Use the seasonal December Dinner Menu Ideas here as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus.
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December meals are all about balancing holiday treats and traditional dinners with easy, hearty and good-for-you meals - at least that's how it is for our family.
The ham and cheesy scalloped potatoes holiday meal with curried turkey soup and make-your-own tacos on other nights. 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
Our garden is gone except for a few stray leaves of kale 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.
And 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? That's why I grow and preserve what I can, right there.
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
Greek Style Shrimp & Orzo, green salad
Soft tacos or taco salad
Sauteed pork chops & onions, Baked Grated Garlic Carrots, oven roasted potatoes
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!)
What about weekends?
Make your weekends easy by repeating family favorites!
Our family’s weekend menus always have these standards:
- Saturdays alternate between burgers on homemade buns (or pigs-in-blankets) & fries and homemade pizza.
- Sundays are mostly on-your-own/leftovers ("OYO" on the menu board) - if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or pesto.
I hope you enjoy and are able to use some of these favorite family meals of ours. You can follow me on Pinterest for even more simple, seasonal and from scratch dinner ideas!
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives: