Easy Christmas Menu for the Whole Day

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When you have a million things on your mind during the holiday season, it’s nice to not have to stress about the menu. I have compiled a collection of holiday dishes that you can serve this Christmas. Looking for Christmas morning breakfast recipes? I’ve got you. Looking for holiday appys and snacks? I’ve got you. Looking for Christmas dinner mains to sides, to desserts, to drinks? You guessed it, I’ve got you.

No more stressing over your holiday dinner or brunch -- find the perfect, easy and complete Christmas menu and recipes for the whole day all in one place!

Christmas Breakfast or Brunch

Swipe through the recipes below to find the breakfast and brunch that you are looking for.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Baked Gingerbread French Toast Casserole: This is what Christmas morning breakfast dreams are made of! Plus, it is pretty easy to put together. You just soak day-old bread in a heavy cream custard that’s packed with warm fall spices, and let it sit out. After the bread is nice and soaked, just bake until crispy and golden on top. Get extra festive and throw some dried cranberries on topGet the recipe here.
  • Cranberry Sauce Oat Bars: Got leftover cranberry sauce from your Christmas eve dinner? I have the best solution. Whip up a batch of leftover cranberry sauce oat bars and enjoy them for breakfast on Christmas morning. Get the recipe here.
  • Gingerbread Muffins with Vanilla Bean Glaze: Your house will smell amazing while you are baking these muffins, trust me on this one! These gingerbread muffins are fragrant from the warm holiday spices and have that traditional dark brown colour from a rich dose of molasses. And they pair perfectly with the vanilla bean glaze. Plus, they are ridiculously light and airy. Get the recipe here.
  • Cinnamon Apple Baked Oatmeal: Cinnamon and apple are a perfect pair, and when you combine them with warm, creamy oatmeal, and add a streusel-like topping well — you won’t be able to stop eating this. You can make it on the weekend and heat it up all week long — AND it’s just as good as it was the first day! Get the recipe here.
  • Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole: Another easy make-ahead breakfast. Simply combine all the ingredients into a casserole dish, pop it in the oven and let it do its thing. Once it’s baked, just remove it from the oven and place it right onto your table to serve. Get the recipe here.
  • Triple Berry French Toast: Warm slices of bread, creamy egg mixture, an overload of berries, and drizzled maple syrup on top… should I even continue? Get the recipe here.

Christmas Snacks or Appetizers

Swipe through the recipes below to find the snacks and appetizers that you are looking for.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Baked Turkey Meatballs: Juicy, flavourful turkey meatballs are baked in the oven and take only 20 minutes to make from prep to table! Get the recipe here.
  • Easy Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze: This bruschetta consists of the perfect blend of tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil immersed in olive oil (to bring out their intense flavours), and then placed on top of toasted garlic bread with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Get the recipe here.
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms: These mushrooms are dry and crisp on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside. The garlic flavour infused with the Italian seasoning in the stuffing creates a party in your mouth. Get the recipe here.
  • Classic Deviled Eggs: You can’t go wrong with classic deviled eggs. They are a simple and easy to whip up, go-to appetizer for all your holiday parties.  Get the recipe here.
  • Curried White Bean Crostini with Toasted Pepitas: If you like curry, you will go crazy for these. The toasted pumpkin seeds add a much needed crunch and also a hint of sweetness from the cinnamon. The flavours will literally burst in your mouth with every single bite. Get the recipe here.

Christmas Mains

Swipe through the recipes below to find the main course dish that you are looking for.

Some of my favourites are:

  • The Best and Juiciest Roast Turkey Ever: This tender turkey cooks faster than using a traditional method and it requires NO brining! Serve it alongside homemade turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. Get the recipe here.
  • Juicy Roasted Turkey Breast: For a small, intimate dinner, try easy, juicy roasted turkey breast with crispy skin. We are talking tender juicy meat with crispy skin, roasted on a layer of caramelized onions. Get the recipe here.
  • Garlic Rosemary Rack of Lamb: Juicy and tender rack of lamb is an exquisite dish filled with incredible flavours of garlic and rosemary in each and every bite, and it comes together in under 30 minutes! Get the recipe here.
  • Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Cranberries: This is another under 30 minute meal! The marinade is a simple mix of balsamic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and honey. It adds the perfect sweet and tangy flavour to perfectly roasted chicken thighs. Get the recipe here.

