Our Favourite Easy & Delicious Recipes for Christmas


Christmastime is upon us, and what better way to prep for the holiday season than by whipping up easy-to-cook delicious recipes for Christmas! Whether you’re spending the holidays at your children’s homes or in the comforts of your senior apartments, cooking and eating homemade food is an excellent way to get the whole family together. Here are five simple recipes you can make for you and your family to jumpstart the holiday festivities!

Fresh Summer Salad

Start light and easy with something healthy and delicious! A fresh summer salad is one of the easiest dishes to prepare this Christmas season. With a simple toss of some fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits, you can create a perfect sweet and savoury dish! Ideal for lunches, dinner parties, and summer cookouts, everyone in the family will enjoy these crisp leafy vegetables covered in your chosen dressing. Here is one of our favourite fresh summer salad recipes from RNZ, bursting with flavours from sweet tomatoes and parsley to anchovies, brine capers, and basil!

Fresh Summer Salad

Herb Chicken Drumsticks

Your kids, grandkids, and friends will love this recipe, which adds a touch of Moroccan spice to your holiday meal! These herby drumsticks from Food to Love are simple, fragrant, and delicious. Get your spices ready and stir up a beautiful aromatic marinade for a chicken dish that offers something different!

Herby Drum Sticks

Sparkling Berry Punch

Prepare a refreshing sparkling berry punch from Food to Love, perfect for the summer holiday season. Frozen berries, lime juice, mint, and sparkling wine make a magical combination! Enjoy a thirst quencher that partners perfectly with your savoury main dishes. Don’t forget to make an alcohol-free version for your grandkids! Just swap the wine for sparkling grape juice, lemonade, or soda water.

Sparkling Berry Punch

Ham and Pasta Salad

Don’t let your leftover ham go to waste. Turn it into your family dinner’s main attraction by adding fresh vegetables and pasta covered with cider dressing! This clever recipe from NZ Women’s Weekly is flavourful, healthy, and filling. You can never go wrong with good old classic Christmas ham and pasta salad.

Ham and Pasta Salad

Christmas Ice Cream Pudding

There’s always room for dessert, especially at Christmas gatherings. Create this fun, creamy, and Christmas-themed pudding with a twist! Cool off with this ice cream pudding recipe from BBC Good Food and let you and your family indulge occasionally. It’s super easy to make—taking only 15 minutes—and is a certified hit for all family members.

Ice Cream Pudding

Spend Christmas with Great Homemade Food in Albany Retirement Village!

Christmas is a season of giving, sharing, and gathering with friends and family. Why not do something special this holiday season and host lunch or dinner with the family? Settlers Retirement Village is one of the best retirement homes in Auckland that provides you with a beautiful space to enjoy delicious meals with all your loved ones.

At Settlers, you can socialise with friends and family while enjoying a BBQ on our patio. From outdoor spaces to beautiful dining spaces, there are many opportunities to spend time with family eating delicious food and drinking refreshing beverages. Enjoy living in a premier retirement village in Albany and experience senior living at its finest. Book a tour today to see what awaits you here at Settlers.