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Christmas Recipes: 30 Minute Meals Even For The Faint of Heart

Christmas is just a few days away and many people are rushing to buy gifts and the ingredients for their meals on the 25th. While there are those who always go for the fancy food, Christmas recipes don’t need to be over the top.

If you are a kitchen newbie, don’t be scared of the equipment and ingredients! These easy-to-make recipes will definitely impress your family without giving you too much of a hassle while cooking.

Easy Christmas Recipes

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Brie and Pear Quesadilla

YouTube is a great website for a kitchen newbie to look for Christmas recipes that don’t take too much effort to make. Beth Le Manach, a YouTube personality, uploads recipe videos that always goes with her motto “minimal effort for maximum impact”. One of her appetizer recipes includes a brie and pear quesadilla. For this delicious appetizer, all you need are three ingredients: flour tortilla, some brie cheese, and pears. Lightly brown your flour tortillas on each side for a few minutes in your pan. Set them aside then slice up your brie before placing them on the lower half of the tortilla. Add a few slices of pear on top of the cheese then fold the tortilla before grilling it for a few minutes. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and now you have an appetizer that took more or less 10 minutes to make.

Sticky Maple Bourbon Chicken

Now that the appetizer is taken care of, it’s  time for you to pay attention to the main course. This Sticky Maple Bourbon Chicken is simple but elegant enough to be served during Christmas. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron skillet or large, heavy-bottom pan. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper then sear it for 4-5 minutes or until the meat is golden-brown. While the chicken is cooking, whisk together chicken stock, bourbon, and maple syrup. Add the mixture and some thyme sprigs in the pan then cook until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has reached a thick consistency. Before serving, remove the thyme sprigs. Put on a plate with some vegetables and mashed potatoes then serve.

No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Who wouldn’t love a decadent cheesecake with Oreos in it? What’s more, baking is not required to make this dessert! All you need to do is crush the Oreo cookies then mix it with melted butter. This will act as the base for your cheesecake. After forming the base in your container, mix cream cheese, whipping cream, a bit of vanilla essence, and icing sugar. Top the mixture on the base then decorate with more Oreos if desired. Freeze for a couple of hours then serve. If you want a nice, solid cake, let it set overnight in the refrigerator.

Drinks

No Christmas meal will be complete without drinks. If you want an alcoholic drink, try making a strawberry sangria. Even though this drink is great for summer, this refreshing fruity drink is the perfect companion after enjoying a meal with your family and friends. It only takes five ingredients to make a strawberry sangria: rose wine, Triple Sec, strawberry syrup and fresh strawberries. All you need to do is combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher. Chill for an hour or until it is ready to serve.

If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks to be on the safe side, you can try this New Mother Mocktail. To make this drink, simply mix in apple juice, cranberry juice, and orange juice in a pitcher. Chill then pour over glasses with crushed ice for a very refreshing experience.

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Food for the Family

The recipes in this list doesn’t take you more than 30 minutes to do. This just goes to show that you don’t have to be a pro to cook Christmas recipes. Feel free to practice these recipes before D-Day. When serving the food, watch as your family marvel at the food and think that you spent hours slaving in the kitchen even though you did not.

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