The holiday season is fastly approaching, and as my to-do list grows, I begin planning for my favorite time of the year. Since my children and their family are visiting for Christmas and I host our annual lavish Christmas day dinner, make-ahead meals are a must.
Christmas has been special to me since I was a young girl helping my mother deck the halls, bake cookies, and help with Christmas dinner.
Every December, I start making and freezing soups, stews, and casseroles for easy heat-up meals that are flavorful and delicious. Then, I am not stressed or frazzled by ravenous family members descending on my kitchen while I am busy baking cookies and preparing for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner.
Years ago, I decided to change my middle name to easy! There are two ways to complete any task: the hard way or the easy way. I choose easy every time, and life fills with happiness and joy!
Especially during my favorite time of the year, I embrace joy!
Here are a few of my favorite make-ahead recipes. Remember easy!
White Bean Soup with Kale
Vegan Split Pea Soup
Porcini Tomato Sauce
Make the sauce and freeze. Then reheat and use over polenta or pasta. If you don’t want to make your own polenta you can purchase a packaged variety in the refrigerated section of the market. I like San Gennaro polenta, readily available at your local market or on Amazon.
Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
This lasagna can be frozen for up to a month. Then just thaw and slowly reheat at 300F for about 30 minutes or until warmed to the center.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Pepitas