Christmas doesn’t have to be a stressful time, a little menu planning can be useful to get ahead and enjoy this festive season! So, I have decided to share some ideas during these weeks coming up to Christmas that hopefully can inspire you and help you with your menu planning.

On Christmas day, many will be enjoying a traditional dinner, I have always followed Delia’s Christmas recipes and tips for the big day.

But there is a lot of cooking to do around the big day. Here are a few tips to get us started on our menu planning:

  • First of all, think of who you are cooking for: family, friends, dietary requirements, number of people.
  • What dishes they enjoy and don’t forget the element of surprise!
  • Food cost, that is, if you like me need to keep to a budget, and of course, count on using up leftovers.

And one key tip: keep it simple!

I find it useful to have a list of possible recipes and then I make a weekly menu chart using the list. Here is an example, for this list I have used some tried and tested recipes previously published in this blog with the link to take you straight to it if you’d like to use it.

Starters/sharing platters/light dinners



The following chart is an example of a menu plan. From the menu plan I make a shopping list in that way, I make sure I buy what I need.

Weekly Menu chartShopping list

I hope you find these ideas useful and I will be sharing more recipes soon!