Phew! The summer heat and the pre-Christmas craziness have arrived in Far North Queensland, so I’m sticking to really simple, nourishing meals for the next couple of weeks. And I’m making sure there’s plenty of fresh and fermented veggies and fresh herbs and greens in there, to balance out all the sweet treats that I’m sure will be happening this month. 🙂
For the past few months I’ve been sharing my meal plans in my weekly newsletters, and they’ve been so popular that I thought I’d start sharing them here on the blog as well, like I did when I first started Quirky Cooking. The meal plan newsletter will still be sent out each week, with any new recipes, updates, and fun stuff like giveaways and discounts – so make sure you’re signed up so you don’t miss anything!
This week I was going to share a sample Christmas menu with you all, but I have a few of those on the blog already (see below), and if you’re anything like me you really just want some simple steps for things you can prepare now and freeze for the Christmas holidays. So firstly, here’s some of our past Christmas favourites…
(Note: Some of the recipes in my meal plan are not on my blog or in cookbooks, but you’ll find most of them below. I’ll share the Chicken Provencal recipe soon, as it’s a favourite of ours and very simple to make!)
Roast Beef with Gravy – cook whole carrots with the roast in a covered roaster, with about an inch of water in the bottom; use resulting stock to make gravy if desired; serve with salad and sauerkraut on the side; slice and freeze leftover roast for lunches
Chilli & Beans with salad (this recipe, add whatever veggies you like, or try the Chilli Bowls recipe in LCF cookbook) – serve a spoonful in a bowl with lots of salad veggies, cheese, sour cream, olives, or whatever toppings you like (see photo above)
Roast Veggie Salad (recipe in LCF cookbook) – when you’re baking something in the oven, add a tray of chopped root veggies to roast, then chill and use in salads