Wondering what to cook when the weather outside is chilly and damp? If you're looking for nutritious, cozy meals to get you in a holiday mood in the month of December, read on! Here are 20 best comfort food recipe ideas, all gluten-free!
When the calendar turns to December, it's time to create warm holiday moments with family and friends!
I've pulled together a collection of recipes for easy cozy comfort food meals to help you get in the spirit of the holidays as you cozy up at home with your partner or your family. With the bustle of Thanksgiving dinner over, now's the time to relax and enjoy the season. Keep things simple with these easy meals!
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20 cozy comfort meals to enjoy in December
Here are four favorite chicken recipes. You'll find over 80 more in my Chicken Recipes category.
Cranberry Rosemary Boneless Chicken Thighs
Get in a holiday mood with these Cranberry Rosemary Boneless Chicken Thighs! Make enough to have leftovers the following day. Cook once and eat twice! Serve with rice, and consider doubling the rice recipe to save half for fried rice later in the week.
Easy Moroccan Lemon Chicken Thighs with Olives
One-Pan Baked Lemon Artichoke Chicken
Sheet Pan Chicken and Roasted Harvest Vegetables
Seafood meals have a special way of turning any meal into a comforting feast with their delicious flavors. From this easy shrimp fried rice to a fish pot pie, seafood dishes can be totally satisfying. They're a good choice when you're seeking a change from chicken!
Easy Cajun Shrimp Fried Rice
Use your leftover rice to make this Easy Cajun Shrimp Fried Rice. It's a one-pot 30-minute meal!
Crispy Air Fryer Salmon Patties with Lemon Aioli
Seafood Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
Spicy Thai Mussels in Coconut Milk
Soups and Stews
Soup makes a nourishing comfort meal, combining both flavor and nutrition in a single bowl. Packed with an array of vegetables, lean proteins, and wholesome broths, soups provide a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Is there anything more soothing than a warm bowl of soup on a winter day? Check out over 30 more recipes in my Soups and Chowder category.
Sweet Potato Corn Chowder
Have a simple soup and biscuit meal while you watch a Christmas movie! Try this Sweet Potato Corn Chowder with baking powder biscuits.
Slow Cooker Lentil and Sausage Stew
Italian Vegetable Gnocchi Soup
Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
Casserole recipes are the epitome of convenient comfort food! They blend your favorite ingredients into a satisfying dish with minimal effort.
Whether it's a shepherd's pie or a baked Mexican chicken dish, casseroles offer a simple yet delicious solution for a quick and comforting meal. Their ease of preparation makes them a go-to choice for busy weeknights or leisurely weekends.
Cheesy Tomato Gnocchi Bake
Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie
Salsa Verde Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Baked Chicken Fajita Casserole
Warm Drinks, Cocktails and Mocktails
Don't forget hot chocolate! A crackling fire, a warm blanket, and your favorite Christmas mug full of this dairy-free Cashew Milk Mexican Hot Chocolate will create special memories for your family this month!
Warm Turmeric Cinnamon Milk
Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria
Simply the best! A fall and winter favorite.
Sparkling Cranberry Pineapple Punch with Lime
A sparkling holiday party punch for both adults and kids!
Simmering Holiday Potpourri
Remember to create a homey atmosphere this holiday season. Simmer this Holiday Potpourri on your stovetop or in your slow cooker. It will waft through your kitchen and make your home smell like Christmas!