31 Recipes to Make for December

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These 31 Recipes to Make for December are a collection of inspiration from holiday types of recipes to super easy dinners, and make ahead breakfasts. You’ll also find some of our favorite holiday desserts as well as a bonus date night idea as well!

Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Warm Bacon Dressing

Can you believe it’s already December? This has been the strangest year in terms of time. On the one hand, it seems to have been forever already, but on the other hand, I can’t figure out where the whole year has gone! But in any case here we are again with some more recipe inspiration, and just in time for the holidays.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for some simplicity as we approach the end of the year. So you’ll find some of our favorite comfort food recipes below, but also some of our favorite absolute easiest recipes as well.

There are also a few favorites for holiday desserts. But it was way too hard to choose just a few favorites. So if you’re looking for more inspiration, you can find all of my dessert recipes in the brand-new, (and organized) recipe index.

Healthy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana in yellow bowls!
Healthy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

So let’s start off these 31 Recipes to Make for December with some dinner inspiration

And of course I couldn’t leave out our ultimate holiday recipe – Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce. I cannot remember the last time this sauce wasn’t at a birthday or Christmas. And once you make it, be warned… it may never leave your table either!

If you can’t have dairy, you can sub in my Savory Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce for the heavy cream. You don’t need to simmer it down to thicken it though like you would with regular cream. This sauce is incredible on everything from chicken to prime rib if you’re going all out.

Instant Pot Rosemary Pork Ragu with Cauliflower 'Polenta'
Instant Pot Rosemary Pork Ragu with Cauliflower ‘Polenta’

And now for a couple of side dishes and snacks

For lots more recipe inspiration, check out my side dish section of the recipe index!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili loaded with toppings.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

and some tasty breakfast options too

Bonus fun breakfasts: Bacon & Egg Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust and Western Omelet Waffles.

Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins piled into a muffin tin.
Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins

Finally let’s talk about some of our favorite holiday desserts

Paleo Soft 'Sugar' Cookies on a cooling rack.
Glazed Paleo ‘Sugar’ Cookies

And like I mentioned above, it’s way too hard to narrow down to just a few desserts. So be sure and head over to the dessert section of the recipe index to find even more treats. Also, there will be some more cookie recipes coming this month as well.

To finish out these 31 Recipes to Make for December, I want to tell you about a favorite of mine

So I want to leave you with this recipe for how to put together an Easy Cheeseboard Date for 2. It says ‘for 2’ but you can easily size it to fit however many you might be feeding in your family instead of making it for a date night as an option as well. We love making this a few times throughout the holidays because it’s so simple to throw together. (And I should mention – it doesn’t require ANY cooking!)

Also, we’ve had a long-time tradition around New Year’s to have a cheeseboard and plan out what we might want to do in the new year. This has been one of the most fun traditions we’ve ever started. And I have to say we both really look forward to it each year.

Cheeses and sliced meats piled together on a board for an easy date night idea.
Easy Cheeseboard Date for 2

It’s also been great because we’ll write down everything we want to do from mountain peaks to climb, to vacation destinations. We also love making business and personal goals while snacking on cheese!

Even though this year pretty much nothing we wanted to do actually happened, we had some wonderful experiences in any case. And we’re still looking forward to planning fun things for next year in whatever way we can.

I just thought I’d share this in case you’ve been feeling adrift this year like I have at numerous times. I’ve just focused on things closer to home and started planning nice things we can do, (since backpacking through New Zealand seems like a far-out dream at the moment!).

So I hope these recipes will bring you some inspiration to make the next month as special as you can. Also for more seasonal recipes, try my 30 Recipes for November. From easy dinners to fun and healthier takes on holiday desserts, I hope you’ll let me know what you make over the next month!

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