Impromptu Holiday Cooking: 10 Simple, Seasonal Suppers

There are many reasons why having a quick holiday meal in your back pocket, so to speak, is handy this time of year. There are the folks who stop by unannounced, but more often than not, it's simply a crazy time of year and sometimes the simpler the meal, the better.

While our family does go all out on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, the meals leading up to those occasions are usually filled with simple, satisfying meals. I try to balance my mother's meat-heavy tendencies with fresh salads and seasonal fruit and aim to work in whole grains whenever possible.

But when it comes right down to it, 'tis the season of comfort eating and I give in to that around the holidays.

So here are a few seasonal suppers that should carry you through the holidays without stumble or stutter. For a heartier meal, feel free to add diced tofu or shredded chicken or pork to the salad. And while each dish is simple, the brisket does take a night in the slow-cooker, so just plan accordingly there. Otherwise, most of these recipes can be tackled easily early in the evening when you need some speedy winter inspiration.

Try a Recipe:
Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon (pictured above) - Shiksa in the Kitchen
Tangy Spiced Brisket - Smitten Kitchen
Beef Carpaccio with Pomegranate - Cooking Channel
Thai Pork and Noodles - The Food Network
Baked Campanelle with Goat Cheese and Broccoli - Fine Cooking
Rosemary-Fig Chicken with Port - Cooking Light
Quinoa, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad - Bon Appetit
Sauteed Flank Steak with Arugula, Roasted Cauliflower and Red Peppers - Epicurious
Cottage Pie - Martha Stewart
Classic Meatloaf - Simply Recipes

Related: Dinner-for-Two Recipe: Sage-Brined Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze

(Image: The Shiksa in the Kitchen)