December 2012 Recipe Index

Find all the healthy recipes from Cooking Light's December 2012 issue.

Cooking Light December 2012 Cover

Raymond Hom

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints Recipes

    Christmas Cookie Recipes

    Wondering what's on Santa's wish list this year? All of his favorite Cooking Light Christmas cookies, of course.

  • Low Fat Eggnog

    Holiday Cocktails Made Healthy

    As you raise your glass this holiday season, make it a point to bring this traditional toast to reality with our tips for making healthy holiday cocktails.

  • Mini Corn Bread Crab Cakes with Lemon-Caper Sauce

    Party Appetizers

    Whether it's a quiet night with friends or a big crowd to watch the game, these hors d'oeuvres are perfect.

  • Vegan Roasted Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

    Vegan Holiday Menu

    Vegan or not, the whole family is sure to love this healthy, hearty holiday menu that just happens to be free of any animal products.

  • Smoky Seitan, Pinto Bean, and Hominy Stew Vegetarian Recipe

    Vegetarian Soups

    Serve up a bowl of comfort with one of these delicious and healthy vegetarian soup recipes.



Apricot–Blue Cheese Angels [Freezable] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Baked Burrata [Kid Friendly] [Vegetarian]
Creamy Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Mini Tomato-Parmesan Tarts [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Pan-Fried Oysters with Tangy Crème Fraîche
Peanut Butter Hummus with Cucumber Dippers [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]


The G-Word [Quick and Easy]
The Sun Also Rises Cocktail
Sweet Adeline [Quick and Easy]


Chocolate--Triple Hazelnut Truffles [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Coconut Cake with Raspberry Filling [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Gingerbread People [Kid Friendly] [Freezable] [Make Ahead]
Intense Fruit Gelées [Make Ahead]
Lighter Fruitcake [Freezable] [Make Ahead]
Madeleines [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Mini Almond Cupcakes [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Salted Caramel Cheesecakes [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]


Pumpkin-Shiitake Risotto with Pancetta and Pine Nuts [Quick and Easy]



Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Gremolata [Quick and Easy]
Skirt Steak with Gorgonzola Polenta [Quick and Easy]

Fish and Shellfish

Halibut and Chorizo Stew with Garlic Toasts [Quick and Easy]
Sautéed Flounder and Spicy Rémoulade [Quick and Easy]


Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]


Chipotle Pork Tamales with Cilantro-Lime Crema [Freezable] [Make Ahead]
Egg and Hash Brown Casserole [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Honey-Orange Pork Tenderloin [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Pork Medallions with Whisky-Cumberland Sauce and Haricots Verts [Quick and Easy]
Roast Stuffed Pork Loin with Port Sauce
Sausage and Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stir-Fried Spicy Rice Cakes [Quick and Easy]


Chicken Yakitori Rice Bowl [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]


Apple-Stuffed Strata [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Cavatappi [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Eggs with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Tomato [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Spanish Potato and Spinach Tortilla with Red Pepper Sauce [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]


Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Cavatappi [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]


Pear and Winter Lettuce Salad [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Pineapple and Orange Salad with Toasted Coconut [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]


Cranberry Curd [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Roasted Pine Nut Butter [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]


Bacon-Scented Broccoli [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Broccoli Rabe with Polenta Croutons [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Broccoli Rabe with Sesame and Soy [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Parmesan [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Crispy Root Vegetable Latkes with Beet Puree [Vegetarian]
Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Garlic Haricots Verts [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Herb-Roasted Potatoes [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Two-Potato Gratin [Kid Friendly] [Vegetarian]


Curried Butternut Soup [Make Ahead]
Curried Lentil Soup with Yogurt and Cilantro [Quick and Easy] [Freezable] [Make Ahead]
Halibut and Chorizo Stew with Garlic Toast [Quick and Easy]
Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup [Make Ahead]

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