Monday (New Years Eve): Appetizer ideasPolenta Crostini with Spinach and Capers, Buckwheat Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Crème Fraiche, Mini Spanakopita, Zesty Potato Skewers, Mini Risotto Cakes, an upgraded dip, Brussels Sprout Sliders, Endive with Grapes, Hazelnuts and Roquefort, Hen of the Woods Mushroom Toasts, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Provencal Goat Cheese Gratin, White Bean Dip with Roasted Garlic, Butternut Squash, Beet and Apple Skewers, or a Cheeseboard (method here).

Tuesday (Happy New Year!): We always made lentils on New Year’s Day for good luck.  I usually continue this tradition with a big pot of lentil soup.

Wednesday: Tandoori Chicken from Epicurious (I’ll make this with breasts and drumsticks), Apricot Couscous (or plain steamed couscous), sautéed beet greens (if you have greens from buying fresh beets for Thursday’s dinner) and Swiss chard (recipe in my cookbook)

Thursday: Wild Salmon with Blood Orange, Beet and Spinach Salad, served with roasted sweet potato wedges. Save the beet greens for Wednesday’s dinner if you have them!

Friday: Stovetop Braised Parsnips with Coconut Butter and White Balsamic, simple roast chicken or fish with chermoula.

Saturday lunch: Tuna Patties, served on a bed of greens with fresh dill garnish, lemon juice and sea salt. If you want a warming beverage – my favorite Yerba Matte Cacao and Mint Tonic will do the trick!

Sunday:  Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce and whole wheat pasta or brown rice pasta or Spaghetti Squash, served with roasted broccoli


Here’s what you can do ahead if it helps you:


Make all sauces, marinades and dressings 

Prep any appetizers you are making for NYE

Wash greens and lettuces

Cook the Couscous


Make marinara sauce unless you’re buying it

Roast beets

Segment oranges


Here’s a link to my previous dinner planners.

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  1. Great, thank you! I wasn’t sure about the silicone bags. Good to know they’re a safe option.

  2. Hi Pamela, I wasn’t sure where to post this question. Can you recommend some non-plastic food storage ideas, please? I use glass storage containers and just ordered the beeswax wraps. Any other suggestions would be appreciated, especially lightweight ways to carry dry snack foods like nuts and crackers. Thank you!

    • There are loads of silicone bags like stasher bags for snacks and smaller items like you’re referring to. For things that go in the fridge, I use glass containers like GlassLock.

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