10 Alternative Dishes To Try Out This Christmas Season

‘‘Rice and Chicken for Christmas, again? You no dey tire?’’

Another Christmas is here, we all have an excuse to gather together from far and near to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in its entirety. More than just the celebration of Christ’s birth, over time, Christmas has transcended into the large pots of food, family gatherings, and cultural display as a whole.

Like every other Christian home, I grew up eating rice and chicken almost every Christmas. Funny though, this is now a norm for me and perhaps, for other Christian families, particularly in Nigeria. 

                 My question is ‘who created this standard’?

Why must I eat fried rice and chicken during this season when there are a lot of other foods to relish their sweet flavor/aroma?

Brain freeze ‘rice and chicken isn’t Christmas food’. It is not even an indigenous food.

Maybe like me, you are tired of eating rice and chicken every Christmas, or am I solo in this journey?

Is it just a food cliché this season or is it a real deal?

To end this norm and birth a new normal, Here is a quick note”Christmas food is whatever you cook in your house on Christmas day”. 

On that note, see these non-conventional foods that I hope to try out this season, I think you should, too;

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1. Roasted Bushmeat and palm wine.

The first time I enjoyed this combo was as a pre-teen. It was prepared by my maternal grandparents. It was awesome, even as I write, the taste still lingers. The cost of preparing the food is dependent on the palm wine tapper that is on ground and the hunter who has his meat ready. 

It will thrill you to know that palm wine is a natural alcohol that anyone can drink without experiencing health hazards. The bushmeat here is a good source of protein. 

In fact, as it is, palm wine has become a “must-have” drink for traditional marriages and community gatherings in villages. A good bottle of palm wine has probiotics and vitamin C that is good for the immune system. Could this food be one of the reasons why communal dwellers lived long?

Watch more here!

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2. Pap and bean cake.

Pap, a natural sedative for children and young adults. Akara is another name for bean cake. It consists primarily of ingredients like beans, fresh pepper, crayfish, seasoning, onion, and a few other ingredients that you might want to add to spice up your meal. I love the way Akwa Ibom women fry theirs on the road. It is always tasteful. Pap is made out of grounded corn (guinea, white Maize, yellow maize, and even millet).

This meal is easy to find and easy to make for more fun.

How to make Nigerian Akara here!

How to make Akamu aka pap here!

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3. Catfish Pepper Soup and Plantain.

Catfish pepper soup with plantain is the best meal for pregnant women in this season. They are advised to take in peppery substances that washes their body systems and pepper soup is a typical example. In this case, catfish pepper soup is the real deal. Catfish is not loved by all cultures in Nigeria but plantain is a favorite of the larger populace.

Plantain contains high iron potentials for bone development in humans.

This food can be prepared by low-budget families. I would encourage unripe plantain more.

Watch more here!

4. Garri and Egusi Soup.

I love garri and soup but egusi isn’t my favorite unless it’s cooked with turkey and goat meat. 

The beauty about this combo is that; it’s globally accepted and appreciated. 

Oh well! Did I tell you that egusi is indigenous to the Igbos, I guess I just did.

A well-prepared egusi soup is filled with obstacles, such that, you can’t miss picking something with your morsel.

Garri is a bi-product of cassava. I hail those women that process garri in the villages without the available machines for industrial quantities.

How to make Garri here!

How to make Egusi here!

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5. Onunu and Fish Pepper Soup or Stew.

Let the dancing begin. Onunu is the combination of grounded plantain and yam together. I talked about the importance of plantain solely, imagine it with yam. 

Yam is a tuber crop that is grown in the Northern part of Nigeria and has become a great source of income for the Northerners.

Watch more here!

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6. Afang Soup And Pounded Yam.

This is my best. Afang soup is native to the Efiks in Crossriver State. The soup consists of periwinkles, seasoning, protein of your choice, and good palm oil to light up your soup.

How to make Garri here!

7. Ekpangkukwo with smoked fish.

This food is native to Crossriverians and AkwaIbomites. It’s the food for the elites because of the costs involved

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8. Spaghetti and smoked Fish.

Spaghetti is originally an Italian dish. Combined with smoked Fish and made correctly, what’s Rice and Chicken again?. Are you looking for something extra to try?

How to make Garri here!

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9. Fried Yam, Egg Sauce with Fish.

Christmas breakfast on bed can’t go wrong with Fried yam and egg sauce, it is a match made for each other but when Fish is involved, common, take me to heaven already.

If you are an egg lover, then this one’s for you. Mouthwatering fried yam with egg sauce can’t break malice with your loved ones. Not the fact that eggs are involved but the appearance of the greens and oranges that are in the form of green pea and carrot creates the attraction needed.

Eggs can never go wrong in nutrition and are affordable to families in our region.

Watch how to make it here!

alapeno topped cheeseburgers with French fries

10. Jalapeno topped cheeseburgers with French fries.

The last is for the snacks

Is there anyone out there that does not love burgers?

Have you tried the jalapeno topped cheeseburgers? 

Not just trying it alone, trying it with french fries hits the nail on the head.

It’s Christmas and this is an amazing recipe for you and your date.

Watch how to make it here!

Seasons greetings!!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Special thanks to Cookpads, eatloveeats,ounjealadun, and laveedahfoods for the amazing stock images.

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