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Healthy, Thrifty Holiday Menus

Make Tasty, Affordable Holiday Menus with SNAP-Ed Connection recipes!

Each menu has vegetarian options. 

All recipes meet the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl Nutrition Criteria. Menus were not designed to meet requirements for any USDA or other government food assistance program.

Holiday Calendar

January

  • New Year's Day

    New year, new resolutions. Black-eye peas are a traditional New Year's dish for some people and a healthy way to start the year. Visit Healthy Eating with MyPlate to get resources on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy. These are great resources for SNAP-Ed nutrition education classes.

February

  • Game Day

    A collection of snacks to keep people fueled during the big game. Indoor physical activities can be done during time outs and commercial breaks. Discussing ways to be active during cooking classes is a great way include physical activity themes!

  • Chinese New Year

    Try these healthy and low-cost recipes to celebrate the coming of a new year. 2018 is the year of the dog.

    If your SNAP-Ed program works with people who speak several languages, you can filter SNAP-Ed Library searches by language. 

  • Valentine's Day

    This heart-healthy meal is a great way to say, "I love you!" MyPlate includes lean proteins for heart health. You can find more resources for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy from Healthy Eating with MyPlate. The resources are primarily from SNAP-Ed organizations.

March

  • St. Patrick's Day

    These lower-fat and sodium alternatives to traditional favorites still celebrate the day in a tasty way! If you are looking for more resources for your SNAP-Ed Cooking class, there is a whole section of Cooking resources. These are primarily created by other SNAP-Ed programs.

  • Passover

    A delicious and nourishing meal to share with friends and family for people who celebrate Passover. 

April

  • April Fool's Day

    It's breakfast for dinner! Spinach and meat cakes make a great alternative to bacon or sausages. If you are teaching a SNAP-Ed Cooking class, you can use Food Safety resources to teach about proper meat handling.

  • Easter

    A collection of fresh flavors for a spring day that also makes use of the eggs gathered in a morning hunt! Leftover eggs are a great opportunity to teach Cooking skills and how to reduce food waste during SNAP-Ed cooking classes.

May

  • Cinco de Mayo

    This Latin-inspired menu includes fresh, healthy flavors. 

    If your SNAP-Ed program works with people who speak several languages, you can filter SNAP-Ed Library searches by language. 

  • Mother's Day

    This healthy, homemade breakfast menu is a great way to show older kids and moms how to make Mother's day a special day for their moms and grandmothers.

  • Memorial Day

    A day to gather together and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

June

  • Father's Day

    A great menu for treating dad to a tasty, homemade meal this Father's Day to say "thanks" for all he does.

  • Ramadan

    A meal that is full of nourishing, hydrating, and delicious foods is perfect during the month of Ramadan.

July

  • 4th of July

    Indoors or out, this summer menu makes the most of seasonal favorites. 

August

September

  • Labor Day

    Celebrate the last days of summer with this menu that's perfect for a cookout or potluck.

  • Oktoberfest

    Did you know that Oktoberfest actually begins in September? Celebrate the harvest season with these healthy recipes.

October

  • Halloween

    This quick, kid-friendly menu will provide nutritious fuel for the important job of trick-or-treating.

November

  • Thanksgiving

    Gobble! Gobble! We've got recipes for Thanksgiving that will please a crowd.

December

  • Hanukkah

    Leftover applesauce from the dessert can be passed at the table to accompany the latkes.

  • Christmas

    A collection of favorites that help celebrate the Christmas season without breaking the bank. Thrifty recipes that can be prepared at home will save money and still create a special meal.

  • Kwanzaa

    A time to gather in celebration of African heritage and African-American culture. This menu offers hearty flavors while staying heart-healthy and nutritious.