Healthy, Thrifty Holiday Menus


Make Tasty, Affordable Holiday Menus with SNAP-Ed Connection recipes!

Each menu has vegetarian options, indicated with . Cost estimates for the ingredients are also included.

All recipes meet Recipe Finder Review Criteria. Menus were not designed to meet requirements for any USDA or other government food assistance program.


confetti and noise makers for celebrations January

New Year's Day
This meal makes a hearty lunch or dinner and is a great way to kick off the new year.

Broiled Tomatoes and Cheese
Quick and Healthy Black-Eyed Peas  OR  Baked Lentils Casserole
Seared Greens
Corn Bread
Fat-Free Apple Crumb Dessert
Download the New Year's Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.04MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.12MB)

Cost per serving: $3.25 OR $3.24
Cost for 6 servings: $19.50 OR $19.44

= Vegetarian Option


football February

Game Day
A collection of snacks to keep you fueled during the big game. Try some indoor physical activities during time outs and commercial breaks!

Cantaloupe Cooler
Tortilla Chips and Bean Dip
Turkey Pinwheel Appetizers  OR  Colorful Quesadillas
Orange Glazed Skinless Chicken Wings  OR  Crunchy Vegetable Wraps
Assorted fruits and vegetables with Low Fat Ranch Dip and Fruit Dip
Download the Game Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.15MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.22MB)

Cost per serving: $4.40 OR $3.76vegetarian icon
Cost for 6 servings: $26.40 OR $22.56vegetarian icon

hearts
Valentine's Day
This heart-healthy meal is a great way to say "I love you!"

Pink Party Salad
Baked Parmesan Fish  OR  Caribbean Casserolevegetarian icon
Kale with Nuts and Raisins
Brown Rice Pilaf*
Fudgy Fruit
Download the Valentine's Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.15MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.13MB)

Cost per serving: $4.40 OR $1.73vegetarian icon
Cost for 6 servings: $26.40 OR $10.38vegetarian icon

*Brown Rice Pilaf is not included to the cost estimate for vegetarian menu as the vegetarian entree contains brown rice.

Chinese new year items
Chinese New Year
Try these healthy and low-cost recipes to celebrate the coming of a new year. 2015 is the year of the sheep and 2016 will bring the year of the monkey.

Apple Carrot Soup
Stir Fried Beef  OR  Baked Tofu
Fried Rice  OR  Five Happiness Fried Noodles
Mixed Fruit Salad
Download the Chinese New Year Cookbook in English (PDF|1.06MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.06MB)

Cost per serving: $3.05 OR $2.36
Cost for 6 servings: $21.00 OR $14.16

vegetarian icon = Vegetarian Option


Green clover on a yellow background March

St. Patrick's Day
These lower-fat and sodium alternatives to traditional favorites still celebrate the day in a tasty way!

Shepherd's Pie  OR  Vegetable Stewvegetarian icon
Cabbage Comfort
Drop Biscuits
Sugarless Oatmeal Cookies
Download the St. Patrick's Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.01MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.06MB)

Cost per serving: $1.29 OR $.99vegetarian icon
Cost for 6 servings: $7.74 OR $5.94vegetarian icon

mardi gras mask
Mardi Gras
Don't let the name fool you: even though it's called "Fat Tuesday," there are plenty of healthy, nutritious choices for this day of celebration!

Confetti Slaw
Catfish Stew and Rice  OR  Easy Red Beans and Rice
Lite Fried Okra
Corn Muffins-refer to cookbook below for recipe (Similar version found here)
Southern Banana Pudding
Download the Mardi Gras Cookbook in English (PDF|1.10MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.09MB)

Cost per serving: $3.63 OR $1.76
Cost for 6 servings: $21.78 OR $10.56

= Vegetarian Option


Two boys laughing over a joke. April

April Fool's Day
It's breakfast for dinner! Spinach and Meat cakes make a great alternative to higher fat bacon or sausages.

Fantastic French Toast
Crunchy Berry Parfait
Spinach and Meat Cakes  OR  Sure to Please Baked Egg and Cheese
Orange Delight Juice
Download the April Fool's Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.06MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.03MB)

Cost per serving: $3.08 OR $2.57
Cost for 6 servings: $18.48 OR $15.42

easter eggs in a basket
Easter
A collection of fresh flavors for a spring day that also makes use of the eggs gathered in a morning hunt!

