The holidays are here again. It’s that time when family and friends are around each other a lot more and the general atmosphere is merry. With lights, beautiful decor, lots to drink and eat, and so much going on during Christmas, how can parents make the holidays delightful for their kids on a pocket friendly budget?
Nigerian holiday recipes are simply the everyday meals with some additional specials.
Here is a list of meals, snacks and sweets you can prepare for your family, this holiday.
1. Easy Fruit Cake:
This holidays , you can treat your kids to yummy, fresh home baked cake. The ingredients are pretty easy to come by and you’ll find a range of different recipè you could try on the internet.
You can watch step by step preparation on YouTube and have the children join you in the cake-mixing fun.
2. Nigerian Salad:
3. Fried Rice:
There’s no Nigerian holiday without the excitement of slicing and dicing our fried rice ingredients, and the soothing aroma of curry spice. The regular quick fix meals are not it during holiday times.
The kids will definitely be thankful for the Christmas spin on your fried rice, you would do well to include shrimps and other creative twist to your dish.
4. Party Jollof Rice:
Nothing whispers celebration than the aroma of party Jollof, trust me, the kids will know you are making an effort to treat them . The fried rice and Jollof combo is the official announcement of a celebration in Nigeria.
5. Nigerian Chapman or Zobo Drinks
You can share as much fun and joy with your family this season, and become more skilled in the process even. Nigerian Chapman is a delight to the taste buds so is the healthy option of cooked hibiscus drink popularly called Zobo.
There are a lot of recipes online to help you infuse your preferred taste in the Zobo drink. If your kids love pineapple, you can definitely infuse that in your Zobo.
6. Chin chin
You can keep the kids entertained by making a bucket full of chin chin, so they have something to snack on during the holidays. When they run around with their cousins and sneak into the house looking for something other than food to munch on, chin chin comes in very handy.
Be sure to give it the holiday twist by choosing your ingredients carefully and selecting a yummy recipe to make yours. Might be a light gesture, but it’s a nice treat all the same.
7. Spring rolls And Samosa:
These Nigerian snacks, a.k.a small chops are everything and would make for great treats for the kids. They are not readily available every other day and the kids will be grateful for the treat.
All the ingredients you will need are quite pocket friendly, and you can make a bunch for storage in the freezer, that you can fry as you need over the course of the holidays.
9. Moi Moi
The kids will definitely get to enjoy some spoiling by uncles , aunts, grannies and the extended family at large during the holidays. This could mean , they would be eating a lot of sugar laden foods as sweets, cakes, chocolates and more.
Everyone loves the proteinous moimoi, so the kids like the adults can enjoy their Jollof and fried rice with fresh moimoi. Be sure to check latest recipes, many new methods of preparing moimoi are just great for the holiday periods.
10. Chicken Or Turkey Stew:
Have the holidays even begun, if we aren’t serving plenty chicken and stew? They are nutritious and make every meal absolutely a delight.
When you make your chicken or turkey stew, do leave some of the chicken or turkey fried, so the family can have some protein for some holiday indulgence.
Bonus treats that won’t cause your pockets to bleed after the holidays include delicacies like pepper soup, ice cream, meat pies, tigernut drink, vegetable soup, scotch eggs, puff puff, sugar-coated peanuts, and many more.
Outside of meals, you could treat your child to some inexpensive outdoor experiences, say you go to amusement parks in your state, the gate fees are usually a token. They can have fun running around and enjoying all the games, while you get to also relax and enjoy the scenery.
In all, the holidays are really about creating memories and sharing laughter. It is the thoughts that count and the happiness that makes the kids really fulfilled.
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