17 Last Minute Holiday Tips & Recipes

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Last Minute Holiday Tips & Recipes

In the past we have posted a list of Last Minute Holiday Recipes.  I’ve made a few of them and I’ve found that the recipes come in handy any time of the year.

Whether you need to fill in the gaps for a family gathering or have some last minute guests, you’ll find this list helpful.  We have some easy recipes here along with some ideas and ideas that will give normal dishes a special twist.


Homemade Hummus


Once you realize how easy it is to make hummus, you will never buy store bought again!

White Bean & Kale Pesto Dip


Everything goes into the food processor and its done!

Roasted Chickpeas


Very simple to prepare!

Christmas party appetizers – 20 Christmas themed food ideas to impress


If you have a little more time on your hands, this site has some super cute ideas.

9 No-Fuss Party Appetizers 


This article is the complete opposite of the one above! If you have absolutely no time, this site recommends the best appetizers you can find in the frozen section of the grocery store. Not necessarily a money saver but if you don’t have the time to prep, check out this site.  It also gives good tips such as “Set out cold foods—such as a cheese plate, crudités and dip—just before your guests arrive. This will take the pressure off serving the hot hors d’oeuvres immediately.”

Quick 20-Minute Party Appetizers


This is a site that is some where in between the previous two.

Main Dishes:

One-Pan Pasta


Everything is cooked all at once in a skillet, including the pasta.

Baked Ravioli


Put it all together in a baking dish and it is ready to bake when you are ready.

Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloin


Cooking the roast at a very high heat has it ready in 20 minutes

Side Dishes:

Accordion Potatoes


If you’re making baked potatoes but what to give them some flare.

Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole


Dress up a couple of bags of frozen vegetables into something special.

Fast Christmas Side Dishes


You’ll find some quick gourmet sides here. I could easily eat some of them for my main meal. Gives you some simple ideas to spice up the norm.

Quick & Easy Christmas Side Dish Recipes


Don’t look at this site with an empty stomach you’ll want to make everything.

Insanely Easy Christmas Side Dishes


I’m making one of these for Christmas Eve.

Desserts & Sweets:

3 Easy Shortcuts for Impressive Holiday Desserts


Check out these ideas using store-bought pound cake to make Tiramisu, Frozen puff pastry shells for quick fruit tarts and more.

Five Minute Fudge Wreath


Fudge in 5 mins?!  If you have a sweet tooth and need something fast, try this recipe.

Five Minute Peanut Butter Pie


Looks delicious for only 5 minutes of preparation

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!