Holiday Meals 3

Guest Writer; Brandi Brown; Top 5 Holiday Meals

These are a few of my favorite things…. 

As the holidays come around, there are always a few things that come to mind: presents, days off, snow, Christmas movies, etc. As I sit in class, my favorite thing to think about is definitely holiday food. 

My top favorite holiday food is cranberry sauce. Though cranberry sauce is often overlooked and under appreciated as it is just a mere side; cranberry sauce has the power to enhance EVERYTHING else on your plate. Did your aunt dry out the turkey? Add cranberry sauce. Is the mac and cheese not cheesy enough? Add cranberry sauce? Does adding cranberry sauce to mac and cheese sound crazy? Still, add cranberry sauce anyway. 

Not only is cranberry sauce delicious and magically compatible with any and everything on your plate, it’s also not bad for you. While I can’t necessarily claim it’s good for you because of the amount of sugar, cranberry sauce is low in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium. 

Up next is banana pudding. YUM! Yet another under appreciated component of a holiday meal. While some view banana pudding as only a summer BBQ dessert, I love banana pudding all year round. Unlike the traditional apple pie or fruit cake, banana pudding is low in fat and high in fiber and calcium. 

Now that my top two absolute favorites are out of the way, let’s talk main course; your actual holiday meals. Below you will find a list of my absolute favorite holiday meal combinations with a few nontraditional choices: 

1) Ham, mac and cheese, green beans, Hawaiian rolls, cranberry sauce 🙂 2) Baked spaghetti and garlic bread 3) Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed broccoli 4) Smoked turkey, dressing, mac and cheese (again), and cranberry sauce (of course) 5) Baked chicken, rice and gravy, green beans 

The closer we get to Christmas Day, the hungrier I get.