ve got kale and there are carrots under mulch and Jerusalem artichokes. I can’t believe I’m still harvesting vegetables from my garden in DECEMBER. Cold weather gardening is AMAZING.
4. In the fridge I’ve got a bit of leftover rice, several dozen eggs (I’m buying them weekly from a local friend) half a jar of spaghetti sauce, and half a jar of 3 bean salad (home canned). I’ve also got about 5 rolls left in the bread drawer from deer camp that I really need to use soon.
5. My stove is broken-so until it’s fixed I need to use alternative cooking methods.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Crockpot Lasagna with Salad
My Crockpot Lasagna recipe will take care of that half jar of spaghetti sauce-plus another jar most likely :) I’ll use ground venison instead of ground beef since that’s what I’ve got plenty of. It will make a large amount and then I can use the leftovers for lunches as well. Since I’ve got so many greens still in the garden I’ll make a salad to go on the side, adding carrot, a couple radishes and some of my dehydrated cherry tomatoes.
This is my venison meal for the week.
Tuesday: Ham with Carrots, Jerusalem Artichokes and Potatoes
I’ll do the ham in the crockpot and just toss the carrots, Jerusalem Artichokes and potatoes around it to cook all day.
This is my pork meal for the week.
Wednesday: Crockpot Spinach Egg Strata with Home Canned Peaches
This will use up a bunch of the eggs, the rolls that are getting old AND some of the greens out of the garden (although I’ll probably be using a combo of chard, spinach etc). I’ll crack open a can of the peaches I preserved this summer–I hope they taste as good as they look.
This is my meatless meal for the week.
Thursday: Chicken Vegetable Soup with Bread
Since I’m hosting a cookie party at my house I can just toss the soup together in the crockpot and let it simmer all day without having to actually DO anything. Sounds like a win to me!
This is my soup meal for the week.
Friday: Homemade Pizza
We’ll use my favorite Pizza Hut Crust Clone Recipe. If the oven isn’t fixed, we can always make them on the grill. It’s supposed to be 40 and clear that day. . .
Saturday: Potato Pancakes with Applesauce and Sour Cream
Yankee Bill and I met in Germany while we were both in the service. There is a Christmas tradition there of holding outdoor festivals–and one of the common fest foods is potato pancakes. Every year when we decorate the tree we have potato pancakes for supper, along with hot Gluhwein. The traditional accompaniment for potato pancakes are applesauce and sour cream (some heathens use ketchup, but that is not German!)
This happens to be another meatless meal for the week.
Sunday: Leftover Buffet
There will probably be a little bit of this and a little bit of that left over–I’ll make it into a buffet style dinner.
Eh, no fish or beans this week-but hey-I’ve got 2 meatless meals instead
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .