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31 Seasonal Recipes to Cook in December

31 delicious, seasonal recipes to cook in December! These are the best healthy winter recipes around. You’ll find breakfasts & brunches, cozy soups, filling salads to bring to work, healthy, nourishing dinners and incredible desserts. 

We’ve made it past Thanksgiving and I’m ready to keep on this delicious, festive recipe train. If you’re tired of stuffing & potatoes like I am — I’ve got you covered with seasonal salads, cozy soups, super nourishing dinners, and plenty of desserts to carry you through December.

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What’s in season in December?

This month we’re cooking with tons of delicious, vitamin-packed winter squash, dark leafy greens, broccoli plenty of sweet potatoes. Stock up on:

Citrus is also coming into season so be sure to stock up on juicy oranges and lemons for baking, dressings and more. You’ll find a healthy dose of gingerbread and sugar cookies because hello, baking season!

Scroll through, pick out your favs, and enjoy these seasonal recipes all December long.

collage of healthy recipes to cook in december

Breakfast & brunch

snowman pancakes on two plates

Grain Free Snowman Pancakes

Orange Gingerbread Swirl Loaf

The Best Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat

Perfectly Crispy Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

Upside-Down Orange Caramel Pecan French Toast Bake

Jalapeño, Pepper Jack & Turkey Bacon Quiche with Potato Crust

Seasonal lunches

classic minestrone soup in a bowl with garlic bread

The Best Minestrone Soup

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

Healing Thai Butternut Squash Lentil Soup (with a slow cooker option!)

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad (whole30, vegan & gluten free)

Appetizers & snacks

st. nick's party nuts in two glass bowls

St. Nick’s Drop It Like It’s Hot Party Nuts

Bacon Wrapped Dark Chocolate & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

How to Make a Charcuterie Board (Two Different Ways!)

Apple & Brie Crostini with Hot Honey

One Bowl Gluten Free Gingerbread Snacking Cake

Comforting dinners

butternut squash broccoli cheddar chicken couscous in a pot

Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous

Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie

Brown Butter Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Chickpeas

Mom’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

Mama’s Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

Go crazy for cookies

soft cut out sugar cookies made with almond flour on a baking sheet

Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies (gluten free, grain free, paleo friendly)

The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll Ever Eat

Italian Chocolate Orange Cookies with Orange Icing

Healthy Homemade Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies

Incredible Gingerbread Oatmeal Cream Pies

Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

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