Travel Nursing – Holiday Recipes

How To Guide

No matter your location as a travel nurse during the holiday season, you want to make it feel like home! Your schedule may look a little different, probably quite busier than others at this time, therefore it’s essential that these meals are quick & easy but still give you a taste of comfort. Skip the stress this holiday, we have you covered from appetizers to desserts! 


Kick off your holiday with something light and easy to snack on before your main course. These three simple recipes will impress with just minimal effort! 

Charcuterie Board

Mix it up as you please, but here are some basic ingredients to get you started! 

  • Variety of Cheeses
  • Cured Meats 
  • Crackers
  • Nut Variety
  • Fruits

Pigs In A Blanket 

A classic party appetizer, but even more comforting during the holiday season! They’re extremely difficult to get enough of, and easy to make. All you’ll have to do is oven-bake the following for 12-15 minutes: 

  • (8 oz.) Crescent Roll Tube 
  • (12-14 oz.) Packaged Cocktail-Size Hot Dogs 
  • Optional: Melted Butter

Candied Pecans

Crunchy, sweet, and salty! Perfect to snack on… by the handful. Follow this simple recipe & instructions for the perfect candied pecans.

Credit: Inspired Taste

Main Entrees & Sides

Turkey & Stuffing

All you will need:

  • Roasted Turkey Slices 
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy 

Yes, that’s it! Life in the Lofthouse has come up with this easy, yet delicious recipe for Turkey & Stuffing Roll Ups. 

Mac & Cheese 

Who doesn’t love a classic dish like mac and cheese? An easy comfort food that is sure to bring back reminiscent memories. This dish can be prepared in all different ways, and there are no rules on how you prefer to throw your own twist on it! We’ve provided some variations to give you all of the mac and cheese inspiration you need! 

Apple Ginger Glazed Ham

Ham is a go-to during the holiday season. It is a super simple find and you can always further customize with glazes and toppings. Apple Ginger is very straightforward and adds just the right touch to a classic meal. All the ingredients you need are here

  • Apple Jelly
  • Apple Butter 
  • (1 Cup) Brown Sugar 
  • Ginger
  • Cloves 

Find a quick step-by-step on how to bring this all together here

Credit: Life In The Lofthouse


You know the feeling of a sweet tooth, and now is the time to cure it. There is nothing better than dessert to make your holiday sweeter! 

Peppermint Oreo Bark

For those of you who enjoy a mix of mint and chocolate, this treat will be right up your alley! We aren’t the experts at baking, but we’ve found individuals who are! Check out this minimal-ingredient recipe with less than 10 step-by-step directions. 

Cranberry (Nantucket) Pie

A holiday classic and dessert heaven, cranberry pie! Here’s what you will need to perfect this pie:

Filling Ingredients:

  • Fresh Cranberries (or Frozen)
  • Sugar
  • Chopped Pecans

Topping Ingredients:

  • Butter (Softened)
  • Eggs 
  • Almond Extract 
  • All-Purpose Flour 
  • Sugar  

Instructions are just as simple! Find them here: Cranberry Pie Recipe & Instructions 

Holiday Spritz Cookies 

Festive, fun, and delicious! At times they can even look store bought. Check out this easy guide that runs you through the basics on this dessert.

Credit: 5 Boys Baker

Wherever you may be, we hope that you enjoy this holiday season… and your holiday meals! 

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