Looking for an easy alternative to the traditional Christmas dinner? This list has got you covered! It’s full of simple recipes that still feel special without all of the stress or pressure of the typical turkey or ham dinner.
Easy Alternatives to the Traditional Christmas Dinner
We all know that the holidays are a very busy time of year.
When it’s time to make the holiday dinner we are often already exhausted and overwhelmed…not the best time to be cooking a difficult meal.
As a new mom I remember feeling like I was missing out on the holidays because I was stuck in the kitchen preparing the meal, while everyone was visiting and having fun.
After a few years I realized it was because the traditional turkey or ham dinner simply took too much effort.
No matter how much I prepared in advance the main course was either done too early or wasn’t ready when it was time to eat.
On top of that, my family isn’t obsessed with turkey or ham. In fact, there are many other foods that we all enjoy much more, that don’t take nearly the amount of time or precision of a traditional Christmas dinner.
That’s when I decided to serve an alternative Christmas dinner. I began searching for easy recipes that would still feed a crowd and feel special without all the stress and worry.
Today I am sharing some of the best recipes I found with you!
15 Easy Christmas Dinner Alternatives
Ready to simplify your holiday dinner and enjoy spending time with your family instead?
You are going to love these easy alternatives to the traditional dinner that will save you time and stress.
This list is full of holiday meal ideas that you can cook in the crockpot or instapot as well as casseroles and crowd favorites that you can prepare an enjoy in a fraction of the time it would take to cook a turkey or ham.
A delicious, moist turkey breast made in a fraction of time when cooked in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. Seasoned just right, cooked to melt in your mouth perfection, and served with a gravy made right in the Instant Pot.
This juicy braised beef recipe is so tender and flavorful! The gravy is infused with red wine, molasses, cranberries, and onions. It’s perfect for cold nights or holiday entertaining. The best news, it’s super easy to do!
You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare an elegant and delicious seafood entrée at home. Brown Butter Scallops—sea scallops pan-seared in butter—get their finishing touch from a flavorful brown butter sauce enhanced with garlic, capers, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice for a truly gourmet dinner!
Lauren Tingley is a formerly stressed out, working teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing herself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood she discovered simplifying was the answer. Now she shares her tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. Lauren's ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me! Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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