31 Family-Friendly Recipes for December

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It’s easy to wind up with a big appetite in December, and especially a hankering for sweets. We’re surrounded by heavy and rich treats from November through January, so it’s no wonder that this month is when many of us find that we indulge the most.

We have dishes that are made clean, to satisfy and delight you and yours during this most magical and festive of months. You’ll be well-nourished, and when you do indulge, you won’t feel like you’re throwing in the towel on that healthy eating plan!

Breakfast & Brunch

Homemade Cranberry Jam

1. Homemade Cranberry Jam
Proof that cranberry recipes don’t end with cranberry sauce, spread this zingy jam on toast, biscuits, cornbread, and rolls.

2. Salmon and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata
This super tasty frittata has a balsamic drizzle and is perfect for breakfast or brunch or even dinner.

3. Potato, Apple, and Gruyere Tart
It’s surprising how easy it is to put this potato and apple tart together and how delicious it is with some lovely gruyere cheese.

4. Berry Almond Breakfast Quinoa
A bowl of warm oatmeal is great on a cold morning, but why not have some variety with a bowl of warm quinoa, which can also be prepared the night before and reheated for breakfast.

5. Southwestern Protein Breakfast Burrito
Fill up and fuel up with this zesty protein-rich burrito.

6. Slow Cooker Creamy Almond Blast Oatmeal
Creaminess and almond flavor make this oatmeal the comfort food of breakfast foods.

Soups, Stews, & Chilis

Spicy Chili with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

7. Spicy Chili with Fire Roasted Tomatoes
A bowl of this tummy warming chili is just what’s called for on a frigid winter evening.

8. Slow Cooker Southwestern Sweet Potato Soup
Velvety sweet with a kick, a bowl of this lovely soup brightens up any gray day!

9. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
You can make thai soup at home right in your crockpot with this recipe and it’s brimming with all of those Thai flavors we love so much.

10. Slow Cooker Bean & Veggie Soup with a Thai Twist
Large pieces of root vegetables and beans make this rich coconut and tomato vegetarian soup extra hearty, almost like a vegetable stew.

11. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Lentil Stew
Butternut squash and lentils make this a stick-to-your-ribs veggie stew great for any weeknight dinner.

12. Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Meaty hunks of beef and root vegetables make a classic beef stew that’s nice to walk in the door to. Serve with crusty whole grain bread and a side salad for a hearty dinner.

Salads & Starters

Waldorf Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

13. Waldorf Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing
Crunchy, juicy, sweet, and creamy, this salad satisfies on a lot of levels.  It’s also good for light dessert.

14. Sweet Potato and Apple Slaw
This is winter’s answer to coleslaw with the sweet tuber delicious raw once it’s grated and crisp apples to complement it nicely.

15. Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted beets, nuts, cheese, and lettuce make this a filling salad and the perfect use for the sweet vegetable.

16. Root Vegetable Salad with Sweet Potato Crunchies
The sweet potato crunchies add extra crispiness to this refreshing winter salad.

17. Citrus Quinoa Salad
A winter citrus salad becomes filling with the addition of protein-rich quinoa.

Sides

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shiitakes and Smoked Paprika

18. Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Shitakes and Smoked Paprika
Roasted sprouts caramelizes the outside, and the paprika and shitakes make this side even more savory.

19. Old-Fashioned Cornbread
This old fashioned cornbread is made with all clean eating ingredients and is delicious.

20. Dijon Roasted Cabbage
Readers rave about this cabbage recipe, as a new and unexpected way to prepare cabbage and a new vegetable side dish to add to the usual mix of side dish recipes.

21. Slow Cooker Southern Style Green Beans
Prepared the traditional Southern way, that is cooked slow and at a low temperature, these beans are tender and full of flavor.

Entrees

22. Garlic and Herb Beef Roast and Potatoes
Falling off the fork juicy and tender, everyone loves this satiating classic.

23. Slow Cooker Lasagna with Bechàmel Sauce
A creamy rich Bechamel sauce makes this more special than the everyday lasagna. 

24. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken
A full meal, the perfect chance to have yummy artichokes with your chicken!

25. Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
Why order greasy takeout when this clean version of a family favorite can be waiting for you when you walk in the door in the evening?

26. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
Love the intense flavor of sundried tomatoes in the winter, when fresh tomatoes aren’t in season in most places, and the creaminess really makes this chicken dish something special.

27. Salmon Provencal with Wilted Spinach and Olives
This Mediterranean-inspired meal comes together pretty quickly and easily and the olives are perfect with the salmon.

Desserts 

Clean Eating Creme Brulee

28. Clean Eating Creme Brulee
You may not have thought creme brulee could be made healthier but we did it! Crisp on the top and creamy inside, the results are nothing short of fabulous.

29. Holiday Ginger Spice Cookies
Bake these for  holiday festivities. Better yet, wrap them in cellophane with ribbons and give them as gifts!

30. No-Bake Skinny Chocolate Cheesecakes
The best thing about these cheesecakes, besides how delicious they are and that they’re lightened up, is that they are fairly easy to make. Whip up a batch to take to holiday gatherings!

31. Slow Cooker Molten Lava Cake
Rich, chocolatey, dreamy if you really just have to have some chocolate, you pretty much have to have this flourless gooey cake.

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