It’s been a busy week in my kitchen. In addition to Christmas meals, I also was busy adjusting the menu to meet the nutritional needs of a family member put on a special diet. I don’t have to do too much differently, I just have to make sure that he gets no starches at all. Since my husband is a diabetic, I already am careful about serving starches, so not too much to adjust too.
Christmas morning, I served our traditional homemade cinnamon rolls and egg nog. My kids weren’t crazy about the homemade egg nog, that I served for the first night of Advent, so we had store bought this time. For the cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning, I make them the night before. I place them in the fridge overnight for the second rise. I take them out in the morning, let them sit for about 30 minutes. Then pre-heat the oven, and bake for the usual time. They always come out great. And so much easier than getting up early to make them!
Christmas dinner was different this year. I had to make it to adjust to everyone’s special needs. Some of the requirements were no starches, low sodium, and wheat free. No problem. lol
The menu was turkey, homemade, low sodium gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, crust less pumpkin pie and apple pie, homemade whipped cream. My mother contributed mac and cheese (which met none of the requirements. lol) mixed veggies, and broccoli with cheese. Because it was Christmas the no starch person did have a serving of mashed potatoes.
My 18 year old daughter made the pumpkin and apple pie “guts”, and I made a crumb topping using oatmeal for the apple pie. I greased the pumpkin pie baking dishes very well with butter, and I had no trouble with them sticking when I served them.
I called these faux pies. lol I thought the adults might complain, but I only got a couple of comments from the kids. lol I just might serve faux pies from now on. It’s easier, and healthier!
Christmas dinner was also different in that I cooked it here, and we carried it next door to my father in laws house to eat. There’s enough of use, that we all carried one or two things over, and it went very smoothly. Nothing was dropped! lol
Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner? See my menu below!
In the Kitchen with Linda – Dinner Menu:
Saturday – Sabbath- Make ahead meals- Homemade Turkey Soup
Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Yesterdays soup with homemade bread
Monday – chicken – Oven Baked Chicken, baked potatoes, beets
Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Cheeseburger Pizza with homemade sauce, and homemade garlic pizza crust, cooked carrots
Wednesday – beef – Homemade Chili, cornbread
Thursday – chicken – Turkey a la Mama over brown rice
Friday – Sabbath Dinner – Cheeseburgers with cheddar cheese, sweet potato fries, carmelized onions, peas
For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday