Merry Christmas, All!  Once again, the holidays are not quite back to normal, but I hope you and your loved ones can still find joy and much for which to be grateful this season.  I am more than thankful I can spend Christmas week with my mom and family and we are still cooking up a storm!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week:

Meatless Monday: Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with raisins, capers, and crispy quinoa (p. 110) and Curried Chickpea Salad (p.175) from my KM

Tuesday: Deer Valley-Style Turkey and Black Bean Chili, cornbread

Wednesday: Wild Salmon with Blood Orange, Beet and Spinach Salad, served with roasted sweet potato wedges

Thursday: stir-fried beef and broccoli, steamed brown rice or cauli-rice

Friday (New Year’s Eve): Appetizer ideas – Polenta Crostini with Spinach and Capers, Buckwheat Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Creme Fraiche, Mini Spanakopita, Zesty Potato Skewers, Mini Risotto Cakes, Brussels Sprouts 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).

Saturday (New Year’s Day): We always made lentils on New Year’s Day for good luck. I usually continue this tradition with a big pot of lentil soup, but the Lentil Shepherd’s Pie (which we now make every year on Christmas) is outstanding.

Sunday: Big green detox salad with Bieler’s Broth or Super Greens soup


Here’s what you can do in advance if it helps you: 


Make all sauces and dressings

Wash herbs and greens

Make curried chickpea salad

Make stock for soups (I am using the turkey stock I made and froze from thanksgiving for the turkey chili)


Cook beans if making from scratch

Make cornbread and store loosely covered at room temp


Cut broccoli into florets


Prep veggies (wash and cut) for tomorrow



I have LOVED seeing all your creations of my recipes on Instagram. If you make any of my recipes, please tag me @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman so I can check them out!

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