For me, as much as I enjoy food at Christmas time, especially Christmas Eve and the day of Christmas, there are times that I need to keep things simple because the days are long and filled with lots of activity. All good of course, but they can take a toll on me, our pocket book, and my health if I’m not watchful.
This year we are interested keeping things quiet and pleasant. So I thought I would share with you my plans and ideas for a simple, frugal, gourmet THM Christmas day.
These recipes are all found on my site and I will share with you how each one will bless your time and energy, pocket book, taste buds and how they fit with the THM plan. What’s more, you get to indulge this year without feeling shame or guilt… though you ought not even if you do choose to eat off plan. 🙂
*By the way… All of these are grain free, gluten and dairy free recipes*
These are the ideas that suite me most for ease and options. We like a big Christmas breakfast. It’s always been a family tradition, buffet style is the most fun. This will be easy to do as all of these are made ahead of time if you choose!
Overnight Steel Cut Oats ~ E Placed in the crock-pot the night before, ready first thing in the morning.
Blueberry Coconut Coffee Cake ~ S Pulled from the fridge or freezer. This can easily be made a week or more earlier than needed and stored properly in the freezer with freezer wrap, etc.
Two options Freezer: Bake completely and thaw a day early OR leave uncooked and freeze, placing in the oven first thing in the morning for about one hour.
Tropical Fruit Salad ~ E Super easy to make and perfect for this time of year when we desperately need our vitamin C! Often I find pineapple is on sale too. You can totally skip the kiwi if it’s not cheap enough for you and sub with frozen berries or even lightly cooked cranberries. Make this a day or two before serving and you will really keep things simple.
(For me personally, I might just add some greek yogurt to this and keep it a light morning.)
Grain Free Biscuits and Gravy ~S My son’s all time favorite! The biscuits and the gravy can be made ahead of time (in my case they will be) frozen and the gravy thawed in the skillet the morning of, while the biscuits can be left on the counter the night before and oven warmed if desired.
Savory Eggs ~S Savory Eggs are an essential to my Christmas morning because they remind me so much of those delightful egg casseroles that abound in most homes on Christmas day, yet without the carb and fat clash. These can be prepped and frozen in the pan ahead of time without baking. Take out the morning of and bake for about an hour or make them the night before, refrigerate then warm them up come serving time.
Note: IF we eat a little of all of these we will be in Crossover mode. My kids and hubby need that. Me, not so much. I will pick one fuel or the other and keep my morning simple. But I sure like the choices and they do too.
Also, since we are doing it buffet style and at this point are not having company I will halve the recipes or just have leftovers for later in the week.
Price Note: All of the ingredients for the meals are inexpensive if you watch for sales. I buy my coconut flour at Sam’s club for really cheap and I hardly even use it, so the price is low for us. Oats are always cheap and so are eggs when you get deals. We buy our meat wholesale and butcher it ourselves but likely you don’t. Use ground turkey, or chicken if you’d like and ground beef works well too for the homemade sausage in the gravy.
Late Lunch Early Dinner:
Easy Creamy Pumpkin Soup ~S If you are completely dairy free you can substitute the heavy cream with coconut milk, almond milk or cashew milk. Or leave the creamy part out all together and add more water or broth. Either way it will be great!
Herbed Chicken and Green Beans ~S It’s not turkey I know, I know… But I just don’t have it in me this year to be traditional. So we are coming to traditional as close as we can. I still like to have white meat so we’re doing chicken.
For those of you not interested in a full roast beef but you want read meat, check this recipe out Steak Tips with Mushrooms and Cream Sauce It is SUPER simple and budget friendly. Did I mention easy? Yeah, my kind of simple, frugal gourmet Christmas! 😉
Magic Cookie Bars ~S A childhood family tradition on my side and a huge hit all around here at the Espinoza household. Grain Free and Dairy Free, the beautiful part… No one ever knows!
Not a fan of chocolate? Or you don’t want to make your own sweetened condensed coconut milk? Try my Strawberry Almond Bars ~S
If you don’t want to try either of these, make something simpler bu trying my Coconut Cream Berry Crunch. You could use stevia sweetened and warmed cranberries for a nice change.
What about Snacks?
With the larger breakfast and the late lunch/early dinner snacks are a must to stay on plan and not pig out at some point. Keeping things simple, frugal and gourmet, I will keep these on hand to keep to my eating every 3-4 hours :
- A veggie platter ready made with hummus
- Cheese, meat and lettuce for a quick wrap
- Berries and Greek yogurt
- I could always enjoy a second smaller breakfast or better yet…
- Make one of my most popular and amazing recipes in a minute or two Lemon Coconut Cake/Muffin in a Mug
If you do choose to have something that is NOT “on plan”, please, whatever you do, bless your metabolism and you by not berating yourself if you do eat off plan. Why? Because there is a lot of evidence that shows how you feel about what you eat, the emotional state you eat food in, and what you think about all of the above afterwards will help you loose weight and stay slim, or completely antagonize all of your efforts.
I hope this helps you if you are keeping things simple, frugal and gourmet style for your THM Christmas!
Blessings ~ Amanda
If you’re looking for more traditional ideas for a THM Christmas check out the Trim Healthy Mama website, Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen, Darcie’s Dishes and Gwen’s Nest for some fabulous ideas! I don’t want to leave out any of my blogging buddies, but I know you can count on many ideas from these sites. 🙂