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Christmas Dinner Meal Plans

Home well-managed blogs Christmas meal plan

Things are getting out of control over here!  We are going against tradition this year and trying some new dishes for our Christmas Dinner.  Because we are having ham with some friends on Christmas Eve we decided to have ribs instead.  I was already planning on shelling out all the money for a yummy ham so we might as well get some darn good quality ribs.  And why stop there?  I am attempting two brand new pies this year as well!

I’ve included both the ham and rib recipe in case you’re in the market for the easiest Baked Ham ever.   And like my usual meal planning posts, I have placed an asterisk in front of the recipes that are tried and true family favorites.

Home Well Managed Blog's Christmas Dinner Mean Plan
Photo Credit – Team Hess


Every Christmas morning without fail, my Momma put crepes on the table.  Crepes in our house were a special occasion breakfast mostly reserved for holidays and birthdays.  Because I am an adult now and I do what I want, I make them much more frequently.  Our holiday breakfast crepes were filled with cherry pie filling and topped with cool whip, try it at least once, you’ll thank me.  These *Gluten Free Crepes are just as good as the original.   I add a good amount of vanilla and use stevia vs. sugar. I just cannot justify pie filling for breakfast anymore so these are the fillings we like with our crepes.

PB & Bananas, PB & Agave Syrup, Yogurt & Jam, Frozen Fruit,  Butter & Cinnamon Sugar(Stevia)


Cheese and Sausage Board

In my attempts to simply my efforts for this meal I plan to put together a simple meat and cheese platter containing the following items: summer sausage, grapes, assorted crackers, sliced cheese, and olives.


*BBQ Ribs in the Crock Pot

*Slow Cooker Honey Baked Ham

*Gluten Free Funeral Potatoes

*Sweet Potato Casserole

Gluten free note: I substitute an all purpose gf flour and add cinnamon to the crumb topping.

Darby’s French Bread

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2 C warm water

1 Tbsp yeast

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar(I use brown)

2 tbsp oil

about 3 1/2-4 cups flour-until not sticky

Knead at least 10 minutes and let raise 1/2 hour.  Form into roll and put in the pan with some space in between. Let raise for 10-15 minutes.  Bake 10 minutes or until tops are golden.

Home Well Managed Blog's Christmas Dinner Meal Plans
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I make the Best Gluten Free Pie Crust and my family cannot even tell the difference.  I also use the Truvia stevia baking blend in my pies instead of sugar.  We cannot tell the difference because the blend bakes the same and doesn’t have that weird sugar substitute aftertaste.

Snickerdoodle Pie

I am planning on substituting a GF all purpose flour blend and hoping for the best.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cream Pie

I am too pregnant to make three pie crusts.  I’m buying a GF graham cracker crust even though it costs an arm and a leg.

*Pumpkin Pie

My favorite recipe and the one my mom has always used is one on the back of the Libby’s can of pumpkin.  I substitute a stevia blend for the sugar and it doesn’t change the texture one bit.

Cooking and Prep Timeline

Day Before

  • Organize Fridge/ Make Space
  •        Bake pies
  •        Clean the house
  •        Fill ice trays
  •        Do all dishes and empty sink night before
  •        Prep the SP casserole (finish crumble topping tomorrow)
  •        Set out needed ingredients and serving dishes
  •        Set table

Day Of

  •         7:00   am –  Put ribs into crock pot on high.
  •         7:15   am –  Have Christmas and Breakfast!
  •          9:00  am –  Turn crock pot to low
  •         11:00 am – Prep funeral potatoes, finish SP casserole topping
  •         12:00 pm – Prep bread, put together cheese tray
  •         12:20 pm – Funeral potatoes into oven, serve appetizers
  •         12:30 pm – SP into oven, fill water pitcher with ice and water
  •         1:00   pm – Bread into oven, ribs out on cookie sheet and smother w/ BBQ sauce
  •         1:20    pm – Broil ribs for 5 Min
  •         1:30   pm –  EAT ALL THE FOOD

Gluten Free Funeral Potatoes – 375 degrees for 60 mins

Sweet Potato Casserole – 350 degrees for 30 mins

Bread- 400 degrees for 10 mins

Shopping List

  • grapes
  • crackers x2
  • summer sausage
  • sliced cheese
  • 3 lbs pork ribs
  • cooking sherry
  •  Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • canned milk x3
  • cream cheese
  • 32 oz frozen hashbrowns
  • chicken bullion
  • onion
  • kettle potato chips
  • sour cream
  • eggs – 1 dozen
  • milk
  • bananas
  • yogurt
  • peanut butter
  • syrup
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • crackers
  • pepper
  • butter
  • cornstarch
  • pecans
  • sweet potatoes x4
  • truvia sugar baking blend
  • truvia brown sugar blend
  • vanilla
  • all purpose GF flour
  • flour
  • canola oil
  • salt
  • yeast
  • corn syrup
  • powdered sugar
  • cream of tarter
  • chocolate chips
  • whipped cream
  • Libby’s can of pumpkin
  • cinnamon
  • sparkling cider

    There you have it!  I hope your holiday is full of family loving, too much food, and appreciation for the birth of our perfect Savior, Jesus Christ.


4 thoughts on “Christmas Dinner Meal Plans

  1. Reading through this, I see how less stressful the christmas meal could be. The slow cooker meals are genius! I hate being in the kitchen all day on Christmas…I’d much rather be outside on a lovely family walk. Thanks for these suggestions, and the grocery list too – big help!


  2. Great thorough recipe plan and just in time for this family who is trying to make new traditions! Thanks for post and Merry Christmas!


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