If you’re looking for meal planning inspiration then these seasonal December recipes are perfect right now. Recipe ideas for easy midweek meals as well as Christmas dinner and festive sweet treats
Welcome to December’s seasonal #CookOnceEatTwice! I don’t know about you but right now I am torn between wanting to eat rich tempting foods and lighter meals to balance out all the indulgence.
I love all the sweet Christmas recipes and when I go shopping I want to fill my trolley with mince pies, stollen and panettone while at the same time wanting to buy the ingredients so I can actually make them from scratch as well!
Thank you to everyone who shared recipes in the November #CookOnceEatTwice linky. As it’s the Christmas season I want to include as many recipes as possible in this month’s round up. I’ve gone for the theme of seasonal December recipes. It’s the perfect theme as it allows me to include lots of different recipes and mention as many bloggers as possible. So, if you’re looking for winter comfort food, Christmas Day recipes and Christmas leftover recipes, seasonal desserts and sweet treats then there is something for you!
Seasonal December Recipes
As it’s not quite Christmas yet, let’s start with some winter comfort food recipes.
Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
This sweet potato and carrot soup by Choclette at Tin and Thyme looks so deliciously thick as well as being lovely and spicy. It would make the perfect light meal on a cold December day!
Slow Cooker Pork and Sage Ragu
December is the perfect time to get your slow cooker out if you haven’t already. This pork and sage ragu by Cat at Curly’s Cooking needs very little effort to make and is guaranteed to warm you up.
Pumpkin Miso Soup
This pumpkin miso soup by Jagrui at Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey is full of delicious Asian flavours and would make a lovely light meal or even a great starter on Christmas Day.
Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Chestnut Macaroni Cheese
This brussels sprouts, bacon and chestnut macaroni cheese by Jo at Jo’s Kitchen Larder must be the ultimate seasonal comfort food recipe.
Recipes for Christmas Day
How to Cook the Perfect Roast Turkey
If you haven’t cooked a turkey very often then Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie has the perfect roast turkey recipe. Like all Eb’s recipes, it’s clear and easy to follow with lots of tips to help make the Christmas Day cooking run smoothly.
Chestnut and Cranberry Stuffing Balls
I don’t often bother with stuffing for an every day roast dinner but you NEED stuffing at Christmas and I love the sound of these chestnut and cranberry stuffing balls, also by Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie.
Recipes with Christmas Leftovers
There are so many recipes you can make with leftover turkey and here are just some of them!
Creamy Green Chile Turkey Enchiladas
I love spicy foods so these creamy green chile turkey enchiladas by Michelle at Flipped Out Food sound right up my street!
Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
Michelle also shared this turkey and wild rice soup which would be ideal for using up any leftover turkey as well. You could of course make either of these recipes with leftover chicken if you don’t have turkey.
Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry
Another brilliant turkey leftovers recipe was this leftover turkey Thai green curry by Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie. As a huge fan of curry I know this would be a real hit in our house!
Warm Mexican Style Rice Salad with Leftover Turkey
This warm Mexican style rice salad with leftover turkey, also by Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie, is another brilliant option, if you’re not already spoilt for choice!
Easy Pot Pie Filling
Another great way of using up turkey is to put it in a pie. So how about this easy pot pie filling by Patrick at Looney for Food?
Sweet Treats and December Desserts
Seasonal December Recipes don’t have to be savoury! December is the perfect time to indulge a little and although these are not all specifically for Christmas, there is something seasonal about them all.
Earl Grey Fruit Cake with Orange Icing
This earl grey fruit cake with orange icing is fruity and delicious enough to be a Christmas cake. It sounds delicious and the orange icing would really finish it off well. It’s by Choclette at Tin and Thyme from a review of Lavender and Lovage: A Culinary Notebook of memories & recipes from home & abroad. It sounds like this book has some gorgeous recipes in an would make a great Christmas present!
Sprinkled Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Although chocolate muffins are perfect all year round I think the lovely sprinkles on these chocolate muffins by Jhuls at The Not So Creative Cook give them some seasonal spirit.
Non Dairy Berry Almond Trifles
When I was growing up we often had homemade trifle and especially around Christmas. Therefore I think these non dairy berry almond trifles by Patrick at Looney for Food would make a great light Christmas dessert.
Carrot Bundt Cake
Ok, I know carrot cake is not particularly Christmassy but to me this gorgeous carrot bundt cake by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps looks very seasonal. All the spices in a carrot cake definitely remind me of Christmas too!
Balvinder from Simple Gluten Free Kitchen made and shared these delicious coconut ladoos for Divali. However, I think they would make the perfect homemade sweet for Christmas too!
Hazelnut Cacao Energy Balls
Ok, these are energy balls and not Christmas truffles but I think Kate at The Gluten Free Alchemist could fool people with them. They look so good and sound delicious too. I think they would make a great slightly healthier sweet treat and I’d love to have some in the fridge at this time of year!
What Did I Make from Last Month’s Linky?
Well each month I am spoilt for choice when deciding what to make. This month I made Eb’s easy chicken goulash from Easy Peasy Foodie. As soon as I saw this recipe I knew it was one that my children would love. They can be very picky but they do like chicken and paprika and although I couldn’t get them to eat all the peppers in it, they happily gobbled up the chicken. Mr Searching for Spice and I happily gobbled it all up too so it was a success all round!
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