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Best foods to prepare this Christmas

Christmas is here, and you’re probably adding finishing touches to planning your festive lunch or dinner. While your decor, clothes and table arrangements undoubtedly reflect the spirit and colours of the season – red, white and green – here are simple ways to turn around your menu and extend the same colour code to your food as well! Try out these options, and we promise, you won’t be disappointed!

Mulled wine is always a great choice, apt for the season, and colour coded too! But if you’d like to go that extra mile, serve signature Christmas cocktails in red and green using gin, white rum, or vodka as the base. Top up with strawberry or cranberry juice for red cocktails, and kiwi and green apple juice for the green ones. Garnish with festive straws and candy canes and serve.

For healthy eaters, you can serve a salad with spinach, pomegranate seeds and assorted nuts. Add cheese if you’re feeling indulgent, and toss with balsamic vinegar just before serving.

Give the ubiquitous hummus a makeover by adding beets to the mix, for that luscious red colour. Garnish with feta and assorted herbs. Serve with green veggies like cucumber.

Guests are sure to want to munch on something fuss-free while sipping on Christmas cocktails – and what better than nuts? An innovative way to serve them is to scoop out the filling from red and green apples, and place assorted nuts inside. Hand over an apple to each guest!

Sliced fully boiled eggs into half, take out the yolk, and pour in guacamole instead. Then place a tiny roll of salmon on top. This dish makes for a great appetiser, but can double up as mains as well.

If you’re having kids at the party, these mini pizzas are sure to be a hit! Using large cookie or cake cutters, make the base dough of the pizza into the shape of a Christmas tree, then bake. For toppings, add basil, cheese and cherry tomatoes.

Use either roast chicken, or grilled lamb rack as the base, and then drizzle with red currant or cranberry sauce. This is best served as mains, individually plated.

If you really want to impress your vegetarian and health-conscious guests, opt for a Finnish red cabbage casserole, which is a traditional Christmas food and very easy to make. Key ingredients include red cabbage, red onions, beet, cinnamon and oatmeal flour.

While Christmas cake and the Yule Log are all great options, you stay colour coordinated for dessert as well with a homemade cheesecake, topped up with fresh raspberries or strawberries, and a sprig of mint.

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