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Real Food, Real Life Menu for Christmas Week

Our Christmas celebrations are generally low-key. We have brunch at Pa Kettle’s house, exchange gifts and return home for a long afternoon nap. Christmas night is spent watching movies and relaxing. We’re incorporating a new tradition for 2020, Jolabokaflod. The quick and dirty is this: spend Christmas Eve in bed reading a new book and eating (or drinking) chocolate. I think I’m gonna like this tradition!

Instead of preparing a full menu this week and next, we’re eating quick and easy meals. Some are simple salads, others are soups and main dishes we’ll pull from the freezer. This is where that meal prep really pays off in spades.

Mark’s Breakfast:
Cherry Breakfast Rice Bowl – New Recipe! – The flavor combination of orange and cinnamon remind me of Christmases past. For a hearty (man-sized) breakfast, double the brown rice and spices.
https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/clean-eating-recipes/cherry-breakfast-rice-bowls

Mark’s Lunch:
Mediterranean Pasta Salad – So satisfying! Red lentil penne holds up well in this salad, but any sturdy noodle will work. Don’t forget the feta for that creamy, salty goodness.
https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/mediterranean-pasta-salad

Dinners:
Double Baked Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potatoes – Don’t skimp on that adobo sauce. So yum!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/these-double-baked-chipotle-chicken-sweet-potatoes

Cuban Style Rice and Beans with Turkey – New Recipe! She’s not the prettiest dinner, but she certainly is tasty. The poblano adds a layer of flavor, not heat.
https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/cuban-style-rice-beans-with-turkey

Kale Salad with Apricots and Almonds – We just can’t get enough of this simple salad.
https://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2012/04/kale-salad-with-apricots-and-almonds

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup – All the flavor, none of that pesky rolling of cabbage leaves. The recipe says it yields 12 servings. Um. Maybe if you’re feeding tiny people, or consider a cup of soup a serving? This makes 8 nice bowls of soup.
https://www.veggiebalance.com/cabbage-roll-in-a-bowl-slow-cooker-recipe

Snacks: With all the Christmas treats available right now, we’ll stick with fresh apples, bananas, pineapple and baby carrots with hummus for dipping. I’m taking some help from Aldi where the hummus is concerned. Their organic hummus is really delicious.

Treat:
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies – It’s long past time to bring back these little goodies. We like them with Lily’s chocolate chips.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-chickpea-blondies

The holiday baking is done. Santa and Mrs. Claus have hung up their aprons for the season.
Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 8.31.2020

Does it weird you out when food bloggers post pictures of food with bites taken out of it? It does me. Like, I don’t need to see your dental imprint right now. This isn’t Criminal Minds.

I cut the Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites below with a knife, not my teeth. Mostly because I love you, but also to show you the texture inside. (Some of you have said that you’re weird about food textures.) We’ve all got our quirks, right?

This week’s quirky menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Rainbow Frittata – New Recipe! This would make a nice brunch dish; wait just before serving to top with tomatoes, avocado and your favorite hot sauce.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/266247/rainbow-frittata/

Mark’s Lunch:
Chicken Pineapple Curry – Here’s an old fav. This mild curry is great for meal prep because it keeps for a few days in the fridge, freezes well and reheats beautifully.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/chicken-pineapple-curry/

Dinner:
Vegan Macaroni Salad – New Recipe! I’ve made the traditional southern macaroni salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions a million times, but I have to say I rather like the different mix of veggies here! This makes a massive bowl of salad, perfect for parties. Or, make it on Sunday and eat off of it all week long. If you have the time, use Southern Living’s pasta salad pro tip.
https://simple-veganista.com/vegan-macaroni-salad/#tasty-recipes-26692

Greek Chicken Soup – Another favorite. The lemon juice adds a nice brightness to this dish.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/budget-friendly-greek-chicken-soup/

Kale Salad with Apricots and Almonds – Lightly sweet with just a little crunch from the almonds, this version is second only to our favorite Convert Kale Salad.
https://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2012/04/kale-salad-with-apricots-and-almonds/

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing – Because sometimes you just want a light, refreshing salad for dinner. I was skeptical of the amount of vinegar in the dressing, but it’s balanced by the sweetness of the berries.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cucumber-strawberry-salad/

Snacks: Jicama Sticks with Chili-Lime Dip – We’re serving cucumber slices with this as well. If you like a little extra kick, add a touch of cayenne or a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.
https://www.marthastewart.com/317906/jicama-sticks-with-chili-lime-dip

Treat:
Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites – These fun-sized alternatives to a Larabar (which we love!) need just a touch of salt, so I added 1/4 tsp to my batch. Total yield = 18 bites.
https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/chocolate-almond-coconut-bites/

I hope your week is quirky AND fun-sized!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2021 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.