happy holidays 2013

Merry Christmas, my friends! Thank you for everything you do to support me in my little internet space – for commenting and trying recipes and for just being rockstar awesome. From the bottom of my heart, I truly hope you are having a peaceful holiday season. More than words can express, I’m looking forward to unplugging for the next few days and cherishing every minute I have with my family as we celebrate what, to us, is the most wonderful time of the year.

I don’t know about you, but after the intense cooking and baking over the last few months, about 5 1/2 minutes after Christmas Day is over, I’m going to be in desperate need of some quick, simple, healthful meals that give me a slight reprieve from the holiday cooking madness. In case you and I are kindred spirits that way, here are 15 of my very favorite fast meals that don’t require slaving away in the kitchen all day and that have never given me the I-dread-dinner feeling.

Happy holidays!

24 Responses to Happy Holidays! {Plus 15 of My Favorite Quick Meals for the Post-Holiday Craze}

  1. Your White Chicken Chili is hands down the best I’ve made. Our family’s favorite!

    Happy New Year!


  2. Virginia Klaas says:

    I love your website! I want to make everything on your blog. It all sounds so delicious. I guess I want to weigh 500 lbs. I just made your spaghetti sauce and OMG it is just the best! Next up something from your slower cooker list. Please keep them coming!

  3. Krista says:

    Thanks for all of your many delicious recipes!! Your website is my go to website whenever I am looking for something new to try that I know will taste great! I made your banana cream pie and toffee crunch apple pie for Christmas this year and they were a hit, which was no surprise.
    Thanks again! Merry Christmas!

  4. Wendy says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for having a blog. You are my favorite.

  5. Joanna says:

    I hosted Christmas lunch at my house for the first time this year and made the entire meal with recipes from your site (except for the green beans, which we just sautéed with butter and garlic). Everyone raved about your pork tenderloin with apple salsa, cranberry chutney, confetti corn, parker house rolls, eggnog, and pie crust (the pecan pie itself was a flop because it never jelled, but the crust was a hit HA! – and SO easy to make!).
    Thank you so much for sharing recipes that are almost always perfect. My husband is always happy when I tell him that dinner is from Mel. 🙂

  6. Too many recipes! I guess I will try them all!

  7. These all look wonderful! Merry Christmas (well post Christmas…need a nap 🙂

  8. Kim in MD says:

    Love this post! I am a day late, but I hope you and your adorable, sweet family had a very Merry Christms, Mel! 🙂

  9. Melanie says:

    Merry Christmas to your sweet family! I would not enjoy cooking as much without you…thanks for being just awesome!

  10. Kelsey says:

    Yumm! Merry Christmas Mel! I’m already planning on the taco salad and also your ham and sweet potato hash to use up leftover ham. Our family loves you and your recipes!

  11. Vanessa says:

    I’ve made three of those this past week and have loved them all. Plus I’m making the crispy SW wraps this week too! Thanks for making my dinner table full of yummy food all year long!

  12. Jen T says:

    Merry Christmas and thanks for all you do!!!

  13. Georgi says:

    Thank you for inspiring my menu. I get bored with cooking the same old thing and I now go to your site looking for something new to make! I have had a wonderful time trying your recipes and reading your descriptions are very entertaining! Merry Christmas!

  14. Ashley says:

    Merry Christmas Mel! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. We’re eating your lasagna tonight! Thanks for your fantastic recipes.

  15. Auntiepatch says:

    Merry Christmas Mel! Blessings on your family!

  16. Cammee says:

    Great suggestions! I would add Bourbon Chicken to this list. Fast, easy and oh, so delicious! One of my family’s favorites. Thanks for all your hard work, Mel. Have the best Christmas ever!

  17. Tracy says:

    Merry Christmas and thanks for all the great recipes!

  18. Katie says:

    Thank you Mel for your outstanding recipes. I am so happy I discovered your site this year. You make my life happier in the kitchen and my family thanks your for better meals on our table.

  19. Brinestone says:

    Yep, I’ve already got your ham and pasta skillet on the menu for Saturday to use up leftover ham. I can’t wait; it’s one of our favorites. Thanks for all you do to share such delicious recipes, and have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  20. Sheila says:

    Dear Mel . . .you are like the “energizer bunny”. Your diligent hard work for your blog, amongst one million other priority responsibilities, always delivers outstanding recipes and quality knowledge to us week after week. The beautiful pictures and your humorous style of writing captivates our hearts and brings much needed laughter into our stressful lives. My family and I thank you for touching our lives with warmth, laughter, love, and great food. One of the best gifts we have received in 2013. Your presence here will be missed. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  21. Teresa R. says:

    Merry Christmas! I hope this holiday season is filled with blessings and love for you and your family. We have never met and probably never will, but you have made a positive difference in my life over the last several years. Your recipes have made cooking for my elderly parents and my children a pleasure whereas before it had become a burden. Thank you.

  22. Sound Beacher says:

    Mel: Merrry Christmas to you and your family. My family has enjoyed many yummy meals via your posts. Thanks so much for opening up our culinary tastes and my skills. YOU are a Rock Star. Keep on rocking/cooking in the New Year. Luv Ya!

  23. Julie says:

    Mel your recipes have graced my table more than my own, and I thank you for all the hard work and time you put into your site, and for sharing! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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