I’ve been MIA because life! Working mom life can be a struggle, you know the deal. To make things easier, Christmas this year falls in the MIDDLE of the week (whyyyy!) What do you do? Take the week off? Work half the week? Only take actual Christmas day, maybe Christmas eve off? A lot of us do have to work, are pressed for time, money and patience, but Christmas dinner isn’t going to make itself, so what we CAN do is simplify.
As for me, I stopped by Save A Lot to pick up some essentials – fresh fruits and veggies, of course a beautiful ham and some meal starters to help me out.
Save A Lot has an array of exclusive brand products and private label meal starters like the ones I chose.
With all these groceries, I created this year’s Christmas Dinner line up:
Homemade Sugar Glazed Ham
- 10 lb ham, precooked
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- Set oven to 350F.
- Add all ingredients into a sauce pan and set stove to medium heat. Once simmering, allow glaze to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Place ham in a roasting pan and pour glaze with the help of a silicone brush so it spreads evenly. To the bottom of the roasting pan, add about 1/2 inch of water.
4. Place roasting plan in the center of preheated stove, uncovered, about 10 minutes per pound or until internal temperature reaches around 140F.
Serve immediately with delicious sides. These are some meal starters you can pick up to help you out.
Dish’d Cheddar broccoli mac and cheese meal starter – directions on box plus some fresh broccoli on top!
Dish’d Scalloped potatoes meal starter – directions on box.
Ginger Evans Cheddar Herb biscuits – follow the directions on the box. It is flakey and delicious.
Ranch Mashed Potatoes from the Save A Lot Recipe Blog (so helpful for fabulous recipes on a budget!)
Charred garlic lemon broccoli
Roasted Garlic lemon Broccoli
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed
- Zest from half a lemon
- Juice from half a lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil spray
- Boil broccoli for 5 minutes.
- Strain and add to a baking sheet. Spray olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
- Roast in oven at 425 Degrees Fahrenheit until broccoli tips are slightly blackened. Serve immediately.
Just because Thanksgiving has passed it doesn’t mean we can’t have candied sweet potatoes. I really enjoy a nice sweet potato mash with marshmallows on top!
Simplifying this year’s dinner was the best thing I could have done! It really eliminated the stress and highlighted what the Taste of the Holidays should be! As I get older, I realize the time spent with family is priceless, especially since I’m always traveling and am often away. It’s ok to recycle recipes, and get help from meal starters. It’s also nice to have many small portioned sides, especially if you’re keeping Christmas small like we are!
I cherish this time of the year and am glad to have a shop like Save A Lot nearby! They are open even on Christmas Eve – 8am-6pm. This really gives everyone access to fresh, high quality food options, which we all should have access to. They also have 100% money back guarantee on every purchase, yea!
Thank you Save A Lot for sponsoring this post and making my Christmas dinner effortless!