Merry Christmas and Happy holidays! Christmas is officially less than a week away. It might already look a little different for you this year, so why not throw in a new dish? Each culture celebrates Christmas a little differently, so let’s take a flavorful trip around the world!

Mexico: Picadillo

Cook up some tender chopped ground meat for the base and add savory herbs, spices, and veggies like onion, cumin, and peppers. It’s quite simple to make, and you most likely have the ingredients in your home. If not, this one is pretty forgiving with substitutions. Click here for the recipe.

Russia: Beet Salad

Beet Salad is a fun, quick, and simple dish! All you need are shredded raw carrots, beets, potatoes, and a fist full of fresh peas with a sauce of your choice. Traditionally, Russians add mayonnaise for the sauce.

This spread is so effortless you can choose to follow the attached recipe or cook from your heart to make it the best version of itself-unless you’ve food poisoned someone in the past. In that case, please stick to the script, my friend.  Click here for the recipe.

South Africa: Southern Fried Catfish

Christmas is surprisingly a big deal in southern and western Africa. Christians and Muslims alike traditionally take part in holiday festivities. It’s not a primary holiday, but still widely enjoyed across the continent. 

No matter how you feel about seafood, this recipe will make you a believer! Its crispy, flaky goodness is sure to please at the dinner table. Click here for the recipe.

Italy: Chocolate Salami

Thank the good God above; this is not at all what you’re thinking! No, it’s not chocolate-covered salami or chocolate wrapped in salami. It is a smooth, decadent chocolatey dessert with a nutty interior. Click here for the recipe. My apologies I tried to find the healthiest version, but sometimes you just have to take one for the team.

Germany (The Birthplace of the Christmas Tree): Kokosmakronen

Germany is home to the Christmas tree, and this sugary dessert, more commonly identified as a macaroon in America. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, merely whisking together eggs, flour, cream, butter, vanilla, salt, and desiccated coconut, then dipping the baked mixture into melted chocolate. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Maybe try adding a little lemon juice for me? I have no idea how that would turn out! Remember, baking is not my area of expertise.

For a healthier alternative avoiding the carbs of processed sugar click here. In this recipe, it calls for a sweetener. A great natural recipe to use is a date mixture. Pit 1 1/2 cups of dates and soak them in water for 5 minutes, then blend or use a food processor until they form a paste. Mix with the rest of your ingredients and bake according to the instructions.

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You are uniquely remarkable!