Christmas is getting closer and closer, I love it! Dana and I are here to help you with new recipe ideas for the holiday season. Now on Christmas Day we have the usual turkey, ham and all the trimmings but for Christmas Eve we decided to change it up a bit and have lasagna. It feeds a lot of people and really who doesn’t love lasagna? So it is a real crowd pleaser. Since you can assemble it even the night before it makes the hectic Christmas Eve go a lot more smoothly.
This is my go to lasagna recipe, very simple, very classic, we jazz it up a little bit by adding in some Italian sausage. To make it more festive I put a Christmas Tree pattern on it made from bell peppers. I made the tree limbs out of green bell pepper slices, and decorated with chopped red and yellow pepper, the tree trunk is bit of red pepper and a (poorly shaped lol) star out of the yellow bell pepper.
I use no boil noodles and get this put together in no time. I pop it in the fridge and it is ready to go the next day for Christmas Eve dinner. A basket of garlic bread and a huge salad and Christmas Eve dinner is done!
So take it straightforward this holiday and create this amazing Christmas Lasagna! Don’t forget to go away some for Santa!! 😉
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Try this Christmas Lasagna recipe.
1 pound sausage
1 pound hamburger
2 jars spaghetti sauce
4-5 cups mozzarella cheese
32 oz ricottanoodles
1 package no boil noodles
1. Brown and drain the sausage and hamburger together.
2. Add sausage and hamburger to large bowl and pour in the two jars of sauce.
3. In separate bowl mix the ricotta, 2 eggs and 1 cup of cheese.
4. Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 dish.
5. Place noodles on top of sauce.
6. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture on the noodles.
7. Sprinkle with a little more shredded mozzarella.
8. Top with more sauce.
9. Do another layer of noodles.
11. Shredded cheese
14. Cheese mixture.
16. Shredded Cheese.
17. Arrange peppers into Christmas Tree shape.
18.Cover with foil and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 till bubbly
This is such a delicious and decadent tasting food formula for christmas. you’ll simply use chicken instead. Besides the turkey, it’s loaded with veggies, potatoes and butternut squash. every skinny serving has 266 calories, six grams of fat and seven Weight Watchers race SmartPoints Your family can love, love, love this fabulous Turkey Pot Pie.It freezes nice too!
Try this Guilt-free Turkey Pot Pie recipe.
3½ cups Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
2 cups butternut squash or sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (½ inch cubes)
1½ cups potatoes, peeled and cubed (½ inch cubes)
1½ cups onions, chopped
1½ cup carrots, peeled and chopped
1½ cups celery, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
3 cups turkey breast or chicken, cooked and diced, see shopping tips
¾ cup frozen peas (un-defrosted)
½ cup reduced-fat milk
⅓ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 pkg. Pillsbury Golden Layer Flaky Biscuits (100 calories for each biscuit), see shopping tips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large pan, add 2¾ cups chicken broth, butternut squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8 minutes, until soft. Add diced turkey and frozen peas, breaking them up. Bring back to a boil, turn heat to simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Place a colander into a large bowl. Pour turkey, vegetables and broth into the colander. Add the strained broth back to the pan. Set aside the bowl of turkey and vegetables.
3. In separate small bowl, add flour. Gradually add milk to flour, stirring with a whisk, until well blended.
4. Increase heat to the pan of broth to medium and stir in remaining broth. Using a whisk or fork, stir in milk and flour mixture. Cook for 5 minutes or until thicken. Stir often.
5. Add back the turkey and vegetables. Mix in thyme, sage and black pepper. Mix well. Pour turkey stew into the 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and remove foil.
6. Open the package of biscuits, separate them and place on top of turkey stew. Line them evenly over the top.
7. Place the pot pie back in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 14-16 more minutes until the biscuits are golden brown.
8. To serve, spoon about 1 cup into each bowl and top with 1 biscuit. You’ll have 2 extra biscuits!
Serves 8 (each serving ⅛ of recipe, 1 biscuit and about 1 cup turkey stew)
Guilt-free Turkey Pot Pie
Since Christmas season is well under way and this particular holiday brings about such tasty dishes, Traditional honey-glazed gammon is one in every of our incomparable favorite meals of the year. Completely excellent for Christmas, or the other special dinner you would like to share with loved ones. They say that the honey-glazed ham is at its perfection once it melts in your mouth. The key to a delicious and tender honey-glazed gammon is in guaranteeing the meat is recent. The longer it’s marinated; This menu can have everybody licking their plates.
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For cooking the gammon
2kg/4lb 8oz unsmoked boneless gammon joint, tied
2 onions, halved
2 carrots, unpeeled, cut into 5cm/2in pieces
2 celery stalks, cut into 5cm/2in pieces
4 bay leaves
12 black peppercorns
small handful cloves
For the glaze
4 tbsp runny honey
4 tbsp English mustard
1. Place the gammon joint into a large lidded saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil over a high heat. Drain the water from the saucepan, add fresh cold water, the onions, carrots, celery, bay and peppercorns and bring to the boil once more. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer the gammon and vegetables gently for 20 minutes per 500g/1lb 2oz. (If your pan is not quite large enough to cover the joint completely, turn the gammon over halfway through the cooking time.)