Christmas Soup & Salads

Swipe through the recipes below to find the soups and salads that you are looking for.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup: This delicious and easy roasted butternut squash soup is just all around comfort food… without the guilt! That’s right, this soup is super healthy. It’s vegan, gluten-free and whole 3o compliant. Which also means that there is no cream, no milk, no butter!! Yet it’s soo creamy and smooth. Get the recipe here.
  • Apple Walnut salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette: Have an apple today and keep the doctor away with this fresh, fall favourite — apple walnut salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Throw together crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, and sweet cranberries to beautifully decorate your dinner table with a taste of the holidays. Get the recipe here.
  • Creamy Cauliflower and Garlic Soup: A handful of ingredients and a few simple steps makes creamy cauliflower and garlic soup one of the easiest and tastiest soups ever. Caramelized cauliflower, garlic and onion in this soup not only enhances the flavour, but it also gives the soup a gorgeous, golden colour. Get the recipe here.
  • Skinny Creamy Artichoke Soup: This creamy soup is bursting with the unique flavour and aroma of sautéed leeks, which go oh so good with artichokes. It also gets its thick, creamy, and smooth texture from potatoes! That’s right, there is only a tiny amount of cream in the entire pot. Get the recipe here.
  • Fall Harvest Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate: Butternut squash give this fall harvest salad a smooth and buttery feel, the pomegranate adds a tangy kick, the pumpkin seeds add some depth, and the kale just brings it all together. Serve it with homemade apple cider vinaigrette. Get the recipe here.
  • Creamy Pumpkin and Corn Chowder: This gluten-free, vegetarian soup is just what I crave on a cold fall day. It is packed with pumpkins and sweet corn (obviously) and potatoes, which is where it gets its creaminess from. I’ve also topped it up with a drizzle of milk, some pine nuts and rosemary. Get the recipe here.
  • Goat Cheese and Tangelo Winter Salad with Creamy Dressing: The flavour combinations in this salad are just impeccable. Sweet, tangy goat cheese pairs perfectly with tangelos in this light winter salad. The goat cheese offers a creamy contrast that plays off the fruit amazingly. Paired together with crunchy, thinly sliced radishes, this salad needs nothing else. Get the recipe here.

Christmas Sides

Swipe through the recipes below to find the side dishes that you are looking for.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin: Potatoes au gratin a rich and creamy potato dish made with layers of sliced potatoes baked in a creamy cheesy sauce. It’s the ultimate comfort food and the perfect side dish for the holidays. Get the recipe here.
  • 12-Minute Crispy Roasted Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts: Tender and crispy roasted air fryer brussels sprouts cooks in less than 12 minutes with very little oil. It is a holiday table game changer. Get the recipe here.
  • Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter: Hasselback potatoes are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and buttery on the inside. The ah-mazing garlic herb butter is basically just that, butter infused with garlic and rosemary. You can also serve it with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top for maximum flavour. Get the recipe here.
  • Easy Garlic and Herb Roasted Carrots: Here’s another super easy, one-pan vegetable dish to make your holiday prep so much easier. These carrots are roasted which brings out their flavour and intensifies it, making them sweeter and more flavourful. Carrots will never taste the same! Get the recipe here.
  • Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese: Creamy, cheesy, classic mac and cheese with a crunchy topping always finds a way to my holiday table. If you have grown accustomed to those boxes of mac and cheese, you don’t know what you are missing!! Trust me, once you try the real stuff, you will never go back. Get the recipe here.

