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20 fuss-free recipes that are perfect for a relaxed Kiwi Christmas

Why have a traditional, British-style Christmas dinner when the sun is shining and the BBQ should be sizzling? Try these fuss-free recipes for a Kiwi Kirihimete that tastes like summer - just as Christmas should.

By Harriet Keown
Make Christmas easier than ever this year by preparing a beautiful grazing platter to keep your guests happy all day long. All you'll need to do is stock up the table with fresh produce and tasty nibbles, then relax with a glass of bubbles!
  • 1

    Sparkling berry punch

    This refreshing sparkling berry punch recipe was made to be enjoyed in the summer sun! Make an alcohol free version by swapping wine for sparkling grape juice, lemonade or soda water


  • 2

    Grilled mussels with pesto, sun-dried tomato and cheese

    Take your next nibbles up a notch with Nici Wickes' grilled mussels recipe. Topped with tasty goodies then cooked until bubbling, these little bites are perfect for sharing with friends and family over drinks

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Asparagus, chicken, egg and new potato salad

    This light and fresh asparagus, chicken, egg and new potato salad is perfect for a quick workday lunch or on the side at a barbecue. Serve with our delicious herb dressing for extra zing.


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    New potato salad with easy mint pesto dressing

    New season spuds are the star of this potato salad recipe. Homemade mint pesto dressing gives this side dish a delicious edge the whole family will love. Enjoy warm or cold with lunch or dinner


  • 7

    Barbecue salmon parcels

    Cooking seafood on the bbq has never been easier than this delicious barbecue salmon parcel recipe! Quick, easy and fresh, this dish will be your go-to this summer


  • 8

    Summer lamb and beetroot salad

    Quickly seared lamb underpins this tasty dish, making it perfectly adequate for dinner. Pulled together in just 20 minutes, it's a quick and healthy meal that everyone will love.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Herby drumsticks

    Chicken drumsticks have never tasted better than they do lathered in these incredible Nici Wickes marinades. Go Moroccan-style or opt for a zingy and herby alternative - or why not give both a try?

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Rosemary roast beef fillet

    This rosemary roast beef fillet will look so good on your Christmas table - the red of the perfectly-cooked fillet matches beautifully with the roasted beetroot and onions!


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    Baked fish with a sesame, pistachio and harissa crust

    Nadia Lim's baked fish recipe may be the perfect entertaining meal. The oven does all the hard work to create this gluten-free dish that's ready in just 20 minutes. Be sure to serve hot sprinkled with coriander


  • 14

    Crumbed Christmas salmon

    Every so often, the family asks for something other than turkey for Christmas and with a third of the family non-meat eaters who will eat fish, this recipe of Nici Wickes is the answer.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 15

    Cherry and coconut tart

    Fresh cherries burst with deliciousness in this tart. Covered with beautifully crispy shredded coconut, the flavours melt perfectly together to create a tasty festive dessert.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 16

    Easy summer strawberry trifle

    This showstopping strawberry trifle recipe is a must for any sweet summer occasion - especially Christmas! Easy and requiring just a few ingredients, this recipe is a winner


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    No-churn strawberry and white chocolate ice cream

    Making a tub of creamy, homemade ice cream doesn’t come any easier than this! You don't even need an ice cream maker for this recipe - simply combine all the divine ingredients and let the freezer do the rest of the work.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Meringue and berry layer cake

    This impressive dessert is the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas table. The best part is, the meringues and fruit can be made ahead of time, then it’s just a quick assemble on the day.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Modern Christmas cake

    This wonderful recipe sees moist, fruity Christmas cake topped with cinnamon buttercream, fresh figs and pistachios! It's the perfect dessert to enjoy with friends and family during the festive season

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|