This Month’s Ultimate Recipes: Wintry December

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
December 3, 2014 Updated: October 8, 2018

Lets welcome the month of December with some good  comfort food to face the chilly days of winter that await us. Enjoy this month with some delicious beans, beets, collard greens, and many more recipes!

1. Beans with Roasted Peppers and Onions

(Courtesy Of Roxy's Kitchen)
(Courtesy Of Roxy’s Kitchen)

Beans are incredibly nutritious  – they’re high in both fiber and antioxidants. They are usually a great substitute of for meat. This simple five-ingredient recipe of beans with roasted peppers and onions are healthy, delicious, and easy to make. 

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2. Hoppin John Rissoto

(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)
(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)

Hoppin’ John, the southern staple of United States, featuring collard greens, black-eyed peas, and rice, has tons of unfulfilled potential. Typically weighed down with pork but light on spices. Incredibly savory and soothing, it’s the perfect heart-warming and rib-sticking dish for these chilly days. 

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3. Mashed Potato Swirls with Parmesan

(Courtesy of Roxy's Kitchen)
(Courtesy of Roxy’s Kitchen)

These mashed potato swirls are easy and quick to make. They require just five ingredients! They look great on any appetizer platter – great for a small gathering or even a birthday party. 

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4. Caramelized Beet and Apple Cobbler

(Courtesy of Four Season's)
(Courtesy of Four Seasons)

Caramelized Beet and Apple Cobbler is a delicious dessert, it’s a combination of tasty flavors of apple and cinnamon. This dessert will leave your family asking for more. 

For the recipe, click here. 

5. Non-Boeuf en Daube

 

(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)
(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)

Plenty of “beefy” stews exist out there, so this is far from ground-breaking material, but trust me: this is the last recipe you’ll ever need. Simply prepared, easily frozen and saved for later, and of course, that complex, intensely savory flavor that can only come from layers of quality ingredients, care, and time. This is what comfort tastes like, steamy enough to cut through any deep chill.

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6. Cranberry, Caramel, and Chocolate Tart

(Courtesy of Four Seasons)
(Courtesy of Four Seasons)

Did you know that cranberries have enormous health benefits? They are a powerful antioxidant and even lower the chances of certain cancers! This delicious cranberry, chocolate, caramel tart is a perfect way to introduce this healthy fruit into your diet. 

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7. Celeriac Cupcakes

(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)
(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)

If you can have carrot cakes, and zucchini cakes, why not try some celeriac cakes? A mild, almost sweet, and nutty cupcake. It tastes as delicious as it looks. 

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8. Homemade Raffaello Snowmen

(Courtesy of Roxy's Kitchen)
(Courtesy of Roxy’s Kitchen)

Winter is officially here, and the holidays are just around the corner. This is the cutest, easiest, and most delicious treat you can make for your kids this season. 

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9. Baked pears on Puff Pastry

(Courtesy of Roxy's Kitchen)
(Courtesy of Roxy’s Kitchen)

This is a simple but delectable dessert or snack to serve anytime of the day. Pear halves are stuffed with chocolate, and then baked on puff pastry. You can make it with apples as well, and maybe sprinkle some cinnamon on top to give it a nice flavor. 

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10. Sauerkraut and Potato Focaccia 

(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)
(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)

Magical things happen when you top a chewy loaf of focaccia with thin slices of golden-fleshed potatoes and a handful of red onions. Crispy and golden brown around the edges but still tender on the inside, the sheath of potatoes creates a topper that sets an otherwise simple flat bread apart from the rest.  Sauerkraut brightens up the flavors of the wheat with a much-needed hit of acid, those tangy notes perfectly in tune with the heartier starches.

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11.  Chicken Sour Soup 

(Courtesy of Roxy's Kitchen)
(Courtesy of Roxy’s Kitchen)

This chicken sour soup is the best thing to have on a cold, wintery day. 

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12. Yeasted Carrot Cake Bread 

(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)
(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)

Speckled with walnuts, raisins, and of course orange flecks of carrot, this new take on carrot cake is certainly a mouthful, but it’s not at all hard to swallow. One might even feel slightly virtuous selecting a slice or two for breakfast, since you’re getting a nice serving of carrot, right?

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13. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)
(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)

When you’re trying to stay warm and cozy,  a mug of hot tea or coffee does wonders. But, for an extra special treat, nothing takes the chill off quite like a sip of rich, creamy hot chocolate. 

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14. Kale Saag Soup 

(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)
(Courtesy of Bitter Sweet)

Inspired by saag paneer, and Indian dish with gently stewed spinach and cubes of soft cheese, this vegan version utilizes kale, the leafy green of the moment, and achieves a silkier texture through the use of pureed potato. A stunning one-bowl meal, complete with greens and protein, not to mention a crave-worthy spicy flavor profile. 

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15. Feta Cheese Balls with Dill ad Sunflower Seeds

(Courtesy of Roxy's Kitchen)
(Courtesy of Roxy’s Kitchen)

These feta cheese balls are a really yummy appetizer. They are very delicious, healthy, and super easy to make. The flavor of feta cheese, fresh dill, and sunflower seeds add a tasty bit of crunch, and are an excellent source of nutrition. 

 For the recipe, click here

 

*Image of “december” background via Shutterstock. 

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