Merry Christmas + a Couple Recipes

I thought I’d share my planned Christmas dinner–all but one of my kids (a nurse) is able to make it. 🙂

  • Appetizers:
    • crab dip (recipe below, sorry no pics)
    • cheese ball (purchased)
    • crackers
    • deviled eggs
    • Keto Cocktail wienies (recipe from
  • Main dish
    • Ham
    • Chicken (for my non pork eaters)
  • Sides
    • Gluten-free macaroni and cheese (recipe below, no pics, but you’ve seen mac and cheese before. :D)
    • Green beans (plain or doctored is TBD)
    • contemplating polenta, but I’ve never made it before
    • Salad
    • biscuits and rolls
  • Desserts
    • Keto chocolate cupcakes (recipe from
    • two pecan pies (one gluten free)
    • vanilla ice cream

I’m not sure if my kids are bringing food. They know the menu, so we’ll see.

Here are the recipes:

Gluten-free Macaroni & Cheese

A familiar, well-loved recipe made gluten-free.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 box gluten-free macaroni
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp gluten free (1 to 1) flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard approximately, I don't measure
  • 1 cup milk I haven't tried non-dairy.
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice (cheddar or mixed) or to your preferred cheesiness


  • Boil noodles according to package directions. Drain.
  • When they're close to being complete, start your sauce. Melt butter in medium saucepan.
  • Mix flour, ground mustard, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Add to butter.
  • Stir until combined. Allow to cook for a minute or two.
  • Add milk, stir continuously over medium heat (higher for electric, lower for gas). You don't really want it to boil.
  • When it has thickened to your desired consistency (see note), add cheese (see note). Stir until combined.
  • Pour cheese mixture over drained noodles. Stir until well coated. Enjoy.


I have found that when I use gluten-free flour that it takes a bit longer to thicken, but then it goes gloopy really quick. I add extra milk and stir to combine and that has always worked. You may try to cut back on the 2 tbsp of flour to combat this. I just haven't yet. 🙂
My kids like extra cheesy mac and cheese, so I usually add extra cheese--up to a cup extra.
***If you are not gluten free, just sub regular noodles and regular flour for the above (one to one).

Hot Crab Dip

Course Appetizer
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb lump crab meat canned


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine all ingredients EXCEPT crab meat in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • FOLD in crab meat.
  • Place in small casserole dish (8x8 or 9x9). Spread evenly.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until heated through and bubbly.
  • Serve with crackers, sliced baguette, or tortilla chips.


What will your Christmas dinner look like?

Many blessings upon you and your family as you celebrate our Savior’s birth,

PS. I am not doing a Keto diet, but these sites are the best places to find low-carb (and almost always gluten-free) recipes that work for our family’s needs.



6 thoughts on “Merry Christmas + a Couple Recipes

  1. Just in case you sorta want to try polenta: They sell it pre-made in little tubes like breakfast sausage. I can find it in the same aisle as pasta. Sometimes it is in the international aisle. You slice it in think medallions and pan flash fry it. They are so quick and yummy.

    No meal plans here this year.

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