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Christmas On A Budget - 3 Course Meal For Under N3,000

News Hub Creator 12/23/2019

It is no secret that the economy isn’t smiling favourably on most Nigerians. Apart from a few very privileged individuals, most people are feeling the pinch even if just a little bit. Irrespective of the situation, you and your family can still have a fabulous Christmas Day lunch or dinner. 

Since the most consumed Nigerian food is rice, how about you give the sweet grain a miss this Christmas and try something else? This 3 course meal will feed a family of 5 comfortably, for just under N3,000. 

Starter: Apple Cucumber Salad

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While it is true that most Nigerians generally love to have coleslaw with their rice, it gets quite boring and could cost at least N1000 to purchase a cabbage, carrots and mayonnaise. Give the coleslaw a miss and try out this free Apple Cucumber Salad. With 2 medium cucumbers (N100), 2 small apples (N100) half a lemon (N50) handful of mint leaves (50) and a cube of sugar - you will create a masterpiece in less than 10 minutes. 

Main Course: Jollof Pasta And Fried Pasta

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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. This season, it’s time to put the rice on ice. With the soaring price of rice in the markets, it’s a good reason to try something else. While spaghetti is seen as a foreign meal, it’s actually really cheap, much cheaper than rice. 2 packs of spaghetti will cost N400 and could feed up to 8 comfortably. You could easily turn jollof rice into jollof pasta and fried rice into fried pasta. Two main courses cooked in a very short time. Throw in some spring onions, carrots and green peppers (N150) for the fried pasta and some fresh tomatoes and peppers (N250) for the jollof.

Sides: Fried plantain, fried fish and peppered kpomo 

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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Yes, peppered chicken is great but we’ve extended our peppered proteins to include snails, gizzards, stockfish and kidneys. There is a much cheaper substitute called Kpomo. Buying N300 worth of kpomo diced up into bite sized pieces will make everyone very happy. Readily available, all you need to do is steam the kpomo and stir fry in diced peppers and onions (N50).

N200 plantain will get you 4 medium sized plantains which means a huge platter of dodo.

1 medium mackerel fish will cost N350 Naira, maybe even N300 if you are great at haggling. Cut into 5 pieces, season and fry. 

Dessert: Puff Puff & Ice cream

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Small chops are a small magical meal that most can’t do without. Made up of puff puff, samosas, spring rolls and more, it could cost a lot. How about making an award winning desert with just puff puff and a small cup of ice cream which costs just N150. 

Yes, you can easily make your own puff puff at home by buying flour (N200) sugar (N50) and yeast (N50) 

Sprinkle some sugar over the puff puff and serve with a spoon of ice cream by the side. This very easy desert could possibly rival baked goodies at a Michelin star restaurant. 

Drinks

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The small bottles size of fizzy drinks cost N80 each. For 5 bottles, they would cost N400. If you prefer, you could drink some water infused with the lemon leftover from the salad. Nothing gets wasted and you can save that N400. 

Congratulations! For N2,850 you just cooked a lovely meal for your family and saved a whole lot. Merry Christmas! 

If you need recipes, please contact me via twitter/instagram @PresidentZibby 

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