Easy Family Dinner Ideas for the Holidays

by Alli

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It’s December.  I have guests coming for Christmas and I’m in the middle of not one, but two bathroom renovations.  I’m talking all the way down to the studs reno. What was I thinking?

The holidays can be hectic! It's a good thing I have STOUFFER'S® Lasagna in the freezer! I start off dinner with an antipasto platter. A salad and garlic bread completes my dinner.

Bathroom Renovation in December!

The contractor has promised that both bathrooms will be completed before Christmas. My fingers are crossed and my dining room is overflowing with stacks of tile, paint, and every fixture known to mankind.  Who knew so much was required for such a small space?

My family and I live in an older home that we’ve been remodeling forever.  Does it ever stop?  I don’t think so.  I’ve often heard that reno projects cost more than the initial quote and the project takes longer than the contractor said it would. I can attest that both of these things are true.

Between the renovation project, Christmas shopping (I’m so far behind) and getting the house ready for Christmas guests, dinner preparation can sometimes get lost in the shuffle.  That’s why I try to always have a backup plan for easy family dinner ideas.

Stouffer's Lasagna - Easy Dinner Ideas for the Holidays

Head to Walmart!

When I’m shopping at Walmart, I always stop by the freezer aisle for easy family dinner ideas.  STOUFFER’S® Family Sized Entreés, Lasagna with Meat Sauce is a family favorite. I usually add garlic bread and a salad in a bag and dinner is done.

STOUFFER'S In-Store Photo

Easy Family Dinner Ideas

Antipasto Platter

While the lasagna is baking, I like to serve an antipasto platter while the family catches up on each other’s day. This is the easiest platter to put together and it gives me time to spend with the family instead of time in the kitchen.

Antipasto Platter for Easy Dinner Ideas for Hollidays

Here’s what you’ll need for your platter:

  • Marinated Olives
  • Pepperoni Slices
  • Assorted Cheeses
  • Crackers

Easy Family Dinner Ideas - Stouffer's Lasagna

Ideas for Family Holiday Dinners

Arrange all the ingredients on a platter and dig in.  Be sure and leave room for the lasagna.

Easy Meals for Family Dinners

You can find more delicious recipes to pair with STOUFFER’S® Lasagna on the Flavorful Moments Pinterest board.  What’s your favorite side dish?


Mary December 9, 2015 - 7:34 am

Alli, omg bathroom reno, 2?!! Crazy. Fingers crossed it will be done..
I think I have the only family that does not like lasanga …that does not include me though haha. I never thought of an antipasto salad … Thanks for the thought

Jenn @ EngineerMommy December 9, 2015 - 8:57 am

I love that Stouffer’s lasagna. It’s so convenient to have a delicious, wholesome meal for the whole family! And your antipasto tray is a perfect pairing with it!

Jaime Nicole December 9, 2015 - 11:47 am

This looks like a great and tasty meal to put out for the family. I would definitely love to pull this together for dinner on Friday night and collect the accolades!

Travel Blogger December 9, 2015 - 1:00 pm

This are fast and great ideas! This makes it easier to do what is more important than slaving away in the kitchen – spending time with family!

lisa December 9, 2015 - 1:33 pm

I love Stouffer’s lasagna! They are usually my go to for New Year’s Eve dinner. And the meat and cheese look great too.

Miranda (Myrabev) December 9, 2015 - 1:34 pm

The lasagna has me salivating just looking at your pictures, good luck with the bathroom renovations and hope they are done up before christmas

Megan Elford December 9, 2015 - 2:44 pm

I always stock a few lasagnas for those days when things are too crazy. They make a delicious, filling meal, and my family loves them!

Zan December 9, 2015 - 3:22 pm

I now got a new idea to serve lasagna with a platter like this. This is a great busy day meal. And like you, I am so far behind. I don’t have a remodle going on but with little kids, nothing gets done!

Elayne December 9, 2015 - 10:56 pm

My kids love lasagna! If they could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner then they would! We always keep a couple of them on hand for busy nights filled with school and sports activities.

Miles L. December 10, 2015 - 1:05 am

Family dinners should not be expensive. We all just need to be creative. Thanks for sharing this post.

Lisa December 10, 2015 - 1:37 am

Wow, 2 bathroom renos is a lot on its own. Add in Christmas and that is just nuts. But the lasagna is a great thing to have around.

Franc Ramon December 10, 2015 - 2:06 am

The lasagna looks really tasty. You also complemented the lasagna too with proper ingredients. It’s easy to prepare this too with Stouffer’s.

Rebecca Swenor December 10, 2015 - 7:44 am

This sounds like a great easy family dinner idea. I love antipasto salads so this platter is an awesome idea with the Stoffer’s Lasagna. Thanks for the idea.

Erin December 10, 2015 - 9:52 am

Can I just have an olive platter? I love Stouffers Lasagna but those olives are just calling to me!

Michelle December 10, 2015 - 10:49 am

Stouffers Lasagna looks impressive and homemade, wow. I need to try this on my family because we need easy this time of year. Oh and I love a good cheese plate.

Liz Mays December 10, 2015 - 12:39 pm

That’s a great pairing with a frozen dinner. I imagine that would be a big hit over here at my house too!

Angelic Sinova December 10, 2015 - 6:47 pm

I am a HUGE Lasagna lover but don’t eat it often because it takes so long to prepare. That’s why I STOUFFER’S® Lasagna with Meat Sauce! It’s easy to cook and super yummy <3

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy December 10, 2015 - 7:03 pm

This looks like one great meal. I love an antipasta plate to go with our meal.

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey December 11, 2015 - 12:18 am

This absolutely looks perfect! I’m drooling over the Antipasto place. I can’t wait to make this at home, my husband would love this!


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