December 2013 Recipe Index

Find all the healthy recipes from Cooking Light's December 2013 issue.

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Christopher Testani

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  • Healthy Christmas Breakfast Recipes

    Christmas Breakfast Recipes

    The holidays promise some of the happiest, coziest family breakfasts of the year. These easy, make-ahead casseroles deliver comfort to the table and great joy to the cook.

  • 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.

  • Gluten-Free Truffled Pommes Anna Recipe

    Gluten-Free Holiday Menu

    With these tips and tricks, you can turn our traditional holiday recipes into a delicious gluten-free holiday menu.


Blue Cheese-Bacon-Spinach Dip [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead]
Charred Red Onion Dip [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead]
Cucumber and Dill Dip [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Smoked Salmon Dip [Quick and Easy]

Ciabatta Parmesan Toasts [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Triple-Chocolate Muffins [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Freezable] [Make Ahead]

Banana, Chocolate, and Hazelnut Dip [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead]
Caramel-Toffee Dip [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead]
Champagne Truffles [Make Ahead]
Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Eggnog Coffee Cake [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead] [Freezable]
Honey and Lemon Dip [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead]
Pineapple Shortbread Cakes [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Rum-Raisin Bundt Cake [Make Ahead] [Freezable]
Star Anise Snickerdoodles [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead] [Freezable]

Barley Risotto with Wild Mushrooms [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Classic Risotto Milanese [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Hearty Oats and Grains [Kid Friendly] [Vegetarian]
Pancetta Risotto with Truffle Oil [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]


Beer-Braised Brisket with Onion Jam [Make Ahead]
Seared Steak with Braised Leeks and Chard [Quick and Easy]
Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce
Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]

Fish & Shellfish
Citrus-Glazed Shrimp with Cilantro Rice [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Coconut Curried Mussels with Cauliflower [Quick and Easy]
Red Pepper Crab Cakes with Lemony Mayo [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Roasted Side of Salmon with Shallot Cream [Quick and Easy]

Sticky Korean Lamb Skewers [Quick and Easy]

Apple Brandy-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Cuban Pork Shoulder with Beans and Rice [Make Ahead]
Pork Cutlets with Wild Mushroom Marsala [Quick and Easy]

Chicken and Chickpea Tagine [Make Ahead]
Chicken and Mushroom Empanadas with Roasted Tomatillo Sauce [Freezable] [Make Ahead]
Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Slow Cooker Chicken Verde [Make Ahead]
Sticky Soy-Hoisin Chicken Thighs [Kid Friendly]
Turkey Schnitzel with Radicchio Slaw [Quick and Easy]

Bananas Foster Breakfast Strata [Vegetarian]
Quinoa-Stuffed Kale Rolls with Goat Cheese [Vegetarian]

Broccoli Mac and Cheese [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Rigatoni with Meaty Mushroom Bolognese [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Slow Cooker Sausage and Squash Lasagna [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]

Avocado and Radish Salad [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]

The Cheesy, Hammy Euro Special [Quick and Easy]
Lamb and Red Pepper Pita Sandwiches [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
The Pizza-in-a-Muffin Special [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy]
Tangy Italian Beef Sandwiches [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]

Slow-Cooked Ragù [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead] [Freezable]

Couscous with Winter Vegetables [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead] [Vegetarian]
Fried Brown Rice with Red Pepper and Almond [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Fried Brown Rice with Snow Peas and Peanuts [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Garlicky Turnip Fries with Pomegranate Ketchup [Kid Friendly] [Vegetarian]
Mint and Pistachio Tabbouleh [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Mushroom and Pine Nut Fried Brown Rice [Kid Friendly][Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Mustard Mashed Potatoes [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Snap Pea and Bell Pepper Sauté [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]
Zucchini and Walnut Fried Brown Rice [Quick and Easy] [Vegetarian]

Black Bean Soup with Chorizo and Lime [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead]
Chickpea and Sausage Minestrone [Kid Friendly] [Quick and Easy] [Make Ahead]
Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks [Kid Friendly] [Make Ahead]
Spicy Tilapia and Fennel Stew [Quick and Easy]


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