Christmas Bread

Swipe through the recipes below to find the bread that you are looking for.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Quick and Easy Dinner Rolls: These fluffy, quick and easy dinner rolls will melt in your mouth, making them the only bread recipe you’ll need to complement any meal!  Get the recipe here.
  • Easy Homemade Biscuits: Flaky, fluffy, buttery, and soft, these easy homemade biscuits come together with only a handful of ingredients you already have at home! To serve, brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter and serve with your holiday meal. Get the recipe here.
  • Garlic Cheddar Biscuits: These garlic cheddar biscuits are packed with flavour and can be prepped and in the oven in less than 15 minutes! They also make a great leftover breakfast so go ahead and make a big batch of this stuff, you won’t regret it! Get the recipe here.

Christmas Dessert

Swipe through the recipes below to find the desserts that you are looking for.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies: Warm, fresh-from-the-oven, soft and chewy white chocolate cranberry walnut cookies make the perfect holiday treat. You’ve got sweetness from the white chocolate, a slightly crunch from the walnuts, and the perfect tangy bite from the dried cranberries. Get the recipe here.
  • Holiday Yule Log Cake: Amaze your family and friends this holiday season with this gorgeous and delicious chocolate holiday yule log cake. A light and airy chocolate cake is rolled and filled with creamy heaven, and topped with a ganache frosting. It looks and tastes like a dream! Get the recipe here.
  • Candy Cane Layered Cake: This gorgeous festive cake incorporates the minty taste of candy canes that give a nice cooling feeling in your mouth with every bite. The cake is bursting with flavour from the inside to the candy cane decoration on the outside. Get the recipe here.
  • Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies with Almond Glaze: Soft, buttery, melt-in-your mouth jam-filled thumbprint cookies with almond glaze are the cutest, festive treat to make. Plus, it comes together with just a handful of ingredients and less than 20 minutes of prep time. Get the recipe here.

Christmas Drinks

  • Non-Alcoholic Homemade Eggnog: If you are still buying store-bought eggnog, take one sip of this non-alcoholic homemade version and I bet you’ll never look back! Creamy, thick and smooth, who wouldn’t want some nog?! Get the recipe here.
  • Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Get the perfect hot chocolate by mixing together creamy milk, decadent chocolate, and minty crushed candy canes. Five minutes later and you have yourself a cup of winter heaven! Get the recipe here.

 

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No more stressing over your holiday dinner or brunch -- find the perfect, easy and complete Christmas menu and recipes for the whole day all in one place!

Easy Christmas Dinner Menu


  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
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Description

No more stressing over your holiday dinner — find the perfect, easy and complete Christmas menu and recipes for the whole day all in one place!


Ingredients

  • 23 breakfast or brunch dishes
  • 23 appetizers or snacks
  • 1 main course
  • 1 soup
  • 1 salad
  • 1 potato side dish and/or mac and cheese
  • 23 vegetable side dishes
  • 1 bread
  • 12 desserts
  • 1 holiday drink

Instructions

Make-Ahead Items

  1. All breakfast dishes can be made in advance except for pancakes, scrambled eggs, and french toast.
  2. Soups can be made a day or two in advance and all reheat really well on the stove or microwave.
  3. Salad components can be prepared in advance and stored separately, however, don’t add the dressing until just before serving
  4. The following potato side dishes reheat well on the stove or microwave: creamy mashed potato, savoury mashed sweet potatoes, and creamy garlic mashed cauliflower .
  5. The following bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days and reheat well in the microwave or oven: garlic cheddar biscuits, easy cornbread muffins, pull apart garlic bread and easy homemade biscuits.
  6. Classic baked macaroni and cheese reheats well in the oven.
  7. All dessert can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature overnight.
  8. All drinks can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator (easy peppermint hot chocolate reheats well on the stove or in the microwave).

Day of Items

  1. Main dishes are all best served fresh from the oven.
  2. Salad components can be prepared in advance, but should be assembled and tossed with dressing right before serving.
  3. The following potato side dishes are best and crispiest when served from the oven: hasselback potatoes, herb-roasted sweet potatoes, and creamy potatoes au gratin.
  4. All vegetable side dishes are best served from the oven/stovetop.
  5. Quick and easy dinner rolls are best served from the oven.
  6. Easy molten chocolate lava cakes are best served from the oven.

No more stressing over your holiday dinner or brunch -- find the perfect, easy and complete Christmas menu and recipes for the whole day all in one place!

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