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What to Cook This December

What to Cook This December

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Cookie and I are so thankful for you!

We’re thoroughly enjoying our three-day weekend. We bought our first few Christmas ornaments and I’m looking forward to setting up our tree later today.

Below, you’ll find a collection of seasonal recipes to make this month, plus a few links that have caught my attention lately.

Links lately:

  • 2019 holiday gift guide: Many items are on sale right now!
  • Dyson V8 Absolute (affiliate link): Just have to share that our beloved cordless vacuum is currently on a crazy discount. It has all the features we need, nothing we don’t, works brilliantly!
  • The Jungle Prince of Delhi: Fascinating.
  • 50 More People Try to Dice an Onion (video)
  • Cookbook Club 101: What It Is and How to Start Your Own


Simple Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

“I’ve made this twice now with a mixture of apples from a co-Workers apple orchard. Super delicious! What made it most fun was my 3 year old grandson stealing apple slices from the cutting board as I sliced the apples can’t wait to try some of your other recipes! Thanks!” – Louise

More apple recipes »


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 »


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

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

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 »


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

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)

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 »


Kale, Clementine and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I loved, loved, loved this salad, and so did the rest of my family. My 15-year old stashed the leftovers (there wasn’t much after we each had double-helpings) for her school lunch tomorrow. That’s a great indication of how much it was revered!” – Monique

More kale recipes »


Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria


“Well, in spite of yourself and your perfectionism, you have created the perfect sangria! We’re having a Super Bowl Ungame Party and we’ve inconveniently out of Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparking Sangria. Back to the store!” – Peggy

More pomegranate recipes »


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 »


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

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

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.

More resources you might appreciate: My 2019 gift guide, 23 make-ahead breakfast recipes, 45 recipes that pack well for lunch, 17 easy side dishes and 20 simple weeknight dinners. You can shop my essential kitchen equipment here. Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for a steady stream of recipe inspiration!