Today, October 16, is World Food Day. As we begin the season for holiday recipes, let’s celebrate the work that World Vision does all around the world through food!
Try our top eight holiday recipes from friends like Patricia Heaton, Food Faith Fitness, and more, and see how food plays a big part in how you can shine bright in the life of a child through World Vision!
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1. Patricia Heaton — Winter corn chowder
Last spring, actress and World Vision Celebrity Ambassador Patricia Heaton helped cook for South Sudanese refugees as they arrived in Uganda. Inspired by providing a first warm meal to welcome the newcomers, Patricia guest-blogged with us about a recipe for winter corn chowder (from her new cookbook!) that features some of the same foods she helped feed refugee families.
Read Patricia’s perspective on hospitality through warm meals.
2. World Food Programme — Dolma
Saeeda Nouri is one of tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians who fled religious violence in Mosul, Iraq, in June of 2014. Now she lives with her husband and youngest son in Ashti Camp for displaced Iraqi families in Erbil, Iraq.
When Marwa Awad, on staff with our partners at the World Food Programme, visited Saeeda, she heard her story and learned about one of Iraq’s most famous dishes, dolma. This recipe is one of Saeeda’s favorites that she used to cook at home, and through innovative programs like mobile e-vouchers, Saeeda is able to still cook it for her family, even while displaced.
3. Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness — Goat cheese cheesecake
Inspired by how goats and the milk they provide can change everything for families in need, blogger Taylor Kiser developed her recipe for goat cheese cheesecake with honey cinnamon apples. Goat milk provides protein to help kids grow up strong, and extra goat milk can be sold to help struggling families earn money for their life necessities. Their manure also helps fertilize crops and vegetable gardens.
Find out how to make one of her favorite new recipes!
4. Chef Billy Parisi — Huevos rancheros
Food is one of the essentials of life and over the years it has proved to bring people together over and over again. Chef Billy Parisi partnered with us on his recipe for huevos rancheros with avocado and crispy bacon to shed some light on the rest of the world that may not get the opportunity to eat meals on a regular basis or even have access to clean water.
“God has given us every single thing we have so who would we be if we were not a blessing to those who are the most vulnerable,” Billy says.
What ingredient do you think inspired Billy’s recipe?
5. World Vision staff — Mongolian buuz
On the plains of Mongolia, the cuisine is focused on the meat and dairy provided by livestock, especially for nomadic herding families. This recipe for traditional Mongolian steamed dumplings — called Buuz — illustrates what it’s like to cook in this harsh climate.
6. Lindsay Cotter of Cotter Crunch — Almond flour loaf cake
Why is Lindsay Cotter’s almond flour load cake sweetened with honey? Honey is natural, healthy, and is an ingredient that pays it forward in World Vision communities!
When you donate a beehive through the World Vision Gift Catalog, you help empower a family economically. Communities raise the bees and sell the honey they produce for an income to help them better support their families.
7. Laura Sandford of Joy Food Sunshine — Carrot zucchini muffins
These muffins were one of the first baked goods Laura ever made for her daughter. They’re healthy and full of nutrition, they help her teach her kids about healthy eating, and they include ingredients that could be grown in a home garden!
A World Vision program called Common Pot teaches mothers around the world to do this very same thing: to cook delicious meals with ingredients they can easily get that will be highly nutritious for their kids.
8. Josephine Bingi — Banana pancakes
Josephine in Uganda makes 650 banana pancakes every Sunday and sells them at church for a penny each. She raises her 13 children and grandchildren on that income: $6.50 a week.
Read what it’s like to make this recipe and how love and prayer keep her going.
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Share with us below: Which holiday recipes do you most want to try? What is your favorite?