As the old, cliché saying goes, “Christmas is a time for giving.” And for most, this almost always rings true. But with the COVID-19 pandemic changing our lifestyles quite drastically this year, physical gifts might not be on the list this Christmas.
With the health crisis affecting livelihoods and employment, material gifts are probably not on the budget right now. And given all the things that have happened in the past months, it might be best to spend the holiday break with loved ones and show them all the love and appreciation they deserve. (Read: How do you eat healthy while in quarantine? We asked a nutritionist-dietician!)
So why not for Noche Buena this year, get your family together (no guests, please!) and cook the dishes yourselves? It will be a great bonding experience— plus it will make the preparation easier and the eating more worthwhile because you made it on your own! (Read: This Trendy Christmas Stamp Will Add a Pinoy Touch to Your Holiday Card)
My Pope makes your life a bit easier by listing some recipes that are family-friendly, and kids can join in on all the kitchen fun!
Recipe for Young Cooks: Christmas Tacos
Tacos are handy, filling food that people of all ages love. It has vegetables, meat, and dressing, which make for a burst of flavors in the mouth. And for the holidays, you can actually make tacos but make it Christmas!
The Christmas tacos are short rib-filled tacos with some pomegranate pico— a signature holiday dressing. And you can cook this with your kids because it’s easy to make. Just make sure to always supervise them around the kitchen. Get the recipe for Christmas tacos here.
Recipe for Young Cooks: Meatloaf Muffins
Meat is undeniably a major part of holiday festivities all around the world. In the Philippines, there’s the Christmas ham, lumpiang shanghai, fried chicken, and even lechon, which we almost always see on the dinner table every December 24. But why not put a twist to the same old meat dishes, and create meatloaf muffins? (LOOK: Solenn’s Baby Food Recipes Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again)
These muffins are mouthwatering, easy to make, and also easy to eat. Plus your children (or young siblings) can help you prepare it! Here’s a recipe for meatloaf muffins that you can try.
Recipe for Young Cooks: Peppermint Cereal Squares
Cereals are a breakfast staple for kids and even some adults who are kids at heart. Every morning, we’d chomp down an entire bowl of it before going to school or work to get us energized for the day ahead. But did you know that cereals can also be used for desserts? And by adding peppermint— a classic Christmas flavor— cereals now have a more festive feel to it!
Make these peppermint cereal squares for dessert or as a snack for a movie night with the kids, and create memories and enjoy the bonding moments in the kitchen! You can find the recipe here.