Heavenly Deviled Eggs
Sunshine Salad
Pork Loin with Roast Vegetables  OR  Basic Quiche
Spring Vegetable Saute
Parmesan Chive Biscuits
Pear Rabbit
Download the Easter Cookbook in English (PDF|1.19MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.16MB)

Cost per serving: $3.26 OR $2.70
Cost for 6 servings: $19.56 OR $16.20

items used during passover
Passover
A delicious and nourishing meal to to share with friends and family as you celebrate Passover.

Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup
Dilled Fish Fillets  OR  Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Basil, and Parmesan
Cheese Stuffed Potatoes
Citrus Salad
Passover Rhubarb Cobbler
Download the Passover Cookbook in English (PDF|1.14MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.09MB)

Cost per serving: $3.14 OR $2.65
Cost for 6 servings: $18.84 OR $15.90

= Vegetarian Option


Sombrero and maracas May

Cinco de Mayo
This Latin-inspired menu includes fresh, healthy flavors.

A Simple Mexican Salad
Chicken Pozole Soup  OR  Hearty Mexican Soup
Simple Fish Tacos  OR  Migas
Corn or Flour Tortillas
Classic Honey Flan
Horchata
Download the Cinco de Mayo Cookbook in English (PDF|1.4MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.20MB)

Cost per serving: $5.62 OR $3.30
Cost for 6 servings: $33.72 OR $19.80

a son kissing his mother on the cheek
Mother's Day
A healthy, homemade breakfast is a great way to show mom how much you care.

Cafe Mocha
Magic Crust Quiche
Lo's Blueberry Coffee Cake
Fruit Compote
Download the Mother's Day Cookbook in English (PDF|972KB) or Spanish (PDF|1.03KB)

Cost per serving: $1.77
Cost for 6 servings: $10.62

two flags by a gravestone
Memorial Day
A day to gather together and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Bugs on a Log
Turkey Burgers  OR  Tastee Burgers
Italian Pasta Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit with Cinnamon Yogurt Dip
Lemonade
Download the Memorial Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.14MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.15MB)

Cost per serving: $2.74 OR $2.05
Cost for 6 servings: $16.44 OR $12.30

= Vegetarian Option


Father giving son a piggy-back ride June

Father's Day
Treat dad to a tasty, homemade meal this Father's Day to say "thanks" for all he does.

Manly Muffin Meatloaf  OR  Carrots, Tomatoes, and Macaroni
Apple Salad
Dutch Green Beans
Frosted Cake
Download the Father's Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.01MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.00MB)

Cost per serving: $1.70 OR $1.51
Cost for 6 servings: $10.20 OR $9.06

= Vegetarian Option


Fireworks in the night sky July

4th of July
Indoors or out, this summer menu makes the most of seasonal favorites.

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
Any Day's a Picnic Chicken Salad  OR  Black Bean and Rice Salad
Grilled Vegetables
Corn Muffins-refer to cookbook below for recipe (Similar version found here)
Peach Crisp
Fruit Slush
Download the 4th of July Cookbook in English (PDF|1.10MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.10MB)

Cost per serving: $3.07 OR $2.73
Cost for 6 servings: $18.42 OR $16.38

ramadan mosaic
Ramadan
A meal that is full of nourishing, hydrating, and delicious foods is perfect during the month of Ramadan.

Shorba (Lamb and Peanut Soup)  OR  Lentil Vegetable Soup
Somali Summer Salad
Kibbeh Khamoustah  OR  Brown Rice Pilaf with Sage, Walnuts and Dried Fruit
Chapatis Flatbread
Berries with Banana Cream
Fruit Slush
Download the Ramadan Cookbook in English (PDF|1.25MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.20MB)

Cost per serving: $4.40 OR $2.65
Cost for 6 servings: $20.40 OR $15.90

= Vegetarian Option


a man and a woman shopping for produce at a farmers market August

Farmers Market Week
A trip to the Farmers Market is a great way to start a delicious meal. Find a Farmers Market near you!

Farmers Market Gazpacho
Pasta Frittata with Peas
Corn Salad II
Zucchini Bread
Cantaloupe Cooler
Download the Farmers Market Week Cookbook in English (PDF|1.06MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.18MB)

Cost per serving: $3.27
Cost for 6 servings: $19.62

= Vegetarian


Group of people having a picnic near a lake. September

Labor Day
Celebrate the last days of summer with this menu that's perfect for a cookout or potluck.

