As the countdown to Christmas Day gets underway, we know you’ll be making plans for your family dinner. From glazed ham to baked chicken, from gungo peas and rice to macaroni salads - all families have their traditional meals. And, of course - there will always be sorrel and a Christmas cake to top it all off. We have 3 easy recipes that you can add to the feast to start a new tradition or just change things up a bit this year! The best part? You don’t need to be a pro to whip these up. 


Edible Christmas Wreath Salad


Salads are a great side to have with a full Christmas spread. Why not really go the extra mile and create your salad to look like a Christmas wreath?



Ingredients:


1 cup chopped Romaine Lettuce

2 cups chopped Spinach

1 cup chopped Kale

1 large cubed Cucumber 

1 cup julienned Green and Red Sweet Peppers

1 cup halved Cherry Tomatoes

¼ cup Pecans or Walnuts


Directions:


Toss greens in a salad bowl to properly combine. Place mixed greens in the shape of a large circle on a serving platter. Top with cubed cucumbers, julienned sweet peppers, halved cherry tomatoes and pecans or walnuts. Serve with dressing of choice. 



Baked Mac and Cheese


A pasta dish is almost mandatory for Christmas dinner and this baked mac and cheese is so easy to make that it just might become a staple for your 2020 meals!



Ingredients:


12 oz pack macaroni

3 tbsp unsalted butter

2 cups milk

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese

Salt

Pepper



Directions: 


Add macaroni to a pot of boiling water and boil for approximately 5 minutes or until half cooked. Prepare cheese sauce by heating milk on a low heat. Add butter and allow to melt then slowly add the cheese, whisking as you add to prevent clumping. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once cheese is thoroughly melted slowly add macaroni, again stirring to properly coat. Add macaroni and cheese to a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). 




Slow Cooker Beef Stew


The beauty of this dish is that you can add the ingredients to your slow cooker and continue preparing your other dishes as it cooks! 



Ingredients:


2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup diced carrots

3 diced potatoes 

1 cup diced onions

2 cloves garlic 

1 cup beef broth

1 tbsp pimento seeds or 1 tsp pimento powder

1 sprig thyme

1 sprig of rosemary

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp salt

Scotch bonnet pepper (optional)


Directions:


Heat olive and add beef to brown. Transfer browned meat to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 10 to 12 hours. 



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