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Simple Meals for One or Two During the Holidays

With all the holiday celebrations and guests coming and going this time of year, there’s lots of big-time cooking going on. But what do you do on those in-between weeks when it’s just you and yours and you want a little break but don’t want to break the bank by going out to eat a bunch? Well, you can follow our simple week long meal plan for one or two: MONDAY: Veggie Monday Mexican-style stuffed potatoes are as easy as hollowing out baked potatoes and mixing what you removed with refried beans, salsa, green onions and cheddar cheese. Re-fill and bake until hot. TUESDAY: 2010 Comfort Food Brown a link or two of our house-made sausage (removed from casing) and then toss whole wheat pasta with sausage, Swiss chard ribbons and white beans. WEDNESDAY: Midweek Autumn Picnic Pack a salad, a wedge of brie, hearth bread, Honeycrisp apples and wine and head to your favorite picnic spot, which could be outside with colorful Fall leaves or inside by the fireplace! THURSDAY: Pizza Night Give Hawaiian-style pizza a try. Top a frozen whole wheat pizza crust with pasta sauce, diced ham and fresh pineapple. And if you’re good, remember the rule: “no pizza without salad." FRIDAY : TGIF Breakfast for Dinner Make Smoked Salmon Hash and Eggs and serve with a side of wilted greens. Ask our wine experts—or yours—for their value pick to go with your menu or pick one of our Top Ten wines. They’re top notch at easy to swallow prices. WEEKEND: Soup’s On Get a head start on the week by making a big pot of your favorite soup. Enjoy a bowl Sunday for dinner, then pack the rest in containers for the week or freeze it for a later date. Turn to The Whole Deal value guide for meal plans for four, additional simple seasonal recipes, more money-saving deals and tips. Plus, there are great coupons in the in-store guide and online! What super-simple suppers do you whip up during your holiday downtime?

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Joe @ Eden Kitchen says …

This Autumn Minestrone is one of my favorite simple meals this time of year: http://edenkitchen.com/early-autumn-minestrone/ You can totally use whatever vegetables you have on hand. I usually use brown basmati rice but last night I used wholewheat alphabet pasta just for fun!

Susan at eatlittleeatbig says …

Can't beat easy to make fajitas: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/09/friday-night-fajitas.html