Recipe Roundup: 2020 Holiday Edition

By now, we can probably all agree that 2020 has been a year for the history books. In the spirit of things being different this year, this recipe roundup offers a spin on some traditional favorites while keeping things simple and wholesome. We hope you’ll check them out and give one or more a try! You can find previous recipe roundups HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Ginger via Food and Wineh

From Food and Wine: These delicious pureed sweet potatoes are elevated with luxurious coconut cream and zesty fresh ginger. They have the perfect amount of spice for a holiday table, and the recipe is simple and straightforward. Substitute 1/2 cup coconut oil for the butter if you prefer a Paleo/dairy-free dish.

Slow-Cooker Green Beans via Southern Living

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity and ease of this one! These slow-cooker green beans are a crowd-pleaser, packed with flavor. You won’t miss the green bean casserole at all. 

Homemade Hot Chocolate via Celebrating Sweets

This hot chocolate is the perfect treat for any time of day! With just a few ingredients, it beats typical packaged varieties in taste and nutrition. Make sure to check out the variations for extra rich, less sweet, and flavored options, including peppermint, cinnamon, and mocha.

Balsamic Vinaigrette via Epicurious

Never made your own salad dressing before? Now’s the time! It’s even easier than the recipe shows if you just put all ingredients in a well-sealed jar and shake ‘em up. Homemade dressing is the best way to elevate what might otherwise be a boring salad, and homemade likely comes with better quality ingredients, too. If a traditional balsamic vinaigrette is too tangy, try adding in a tablespoon of honey or real maple syrup.

Toasted Walnuts via Culinary Hill

Speaking of salads, these toasted walnuts are the perfect topping for adding some depth of flavor and more nutrition. Walnuts are chockfull of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for both hearts and brains. If you’ve never had them toasted, don’t knock ‘em until you try ‘em! And carry this recipe into the New Year with you for deliciously simple snack.

Whether you’re hoping to keep the rest of the year’s festivities as typical as possible or you’re resigned to things being different, we hope you’re able to find some joy and nourishment in this season. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and take good care!

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