It can be difficult (especially for kids) not to be home for the holidays. Sure, there’s the excitement of exploring a different location, be it Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Phoenix or a ski resort in the Alps, but on Christmas morning, you sometimes can’t help but crave the comfort of home.
That’s where the power of food comes in. While there are many things you can’t bring with you when you travel, recipes actually travel quite well! You may be surprised to find how much comfort can come from a home-cooked meal. The scents and sounds from the kitchen, familiar flavors and family gathering to share in a special tradition, that’s what it’s all about.
Start a family tradition this year, by creating a special holiday meal that your whole family will enjoy. Year after year, you and your children will look forward to sharing and preparing this meal together, so that no matter where you’re spending the holidays, it will feel (and smell!) like home.
One Family One Meal has created a selection of dishes to help you plan your holiday menu. For an incredibly simple, yet elegant, option try Italian Pot Roast with Creamy Polenta. It is truly the easiest and most delicious braised meat you’ll ever eat, and it requires just five ingredients! Or if you’re up for spending a bit more time in the kitchen, try our Prime Rib and Potato Gratin. Oozing with amazing flavor, these dishes are true crowd pleasers, for both kids and parents alike.Round out either of these dishes with a side of Sautéed Broccolini. And for dessert, decadent Chocolate Pots de Crème that take just five minutes of prep work! For a great Christmas Eve tradition, try the classic fish stew Cioppino – hint: if you make enough, leftovers can double as an easy lunch the next day!For Christmas morning, the whole family will go crazy for Doughnut Holes, and you’ll love that they can be prepared the day before.
Amanda Haas is the founder of One Family One Meal, a website offering simple family-friendly recipes, menu plans, and customizable shopping and budgeting tools. By following her helpful tips, families can save hundreds of dollars every year and eat nutritious meals together.