Make your Christmas even merrier this year by preparing these simple dishes for breakfast, brunch, dinner and dessert. Feel free to mix and match the recipes from any of these three menus, of course. What's important is that they all taste wonderful, and their quick preparations should leave you time to relax and enjoy the day with friends and family.
Eggs Benedict by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
It's that decadent combo of eggs, hollandaise and English muffins. If you plan ahead, you can prepare it in minutes, even before presents are opened.
Per Serving: 270 calories, 3g saturated fat, 26g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 3g fiber
Flank Steak Thinly Sliced Over Argula with Garlic and Lemon Oil by Diane Morgan
With basic, fresh ingredients, a steak salad is a great choice for brunch: It won't leave you stuffed before a more hearty dinner.
Per Serving: 288 calories, 5g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 31g protein, 1g fiber
Mushroom and Artichoke Lasagna by Judith Finlayson
Try a lasagna that will satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians. You can make it ahead of time — and in bulk, if you're feeding a large group.
Per Serving: 492 calories, 14g saturated fat, 43g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 9g fiber
Whole Wheat Carrot Cake by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
This is a scrumptious carrot cake, despite its slightly healthy spin (there's still a cup of butter, after all!). The whole wheat flour doesn't change the flavor, but adds fiber.
Per Serving: 692 calories, 21g saturated fat, 84g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 5g fiber
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