This is always a hectic time of year, between two major holidays, lots of gifts to buy, and so many events being squeezed in before school breaks for the holidays. My advice to myself right now is to not run myself ragged, stay hydrated and pumped up with extra vegetables and fruit, and get adequate sleep. If I can’t get it all done, so be it. In December, I tend to cook once and eat twice. What that means is a pot of soup on Sunday is the same meal on Monday, and a roasted chicken is eaten two days in a row, but one day simply with sides and the next reheated with taco seasonings and served with tortillas. I prefer to eat homemade food as much as possible, but this time of year I am not looking to win awards for creativity!
I am traveling this weekend through Tuesday, so I will miss Instagram live on Monday night but Hubs and I will return to our regular Monday live at 5 on 12/12. It will be a GOOD one!
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Here’s your dinner planner for the week:
Meatless Monday: Roasted vegetable and black bean enchiladas verdes, Mexican sautéed greens
Tuesday: Chinese chicken salad p. 64 from Quicker Than Quick (there is NOBODY who doesn’t think this is the best Chinese Chicken Salad dressing on the planet!!)
Wednesday: broccoli white bean soup
Saturday brunch: Healthier Nutella French Toast Casserole
Sunday: Butternut squash lasagne (give this a trial run before Christmas!)
Here’s what you can do in advance if it helps you:
Make salad dressing
Roast vegetables for enchiladas
Make enchilada sauce
Poach chicken for salad
Make veggie or chicken stock, if using homemade
Make the chermoula
Assemble french toast casserole
Make cashew-cauliflower ricotta for lasagne
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