Monday, December 26, 2011

Mealplanning for the Family Holiday Cookathon

Some multi-day leftover conversion combinations that have worked for me this year:

Meal 1:
Holiday Turkey
Mashed potatoes

Meal 2:
Turkey tacos (lime juice helps counter some of the 'heaviness' of the roasted meat)
Corn chowder (2 cans corn, leftover mashed potatoes)

Meal 1:
Oven-roasted sweet potatoes
Homemade bread

Meal 2:
Homemade stuffing w/sweet potato & toasted homemade bread crumbs (sherry, diced sauteed onions)

Every Christmas, I get a chance to practice my "cooking for a crowd" skills – when I go to visit my brother in Texas, I get to cook for six or so more people than I usually do. I'm not a particularly fast cook, and there are a wide range of tastes (conservative, semi-vegetarian, exotic) and 4-6 children (4 of whom have decidedly "preschool" tastes). The challenge I set for myself is to cook balanced meals with something for everyone without spending too long in the kitchen, or spending excessively. Plus, it's Christmas, which means there are a range of traditional foods that everyone likes to have this time of year.