In the lead up to the holidays, it’s easy to be swept up in the mania of decorating, gift-buying and festive food preparation. Every trip to the grocery store can seem like a giant red, green and gold reminder that the silly season is here, and that it’s hungry.
But cooking for the holidays doesn’t need to be stressful or complicated. There’s something wonderful about a light and bright menu done on a dime, one that doesn’t leave your guests feeling stuffed and sleepy, or leave you with too many leftovers and dirty dishes.
Whether you’re wanting a special plate to take to a busy pot-luck lunch, or needing something simple for a smaller celebration at home, these recipes will bring out a festive flavour with every bite.
Strawberry daiquiri mocktail
Refreshing, bright and seasonal, this might just be the perfect festive spritz. And the best thing about this recipe? Frozen strawberries will work just as well as fresh ones, saving you time and money at the farmers market. If you don’t go bananas over strawberries, you can easily substitute them for frozen mango pieces or your other favourite fruit.
Cut through those heavier, heartier dishes with this light and zippy zucchini salad. The tangy lemon and fresh herbs will work well next to most meats and cooked vegetables, making this recipe a safe bet to bring to any festive barbecue.
When the festive season is warming up, this quick and easy salad is a great way to cool down. You can put it together from start to finish in just a few minutes – perfect for when you have unexpected visitors pop in.