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The Twelve Dinners of Christmas

The holidays are in full swing and you're racing to buy last minute presents and make your special rum balls for five different parties. Whew! Who has time to cook in the midst of all this?

Here are a dozen healthy dinners to get you through the frantically festive season. We have six that you can make ahead to enjoy later and another half dozen you can make in a flash.

Make Now, Enjoy Later

One of the best things about most cold weather meals is that you can make them now, stick them in the freezer and enjoy when you have a moment between work and the next holiday get together. Plus, most of these recipes are a cinch to prepare. Warm up after a brisk walk with our Basic Turkey Chili or Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup with Winter Vegetables.

If you're looking for something a little heartier, try our classic Lasagna. The leftovers are perfect for lunch and slices can be individually frozen for last minute meals. Our Chicken Fricassee with Green Peppers and Tomatoes is savory and satisfying after a long day of shopping. Put your feet up and enjoy the fricassee over hot linguine or rice.

If you have a bit more time to spare and can spend the evening at home, stir up some comforting risotto. Healthy and homey Barley, Mushroom and Winter Squash Risotto is just the thing for easing into a cozy night at home. If you feel inspired, you could even wrap some presents!

Casseroles are a time-tested, timesaving meal solution. Our zesty Penne Pasta Casserole with Sausage, Peppers, Onions and Tomatoes is a complete meal on its own. It takes 45 minutes to make, but just think of how much time you'll save the rest of the week!

Quick and Healthy

When there's no time to plan ahead during the holiday season, you can still eat healthy meals. Ready in about as much time as it takes to write two greeting cards (15 minutes), you can enjoy our Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts. Serve the chicken with a green salad and you're set for a quick bite before that fancy cocktail party. The best thing is—you'll still fit into your dress!

Meatballs take a long time to make, right? Not so with Alice Waters' amazing Savory Herb Meatballs with Spaghetti. In less than a half-hour holiday special (25 minutes), you'll be devouring a spicy, steamy bowl of goodness.

You're planning on a marathon night of cookie baking and decorating. Better have a balanced meal to get you through! You can make our Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples and Dijon Cream Sauce while your dough chills in the fridge (30 minutes).

Looking for something healthy and light? Our Pan-Roasted Lemon-Salmon Fillets are perfect with a side of Sautéed Broccoli Florets. The entire meal takes just 10 minutes. You'd never get off the phone with Aunt Edna that quickly.

Doing some last minute shopping online? Don't shop hungry! Whip up our Warm Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Raspberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette. You won't have to fight the lines or face the food court!

Count down to Christmas with these twelve festive dishes:

Basic Turkey Chili
Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup with Winter Vegetables
Lasagna
Chicken Fricassee with Green Peppers and Tomatoes
Barley, Mushroom and Winter Squash Risotto
Penne Pasta Casserole with Sausage, Peppers, Onions and Tomatoes
Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts
Savory Herb Meatballs with Spaghetti
Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples and Dijon Cream Sauce
Pan-Roasted Lemon-Salmon Fillets
Sautéed Broccoli Florets
Warm Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Raspberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

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