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Early December Meal Plan

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday. Pots of stock, last minute runs for more Scotch tape, mail order COVID tests, has anyone seen the menorah? Fa la la la la la la la la.
OK, enough of that for the moment. For some of us, this is the moment to take a breath post-Thanksgiving and pre-end-of-year holidays. For me, this means much simpler meals. Slow cooker, check. Soup, check. Roasting, braising, simmering, check. I am not playing around with exotic spices, I’m not making meals with lots of little components, and I’m not spatchcocking anything at the moment. I’m just cooking. 
Here are some of the things I am just cooking right now. And at the end, my (famous in my family) latke recipe. You can never ever make too many, and Hanukkah starts the night of the 10th, so let the potato peeling begin (and this is why we have children).

I love this soup—it feels like a delicious reset button, counteracting the indulgences of the holiday season. And I always find it encouraging when something this healthy tastes this great.

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Let's just say the words "beef," "barbecue," and "beer" in the same sentence don't make my guys sad. Parsnips and potatoes bulk up this stew, and then there’s that whole "set it and forget it" beauty of the Crockpot layered on.

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This is a decadent cold weather (vegetarian) dish filled with comfort and joy. You could use butternut squash instead of the pumpkin if you like. Use small or medium pasta shells for this recipe, not the jumbo ones that are mostly meant for stuffing. Or use any chunky pasta shape you like.

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The smell of this savory soup—seasoned with coriander and cumin, bumping up the chicken, onions, tomatoes, and broth—will make everyone within 250 feet feel instantly ravenous. I will also admit that this is not the most gorgeous soup I’ve ever made, but you will not give a hoot once it is simmering on the stove.

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This salad tastes like a whole lot more work than it is—terrific flavor, fun textures, and lots of color. I know not everything thinks of salads as comfort food, but I do.

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If I don't make these at least a few times, my people get ornery. My mother gets so, so excited about a platter of potato pancakes. Hi, Mom. Don’t worry, I’m making them for you this weekend.

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