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  • Shannon Crocker, MSc RD PHEC

5 Tips to Make Supper Simple and Skip Stress During Holidays

I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in my desire to manage holiday stress and stay healthy.

Let’s face it, with all the shopping and the visiting and the partying – and trying to fit work in there somewhere - holidays can be stressful.

To manage the hectic holiday season and stay holly jolly, I keep everyday meals simple, nutritious and delicious.

Here are five suppertime strategies that I put into place during this busy season.

1. Make-Ahead Meals

Don't you just love it when you open the fridge and supper is in there, waiting for you?!

Early in December, I spend a bit of time big batch cooking. I make a couple of main dishes like soup and lasagna that I can enjoy for dinner and put extras in the freezer. Then, I’ve got a few dinners ready when I need a quick meal during the month.

Here are two simple soups that I’ll be cooking this month:

Serve soup with a crusty sourdough bread and some good cheese and simple supper is served!

2. Dinner in a Hurry!

Power bowls are a delicious and simple way to get the nutrition you need to stay energized and healthy over the holiday season. Prep some ingredients ahead so you can pull together a tasty bowl in just a few minutes.

Here’s how to make them EASILY in four simple steps!

power bowl

3. Sheet Pan Suppers

With one pan to clean up, what’s not to love? Here’s one of my favourite time-saving sheet pan suppers to try this season:

The turkey, potato, jalapeno and cauliflower combo here is spot on! Switch up the veggies however you like. Instead of cauliflower, go for green beans. No potatoes? Add sweet potatoes. Just choose (or chop) veggies that will cook in about the same amount of time as your turkey.

turkey sheet pan supper

4. Snack Board Suppers

Keep supper totally casual and make up a tasty snacking board with whatever finger foods you love. Fill it with lots of veggies, add a dip, some cheese, crackers, nuts – you name it!

snack board

5. Breakfast for dinner

Give yourself permission to keep supper preparation super simple! My family loves a good French toast, pancakes, or even just basic scrambled eggs and toast. To round it out, I'll add some fresh fruit to French toast or pancakes, or a bagged salad to eggs n' toast (convenience wins!). I like to call it Brinner! (even though my family thinks that is a ridiculous word lol!).

Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season!

Vibrantly Yours,


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