Healthy, Thrifty Holiday Menus


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

Each menu has vegetarian options, indicated with . Cost estimates for the ingredients are also included.

All recipes meet Recipe Finder Review Criteria. Menus were not designed to meet requirements for any USDA or other government food assistance program.


confetti and noise makers for celebrations January

New Year's Day
This meal makes a hearty lunch or dinner and is a great way to kick off the new year.

Broiled Tomatoes and Cheese
Quick and Healthy Black-Eyed Peas  OR  Baked Lentils Casserole
Seared Greens
Corn Bread
Fat-Free Apple Crumb Dessert
Download the New Year's Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.04MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.12MB)

Cost per serving: $3.25 OR $3.24
Cost for 6 servings: $19.50 OR $19.44

Chinese new year items
Chinese New Year
Try these healthy and low-cost recipes to celebrate the coming of a new year. 2016 is the year of the monkey.

Apple Carrot Soup
Stir Fried Beef  OR  Baked Tofu
Fried Rice  OR  Five Happiness Fried Noodles
Mixed Fruit Salad
Download the Chinese New Year Cookbook in English (PDF|1.06MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.06MB)

Cost per serving: $3.05 OR $2.36
Cost for 6 servings: $21.00 OR $14.16

= Vegetarian Option


football February

Game Day
See the Game Day Menu with pictures.


 

hearts
Valentine's Day
See the Valentine's Day Menu with pictures


mardi gras mask
Mardi Gras
Don't let the name fool you: even though it's called "Fat Tuesday," there are plenty of healthy, nutritious choices for this day of celebration!

Confetti Slaw
Catfish Stew and Rice  OR  Easy Red Beans and Rice
Lite Fried Okra
Corn Muffins-refer to cookbook below for recipe (Similar version found here)
Southern Banana Pudding
Download the Mardi Gras Cookbook in English (PDF|1.10MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.09MB)

Cost per serving: $3.63 OR $1.76
Cost for 6 servings: $21.78 OR $10.56

vegetarian icon = Vegetarian Option


Cornucopia with fruit November

Thanksgiving Menu
See the Thanksgiving Menu with pictures.

man carving a turkey
Thanksgiving Leftovers
Here are some ideas on how to make the most of last night's dinner, but with different flavors to keep your taste buds guessing.

Black Bean and Rice Salad
Turkey Tostadas  OR  Curried Potatoes with Red Lentils
Corn Tortillas  OR  Naan
Citrus Vegetables
Shirini
Download the Thanksgiving Leftovers Cookbook in English (PDF|1.30MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.3MB)

Cost per serving: $2.33 OR $2.33vegetarian icon
Cost for 6 people: 13.98 OR $13.98vegetarian icon


Note: Corn tortillas are included in the recipe for Turkey Tostadas and are therefore not added as an additional ingredient cost.

vegetarian icon = Vegetarian Option


Menorah with lit candles December

Hanukkah
See the Hanukkah Menu with pictures.


 

two stockings hanging on a mantle
Christmas
A collection of favorites that help celebrate the Christmas season without adding on the pounds.

Waldorf Salad
Cranberry Ham Slice  OR  Brown Rice Pilaf with Sage, Walnuts and Dried Fruit
Dutch Green Beans
Maple Sweet Potatoes
Soul Healthy Corn Bread
Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Pie
Download the Christmas Cookbook in English (PDF|1.10MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.14MB).

Cost per serving: $2.98 OR $2.54
Cost for 6 servings: $17.88 OR $15.24

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

Apple Salad
Peanutty African Stew  OR  Squash Soup
Blue Corn Pan Bread
Okra and Greens
Mock Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Download the Kwanzaa Cookbook in English (PDF|1.17MB) or Spanish (PDF1.14MB).

Cost per serving: $2.24 OR $2.69
Cost for 6 servings: $13.44 OR $16.14

= Vegetarian Option