Happy Christmas Eve! Is that a thing? I think it’s a thing. If your house is anything like mine, an easy Christmas Eve dinner is on the docket. Tomorrow will be spent creating an elaborate meal for your loved ones, but tonight you’ve made it through the holiday rigamarole up to this point and need a break to enjoy the anticipation in the air. For many folks, tonight is filled with family gatherings and church services, so something simple and delicious is just the ticket. If you don’t have something planned or you’re looking at your to-do list for today and that meal you had planned (if you remembered!) is just too much to take on, here are some delicious and easy recipes for dinner.
Black Bean Tortilla Soup Save time by using tortilla chips in place of the tortilla strips.
Black Bean Porridge Patties with Black Bean Pico de Gallo: Winner of our 2011 Spar for the Spurtle contest. This recipe is easily doubled and is wonderful with the addition of fried eggs and cheese on top of each patty if you want to add protein to the meal. Make it even easier by placing patties on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 400°F for 15 minutes a side.
Chicken Tamale Pie: Make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken; top with shredded lettuce and sour cream.
Lemony Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous with Broccoli and Salmon from Dietician Janel. Kick up the fancy factor by using pan-seared salmon instead of canned. You can use regular pearl couscous (aka Israeli couscous) if you can’t find whole wheat at your store, just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Kamut® Grain and Shiitake Risotto with Thyme: A quick and painless risotto. Use wheat berries or spelt berries if Kamut® berries are hard to come by.
White Bean Chicken Chili: Save time and use canned white beans (any variety). Make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth.