Christmas week is here! Which means gathering with family and friends. Here are all my favorite crowd-pleasing Christmas recipes to feel them all.

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
December 20, 2019

Pictured recipe: 3-Ingredient Cranberry-Brie Bites

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While the first part of December felt like it flew by, this past week at work seemed to last forever in anticipation of Christmas. But we made it! Christmas already started for me, as it probably has for many of you, too.

I'm celebrating with my family this weekend, then will head to my in-laws for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and have one more get-together at the end of the week to celebrate with extended family. There will be a lot of people to feed with all these gatherings, so this week's recipes are designed to feed a crowd.

Your Meal Plan

I lined up some of my favorite recipes to make for the holidays, like the Slow-Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip (an appetizer my Mom always served at our Christmas Eve parties growing up), the Broccoli Casserole (which was a hit at last year's Christmas dinner—it's SO good) and the oh-so-simple 3-Ingredient Cranberry-Brie Bites. Not to leave out the delicious main dishes—those are in the menu below, although you may already have your mains picked out—I just get really excited about the apps and the sides!

In between all the gatherings, I planned some easy-to-make meals that pack in the veggies—like Monday's Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup (whose leftovers double as an easy lunch) and Thursday's One-Skillet Chicken Paprikash with Mushrooms & Onions over Cauliflower Rice (you can sub frozen riced cauliflower in place of fresh to save some time). These are the types of recipes I crave after loading up on all the cheesy, creamy goodness that comes with the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday: Baked Cavatelli Casserole with Best Caesar Salad with Crispy Parmesan

Monday: Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup with baguette slices

Christmas Eve: Slow-Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip, Roasted Chickens, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Burrata and Broccoli Casserole

Christmas Day: 3-Ingredient Cranberry-Brie Bites, Garlic-Rosemary Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce with Smoky Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad and for dessert, Peppermint Chocolate Tart

Thursday: One-Skillet Chicken Paprikash with Mushrooms & Onions over Cauliflower Rice

Friday: Vegan Minestrone Soup

We're making shopping easier with a list of all the ingredients you need to make this week's meals. You can print it out, or just keep it on your phone when you hit the store. For just the Christmas Eve & Christmas Day recipes, get the shopping list here. For all the other recipes, get the shopping list here.

Big-Batch Breakfast

This easy ham and broccoli breakfast casserole uses simple ingredients and can be prepped the evening before, so that all that's left to do in the morning is just pop it in the oven to cook. This recipe uses one of my favorite freezer aisle finds—frozen shredded hash brown potatoes. I love using them in quiche, breakfast hash and swapping them in for the sweet potatoes in this Muffin-Tin Eggs With Sweet Potato Crust recipe.

Get the Recipe: Ham and Broccoli Breakfast Casserole

Treat Yourself

Margaritas aren't just for summer! Especially when we're using fresh juicy pomegranates. These festive margaritas are a delicious way to kick off any celebration.

Get the Recipe: Pomegranate Margaritas

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