We love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but we also know this time of year can be challenging for already busy families, especially if you are hosting loved ones. There are a lot of meals to be made between Christmas and New Years, especially for a hungry holiday crowd.
To save yourself time and effort, take an afternoon and prep your meals in advance. Here are five crowd pleasing meals, courtesy of five wonderful food bloggers you can use to help you cope with the holiday stress. All of these recipes come together quite easily and quickly and pair perfectly withTortillaLand® Flour or Corn tortillas.
Make Ahead Holiday Meal #1: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Perfect for: Out of town visitors family, holiday parties, potlucks, easy weeknight dinners, New Year's Eve supper and more.
Recipe and Photo by: Nutritious Eats
For busy families, slow cookers are a must. In this no fuss recipe, all you need to do is quickly sear the meat on the stove top before tossing all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours while you go about your day! At dinner time, simply shred and serve with your favorite sides (like TortillaLand Corn or Flour Tortillas!) . Not only does it taste great, this dish makes fabulous leftovers and can be served as burritos, enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas and more.
To see more recipe posts from this blogger, please visit nutritiouseats.com.
Make Ahead Holiday Meal #2: Baked Burritos
Perfect for: Quick weeknight dinners, kids, post holiday shopping pick-me-up.
Recipe and Photo by No Diets Allowed
Thanks to the slow cooker, this crowd pleasing dish could not be easier to put together. Toss the chicken and ingredients in the slow cooker in the a.m. and by p.m. a perfect Mexican themed dinner is served!
To see more recipe posts from this blogger, please visit nodietsallowed.com.
Make Ahead Holiday Meal #3: Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde Sauce
Perfect for: Last minute guests, busy weeknights, makes terrific leftovers!
Recipe and Photo by: Don't Waste the Crumbs
This budget friendly food blogger writes this dish is "'fast and easy', 'great for company' and 'comfort food' all rolled into one". Make them ahead of time and keep in the fridge and dinner will be ready in 15 minutes. This dish is also freezer-friendly for advanced planning!
To see more recipe posts from this blogger, please visit dontwastethecrumbs.com
Make Ahead Holiday Meal #4: Breakfast Tortilla Pie
Perfect for: New Year's Brunch (or any special morning!).
Recipe and Photo by: Kitchen Confidante
To make this delicious pie in advance, follow the recipe but stop before you reach the final step "Return the pan to the oven for another 10 minutes". Cover and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve, return to oven and bake until the eggs are fully cooked and the pie comes together. Serve garnished with sour cream, salsa and avocado.
To see more recipe posts from this blogger, please visit kitchenconfidante.com.
Make Ahead Holiday Meal #5:Honey & Lime Chicken Enchiladas
Perfect for: New Year's Eve, potlucks, quick weeknight meal, cranky in-laws, Christmas Eve Dinner.
Recipe and Photo by Somewhat Simple
Enchiladas are a fun twist during the holiday baking season, and are easy to assemble in advance. Not to mention, they taste amazing and make fabulous leftovers!
To see more recipe posts from this blogger, please visit somewhatsimple.com