The holidays are a funny time, when it comes to food. We're deluged with sweets and ideas for holiday entertaining. Looking at magazines and blogs this time of year one might be forgiven for thinking we subsist for a month on a diet of cheese balls, peppermint cookies, and marshmallows.
But in the middle of holiday hectic — wrapping up work, buying gifts, travel — we need to eat normal, everyday meals. What are your favorite meals and ways to stay nourished and healthy in this busy month of December? Tell us — and read on for a few of my own.
For me, soup is the most wonderful solution this time of year. It's so satisfying to make, and it keeps well, so I can make a big pot of it and just dip out bowls during the week. Stews and beans are similar — make them ahead, keep them light with plenty of vegetables, and rely on them for a hot meal throughout the week.
Another favorite is baked potatoes — a satisfying base for sautéed greens or vegetarian chili.
Here are a few of my recent favorites: