If you’ve found your way here, then I’m guessing you’ve either been asked to bring a dish hours before you have to be somewhere, you’re missing an ingredient for a dish you’d already planned to make, or you just aren’t organized this year in general.
I fall into the “not organized this year” category, so now I’m on the hunt for last-minute holiday recipes.
While I have all the ingredients for the lasagna I’m serving for tomorrow night’s feast, I fell short on planning much of anything else to go with it, so off on the hunt I go to find a few easy side dishes and salads.
Read on and I’ll share links to my finds on the web that will save the day for both of us . . .
Looking for a salad contribution? I have my top ten salad recipes that please the Rimkus clan, and the following folks have a few quick-to-the table salad ideas for you too.
- Simple Side Salad Recipes from Eating Well – the Caprese will go perfectly with my lasagna.
- Super Fast Salads from Cooking Light – I’ll bet the spinach salad with maple-dijon vinaigrette is a crowd pleaser.
- 50 Simple Salads from the Food Network – the spicy carrot salad sounds terrific, and who doesn’t like carrots?
- Easy Salad Recipes - this is a new discovery, and boy is there a ton of salad ideas here. I’m thinking the kids would love the Grape Salad with a coconut dressing.
Okay enough salad recipes, how about a few side dishes?
- Jeanette’s Healthy Living has a clean eating side dish roundup. You’re bound to find something there.
- 15 Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes from Two Peas and Their Pod – the chopped brussels sprouts with cranberries, pecans and blue cheese is on my must-make list in the coming weeks.
- The Cooking Channel has 70 side dish recipes to choose from. There has to be something in this list quick to pull together!
- Who could forget Martha Stewart’s 39 Easiest Thanksgiving Sides.
- Quick Holiday Side Dishes from Eating Well. Clearly Eating Well is one of my favorite magazines and websites.
While I have what I need for my main dish, you might be looking for something quick to put on the table. A few years ago, Christmas Eve was just Mike and I, so instead of serving a gigantic turkey, we enjoyed the turkey cutlets you see above. Not only did we get our turkey fix, but we could relax and enjoy each other’s company. No mess, no fuss.
But you might be looking for a quick meal with a bigger impact for your holiday table, so try these websites out to see what you can find.
- 35 Easy, Elegant Christmas Dinners from Real Simple.
- Have a vegetarian in the family? These Vegetarian Holiday Main Dish recipes from Eating Well looks amazing. I want the Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard and White Beans.
- Your bound to find something at AllRecipes. Their collection of holiday main dish recipes is extensive. I can get lost in this collection and forget that I actually need to get cooking!
What? No desserts you ask? I say stop at the store. Who has time to bake!
There’s a lot of holiday season left, so be sure to bookmark this page for future use, or pin it to your Pinterest boards. You never know when you’ll need a last-minute meal.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas, and hope your home is filled with love and peace this holiday season!
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