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With all the focus on the Christmas festivities, I often forget to plan dinners for the rest of the week. And even when I visit my parents for the holidays, my mom tasks me with meal planning while I’m at home. This week, I decided to look back at all the delicious new recipes we published in 2023. And from a delicious enchilada skillet to a cozy bowl of lemony chicken soup, this week’s menu is featuring some of my favorite recipes from the past year, made in just 20 minutes or less.
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Christmas is my favorite holiday! I am excited to go to my hometown, spend quality time with my family and friends. My sister and I were helping my mother prepare for the Christmas Eve dinner my parents were hosting. We always make roasted turkey, buttery green beans with sliced almonds and wild rice. After dinner, my mom would prepare a dessert table with all the sweet treats her friends had given her in the days leading up to Christmas. (In Mexico, it is common for friends to give each other small Christmas gifts such as cookies, pies, brownies or rompope, an eggnog-like drink made with almonds, milk, egg yolks, sugar, rum and cinnamon.) Since many people may have their holiday menus planned, I’ve included a few recipe collections to use as inspiration for last-minute planning instead of a fixed menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day .
While I think all of these recipes are delicious, Fridays Steak Enchilada Skillet has a special place in my heart. This recipe features ingredients I grew up eating in Mexico, like enchilada sauce, cilantro, corn and whole-wheat flour tortillas. Not only is this recipe on the table in just 15 minutes, but it uses a pan to make things easy and quick to clean up. Added bonus: It’s a complete meal, so I don’t have to worry about sides.
Christmas Eve + Christmas Day: Still looking for something to do? Scan these galleries for inspiration (ingredients not included in shopping list):
Happy and Fun Last-Minute Appetizer
Perfect Side Recipes
Easy Three-Step Christmas Cookies
Tuesday: Quick Lemony Chicken Soup
Wednesday: Pistachio-Crusted Halibut with Sauted Broccolini and quinoa
Thursday: Lemony-Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon with mixed greens tossed with Creamy Cottage Cheese Dressing and potatoes baked in the microwave
Friday: Steak Enchilada Skillet
Something to Suck
Whenever I return home to Chihuahua, Mexico, my schedule quickly fills up with back-to-back social engagements, from visiting Grandma to lunch with friends. Between that and the cold weather, I want to make sure my immune system is in the best shape possible. And what better way to do that than with a nutrient-packed smoothie? This Anti-Inflammatory Lemon-Blueberry Smoothie is one of my favorites published this year. Packed with ingredients rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients like blueberries, lemon juice, kale, hemp seeds and green tea, this delicious drink will also help keep your immune system strong.
Get the Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Lemon-Blueberry Smoothie
Whats Inspiring Me This Week
My family’s Christmas meal usually starts with a variety of cold cuts and cheeses, olives, toasted crostini, mixed salted nuts and veggies with a creamy dip (even as adults, my mom still finds ways so we can eat more. vegetables). But to be honest, most of us usually skip the vegetables. They say, eat with your eyes first, and most crudits platters look boring. So this year, instead of just putting them on a plate, I’m making this beautiful crudits Christmas tree. I hope this encourages everyone to eat their vegetables, including me.
Learn More: This Crudits Christmas Tree is the Happiest Way to Eat Your Vegetables
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