2. Remove the gammon from the water and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. (The cooking liquid can be strained and reserved for making soup for another time.)
3. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 and line a large roasting tin with kitchen foil.
4. Use a small knife to remove the rind from the gammon joint, leaving as much of the fat intact as possible. Score the fat in a diamond pattern, and push a clove into the centre of each ‘X’.
5. Place the gammon into the foil-lined roasting tray, ensuring that the sides of the foil come halfway up the joint to contain any roasting juices.
6. For the glaze, mix the honey and mustard together and brush half of it evenly over the gammon, including one side of the joint. Roast in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes, then take the joint out and brush the top and remaining side with the rest of the glaze. Return the gammon to the oven for a further 10– 15 minutes, rotating the tin so that the opposite side of the gammon faces the back of the oven.
Traditional honey-glazed gammon
Traditional honey-glazed gammon
On Christmas Morning my children and grandchildren arrive at my house to open presents and have brunch, it’s another family tradition started when the kids were young.
Our usual routine is orange juice and cocoa or coffee in the kitchen before we head over to the formal living room to distribute and unwrap gifts. This ritual takes at least 2 hours and I usually pop in to the kitchen to toss the egg dish in the oven during the last hour or so.
When the kids were younger we served a plated breakfast at the table, these days with in-laws and grandkids there’s just too many of us for a proper sit down breakfast, not to mention the unwrapping ritual takes us longer, so we set up a brunch buffet instead. Although times have changed the menu has not. I like to keep it simple and easy to prepare so I look for things I can prepare the night before and throw in the oven before brunch.
Our traditional menu includes:
Chile Relleno Torta – a delicious baked egg dish, I got the recipe years ago from Diane Mott Davidson’s book “Dying for Chocolate”. For recipe click here!
I serve this with fresh warm tortillas, salsa, and sour cream on the side.
French Toast – I try different types every year. This year I will try this Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast recipe from Carl’s Bad Cravings. For recipe click here
Fried and Scrambled Eggs
Hash Brown Potatoes
Coffee, Cocoa, and juice
Here a a few ideas I found around the web you may want to try this year.
The bests gifts I receive are always homemade ones. It means that the giver cared enough to take the time to DIY Christmas gifts. I specially love homemade candies and cookies.
Here is a round up of easy and inexpensive DIY Christmas gifts from your kitchen.
Homemade mints in pretty jars are great hostess gifts anytime of year.
They look pretty, you can make them any color and shape you want. Learn how to make these cream cheese mints here! [spacer height=”-20px”]
DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar are always a yummy hit!
You can put almost anything in a jar and make it look good, seriously! It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to package DIY Christmas gifts, or gifts for any other time of year.
Here are a few suggestions:
Ice Cream Topping and other gifts in a jar from Mom Laughs.
For my cookie mix gifts and free printable click here!
For my cappuccino mix and free printable click here!
An orange wreath!
Grab a case of clementines from the fruit market to make these cute and healthy clementine wreaths. No cooking or baking involved!
For instructions click here!
Divine Caramel Sauce is very versatile!
It can be used to top ice cream, pancakes, and more! I love it for my homemade bread pudding!
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Frozen Cookie Dough, another great idea!
You can use you’re own cookie recipe or even buy refrigerated cookie dough from your local grocery store.
click here for recipe!
For more ideas follow me on Pinterest!
There are many patterns for Santa Hats out there. This is one of my favorites. I love the thick and fluffy trim!
I made two of them for my twin grand kids, Harper and Sadi. Loved it so much I made some for the other grands and my sister-in-law’s grandkids as well. I used the free pattern from Creatiknit which I accented with Holly Leaves and Berries. I added a cute gingham bow to Harper’s hat. I tied a large jingle bell at the tips so the kids jingle when they walk. FUN!
The pattern uses #6 worsted yarn and a Size N hook, the stitches work up very quickly! Instead of using #6 worsted yarn for the hat body I used one strand of #4 yarn in red and one strand of #4 Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in sparkle red. I held both strands together while making the hats. For the white trim I used Bernat Baby Blanket Super Bulky #6 yarn in white. I used this for the pompom too. The holly leaves and berries are made with #4 yarn in green and red. I made the bow using 5/8″ ribbon.
Hook Size N 9mm
#4 worsted yarn in red, sparkle red, and green
#6 bulky yarn in white
Click here for Santa Hat Pattern from Creatiknit!
Click here for Holly and Berry Pattern from Ravelry!
Don’t have time to make this hat? No worries check out my Etsy Shop
! I’d love to custom make one for you!
Want a thinner Santa Hat? Here’s another free pattern I used to make a thinner version, click here