“Anyone who can roast a turkey, make hot pepper sauce served with charcoal-roasted plantains will always be surrounded by smiling faces”. Zita Bernice Tiena
Christmas is celebrated differently in the different parts of the globe. Everyone has their own special tradition which makes this festive period a special time for family and friend. Some spend Christmas singing carols during their gatherings, while others never miss watching ” A Christmas Story”. Whatever way you chose to spend it, we know that there will be no Christmas celebration without that special Christmas dish.
Growing up in Africa, my Christmas consisted of a night vigil at church on Christmas eve, lots of Christmas carol singing on Christmas day and most importantly lots an abundance of delicious home-cooked special Christmas meals. So for the first time since I started IHL, though a little late, I have decided to share my traditional Christmas menu with you. I know creating a healthy holiday menu can be nerve wrecking, brain draining difficult. If you still have no idea on what to prepare for the Christmas, here’s a menu that will make this holiday season a healthy, fun-filled, joyful one.
It starts with a protein loaded, fiber rich and hearty breakfast to savoury lunch dishes, small chops, right down to sweet treats for dessert. There will be an abundance of healthy but fabulous food, lots of laughter and memorable gathering with no shortage of good times with your loved ones.
Here’s what my family and I will be eating for Christmas.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, therefore Christmas breakfast should be no exception. This is a protein packed, fibre-rich breakfast great for grown-ups and kids alike which will keep you fully for longer.
1. Spicy whole meal scrambled egg and veggie Pizza
2. Boiled Eggs, whole wheat bread and pepper sauce
3. Pan-fried Akara
4. Pan-seared Plantains
We aim to consciously include vegetables for that extra boost of vitamins, minerals and fibre (which will aid in digesting all what we will be eating).
1. Stuffed veggies fresh tomatoes (fresh tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, prawns, onions)
2. Stuffed Sweet Potato shells (with minced beef)
We intend to bring those traditional African spices into play that best suit the festive season for a typical spicy and savoury Christmas lunch.
1. Roasted suya spiced bird with grilled ripe plantain
2. Charcoal roasted fish á la Tri-color sauce, chopped tomatoes and onions with Bobolo
3. Fitfam coconut schrimp Fried rice
1. Tri-color Coleslaw
2. Cameroonian chopped Salad
1. Assorted fruit Salad
2. coconut flavored chin – chin (fitfam version)
1. Assorted fruit Folere aka. Zobo
2. Home-made limonade
For all details, please follow me on instagram @inspiringhealthylifestyles on the 24th for the pre-cooking and the 25th for live cooking. To ask questions and comment use the hashtag #IHLChristmasCooking #IHLCC