Seasonal December Dinner Menu Ideas to use as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus. Simple, healthy, from-scratch meals include side dishes as well as a couple dessert ideas for the month.
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December meals are all about balancing holiday treats and traditional dinners with easy and good-for-you meals - at least that's how it is for our family.
When there are cookies and treats around, it's nice to make a chicken and vegetable soup to balance it all out, don't you think?
And whether you have snow or not, it's still a time of baking and simmering yummy things to eat around our tables, enjoying our warm homes and families.
Cooking From the Garden in Winter
Most of the garden is done except for late-fall lettuce, chard, kale, and a few cabbages that made it through the cold.
But the freezer and canning shelf keeps giving us garden goodness from the produce put up through the summer and fall.
Pulling bags of peppers, corn, and green beans from the freezer to use in a soup with nourishing bone broth for my family on a dark winter's night is one of the reasons I grow and preserve food.
What about you - do you try to balance the meals in December, too?
I hope you find inspiration from these dinner menu ideas for your families!
December Dinner Menu Ideas
Thai Inspired Turkey Curry (using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving)
Stir Fry with Pork & Vegetables on rice noodles
Curried Chicken & Rice Soup (use leftover chicken), green salad, leftover breadsticks
Soft tacos or taco salad
Sauteed pork chops & onions, Baked Grated Garlic Carrots, oven roasted potatoes
Week 4 - Christmas Week
Christmas Morning Brunch: Make-Ahead Monkey Bread (using real ingredients), Make-Ahead Peppered Maple-Mustard Bacon, Delicious Overnight Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, fruit (NOTE: Grab a printable menu here for your holiday morning!)
Monthly Dessert Ideas
What about Saturdays & Sundays?
Our family’s menu always has a couple of standards for the weekends - it's one of the ways I make menu planning easier!
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives:
- Menu Planning 101 & 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- Monthly dinner menus