Have you made your shopping and preparation plans for Christmas dinner? Is the current economy affecting how you will plan and spend on holiday meal preparations?
This December, Walmart is offering a budget-savvy option to help moms entertain while staying within a reasonable budget. With options to create a Christmas meal for 8 at the price as little as $20 and a New Year’s meal for 10 for under $40, who could say no?
Chef Aaron Sanchez, co-host of Food Network’s, Chefs vs. City, has teamed up with Wal-Mart to create easy and affordable recipes for entertaining your guests this season.
I’m eager to try the green bean & pecan casserole and the chipotle mashed potatoes. (Drooling on the keyboard…)
Walmart’s $30 Christmas feast for eight starts with family-favorite ingredients, including the following:
- One 10-pound spiral cut half-ham
- Three 8-ounce cans Del Monte Green Beans
- One 10-pound bag of Russet potatoes
- One 12-count package of Sara Lee dinner rolls
- One 10 inch Pumpkin Pie
Of course, if Walmart had consulted a nutritionist or a doctor mom (I know of such a doctor mom!), there might be different ingredients on that feast list.
I’m not a fan of anything ham or pork since it’s processed and laden with chemicals that aren’t necessary or beneficial to the body (quite the opposite, actually). So, instead I’d recommend a turkey or prime rib on that menu.
Also, not a fan of bleached white flour–it’s just gluten and paste to add inflammation to the body and impede nutrient absorption and digestion. Instead, I’d recommend creating homemade stuffed mushrooms or even sour dough based rolls (the fermentation process of sour dough makes it digestible and non-inflammatory to the body).
As for the pumpkin pie, I’d recommend making a buttery and delicious gluten-free pie from scratch. In fact, I’d like to make this one from Gluten Free Cooking. Making a pie from scratch might take more time and preparation, but it will cost less than purchasing a pre-made white flour pie–and it will probably taste 10 times better!
Even so, I know I can stretch out a dollar with coupons and sales flyers to create a fabulous holiday feast for my family with healthy and delicious dishes.
What are you planning to serve for your Christmas or holiday dinner? What have you done to save money during the 2009 holiday season?
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Congratulations to the winners (#32) Cheryl W, and (#26) Sky!