Happy Holidays: From our Kitchens to Yours

Happy Holidays: From our Kitchens to Yours

At Meal Hero, we celebrate everything about food. We believe in home cooking as a way to nurture ourselves and our families. This holiday season as we start to think about how to define holiday food and recipes, we are reminded that everyone has their own definition depending on the holiday itself, cultural background and customs, geographical location, and the unique memories and rituals that create these special traditions. From our kitchens to yours, we wish you happy holidays, a happy new year, and happy cooking!

“Cincinnati chili on Christmas Eve, and French toast casserole on Christmas morning!” - Mary, Senior Designer

Cincinnati Chili

French Toast Casserole

“We keep it very British traditional. We have a full Christmas dinner (turkey for the second time in a month), with Brussels sprouts with pancetta, roast potatoes, Paxo stuffing, roast parsnips, and Bisto gravy from England. I normally spatchcock the turkey to speed up the process and then for dessert it’s Christmas pudding with brandy butter. We then, later in the evening, settle down with a cheeseboard.” - Chris , Director of Product

Spatchcock Turkey

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Roasted Potatoes

Paxo Stuffing

Roasted Parsnips

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

“Cookies, and white chocolates with liquid center.” - Julie, Product Designer

Christmas Cookies

White Chocolate Truffles

“Reliably, it’s been pie and warm cider. It’s usually pumpkin, but I’ve been vying for sweet potato.” - David, Engineer

Pumpkin Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Apple Cider

“I would say that our Christmas dinner itself looks eerily similar to Thanksgiving, but turkey and cranberry sauce is swapped for beef tenderloin or maybe even a ham. My family does have a small holiday food tradition though — cheese fondue on Christmas Eve! We use the traditional mix of Emmental and Gruyere but have all sorts of dipping accompaniments like bread, crunchy steamed veggies, raw onion (yep!), potatoes, apples, etc. Also, the days leading up to Christmas and New Years are filled with lots of baking and Champagne drinking!” -Lucy , Marketing & Content Strategist

Beef Tenderloin

Honey Glazed Ham

Cheese Fondue

Champagne Cocktail

“Potato Latkes!” - Arti , Growth Marketing Manager

Potato Latkes

“We visit one day our paternal grandparents and the next our maternal grandparents. In each home we have chicken, lambs and goats depending on the family size. They are roasted, boiled, or stewed and we eat them with kachumbari, fried potatoes, chapati and ugali.” - Crispus , Engineer

Roasted lamb

Stewed Goat and Ugali

Kachumbari

Fried Potatoes

Chapati

“Dehydrated bacon. It’s an Alinea recipe that is basically jerky. It’s dehydrated at 140°F for 24 hours. You should try it!”              -Tam , Head of Product

Dehydrated Bacon

“Roasted and grilled goat meat and grilled chicken with roast potatoes, lots of veggies, and salads” - Mercy , Engineer

Grilled Goat

Grilled Chicken

Roasted Garlic Potatoes

“My family makes a traditional dish every year, stuffed cabbage, for eating Christmas Day.” - Erik , CTO

Stuffed Cabbage

“Korean traditional dishes such as Kalbi (a short rib dish either BBQed or braised), and Japchae (glass noodle). On New Year’s Day, we eat rice cake soup (Tteokguk) because it is believed to grant the people good luck for the year and a year of age. We say you just gained two years of age when you have two servings of Teokguk! - Rachel, Engineer

Kalbi

Japchae

Tteokguk

“Italian wine cookies. My grandma bakes them and mails a box of them to all my family every Christmas.” - Patrick, Engineer

Chiacchiere Italian Cookies

“We have roasted goat with other accompaniments. Chicken is also my tribe’s favourite with rice and chapati and lots of local Kenyan vegetables(Sagaa/Saget — Spider Plant, Mrenda/Murere — Jews Mallow, Kunde — Cowpeas Leaves, Mito/Mitoo/Miroo — Crotolaria/Slender Leaf, Gourd Leaves etc). Sometimes I travel to the rural area to visit grandma.” - Kimo, Engineer

Roasted goat

Pilau Rice

Kunde Black-Eyed Peas

“There’s nothing like a Bluegrass Christmas singalong over a good homemade eggnog!” - Jason, Engineer

Eggnog

“My family celebrates Hanukkah, aka the Festival of Lights. It is traditional to eat fried foods like latkes (potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream. I like to experiment with different types of root vegetables and frying them in duck or chicken fat. It’s also the time of year to indulge in sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)!” - Araminta , Culinary Advisor

Celery Root-Parsnip Latkes

Applesauce

Sufganiyot

We hope that even during this strange holiday season, you continue cooking and enjoying festive food traditions. And maybe, if you don't yet have one, this post will have inspired you to start your own.

We'd love to know about your family's holiday food traditions or if you plan to start a new one! Email us at support@mealhero.com or message us on Instagram


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