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Sooo your family is having a Christmas party or your friends are gathering, and you want to make something but don’t know how to cook (or simply don’t have the time). I’ve gradually had less time to cook as I get older and I’m sure many of us have had the same experience… so here’s a list of some quick, easy, and delicious recipes that ought to make you seem like the chef you are ;)


  1. Pull Apart Holiday Monkey Bread: This one takes 40 minutes to bake butttt you can do anything in the meantime. It will come out cheesy, gooey, and soft. Honestly, my go-to appetizer, who doesn’t like bread?
  1. Any Dip: Hummus, Spinach Artichoke, Queso, Refried Bean, Guacamole, Salsa, etc. Some of the best companions you can serve with these are veggies (Baby carrots, Sliced red peppers, Cucumbers, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes), crackers (Everything Bagel, Whole Wheat, Parmesan, Tortilla Chips), and bread (Naan, Pita, Tortillas).


  1. Fall Kale and Sweet Potato Salad: Perfect as a side dish or meal with a protein of choice. This salad is my favorite because it’s simple to throw together, yet its flavors scream Autumn in your mouth.
  1. Baked Feta Pasta: You may have seen this one on TikTok or Instagram at some point, and after making it many times, I can guarantee it lives up to its hype. Unless you don’t like feta cheese, this one is definitely a crowd-pleaser.


  1. Chocolate-covered strawberries, or simply strawberries with a chocolate dip: Think of this one as a DIY fondue. Perfect with bananas, marshmallows, Belgian waffles, brownie bits, you name it. 
  1. Banana Bread: It’s a classic. Add blueberries, chocolate chips, cream cheese filling, caramel, or whatever your heart desires.
Hi! My name is Valentina Avellaneda and I'm a sophomore social work major from Houston, TX. I went to a performing and visual arts high school, where I found my passion for creative writing (including poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, etc.) I have pieces published on the Interlochen Review, Teen Ink Magazine and the New York Times. In my free time, I like to spend time with my cat, Cookie, practice hot yoga and try matcha lattes with my friends!