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The Ultimate Last Minute Easy Christmas Menu

No time to cook for Christmas? Try out this super simple Christmas menu. Recipes are all quick, easy or slow cooker ready.

No time to cook for Christmas? Try out this super simple Christmas menu. Recipes are all quick, easy or slow cooker ready.

~by Regan Jones, RD

 

Life happens. It doesn't matter if it's the holidays or not. Deadlines shift. Kids get sick. Plans change. So what does it all mean if you're hosting the holidays at your house?

It means this Ultimate Easy Christmas Menu may be the best present you open all year. 

Honestly, even if your plans haven't changed and your menu is set, I'm betting holiday fatigue is nipping at your heels. I see beautiful boards on Pinterest filled with elaborate looking holiday menus. And then I compare them with what I actually chose to make this weekend as a hostess gift -- two ingredient fudge. I saw it on Facebook and thought "Well that's just too easy not to give a try." It certainly wasn't a "healthy" holiday gift to give, but it was beyond easy and tasty. In fact, the first thing I did the day after making it was send a text to three of my friends I knew would appreciate its simplicity. I have a sneaking suspicion at least two of them are fudge making as I type.

I've pulled my choices for the most celebration worthy, but simple recipes to make for Christmas if you're short on time or high on #recipefatigue. I'm leaving the dessert choice up to you. But, you know... two ingredient fudge wouldn't be all bad. #JustSayin.

At a time of year when we're over-committed, over-spent and basically over the "do more, cook more" of the holidays, this easy Christmas menu may very well be what helps you save a little sanity. I'm sure those dining with you will appreciate less food fuss if it comes with a more happy you. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! 

No time to cook for Christmas? Try out this super simple Christmas menu. Recipes are all quick, easy or slow cooker ready.


Savory Christmas Torte (via The Healthy Aperture Blog)

Pomegranate Orange Salad (via Chelsea's Messy Apron)

Green Beans with Cranberries, Bacon & Goat Cheese (via Running to the Kitchen)

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (via PreventionRD)

Slow Cooker Rosemary Roast (via The Healthy Aperture Blog)


 

No time to cook for Christmas? Try out this super simple Christmas menu. Recipes are all quick, easy or slow cooker ready. 

No time to cook for Christmas? Try out this super quick and easy menu via @ReganJonesRD.
No time to cook for Christmas? Try out this super simple Christmas menu. Recipes are all quick, easy or slow cooker ready.

Slow Cooker Rosemary Roast

Yield

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) blade or chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups water, no-salt-added beef or no-salt-added vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup baby carrots or carrots cut into 1-inch slices
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 sprigs of sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup prunes
  • Garnishes: Rosemary and Shredded Parmesan

Directions

  1. Turn slow cooker to HIGH.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add roast; cook 10 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove roast from pan and place in slow cooker. Add onion and water to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  3. Pour onion and water over roast in slow cooker; add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour. Turn heat down to LOW and cook an additional 8 hours (or leave on HIGH and cook an additional 4 hours).
  4. Remove roast from slow cooker and place onto a serving dish. Strain remaining contents of slow cooker into a fat separating measuring cup. Add strained vegetables mixture to serving platter. Let cooking juices stand 2 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Pour strained juice over roast and vegetables stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat.
  5. Slice roast; garnish with rosemary and Parmesan, if desired. Serve with carrot mixture and sauce.

Click for nutritional information
Calories 316
Carbohydrates 10.1g
Fiber 1.8g
Sugar 5.4g
Fat 20.9g
Protein 21.6g
Sodium 312mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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