It’s the Friday before Christmas! Whether we travel or celebrate at home, usually the days immediately following Christmas are a struggle with meal planning. Either I forget to plan anything or we come home to an empty fridge. Freezer meals are great, but you have to remember/be home to defrost them!
Here are five easy meals that you can make after Christmas – they use almost entirely “shelf stable” ingredients that you can leave in your pantry until you need them.
#1 Chicken Sausage Skillet: I use Italian chicken sausage and like to serve this over the roasted red pepper quinoa from Aldi, but Minute Rice is a great option too! Chicken Sausage stays fresh in the fridge a long time. You can also keep a few packs in the freezer and then defrost them quickly in the microwave.
#2 BBQ Turkey Cups: This uses cooked ground turkey (or beef) – just cook a little extra one night this weekend and stick it in the freezer. Canned biscuits are on sale everywhere right now and stay fresh in your fridge for a couple weeks. You can have this meal on the table in minutes.
#3 Texas Toast Garlic Bread Pizza: No prep work needed – just assemble and toss in the oven!
#4 Chicken Noodle Soup: Grab a rotisserie chicken and you’re set! The recipe calls for cream, but we like it without that ingredient.
#5 Weeknight Chicken Stew: Another one that uses a rotisserie chicken, but with an Italian flair.
Do yourself a favor and pick up the ingredients for one or two of these recipes, just in case! I have everything I need for the Chicken Sausage Skillet, and I know I won’t regret setting those things aside for next week. Until then, I’m going to just sit here and enjoy the view!
A fun announcement: I have joined some of my absolute best blogging buddies to co-host the weekly High Five For Friday linkup! We all met through this linkup years ago and I’m so happy to have a part in it now! If you’re a blogger, you can share your favorite posts from the week below. Not a blogger? Peruse the links below and I bet you’ll find some great inspiration on a variety of topics!
High Five for Friday Linkup
Along with Tif from Bright on a Budget, Della at Della Devoted, Becky at BYBMG and Whitney J from Polka Dotty Place, I want to welcome you to the High Five for Friday link-up. High Five for Friday is where we come together to share our favorite posts we’ve written throughout the week. Drop up to 3 links below!
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Thanks for joining us for the High Five for Friday linkup!
I’m taking a couple days off from posting for Christmas, but I’ll be back next Friday with my Christmas recap! It’s hard to believe that this time next week, Christmas will be over. I plan to take it slow and soak it in over the next few days – I hope you can, too!
I am praying that the peace and presence of Jesus will fill your hearts and overcome any grief, brokenness, sorrow or pain that you feel. That’s why He came and that’s what we celebrate at Christmas.
Merry Christmas, my sweet friends!