Nourish your family with wholesome recipes, made from scratch, with no small appliances or gadgets required.
This is a complete plan for feeding your family seasonal, real, honest food throughout the whole month. Includes recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks… with a detailed grocery list and tips for once-a-month grocery shopping. Created with larger families in mind, these recipes will feed a family of 6 to 8 (depending on the ages and appetites of your children), with an easy downloadable supplement for extra-blessed sized families (with 8 to 12 members). Your family will enjoy some Amish / Mennonite classics, along with more modern American & Canadian food. The meals here are simple and hearty – perfect for busy moms and their active families. Delectable December contains a month's worth of family-sized meals. Some meals are to be used only once, while others repeat a few times. (A checklist and free printable are included.) Use them in any order you wish, and check off each box as you use a meal. These meals can all be prepared without any fancy tools or small appliances. We do things simply around here, and I hope you’ll try doing things the plain way too! You will need access to a chest freezer, and a very small refrigerator or old-fashioned ice box will suffice. This is a guide to good, old-fashioned seasonal eating, with tips for saving time and money by only shopping for groceries once per month. Follow the author's Facebook page for weekly and bi-weekly grocery lists to coordinate with this title. Notes about the December plan: This month’s meal plan includes 31 breakfasts, 22 lunches (with the other 8 lunches being leftover days), 29 dinners, a turkey dinner, 36 snacks, and a gingerbread house. This leaves room for one lunch and dinner away from home. There are enough ingredients in your shopping list to do two batches of each of the Christmas cookie recipes. This should allow you to build up a nice selection of cookies for entertaining, gifting, or a cookie exchange, while still having enough to spare for daily snacks. To save on effort and dishwashing you can just bake, for example, both batches of gingerbread men on the same day. The candies in your grocery list are for the gingerbread house. It's such a fun tradition, and I hope you'll give it a go. Before you go shopping, please have a look over the Turkey Dinner menu, and if there are any "must have" traditional Christmas dishes for your family that aren't represented here, please add them to your grocery list. Or, better yet, ask one of your guests to bring them! If you aren't hosting a turkey dinner this year, I hope you'll cook one this month anyways – it's an economical, crowd-pleasing meal that can really stretch your grocery budget. At our house we avoid pork, so when I say “bacon” or “sausage”, I mean turkey bacon or chicken/beef/goat sausage. I’m assuming that you will use the meat of your choice, in the quantities each recipe calls for. This meal plan, like the others in the series, builds on skills and recipes learned from the previous month. That means for each month you stick with it and cook along with me, you'll learn a few new kitchen skills, gain confidence, and have an easier time of this cooking-from-scratch thing.