Baked Tortilla Chips
Beef and Bean Chile Verde  OR  Vegetarian Chili
Grilled Vegetable Packets
Grilled Fruit
Fresh Fruit with Cinnamon Yogurt Dip
Aunt Barbara's Chocolate Squash Cake
Download the Labor Day Cookbook in English (PDF|1.19MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.29MB)



Cost per serving: $2.74 OR $3.10
Cost for 6 servings: $16.44 OR $18.60

cartoon pretzel
Oktoberfest
Did you know that Oktoberfest actually begins in September? Celebrate the harvest season with these healthy recipes.

Soft Pretzels
Honey Mustard Pork Chops  OR  Stuffed Summer Squash
Sweet and Sour Cabbage
Dutch Green Beans
Apple Cake
Download the Oktoberfest Cookbook in English (PDF|1.14MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.11MB)

Cost per serving: $1.60 OR $2.17
Cost for 6 servings: $9.60 OR $13.02

= Vegetarian Option


Jack-o-lantern October

Halloween
This quick, kid-friendly menu will provide nutritious fuel for the important job of trick-or-treating.

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix
English Muffin Veggie Pizza
Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip
Peter Pumpkin Squares
Orange Cow
Download the Halloween Cookbook in English (PDF|1.02MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.04MB)

Cost per serving: $1.86
Cost for 6 servings: $11.16

= Vegetarian Option


Cornucopia with fruit November

Thanksgiving
Traditional flavors and healthy ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied but not "stuffed!"

Roast Turkey Breast with Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme  OR  Baked Tofuvegetarian icon
Grandma's Stuffing
Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Turkey Gravy  OR  Hearty Mashed Potatoesvegetarian icon
Green Bean Saute
Candied Yams
Apple Cranberry Salad Toss
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Download the Thanksgiving Cookbook in English (PDF|1.34MB) or Spanish (PDF|2.4MB)

Cost per serving: $3.81 OR $3.63vegetarian icon
Cost for 6 people: $22.86 OR $21.78vegetarian icon

man carving a turkey
Thanksgiving Leftovers
Here are some ideas on how to make the most of last night's dinner, but with different flavors to keep your taste buds guessing.

Black Bean and Rice Salad
Turkey Tostadas  OR  Curried Potatoes with Red Lentils
Corn Tortillas  OR  Naan
Citrus Vegetables
Shirini
Download the Thanksgiving Leftovers Cookbook in English (PDF|1.30MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.3MB)

Cost per serving: $2.33 OR $2.33vegetarian icon
Cost for 6 people: 13.98 OR $13.98vegetarian icon


Note: Corn tortillas are included in the recipe for Turkey Tostadas and are therefore not added as an additional ingredient cost.

vegetarian icon = Vegetarian Option


Menorah with lit candles December

Hanukkah
Leftover applesauce from the dessert can be passed at the table to accompany the latkes.

Whole Wheat Garlic Bread Sticks
Beef and Cabbage for Dinner Tonight  OR  Broccoli Rice Casserole
Spinach Potato Pancakes  OR  Red Lentil Latkes
Applesauce Loaf Cake
Download the Hanukkah Cookbook in English (PDF|1.06MB) or Spanish (PDF|2.16MB).


Cost per serving: $2.20 OR $1.19
Cost for 6 servings: $13.20 OR $7.14

two stockings hanging on a mantle
Christmas
A collection of favorites that help celebrate the Christmas season without adding on the pounds.

Waldorf Salad
Cranberry Ham Slice  OR  Brown Rice Pilaf with Sage, Walnuts and Dried Fruit
Dutch Green Beans
Maple Sweet Potatoes
Soul Healthy Corn Bread
Deep Dish Cranberry Apple Pie
Download the Christmas Cookbook in English (PDF|1.10MB) or Spanish (PDF|1.14MB).

Cost per serving: $2.98 OR $2.54
Cost for 6 servings: $17.88 OR $15.24

kwanzaa candles
Kwanzaa
A time to gather in celebration of African heritage in African-American culture. This menu offers hearty flavors while staying heart-healthy and nutritious.

Apple Salad
Peanutty African Stew  OR  Squash Soup
Blue Corn Pan Bread
Okra and Greens
Mock Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Download the Kwanzaa Cookbook in English (PDF|1.17MB) or Spanish (PDF1.14MB).

Cost per serving: $2.24 OR $2.69
Cost for 6 servings: $13.44 OR $16.14

= Vegetarian Option