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We Turned $50 Into a Holiday Dinner Party Menu

This is the holiday series you all needed in your lives but this time we're doing it with a friend. My friend Jenn from Jenneatsgoood on social media collaborated this holiday season to bring you all a holiday dinner menu that accommodates most allergens/diets and price. We turned a $50 grocery list into a delicious and nutritious dinner that will serve 4 people. We've included one appetizer, one salad, one entree, one dessert, and one mocktail. They are a blend of dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian recipes that can be easily customized to your liking. I provided the examples in each recipe down below.

It's the perfect dinner to make for your family of 4 or friends that you planned to have over within the next few weekends. I'd like to mention that all of these recipes can be made separately and are perfect for other occasions. For example, I mentioned that the entree can be meal prepped for a work/school week. They are not only perfect recipes for your friends and family, but also realistic recipes for you as well. Jenn and I wanted to ensure we chose ingredients that could be used multiple times within the menu to ensure we took food waste into consideration. We also chose to incorporate winter seasonal ingredients to ensure each recipe was very fresh and nutrient dense. Lots of love and thought went into creating this menu and we know you're going to love it. Please make sure to check out Jenn's website as well since we did collaborate on this project for you all. If you have any questions regarding the recipes, please feel free to reach out to either one of us. Happy cooking and Happy Holidays!

Grocery List:

- 1 lb ground turkey (omit for plant based)

- 6 total dried figs

- 16oz ginger kombucha

- 6oz orange juice (can sub for an orange)

- 8oz pomegranate juice

- 14oz dry pasta (use gluten free for GF)

- 32oz chicken broth (sub veggie broth for plant based)

- 2 15oz whole artichoke heart cans

- 13.5oz canned coconut milk

- 2 pears

- 2 lemons

- 1 shallot

- 1 head of garlic

- 10oz sliced white mushrooms

- 1 pomegranate

- 1oz fresh rosemary

- 1oz fresh dill

- 1oz fresh cilantro

- 10oz tuscan kale

- 2 beets (can use raw or precooked)

- 16oz greek yogurt (use dairy free for DF)

Pantry staples to have on hand:

- olive oil

- apple cider vinegar

- ghee or butter

- salt & black pepper

- oregano

- garlic powder

- cinnamon

- maple syrup

- brown sugar or coconut sugar

- oats


Starter: Crispy Artichokes and Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

I don't know if Jenn will agree with me, but I think this recipe was my favorite out of all five recipes on our holiday dinner menu. These are our Crispy Artichokes and Greek Yogurt Herb Dip and they are phenomenal. Artichokes are an undervalued vegetable, yet they are packed full with flavor and nutrients.

This appetizer is so flavorful since we did pair the crispy artichokes with the Greek yogurt herb dip. This dip is so refreshing and pairs so well with the crispness and bitterness of the artichokes.

Salad: Winter Kale Salad with Beets & Pomegranate

Is there more of a seasonal winter salad than this one? This is our Winter Kale Salad with Beets & Pomegranate. It is a mix of bitter and sweet and you're going to love how easy it is to make.

Entree: Creamy Turkey Pasta with Kale & Mushrooms

This is the entree your dairy free friends are going to love you for, this is our Creamy Turkey Pasta with Kale & Mushroom. Can you believe that this is a dairy free pasta recipe? Yes, we used coconut milk to add that creamy texture to the pasta, making it a perfect option for vegans. But Jasmin, there is ground Turkey how is it vegan?! Well, it's an extra step in this recipe that you can completely skip over!

Dessert: Oven Baked Stuffed Pears

Can you believe that these are a sweet dessert that are completely dairy free, gluten-free, and vegan? These are our Oven Baked Stuffed Pears and your guests are going to love how sweet and flavorful these are. The best part about these are how simple they are to make - all you need are pears, oats, ghee/butter, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup. They are all pantry staples that you would have already besides the pears - making your life even easier.

Drink: Orange Pomegranate Mocktail

We promise, this is the mocktail that doesn't taste just like juice. This Orange Pomegranate Mocktail is a perfect blend of tart, fizzy, and sweet. It's a seasonal mocktail with pomegranate, ginger, and orange and it's perfect for anyone of any age to enjoy! When Jenn & I tried coming up with a mocktail idea, we wanted something that would compliment the rest of the food.

This was an incredible series to put together and I can't wait for you all to try it out. Please feel free to DM me on Instagram or message me through my blog if you have any questions!


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