Between holiday parties and family get-togethers, it can sometimes be hard to keep things healthy. The holidays are known for rich dishes and decadent desserts. Lucky for you, Produce for Kids is making over your favorite holiday recipes in the new Festive Flavors: 12 Fresh Takes on Holiday Favorites guide.
During the hustle an bustle of the holidays, putting a healthy, homemade meal on the table can be a difficult task! With a little meal planning, it can be easier than you think! Here are 15 make-ahead and freezable meal ideas to help you through the busy holiday season.
Time to start meal planning for the holidays! Our favorite part of any holiday feast? The sides! Plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite fall fruits and veggies – and easy to make healthy with a few simple ingredient swaps. We’ve rounded up 30+ delicious holiday side dishes from some of our favorite food bloggers. Which will you be adding to your holiday meal plan?
I love cooking. It's relaxing, it allows me to experiment with new flavors, and it challenges me to present my kids with fruits and veggies in a way that they would actually be willing to eat them. What I don't love so much is cleaning up the kitchen. I get so wound up recreating recipes or creating my own, that I end up with several dirty pots and pans in need of cleaning when all I want to do is stay at the table a little longer, hanging out with the family. One pot meals allow me to do this! All I have to do is measure out and chop my ingredients, throw them in the pot and watch them turn into a delicious meal.
Mornings are always extra hectic, trying to wrangle the kids out of bed to get ready and get off to school on time. Something I've been doing for several years now is prepping as much as I can the night before. Laying clothes out, making sure backpacks are packed, and getting a head start on lunch - all of that saves me time, and stress, in the mornings. These Breakfast Quiche Bites are the perfect solution for those crazy busy mornings.
Back to school means back to busy schedules and routines. But, it’s also a great time of year to get organized with family meal planning to save time and money. When you think about what you’re going to make, you’re more likely to make healthier choices for your family.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned home cook, cooking for the family can get a little fatiguing, especially when you are cooking 5 meals a week for the family, like I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending a Saturday out by the grill smoking meat, or in the kitchen cooking a slow batch of marinara sauce. During the weekdays, however, finding shortcuts to getting dinner on the table efficiently keeps the experience enjoyable and prevents you from getting burnt out in the long run! I think a lot of people have the “cooking at home is so hard” mentality; I don’t believe that to be true at all. It comes down to finding the best methods and finding ideas to help make you an efficient home cook. I’ve put together 5 of my favorite tips that I use in my home that will help you shave time off your weeknight meals so you’re spending less time in the kitchen and more time with your family!
My family always cheers when I declare it “Breakfast for Dinner” night in our house. Something about eating breakfast foods at a time of day that you typically wouldn’t is exciting, I guess. I’ll take the dinner time excitement any day! Normally, I like to serve eggs for nights like this, for the protein and ease of being able to feed a whole family quickly at once. Eggs are so versatile - you can really up your veggie intake for the day with an egg and vegetable scramble or get in an extra serving of fruit by simply adding a side of berries or cantaloupe to your plate (or both!).
Reading books with my boys is such a special time. Like many of you, there are a few books that we’ve read together so many times I can recite them from memory. Several of the Eric Carle books fall into that category including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. My youngest loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar so much that we themed his first birthday party around the book!
As a meal planning blogger, one of the questions I get most often is for ideas on how to put together a quick meal on busy nights. For me, it’s essential that I have a supply of kitchen staples. Through the years, I have cooked in many family or friends’ kitchens and it surprises me sometimes to discover what basic tools and ingredients are missing. So, I’ve put together my top 10 favorites to help get you started.