Paleo Holiday Movie-Watching Party Menu

It’s snowing — like, really snowing — here in Vermont. I’ve kept my commitment to 10,000 steps per day, so I’ve been enthusiastically enjoying my Northface boots and parka as I stomp through snow, slush, ice, and puddles in varying degrees of frozen treachery.

On a stroll to the other end of town, I saw this:


I try not to think of it just before bed. As someone on Instagram said, he’s always watching. Always.

On a less creepy note, I’m also playing Christmas music while I work and mentally unwrapping our decorations so when I physically unpack the boxes on Friday, I’ll know just where everything goes. In short, it’s Christmas-y up in here.

On Saturday, we’re having a few friends over to watch It’s a Wonderful Life and Scrooge, the totally kickass, 1970 musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with the delightful song “Thank you very much.”

(Super dorky side note: I once sang another song from the movie — “Happiness” — for an audition to be in our high school musical. My best friend told me it was gloomy. High school is awesome.)

I’m pretty excited about our party menu and thought you guys might want this menu for one of your holiday shindigs. Seasoned greetings to you! (Sorry.)

A Kickass Paleo Holiday Movie-Watching Menu

I wanted to serve delicious things that I could prep in advance without too much fuss and that would make everyone feel cozy, so I decided on:

Raw Veggies with Paleo Ranch for dipping
Salad with Zingy Ginger Dressing
Shepherd’s Pie
Scotch Eggs w/ Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce & Olive Oil Mayo
Cranberry Waldorf Salad

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPaleo Ranch Dressing (Well Fed)

zingygingerdressingZingy Ginger Dressing (Well Fed 2)



cranberries2Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce


cranberrywaldorfCranberry Waldorf Salad


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  • Amy says:

    What a great idea- shamelessly stealing your idea for a Christmas movie night + paleo eats.

    I just ordered a tiny 2-rib standing rib roast from Wellness Meats for Christmas dinner…and will be making your Shepherd’s Pie for Christmas Eve! Do you have any suggestions for sides for that Shepherd’s Pie?

    • DO IT! I love the idea of a whole bunch of people around the world, watching holiday movies and eating Scotch Eggs all at the same time. How awesome would that be?!

      As sides with the Shepherd’s Pie, I like a green veg — green beans, Brussels Sprouts, broccoli — steamed, then sauteed with garlic, salt, and pepper. Nice, simple, flavorful. A salad with dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and a vinaigrette (Go-To Vinaigrette from Well Fed 2) is really nice, too.

  • It sounds like you’re really diving into this new winter adventure! I’m looking forward to a night in with the Mr & watching some cheesy Christmas movies… Home Alone….or Die Hard.

  • Hannah O'Connell says:

    Bahaha welcome to VT!!!

  • Diannah says:

    LOVE this! As an aside, I made your Italian shepherd’s pie the other night, but discovered too late that someone had used the frozen cauliflower that I had been counting on using, so ended up using frozen carrots instead. It was amazingly bright to look at, but quite yummy!

  • Diannah says:

    Oh, and as far as holiday movies go, I must watch The Muppets Christmas Carol at least twice!

    • AustinGirl says:

      YES! Muppet Christmas Carol is a requirement!! My husband digs Emmett Otter, but Christmas Carol is where it’s at!

  • So happy for you getting snow!

  • dane b. says:

    we teach the kids right at christmas:


    charlie brown christmas

    home alone

  • Trish says:

    So THAT’S where that song comes from! For some reason I thought it came from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” I don’t know why.

    For me and the husband, it’s not Christmas without “A Christmas Story” and … “Die Hard.” You’d be surprised by how many people now consider “Die Hard” a holiday movie. Yippie-ki-yay, mother******!