The official holiday countdown has begun: 2 days until Chanukah, 11 days until Christmas and 17 days until New Year’s Eve. But you still gotta eat—and latkes, candy canes and champagne do not a meal make. In honor of the season, we have a special Weeknight Meal Planner just for you. Flavorful, festive and fancy only begin to describe this week’s recipes, and the best part is they’ll be on your table in minutes, leaving you plenty of time for last-minute shopping.
Monday, December 15
Our idea of a holiday meal winner? A delicious and hearty recipe that feeds a crowd but requires little effort. Stop slaving over your stove–your slow cooker is here to help! We’ve chosen the best recipes for any occasion (game day! Christmas eve!) that go from your fridge to your slow cooker to your plate. Now how easy is that?
John Cusimano is the lead singer of one our favorite bands, The Cringe. (He’s also married to our favorite food guru, Rach!) This holiday season, we asked John to help us channel our inner rock stars with his top musical picks to keep feet tappin’ and spirits bright.
1. Happy Xmas (War is Over) — John Lennon
2. Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses
3. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town — Bruce Springsteen
4. Step Into Christmas — Elton John
5. Father Christmas — The Kinks
6. 2000 Miles — Pretenders
7. Feliz Navidad — José Feliciano
8. I Believe in Father Christmas — U2
9. Wonderful Christmastime — Paul McCartney
10. The Chanukah Song — Adam Sandler
11. Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time) — Pearl Jam
12. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) — Elvis Presley
13. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm — Billie Holiday
14. Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth — David Bowie/Bing Crosby
15. Ave Maria — Chris Cornell
Download the entire playlist here.
From John, Rachael and the entire Every Day with Rachael Ray staff, happy holidays!
‘Tis the season for gifting, baking and, above all, eating! But why keep the three separate when you can make delicious gifts from scratch? They say the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, and the holidays are the perfect time to show your loved ones just how much you care. From the candy lover to the bacon aficionado, cross every taste off your list with these 6 festive treats.
For the animal lover: Ginger Pigs
The holidays are all about luxury and indulgence, and the same should go for the cocktails you serve. This Coffee Mate is the quintessential cocktail to serve at a late night gathering around a fire. Your guests will think you’re a master mixologist when you tell them the secret ingredient: brown-sugar simple syrup!
2 oz. unsweetened plain almond milk
1 oz. cognac
1/2 oz. coffee liqueur
1/4 oz. brown-sugar simple syrup
To make the brown-sugar simple syrup, combine equal parts dark brown sugar and water in pot; heat until sugar dissolves. Cool. (Can be used in oatmeal, coffee and other fun holiday cocktails!)
To make the Coffee Mate, shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Makes 1.
More Holiday Cocktail Recipes
Happy December! We hope you can find room among your post-Thanksgiving food coma for a little bit of sugar and spice. No holiday season would be complete without a baking session or two, and there’s no better way to combine the holiday spirit with delicious baked goods than by hosting or attending a cookie swap. These 10 recipes will appeal to any cookie recipient, regardless of age or palate. Plus, they’re all made to travel well, so you won’t show up with any smushed snowflakes or melted snowmen (okay, maybe one)!
If you’re looking for some post-Black Friday fuel but can’t imagine fitting one more thing in your fridge, we’ve got a solution for you: Transform your Turkey Day leftovers into something extraordinary! From sweet potato casserole, to leftover turkey and green beans–to even the pumpkin pie!– there’s always a solution to remaking Thanksgiving dinner without repeating it. Try out some of these delicious recipes this weekend!
For a late breakfast or brunch: Sweet Potato Waffles with Turkey and Spicy Maple Syrup
Happy Thanksgiving! Tonight, come to dinner armed with these fun facts–your secret weapon for breaking up family tiffs, curbing chatty Cathys and rousing snoring uncles.
If you haven’t had time to plan your Thanksgiving dinner yet, drop the catering menu. We’ve got 5 easy and delicious recipes that can be on your table in just two hours, thanks to the help of the turkey breast and the microwave. Don’t believe us? Here’s a real-life testimony that proves it’s never too late for a home-cooked turkey dinner.
We couldn’t imagine a Thanksgiving day without a few tunes to help get us through the hours of prep, the overwhelming amounts of family members and the incredulous food coma. Whether it’s The Beatles blasting while you baste the turkey, or some low-key Nora Jones to help ease your indigestion, music is as essential to the holiday as the turkey. This year, music app Spotify is making our lives even easier with their Time for Turkey playlist creator.
Photo courtesy of Spotify
On the morning of, simply head over to the Spotify website, select the weight of the bird you’re cooking, choose whether or not you’re stuffing it and your favorite music genre. Spotify will create a custom playlist that is guaranteed to keep you motivated and last throughout the day and . It’s as easy as (pumpkin) pie!
We wanna know: What’s your favorite music to cook to? Tell us in the comments below!