What to Cook This December

December has arrived quicker than ever! Thanksgiving already feels like ages ago, and the lights on our Christmas tree are brightening this dreary day. Grace is having a ball moving the ornaments all over the house!

Below, you’ll find a collection of healthy recipes to carry us through December and the holiday season. Cooking with fresh, seasonal produce is generally more delicious and more affordable, so it’s a true win-win.

If you’re shopping for an easy gift, I hear that my cookbook makes a great one. It’s on sale for about $17 at Target (online only) and Amazon right now, and it’s also now available in a cool spiral-bound format that lays flat. Stay well, eat well, and happy holidays!


Gluten-free apple crisp recipe, perfect for the holidays!

Simple Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

“Amazing recipe (as always!!). I followed exactly, including the 2 tbsp of water and 2 whisky (Canada) as per recommendations. I used Courtland apples and also added the Greek yogurt to the topping which I have never done in a crumble and it was amazing. Honestly best crumble hands down (GF or otherwise!)” – Giselle

More apple recipes »


Raw Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach in bowls

Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Gluten free and vegan

“This could be THE best salad I have ever made. I have a vegan friend who I am always trying to find interesting recipes for and she also loved it. I made it exactly as per your recipe apart from adding a mixture of toasted almond flakes and pumpkins seeds.” – Heather

More beet recipes »


You won't believe how delicious dairy-free mac and cheese can be. Vegan and easily gluten free. cookieandkate.com

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Easily gluten free, and vegan

“My super picky daughter even had seconds! I thought this was very good, and definitely the best “cheese” I’ve had. I usually steer clear of nutritional yeast based cheese sauce, but I pretty much love everything I’ve made from your blog, so I gave it a try. Served with your recipe of Apple Kohlrabi salad, and was a lovely meal!” – Sarah

More broccoli recipes »

Brussels Sprouts

Quick Brussels sprouts and coconut rice recipe with a spicy, Thai-flavored soy sauce! cookieandkate.com

Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts from The Love and Lemons Cookbook

Gluten free and vegan

“Made this for dinner last night and it was wonderful! I can hardly wait for my Love and Lemons cookbook to arrive tomorrow. Thank you again” – Luann

More Brussels sprout recipes »


spaghetti squash burrito bowls

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

Gluten free and vegan

“I just had a Mexican fiesta in my mouth without any of the guilt. So easy and my family thought it looked so gourmet – thanks Kate. I have shared the recipe with foodie friends to try – I am making one recipe a week from your site for 2016 and so far -ROCK STAR hits.” – Terri

More cabbage recipes »


This creamy, Thai-spiced carrot and sweet potato soup comes from Angela Liddon's new cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday! cookieandkate.com

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Gluten free and vegan

“Today was our first cool day for the season. When I stepped outside for my morning walk I knew I would be making this soup for dinner. It was so good. Thanks so much for choosing to share this tasty recipe. I can’t wait to get Angela’s new cookbook.” – Cathy

More carrot recipes »

Citrus fruits

naturally sweetened lemon curd recipe

Honey Lemon Curd

Gluten free

“It turned out just perfect! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!” – Yelena

More lemon recipes » (also grapefruit, orange, lime and clementine)

Hardy greens (arugula,
chard, collard greens & spinach)

This fresh, herbed quinoa and chickpea salad makes a satisfying lunch and a great holiday side dish.

Herbed Quinoa & Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I have made this twice already since you posted it, Kate. A great combination of flavors, especially with the parsley and cilantro together. This will certainly be going into our regular repertoire.” – Sophie

More salad recipes »


best pasta e fagioli recipe

Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Pasta and Beans)

Potentially gluten free and vegan

“Literally one of the best recipes ever! I’ve made this numerous times over the past few weeks as the weather has started to turn colder. It’s so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!” – Lauren

More kale recipes »


pomegranate pear arugula salad recipe

Pomegranate & Pear Green Salad with Ginger Dressing

Gluten-free and easily vegan

“This was the best looking salad I’ve ever made, and the taste lived up to the appearance. I loved how bright and fresh it was, and the ginger dressing added just the right amount of zing and pulled everything together. This was literally the centerpiece of my Christmas dinner table, and everyone loved it!” – Josh

More pomegranate recipes »


Amazing crispy roasted breakfast potatoes (also called home fries!) - cookieandkate.com

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Gluten-free and vegan

“I’ve made these at least a half a dozen times! My husband, the potato enthusiast, loves them. Super easy and cooks up nice and crispy while I make our eggs. No more staring at the potatoes in the skillet and praying they don’t stick. Thanks, Kate!” – Heather

More potato recipes »


Lentil, chickpea and radish salad recipe

Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs

Vegan and gluten free

“Hi again! Thanks so much for this one! I made it for my husband and I and we loved it so much we made it for a recent housewarming and everyone went wild… Sent this one to a few guests who had requested a copy! Thanks!” — Krystal

More radish recipes »

Sweet Potatoes

Delicious enchilada casserole stuffed with roasted veggies, black beans, salsa and spinach! This is a hearty and redeeming dinner recipe. cookieandkate.com

Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole

Gluten free and potentially vegan

“The Roasted vegetable enchiladas were delicious! Even family members who claim to not be fans of veggies ate this and had seconds. Score one for plant based goodness!!” – Erin

More sweet potato recipes »

Winter Squash

These roasted butternut squash tacos with slaw are bursting with flavor and so good for you, too. cookieandkate.com

Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos

Easily gluten free and vegan

“Made these along with your Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos. We kinda mixed and matched all the toppings. It was all amazing. This will be our new family favorite. Taco night will never be the same:)
Thanks for the wonderful recipes.” – Debbie

More butternut squash recipes » (also acorn squash and delicata squash)

Don’t forget to tag your Instagram recipe photos #cookieandkate so we can all see them! If you’re looking for an ingredient that didn’t make the list, check my ingredient index for relevant recipes.

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