I had so much fun with the Thanksgiving Menu Planner that I am very excited about creating menu planners for the coming holidays as well!
I grew up celebrating Christmas, but if this is not the holiday you celebrate, these menu planners and recipes could most likely work for any festive celebration and holiday.
I think for many families, having a nice breakfast on either Christmas morning or another special day during the holidays is very common. So I decided to include a breakfast menu to the holiday menu planner as well as a dinner menu.
Once again, the menu planner is going to be free of the following foods, so that it can work for almost any limited diet:
no dairy – (butter may be used in some recipes but there is always another option that is dairy-free)
no wheat or gluten – all grains and products containing gluten
no sugar – only natural sweeteners will be used, such as raw honey and maple syrup
no soy – no soybean oil, lecithin, and other soy products
no beans and legumes
What kinds of foods will be used:
Chicken, eggs, vegetables (non-starchy), nuts, seeds, fruit, honey, coconut, and other whole food ingredients.
So far, this is the menu I have, but it is subject to change, based on feedback I get:
Egg-Free Banana Muffins or Fig and Nut Spice Bars
Festive Fruit Salad with Almond Crème
Egg Nog or Almond Nog
Pomegranate Mandarin Salad with Creamy Poppy seed Dressing
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Rosemary Roasted Chicken
Cranberry Raspberry Relish
Steamed Green Beans with Sliced Almonds
Roasted Veggies with Honey Mustard Glaze
Spice Cake with Butter Cream Icing
Egg-free option (TBA)
I got a little carried away with the desserts on the Thanksgiving Menu Planner that I decided that for the holidays, I would create a booklet of holiday dessert recipes.
I think when anyone thinks of Christmas and food, sweets come to mind. I grew up with my mom making peanut brittle, peppermint bark and lots of other delicious desserts. These made great gifts for friends and family and we also really enjoyed them!
I already have a long list of candies and desserts that I want to include in the booklet. And they’re all going to be free of refined sugar, wheat, gluten, grains, soy, corn, and dairy. Most of the desserts will also be free of chocolate but I may include one or two for people who can eat chocolate. Here are the ideas I have so far for the Just Desserts Recipe e-book:
Candies and Nuts:
Almond Joy Coconut Bark
Peppermint Patty Coconut Bark
Gingerbread Men and other Christmas Cut-out Cookies
Cookie Press Cookies
Fig and Nut Spice Bars
Christmas Fruit and Nut Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Spice Cake with Butter Cream Frosting
Flourless Carrot Cake
Pies, crusts and toppings:
Berry Almond Pie Bars
Coconut Mousse Pie
Almond Pie Crust
Coconut Pie Crust
Coconut whipped Cream
Butter Cream Icing
Free Give-Away of the Holiday Menu Planner and the Just Desserts recipe e-book!
Last time for the Thanksgiving Menu Planner, I offered it free to people who offered ideas and recipes for the planner that I ended up using. Thank you to all who participated and gave me your ideas!
For the Holiday Menu Planner and the Just Desserts recipe e-book, I am offering a FREE give-away to 5 people who would love to receive them for their holiday planning. That means, five people will receive both the Holiday Menu Planner as well as the Just Desserts recipe e-book for FREE!
How to Enter the Giveaway
There are 7 possible entries
- Take a look at the menus for the Holiday Menu Planner and the Just Desserts recipe e-book in this blog post and then leave a comment telling us what you think about them and why you’d like to win them.
- Twitter about this giveaway. Link to (http://bit.ly/7lTKeh) and mention me @Heartofcooking so I can track it.
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As you complete each item, come back here and leave a comment letting me know. You can also leave one comment saying everything you did.
Who Will Win?
Five readers will win FREE copies of the Holiday Menu Planner and the Just Desserts Recipe e-book .
Menu Planner Release and Free Giveaway Dates
The Holiday Menu Planner and the Just Desserts recipe e-book will be available for pre-order starting the first week of December. People who pre-order will receive them in their email the day they are uploaded to my website, the 16th of December. They will be complete and available for purchase on Wednesday, the 16th of December.
The deadline for the Free Give-Away will be Monday, the 14th of December. The winners will be announced by the 16th of December. So, you have over two weeks to share and spread the message of the Holiday Menu Planner and Just Desserts recipe e-book for a chance to win a copy of each for your holiday planning.
So, let’s get going! Have fun and Happy Holidays!