I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! I love this time of year. We’re looking forward to getting together with family and friends as always. However, life gets so busy during this season. There’s shopping for gifts, parties, activities, travel and holiday shows – It’s all so much fun, but it can all feel overwhelming if I don’t take the time to plan and keep meals simple. We don’t want to eat out most nights, which is what happens if I try to wing it. Plus, making dinners allows for leftovers for at least a couple of lunches each week.
At the end of the day, as Anna highlighted in her most recent post what you eat for dinner isn’t what’s most important. It’s the meaningful time you spend connecting with your family.
Here are 3 quick and easy meal ideas you can rely on through the holiday season. I’m also going to use Anna’s printable meal planning template (sign up at the top of our blog to receive it) along with a couple of other go-to meals I wrote about last spring to simplify meals.
Sausage (vegetarian or meat) with sweet potato fries and sautéed brussel sprouts
I tend to buy this Neiman Ranch Sweet Italian Sausage. All four of us really like it. If it’s a vegetarian option you’re after, the Field and Stream sausages are quite good. Shaved or shredded Brussels sprouts are a favorite in our house. Everyone loves them, there’s no prep work and they cook in less than 10 minutes! When I can’t find shredded Brussels sprouts, I buy them whole and run them through my food processor with the grater blade. If I know I don’t have time for that extra step, I’ll cook a frozen vegetable I have on hand.