8 Easy Meals for the Holiday Season

8 Easy Meals for the Holiday Season

I know this isn't really a "food" blog, although I have stated my thoughts on creativity in the kitchen before (spoiler - I believe cooking is totally a "craft"). 

But I also know that the holidays can be a crazy time of year, and if you're anything like me, planning dinner is usually at the bottom of my to-do list (although EATING dinner is almost always near the top!).

Because of this, I thought I'd share some of my favorite go-to dinner recipes that are all super easy to make.

8 Easy Meals for the Holiday Season on Peonies and Cream

After all, less time planning and cooking means more time making and enjoying the holidays!

Creamy White Chili Recipe 

Creamy White Chili from Taste of Home

Creamy White Chili from Taste of Home

This recipe was shared with me by a friend from work. We were having a book club meeting where she served us this recipe, and I immediately asked her for it. I've since made it a handful of times, and everytime I'm reminded how much I love it, and Kyle really enjoys it too! It does have a bit of spice to it, so keep that in mind when following the recipe. I like to serve it with Fritos Scoops and plenty of shredded cheese!

Prep Time: 10 Min Cook Time: 40 Min

 

 

One Pot Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup 

One Pot Chicken & Rice Soup from Num's the Word

One Pot Chicken & Rice Soup from Num's the Word

This soup is so comforting, and all around delicious. The name really says it all - it's easy to make, and perfectly creamy! The seasoning is just right, super simple but awesomely powerful. I really could go on and on about this soup, so you should probably just try it. 

Prep Time: 10 Min Cook Time: 20 Min

 

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole from Damn Delicious 

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole from Damn Delicious 

This casserole is the best blend of easy to put together, and well worth the work. It is definitely a "comfort food" dinner, which is perfect for the holidays when we are all a little crazier than we should be (or is that just me?)

Prep Time: 15 Min Cook Time: 30 Min

 

Three Envelope Roast 

This roast is honestly one of the most flavorful crockpot roasts I've made, with minimal work involved. The cook time for this one is longer becuase it is done in a slow cooker, but it couldn't be any easier to put together. For some reason when this comes up on my go-to list, I never seem to remember just how good it is, and I'm always pleasantly surprised. Make this with some mashed or baked potatoes and you have a flawless, effortless meal!

Prep Time: Maybe 10 Min? Cook Time: 4-8 Hours

Three Envelope Roast from Real Mom Kitchen

Three Envelope Roast from Real Mom Kitchen

Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage from The Neelys - Food Network

Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage from The Neelys - Food Network

This is my number one go to recipe for when I don't have anything planned. I almost always have all of these ingredients on hand, and it's really quick to put together. Plus anything that starts with oil, garlic, and onion in my skillet makes me happy. 

Prep Time: 10 Min Cook Time: 30 Min

 

Lazy Sunday Casserole

Lazy Sunday Casserole from Kayotic Kitchen

Lazy Sunday Casserole from Kayotic Kitchen

I always love when this recipe makes it's way through our rotation. The balsamic vinegar gives it the perfect little punch of taste, and I love that you can use whatever you have on hand, making it perfect for nights when you're too busy to make it to the store. The cook time on this one is a little longer, but most of it is hands off time in the oven. 

Prep Time: 15 Min Cook Time: 1.25 Hours

 

So there you have it, eight of my favorite go-to recipes that are perfect for your busy Christmas season. 

 

 

 

 

What are your favorite go-to recipes for when you're short on time? Also, let me know if you try any of these out!

Let me know in the comments below! Or, tag me in an Instagram post with @Peoniesandcream or #Peoniesandcream.

 

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