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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, healthy, nourishing dinners and plenty of holiday cookies.

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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.

Reminder: AK Cookie Week starts Monday! Get ready for some extra special surprises that are perfect for cookie baking season.

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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.

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Breakfast & brunch

Upside-Down Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Brown Butter Apple Coffee Cake

Grain Free Snowman Pancakes

Orange Gingerbread Swirl Loaf

The Best Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat

Upside-Down Orange Caramel Pecan French Toast Bake

creamy tomato orzo soup in a mug next to crackers

Seasonal lunches

Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup with Mini Turkey Meatballs

Italian Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad

The Best Minestrone Soup

Vegan White Bean & Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Cherry Jam, Turkey & Spicy Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

festive nut mix in two small bowls

Appetizers & snacks

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

White Cheddar Brussels Sprouts & Pistachio Crostini with Hot Honey

Scallion Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Mushrooms

Caramelized Garlic Carrots with Spicy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Apple & Brie Crostini with Hot Honey

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

butternut squash lasagna in a pan

Comforting dinners

Cozy Roasted Vegetable Butternut Squash Lasagna

Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous

Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

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

30 minute Healthier Pasta Carbonara

chocolate mint cookies with mint frosting next to candy canes

Go crazy for cookies

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

World’s Best Banana Cream Pie (with peanut butter cookie crust!)

Grain Free Chocolate Orange Pinwheels

Mint Chocolate Cookies with Mint Frosting

One Bowl Gluten Free Gingerbread Snacking Cake

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cream Pies with Fluffy Peanut Butter Filling

Soft Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Lovely Lemon Icing

Looking for more? Get all of our cookie recipes here!

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