Have you made your shopping and preparation plans for Christmas dinner?¬† Is the current economy affecting how you will plan and spend on holiday meal preparations?
This December, Walmart is offering a budget-savvy option to help moms entertain while staying within a reasonable budget.¬† With options to create a Christmas meal for 8 at the price as little as $20 and a New Year‚Äôs meal for 10 for under $40, who could say no?
Chef Aaron Sanchez, co-host of Food Network‚Äôs, Chefs vs. City, has teamed up with Wal-Mart to create easy and affordable recipes for entertaining your guests this season.
I’m eager to try the green bean & pecan casserole and the chipotle mashed potatoes.¬† (Drooling on the keyboard…)
Walmart‚Äôs $30 Christmas feast for eight starts with family-favorite ingredients, including the following:
- One 10-pound spiral cut half-ham
- Three 8-ounce cans Del Monte Green Beans
- One 10-pound bag of Russet potatoes
- One 12-count package of Sara Lee dinner rolls
- One 10 inch Pumpkin Pie
Of course, if Walmart had consulted a nutritionist or a doctor mom (I know of such a doctor mom!), there might be different ingredients on that feast list.
I’m not a fan of anything ham or pork since it’s processed and laden with chemicals that aren’t necessary or beneficial to the body (quite the opposite, actually).¬† So, instead I’d recommend a turkey or prime rib on that menu.
Also, not a fan of bleached white flour–it’s just gluten and paste to add inflammation to the body and impede nutrient absorption and digestion.¬† Instead, I’d recommend creating homemade stuffed mushrooms or even sour dough based rolls (the fermentation process of sour dough makes it digestible and non-inflammatory to the body).
As for the pumpkin pie, I’d recommend making a buttery and delicious gluten-free pie from scratch.¬† In fact, I’d like to make this one from Gluten Free Cooking.¬† Making a pie from scratch might take more time and preparation, but it will cost less than purchasing a pre-made white flour pie–and it will probably taste 10 times better!
Even so, I know I can stretch out a dollar with coupons and sales flyers to create a fabulous holiday feast for my family with healthy and delicious dishes.
What are you planning to serve for your Christmas or holiday dinner?¬† What have you done to save money during the 2009 holiday season?
Two winners will receive a gift card to Walmart valued at $30.
To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post prior to January 2nd at 11:59 p.m.¬† Please follow the contest rules and avoid any generalized comments, or you will be disqualified.
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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Wal-Mart.¬† In addition, I received a Walmart gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate and two to offer as a give away.¬† Read my full disclosure policy.
Congratulations to the winners (#32) Cheryl W, and (#26) Sky!