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You've invited your sister, yoga teacher, neighbors, best friends, cousins, a couple of your co-workers—plus all of their kids—to your holiday party. You want to quickly pull together a kid-friendly buffet...but don't want to serve chicken nuggets and pizza. We've done the work for you and come up with a festive, seasonal menu that has options for making or buying every element of the meal, depending on how much time you have to cook (versus how many presents you have to wrap). First, check out our list of 10-minute appetizers. Then, choose from our ultrasimple list of main courses, sides and salads. When party day comes, you'll be able to pour yourself a glass of Champagne and actually catch up with your guests.
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Asian Glaze

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Main Course Option 1

Make it: Roast Pork Tenderloin with Asian Glaze

Chef Art Smith says let the pork marinate in a zip-top bag while the oven heats up; then, roast the meat for 45 minutes.

Get the recipe: Roast Pork Tenderloin with Asian Glaze
Cider French Dip

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Main Course Option 2

Make it: Cider French Dip

Top Chef Season 3 competitor Dale Levitski serves this wintry take on the classic sandwich with an apple-carrot slaw and a spicy mayo. Let guests assemble their own sandwiches.

Get the recipe: Cider French Dip
Christmas Crackle Ham

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Main Course Option 3

Make it: Christmas Crackle Ham

This simple dish from Cristina Ferrare includes a glaze made from apple cider, orange juice, brown sugar and cayenne. You can serve it warm or at room temperature.

Get the recipe: Christmas Crackle Ham
Chicken Stuffed with Fontina and Spinach

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Main Course Option 4

Buy it: Stuffed chicken

Meal delivery service Impromptu Gourmet makes its version of the classic chicken Florentine with Fontina and spinach; Omaha Steaks offers chicken breast stuffed with artichoke and Parmesan, wild rice, broccoli and cheese, and other combinations.
Baked ham

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Main Course Option 5

Buy it: Baked ham

Many supermarkets and warehouse clubs sell precooked half hams which weigh about 9 pounds and will easily feed eight people. The best-tasting ham is bright pink in color and does not have any marbling. If you'd rather order ahead and have the meat delivered, the HoneyBaked Ham Company is known for its hams' tender meat and crunchy, sugary crust. The Holiday Ham Company also gets raves for its hams' moist texture and hickory-smoked flavor.

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Main Course Option 6

Buy it: Lasagna

There may not be a better deal than Costco's 6-pound package of Kirkland Signature Meat Lasagna for $13; it will feed about 12 people. And Michael Angelo's brand (which placed high in this lasagna taste test) comes in an 80-ounce "party size" that serves at least 10.
Sauteed Shredded Vegetables

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Side Dish Option 1

Make it: Sautéed Shredded Vegetables

It's amazing how much more exciting a dish can seem when the ingredients are simply cut in an unexpected way (here, julienned). You can change up the herbs to match your main dish.

Get the recipe: Sautéed Shredded Vegetables
Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root with Creamy Yogurt

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Side Dish Option 3

Make it: Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root with Creamy Yogurt

An elegant twist on the winter workhorse, this dish can be made a day ahead of time and reheated.

Get the recipe: Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root with Creamy Yogurt
Sauteed baby carrots

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Side Dish Option 4

Make it: Sautéed Baby Carrots

This is a supereasy, quick and crowd-pleasing side. If you find baby carrots with the stems still attached at a farmers' market, use them and keep a half-inch of the tops attached to dress them up a bit.

Get the recipe: Sautéed Baby Carrots

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Side Dish Option 5

Buy it: Applesauce

Go for a slightly chunky version to keep this standard from tasting too much like baby food. Your add-ons make it special: Try any combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, lemon juice and vanilla bean.
Roasted potatoes

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Side Dish Option 6

Buy it: Roasted potatoes

Buy them at the deli counter; reheat them just before serving and drizzle them with some olive oil so they stay moist.
Crudite platter

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Side Dish Option 7

Buy it: Crudité Platter

It isn't just for appetizers. Serve crudités with dinner, mixing classics like celery and bell peppers with unexpected vegetables such as fennel, jicama or crunchy wedges of iceberg lettuce. Pair them with store-bought tzatziki, guacamole, sour cream dip or hummus.

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Salad Option 1

Make it: Jamie Oliver's Everyday Green Chopped Salad

Chopped salads are perfect for buffets; all the ingredients are the same size, so guests can easily get them onto their forks. Use this recipe as a guide, swapping in whichever greens and vegetables you prefer.

Get the recipe: Jamie Oliver's Everyday Green Chopped Salad
Winter Red Oak Leaf Lettuce and Pear Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

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Salad Option 2

Make it: Winter Red Oak Leaf Lettuce and Pear Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

Each of the four ingredients in this salad pulls its weight, and then some, delivering a flavorful dish with minimal scrambling around on your part.

Get the recipe: Winter Red Oak Leaf Lettuce and Pear Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette
Earthbound Farms Organic Power Meals

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Salad Option 3

Buy it: Earthbound Farm Organic Power Meals or Dole Spinach Cherry Almond Bleu Salad Kit

These meals in a box (or bag) contain greens plus extras like nuts, cheese and dried fruit. There's a packet of dressing inside too.

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