This week's menu is to welcome winter and to celebrate Holiday season. I know we are theoretically still in fall but doesn't it feel a lot like winter already?!
This winter menu plan has 12 recipes. I have included some hearty full-meal soups which also freeze well. Plus, some winter-inspired cozy sides, and bread. This collection also has 2 bonus cookie recipes to celebrate holiday season.
I have kept today's menu with lots of meat/chicken recipes. If you are vegetarian. Don't worry, because I have vegetarian menu plan post following soon. Like I always suggest, these recipes can make 4-6 variations of week meal prep. Choose as per your preference.
To use this menu, make stews/soups/sauces ahead. Freeze or refrigerate. Sides can be prepared ahead too. For weekday dinner, just thaw, heat, serve. What else do we need in busy holiday times, right? A little help.
I also recommend looking at previous Meal Menus for some mix and match recipe ideas here.
Wish you all a wonderful weekend!
A whole roasted chicken goes a long way. Add it to soups, salads, or serve as is with my favorite low-carb side shared next in list. Any guesses?
Oven Roasted Whole Chicken with Lemon and Thyme
Sharing today, lemon, thyme, and spices marinated, juicy oven roasted whole chicken with roasted potatoes that soak in all flavor while chicken cooks in oven. Not only flavorful chicken roast, this recipe is my favorite because I get to feed my family a complete one-pan meal that has protein, starch, and l...
These low-carb mashed cauliflower are ready in just 10 minutes. Perfect side for any winter meal.
Instant Mashed Cauliflower
Starting Monday with this Instant Mashed Cauliflower or in healthy words - Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe. I call this Instant Mash because in just 10 minutes, this low-carb, creamy-dreamy cousin of mashed potatoes fly from kitchen to dinner table. Plus you don't even need to switch on oven or stove fo...
Whatever you do, don't forget to try these Coconut Curry Brussel Sprouts. These have been regular in my dinner this whole season.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Coconut Curry Sauce
Roasted Brussel Sprouts is a quintessential holiday, or fall dinner side. My take on this holiday classic is charred oven roasted brussel sprouts slathered in thick and luscious Coconut Curry sauce dressing. Gluten free, and also vegan. Roasted brussel sprouts, oven or pan roasted, are one of our favorite...
Even if you are out of turkey, this soup can be made with leftover roasted chicken too. You will fall in love with soup for a Tuesday dinner.
Easy Posole Rojo Turkey Soup
I dig this soup. Posole Rojo is something I will not wait thanksgiving leftovers for. But, I had a batch of leftover turkey, from my Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe, in freezer. So, I thought why not?! Last Tuesday, dinner was Turkey Posole Rojo with Cilantro Lime Rice. This Pozole soup is much simpler to put...
Great Thursday dinner ever!
Eggplant Parmesan Casserole
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna or Casserole is an Italian comfort dish made with layers of breaded eggplant slices, marinara sauce, basil, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and then baked until cheese has melted and bubbly.Honestly, this casserole is my rendezvous with comfort food. To take lots of oil and fat ou...
Don't let any leftover pumpkins go waste. Make some Pumpkin Penne Alla Vodka! even name is so delicious.
Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Penne Alla Vodka
This recipe for Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is my fall inspired take on Penne Alla Vodka with penne pasta coated in fresh roasted Pumpkin Vodka Cream Sauce, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil. My Pumpkin Marinara a.k.a pumpkin pasta sauce is gluten free, and can be vegan. It stays good in refrigerator for up-10 days...
I have huge crush on this one pot Cajon Chicken Pasta. One pot and you are done. Isn't it amazing?
One Pot Cajon Chicken Pasta
Did you guys miss me yesterday? :)Honestly, I had no plans to be no-show and had an amazing vegetarian recipes to share for meatless Monday... but the pictures of recipe did not make me very happy.. and I ended-up skipping a meeting with you sweet people. :(No worries though because today, I thought to giv...
This is the best Friday dinner ever!
Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Coconut-Lime Tofu
This sesame garlic soba noodles and spinach stir fry with sweet and lemony coconut-lime tofu is perfect to start meatless Monday fit and healthy. In just 15 minutes from kitchen to dinner tables, this quick dinner can fit in any schedule! In my family, not just dinner, this vegan noodle bowl is also for lu...
This is delicious chicken main course to serve family for a weekend dinner. It can also be served as appetizer. (hint hint)
Malai Chicken Tikka
Malai Chicken Tikka, or murgh malai is a mouthwatering juicy grilled chicken recipe, with chicken pieces marinated in chilies, garlic, lemon, spices. and cream (malai in Hindi). A little different from regular grilled chicken tikka, this is a kind of chicken which can be served many ways - as appetizer, s...
Always include some greens in your meal. This is no leafy green salad but out favorite shredded broccoli dressed with carrot-thyme dressing.
Winter Detox Healthy Broccoli Salad
More than anything, this healthy Broccoli Salad is my favorite way to enjoy winter vegetables and herbs in purest form. Raw, full of nutrients, clean, and so delicious. Specially after heavy festive indulgence.. such lite no-carb salads are so refreshing. Isn't it? Oh! Remember our detox-diet recipe series...
I pair these with lots of spicy soups. Even great to serve as Sunday dinner bread.
Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
Slightly sweet and amazingly moist Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins made with fresh corn, corn meal, and jalapenos. Sweetness of two kinds of corn, hint of salt, and heat of Jalapeno chili.. You guys! This tex-mex recipe is keeper for all savoury corn muffin lovers! Can you believe this need only 10 minutes prep...
No Bake Cream Cheese Pie
You guys! This pie!! It is a summer sensation! Citrus-y, creamy chilled no-bake Cream Cheese pie with easy homemade pie crust! Eggs free, gluten free, and super quick to put together! There are two important components to make delicious fruit pie for dessert - perfect filling and perfect crust. If you got...
These Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies are as delicious as these sound! Must try!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
Are you Peanut Butter and Jelly fan?! Me too! Seriously, addicted to it! So today I baked a batch of buttery Shortbread Peanut Butter Thumbprint cookies topped with berry jam to help my PB&J cravings! Sounds even more delicious and quite a mouthful!! Isn't it? Exactly like a Peanut-Butter-and-jelly-fan...
These double chocolate pumpkin cookies are meant to dunk in milk. Don't miss.
Soft Pumpkin Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft, chewy and double chocolaty cookies with delicious flavor of pumpkin and warm spices!! These cookies are a cross between gooey loaded chocolate chip cookie and chewy chocolate brownie! Sounds tempting! Isn't It? Bonus!! To keep'em scrumptious yet healthy, I baked these cookies with raw date sugar and...