25 Holiday Recipes That Will Make Your Holiday Happy And Bright

Tis the season to eat and cook all the things! Seriously though, whatever Holiday you celebrate, the best part is the food as good food brin...

Tis the season to eat and cook all the things! Seriously though, whatever Holiday you celebrate, the best part is the food as good food brings everyone together. While we all have standby traditional recipes that have stood the test of time, sometimes it’s nice to change things up a little bit. Whatever your relationship with cooking, be it a can-do attitude or wishful thinking, here are 25 holiday recipes that will make your holiday happy and bright.


White Hot Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Whipped Cream


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This lavish dessert drink is an inverse of the traditional – white hot chocolate, dark chocolate whipped cream – and is sure to surprise and impress your guests – or yourself. If you want to make it minty, add a peppermint stick or candy cane.




Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples


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We’re just gonna be honest here, this is one is probably not for the novice cook. This one is more for the person who’s comfortable roasting a chicken and veg for dinner on a Tuesday night without stress. However, if you’re comfortable in the kitchen and looking for something more exciting than another Christmas Turkey, this could be a valid option.


Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Sage


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A few things to note about this delicious recipe: 1) It’s vegan, but not specifically so. It’s just that there are no animal products used in this recipe, so it’s good for everyone, no substitutes. 2) It’s NOTHING like cranberry sauce you’ve had before, and please don’t insult it by comparing it to the gel from a can. 3) It’s easy. Like really really easy.


Easy Seafood Paella


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If you can cook rice (not minute rice, regular rice), you can make an easy and impressive Paella for you and your friends to gather around this Holiday Season. Beautiful, flavorful, and perfect with a bottle of wine.


Cran-Orange Paleo Macaroons


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Festive and tasty for those of any particular diet, but it’s always nice to make sure that those who have dietary restrictions can join in on the indulgence, too.


Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup


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Few things can chase away the chill of a winter afternoon like soup. This is one warm, happy, creamy, homemade soup that should be added to your “to try” list. Squash is roasted with peppers, onions, and bacon, and blended together into warm magical soup, then topped with more bacon. Yes, please.


Christmas Sangria


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Sangria is a beloved crowd-pleasing cocktail that you can make in advance. It’s also rather kind to your budget. THIS Sangria is Christmas themed because it has cranberries (in case you needed an excuse to make Sangria in December. But really, you don’t).


Crock Pot Pork Roast Recipe with Chimichurri Sauce


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The crock pot is your friend any time of year but possibly even more so over the holidays when you have a lot to do and a lot of people to see.  This recipe is sugar free/ paleo/ clean eating friendly.


Eggnog French Toast


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Meal Merry Making isn’t just for dinner and dessert! Enliven your breakfast festivities with this twist on classic french toast. Also great for Boxing Day Brunch with some leftover Christmas Ham…Mmmm!


Funfetti Shortbread Cookies


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Someone you know and love needs these adorable cookies. Imagine how cute these would be in a cellophane bag, tied with a pretty ribbon and handed out to co-workers or any of the other people on your cookie list. Also, they’re so small we’re pretty sure the calories don’t count.


One Pot Paprika Chicken Thighs (With Potatoes and Carrots)


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The Holiday Season is a time of giving, of sharing, of good food and good will; few things convey that as well as a warm home cooked meal. So when you make a delicious one pan or pot meal like this, consider making a double batch to share. Tis the Season(ings).


Dijon Maple Green Beans with Caramelized Pecans, Bacon, and Feta


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The only diet plan that this dish is on is the “Eat every most delicious thing” diet. Pretty sure dishes like this are why “Feast Days” were invented.


Four Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies


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You can go from having no cookies to all the cookies in less than half an hour. These are delicious and magical and sooooo easy; they’re also great for making with little “helpers” or by yourself while helpers nap, whichever, no judgement.


Bacon and Sage Roasted Turkey


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Turkey is a traditional Christmas food, and for as often as most of us don’t roast a turkey, they’re pretty easy to make dry and..bleh. Make your turkey exciting and moist and flavorful and just really darn impressive by making it taste like bacon (and sage).


Festive Butternut Roast


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As an alternative to roasted Turkey for your vegan guests, may we suggest this. Stuffed with herbs, cranberries, and lentils, this gives you the ohhs and ahhhs of presenting a roasted bird, without the dead animal part.


No Knead Rosemary Garlic Bread


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While cookies are a lovely, sweet, and traditional Holiday gift, why not change it up a bit? Making bread at home is not difficult; it just looks like it is. Homemade bread is so unbelievably good, and this has a nice crisp crust and chewy inside. Also “No Knead” is in the title which is amazing.


Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots


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Cooked Carrots are one of those love ’em or hate ’em kind of foods. Nudge your family and friends into the love ’em category by making these. Easy and darn near foolproof, your guests think they’re getting a sweet holiday treat, you think you’re feeding them veggies, everyone’s right, and everyone wins.


White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies


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If you’re one of those people that gets excited over all things candy cane (or if you love one of those people), these cookies may be your favorite this year. If candy canes and chocolate are your thing, you can easily sub white chocolate chips for dark chocolate. Or both. Both is good too.


Parmesan Duchess Potatoes


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Potato Ricer and Piping Bag. Now that we have the secret to these very fancy and surprisingly easy potatoes out of the way, think of the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had, add Parmesan cheese, and present in the fanciest, most adult table way possible.


Whipped Cream Cubes


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This is really cute and so easy it’s almost cheating. Freeze whipped cream on a cookie sheet, cut with a cookie cutter and plop into a cup of delicious hot cocoa. Please note, you should probably make your own whipped cream for this. (It’s not as hard as it might sound!)


Maple Caramel Bacon Crack


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Crack as in Cracked a food that you break up, not like the addictive illegal substance. This isn’t illegal, but…probably addictive. Unlike candy, this uses a base of crescent roll dough (premade, so easy!) and is therefore a suitable party food.


Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies


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It’s important during the Holidays to still get your veggies, but at this magical time of year, steamed cauliflower just isn’t going to cut it. Try these veggies, which are still special AND healthy!


Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites


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Aside from being exactly what they sound like, these are very simple to make, so they can be made ahead for an event or kept as a stash for last minute guests and stored in the freezer.


Crabmeat Au Gratin


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Perfect for a party or for the adults as a tasty and special alternative to binging on cookies. No shortcuts here, this dip is made from a roux on the stove-top and then popped under the broiler to melt the toppings.


Buttered Rum


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Did you know it’s an actual drink? Yep, it is. If you’re over 21, you can make Hot Buttered Rum Mixed Drinks for yourself and your loved ones to chase away the winter chill.

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