Friday, December 23, 2016

Food Feature Friday #9: Dinner, Holiday Edition!

Christmas is 2 days away, but Christmas Eve is tomorrow!!! This could potentially mean that you may be having your family dinner tomorrow while majority of the stores are either closing early or closed completely, but perhaps you'll either have time in the morning to make adjustments or you'll be having dinner on Christmas day. In lieu of the upcoming Christmas feast that will - hopefully - be ensuing soon for you and your love ones, I thought I'd do a very special Food Feature today based on holiday meals!

Now to be perfectly clear none of these are my recipes, but I thought that each and every one of them made excellent alternatives to the traditional menu for this fine holiday season. I will be linking each and every source - simply click on the recipe's title to be taken to it's original creator - to make sure everyone gets their well-deserved credit. I simply pasted each recipe in a convenient location for you all to test out, but like I said, they are NOT mine. Simply deliciousness that may make for a new-style dinner. The best part is that you can either pick and choose a few new items that you haven't done prior or re-create the entire list!

So without further ado, let's get into this mouthwatering food! 

Sirloin Tip Roast

Don't get me wrong, I love ham, but sometimes you just want to experiment with something new. 

Last year my son and I had decided to go with a roast instead of a ham with excellent success. I do understand however, the anxiety that can come from trying a new main course for a full house, but that's how memories are made right? 

The great thing about roast is that you can really worry less about getting people sick - not that you would with a bird or pig, I'm sure you'll do fantastic - and you can really play around with any side dishes that you'd prefer! 

Tomato and Roasted Lemon Salad

I'm a fan of salad's in general, so seeing a really bright and colorful salad on the table spread, gives me a sense of joy. 

This salad I haven't specifically tried, but I do think it would make an AMAZING side. I do however do special salads during the holidays, with either new green blends or new dressings. 

Like I said, experimentation can be difficult during big holidays, but you won't know until you try!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries. 

I love Brussles sprouts during the holidays, which made this an easy pick to add to the menu.

My padawan is not the biggest fan of the "mini cabbages" as he calls them, but personally I make a small side for myself with butter and bacon. 

With this mixture, you're getting a mildly sweet dish and a bit of a festive dish all together. Cranberries and cinnamon can often be found in numerous side dishes - or desserts - so why not try to make something that combines everything into one. 

Having this on as a side will be a unique way to jazz up the common dishes, while showing your cooking skills with ease. 

For those with nut allergies, you could easily remove the pecans from the equation for a very similar tasty dish. 

Sugar Cookie M&M's Bars

I saw these glorious goodies on Pinterest the other day and absolutely couldn't resist adding this delectable dessert to the list of potential items for a glorious holiday meal. 

These are awesome for portion control - we all know that pie slices can come in an abundance, which makes them hard to resist - and they make for a super easy dessert that the kiddos can enjoy. 

With a nice glass of milk, you'll have a splendid twist on the traditional Christmas sugar cookies. 

The best part is, this could be an easy "activity" for the kiddos - or any loved ones - to help make! 

And there you have it guys! One main dish, two side dishes, and a dessert to top it all off. 

I know that traditions are implemented for a reason, but perhaps you're just starting with a new family or you're tradition is to create a new dish each year. Regardless you'll now have a few additional foods to possible add into your delectable meals. 

I love each and every one of you Jedi's - and the padawans too. I hope every Christmas miracle you've wished for comes true, your families to be joyously intertwined in harmony, and your hearts filled with happiness from all the love. 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the TWRC family. Remember: it's not what's under the tree, but who's around it. 

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