Need some holiday menu planning help? Here’s a holiday menu plan and free printable holiday menu planning guide, with gluten free, paleo, and vegan recipes! We have all of the holiday categories covered; Christmas brunch, appetizers, entrees, drinks, sides, desserts, and more!
Holiday Menu Planning
Hey friends! Well, I can’t believe we’re halfway through November and only 7 weeks away from 2019. OMG did I just say that? Yes, yes I did! New year is upon us, but first, we must tackle the Holidays with a little grace and grit. I’ve got the grace part covered for you today with this holiday menu guide. Because, let’s face it, planning a holiday menu is not for the faint of heart, especially when you have to consider special dietary needs for your guests. I tend to be one of those guests, so I wanted to make this meal plan (menu plan) for those needing a little guidance for those special dietary guests. You’re nodding your head now aren’t you?
I hope you know by now that you can consider Cotter Crunch to be your GO-TO source for gluten free, vegan, and paleo recipes, and holiday menu planning can be painlessly easy when you get your recipes here!
As always, to keep things as easy for you as possible, these recipes are broken down into categories with a vegan or vegetarian option in each section. If you’re looking for all these recipes in one spot, don’t worry here’s a downloadable PDF –> Click –> PDF of all the gluten free Holiday recipes.
Holidays = crazy, so we need more structure sometimes, yes? That being said, be sure to get a copy of our FREE holiday menu planning guide below to help you, too! My gift to you. Mwah!
For the PDF version of this guide, CLICK HERE!
Okay, Let’s get the Holiday shenanigans going!
Note: Starred items are especially perfect for a holiday brunch.
Holiday Brunch and Christmas Breakfast Ideas
When Christmas morning involves opening presents while enjoying gluten free muffins, delicious and healthy baked eggs, and hot fruit, it’s sure to be special!
- Cranberry Almond Sour Cream Cake * (low carb option)
- Gluten Free Orange Coconut Oat Muffins
- Gluten Free and Vegan Spiced Hot Fruit Bake * (vegan and paleo)
- Puerto Rican Paleo Breakfast Lasagna
- Low Carb Italian Egg Bake OR PALEO Pumpkin Frittata
Holiday Entrees and Potluck Dinners
Whether you’ll be serving the main dish at home or sharing something special at a potluck, these recipes are must-haves for your holiday menu planning.
- Pistachio Crusted Salmon * (Paleo)
- Easy Beef Stew *
- Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup *
- Paleo Orange Honey One Pot Roasted Chicken
Holiday Drinks and Appetizers
If you’re able to get through the holidays without a glass of wine, a sparkling cocktail, or some easy appetizers, more power to you! Just pass the glass this way, please.
- Wine and Cheese Board *
- Cranberry Goat Cheese Gluten Free Crostini *
- Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktails or Mocktails *
Healthy Holiday Sides
When you do your holiday menu planning, be sure to include a few different sides, including options for vegan diets. Unfortunately, vegans have a difficult time at holiday parties, so they count on healthy side dish options for their source of protein.
- Marinated Beet and Apple Salad (VEGAN and PALEO)
- Vegan Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Mustard Sauce
- Pan Roasted Leeks and Potatoes (Paleo, vegan, whole 30)
Be sure to save room on the holiday menu plan for at least one of these delicious dessert ideas. What’s a holiday meal without a little bit of guiltless indulgence, right?
- Vegan Nutty Maple Bars *
- Bourbon Chocolate Crustless Pumpkin Pie (Paleo option)
- Paleo Almond Flour Loaf Cake *
- No Bake White Chocolate Peppermint Rum Balls
- Sweet Potato Dessert Fries (Vegan and paleo option)
Here is a staple for holiday baking. This frosting is refined sugar free and oh, so delicious! It’s perfect for holiday menu planning because it can be used to frost cakes, Christmas cookies, or used as a sweet dip.
Now this might seem like a lot, but remember, this is a GUIDE not a meal plan. Use what you need and don’t worry about the rest. If You’re looking for a bigger blank grocery list, have no fear, I have a simple blank grocery list from our shop page!
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Before I go, PLEASE PLEASE don’t hesitate to reach out or comment for questions about all these. I am happy to help during this busy but beautiful Holiday season!
Have you created a Holiday Menu yet? Let’s do this together!