Meal Ideas for your holiday guests

Hi friends!  Christmas will be here in less than a week.  Guests will be coming in from out of town and many will be staying for an extended period of time.  Being a great host means preparing a great meal that is easy, economical and delicious.  In this post I will be sharing some recipe ideas to entertain a crowd.

Breakfast

I believe that breakfast should be simple and filling.  A breakfast bar that includes all of your favorites is a great way to get your day started.

Breakfast Bar

Pancakes: boxed or try this delicious pancake recipe. https://cafedelites.com/best-fluffy-pancakes/

French toast casserole: this is my go-to recipe that is a proven crowd pleaser.  https://gatherforbread.com/easy-baked-french-toast-casserole/

Grits: to get them extra creamy use heavy whipping cream instead of water.  Your guests will call you the real MVP.

Scrambled eggs: when preparing your eggs sprinkle with garlic salt to provide a bit of flair.  You can spice up your eggs by adding the following:

  1. Cheese
  2. Peppers
  3. Spinach
  4. Mushrooms
  5. Onions

*Saute these items separately for 5-7 minutes, then place in small serving bowls so that your guests can choose their add-ins.

Breakfast meat: sausage, bacon, ham

Cereal: it’s Christmas break so anything sugary will do!

Lunch

Let’s be honest after a huge breakfast your guests should be pretty content until dinner but there is always someone looking for something to eat around noon.  In my case it my son Matthew and husband….so check out these easy lunch ideas for a crowd.

 

Pizza bar

Crust: choose your favorite store bought crust, we usually go with Pillsbury or Boboli

Cheese: make sure you get shredded cheese that is found in the refrigerated aisle of your favorite grocery store

Pizza sauce

Toppings: this is where your guest can add their special touch to their pizza

  1. Veggies
  2. Cheese
  3. Meats

Once you add your toppings you will pop it in the oven for 16-18 minutes and viola lunch is served!

Pizza bar inspiration: http://www.theeverydayhostess.com/build-your-own-pizza-bar-party/

Taco bar

Taco shells: hard or soft

Tostitos chips: think taco salad

Protein

  1. Ground beef
  2. Ground turkey
  3. Chicken
  4. Black beans
  5. Tofu

Toppings

  1. Cheese
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Shredded lettuce
  4. Spinach
  5. Corn
  6. Cabbage slaw
  7. Rice
  8. Sour cream
  9. Whatever you can think of, get creative

Sauces

  1. Salsa
  2. Tomatillo sauce
  3. Pico de gallo
  4. Guacamole

Taco bar inspiration: https://lexiscleankitchen.com/taco-bar/

Dinner

Dinner prep will actually begin in the morning if you have a crock pot.  The best Christmas gift for the host is to throw all the ingredients in the crock pot and serve it at 6.

Crockpot Pot Roast: https://damndelicious.net/2019/04/12/slow-cooker-pot-roast/

Serve with rice

Crockpot Chili: https://www.cookingclassy.com/slow-cooker-chili/

Serve with cornbread

If you do not have a Crock pot then these recipes are for you!

Baked spaghetti: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/baked-spaghetti-casserole/

Chicken and rice casserole: https://www.recipetineats.com/oven-baked-chicken-and-rice/

Here’s to delicious meals and a fuss free holiday season!

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