Holiday Cooking: The ‘In Between’ Meals – Five Dinner Ideas

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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The holidays stress many people out. Cooking stresses some people out even more. Jen shared the following with me. it’s a quick list of give great dinner ideas for the holiday season. These flexible dinners that are perfect for the holiday season.

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Five Great Dinners Around the Holidays

The holidays bring family and friends together for many different occasions. If you’re the one responsible for hosting or you have family staying with you, it’s necessary to plan a few different meals. You can’t create a feast, like the one planned for Christmas, every day and going out to dinner isn’t always a good option. Here are some ideas to help you create good meals everybody can enjoy.

1.  Chili

The best part about making chili is that you can add all the ingredients and let it simmer all day long. Then, when it’s time to eat, adding some rolls or breadsticks will complete the meal. Top it with cheese and you have a great meal everybody can enjoy. Choose a simple recipe and you can complete the meal in less than a half-hour.

2.  Spaghetti

Another one of the very popular ideas for cooking easy dinners is to make spaghetti. Just like chili, you can make the sauce in the morning and let it simmer all day long. Then, just boil the pasta and cook some garlic bread before you serve the meal. This is a cheap option you can use and it’s one of the easiest meals you will find.

3.  Tuna Casserole

Making a tuna casserole only requires a handful of ingredients and the prep time is very short. From prep to completion, it only takes about 45 minutes to make a casserole dish and it will feed the entire family.

4.  Tacos

Tacos are another meal most people like and they don’t require much prep time. Just chop up some vegetables, simmer some ground beef or chicken and serve. You can set out all the ingredients and let everybody build their own tacos. Add refried or black beans and rice to complete the meal.

5.  Hot Dogs, Burgers and Fries

An American classic that works great for a quick dinner is hot dogs, burgers and fries. Even in a cold weather climate, you can make these stove top instead of using the grill. It only takes a few minutes to cook hot dogs and the fries won’t take long either. The burgers will take the longest, but they can be done in less than 15 minutes. This is another meal you can allow all your guests to build on their own after laying out all the toppings.

You don’t need to spend nights out in restaurants when you can cook at home. Since you’ve probably planned a feast for Christmas day, use these five quick dinner ideas and any others you can think of to take the stress out of family staying with you for the holidays.

What’s your favorite go to dinner idea for the holiday season?

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patricia Marsden December 18, 2012 - 6:18 am

All are easy quick regulars here except tuna casserole–hubby loathes fish.

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