December 13 to 17, 2021: 5 Dishes That’ll Get You Into the Holiday Spirit

The holidays are definitely in the air, what with the streets all lit up and carols playing everywhere. Too soon to enjoy your holiday meal? Yes, which is why we’ve come up with the perfect weekday menu that has all the flavours of the season. Minus the hours upon hours of cooking!

Monday: Tagliatelle with Walnut Cream Sauce

Growing up, who hasn’t spent their holiday break lazily cracking walnuts with a nutcracker and snacking on them? Enjoy the flavours of this classic holiday nut⁠—whirled into a pesto-like sauce along with artichoke hearts and Parmesan cheese⁠—in this vegetarian pasta dish.

Tuesday: Meatball Stew Tacos

Meatball stew is a classic holiday dish in Quebec. Cozy and hearty, it does take a few hours to make. However, we’ve taken all the flavours of this traditional recipe and brought them to these tasty tacos fit for a weeknight. We especially love them with some tangy cranberry sauce!

Wednesday: Turkey and Chipotle Chili

Holidays are all about that famous bird, but we know you don’t have the time to roast a whole turkey tonight! So, if you’re craving some turkey, look no further than this spicy chili. Perfect on a cold day like today, and it’s ready in just an hour.

Thursday: Baked Salmon with Beets, Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

You probably regularly make salmon for your family for dinner, but why not give your usual fish a festive spin! We adore this recipe because it has all the colours of the holidays. How does the salmon get its gorgeous hue? Beet juice. Simply marinate in the morning, and then it takes but a few moments to bake for dinner.

Friday: Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon and Cranberries

This simple recipe for pork tenderloin is a hit year after year. It makes a great main dish for Christmas dinner (particularly if you’re hosting a last-minute meal), but given how quick it is to make, it’s also perfect to enjoy on a busy weeknight leading up to the holidays.