12 Days of Christmas: 5 Meatless Main Dishes

12 Days of Christmas: 5 Meatless Main Dishes

On the 5th Day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me... 5 meatless main dish recipes!

As the countdown continues, I thought we needed some healthy/hearty meatless dishes to keep us warm inside, you know, to help get in more plant-based foods without constantly resorting to salads.  Just a guess buuut... if you can see snow outside/ it's less than 65 degrees in your house, you MIGHT be more into hot food right now.  Bonus:  These recipes seem more like comfort food than health food, so no feelings of "missing out" on traditional holiday indulging should occur.

On the topic of traditions, what could be more traditional to Christmas than decorating the tree?
It's been a tradition in my family for years to get ornaments for our Christmas tree whenever we go on vacation or do something really memorable together.  This translates to a really interesting looking tree.  

 

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12 Days of Christmas: 6 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

12 Days of Christmas: 6 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Christmas is coming!  It is, in fact, only 6 days away... as this 12 Days of Christmas countdown keeps reminding me.  

I've been doing a lot of shopping and planning this week - erm, kinda last-minute, I know - I still have yet to enter Christmas season in the truly organized and proactive fashion that I always aspire to.  But it's (mostly) done now, and I'm starting to get excited about the presents!

I just looove picking things out for my friends and family.  I'm not saying I'm the best gift-giver on the face of the planet... but I do so cherish the opportunity to apply my knowledge of the people I care about to something tangible.  

You could legitimately say I get my kicks watching peoples' faces opening the stuff I thoughtfully picked for them.  Does this make my gift-giving a little selfish, in a way?  Probably.  

 

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12 Days of Christmas: 7 Crock Pot Recipes

12 Days of Christmas: 7 Crock Pot Recipes

In Tucson, there are a scarcity of cozy-weather days.  The past week though, has been a rare week full of cozy-weather days.  Full-on robe-and-slippers stuff.  Hot cocoa has finally begun to sound like a good idea.  I think it's awesome.

No, it's not like we've got piles of snow - or even piles of leaves, for that matter - but it's been rainy and cold, as if to make at least a half-hearted attempt at winter.  If you hadn't noticed before, my culinary cravings are often inspired by the weather.  And as much as I've tried to get into the holiday baking and hot foods these past few months, it's only been the last few days that the climate has become more... appropriate.

 

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12 Days of Christmas: 8 Takes on Gingerbread Recipes

12 Days of Christmas: 8 Takes on Gingerbread Recipes

I want to eat ALL the gingerbread!

I drew this little picture to help represent my feelings on the subject of gingerbread.  Isn't it just wonderful?

Personally, I think there has not been enough gingerbread in my life this season.  With Christmas a mere EIGHT days away, I think this is a fact in need of remedying.  As such, I've rounded up just about every way you can get the flavor of gingerbread in before it's too late!  Okay, technically it's never too late... but I certainly enjoy gingerbread the most before New Year's Day.

It's so lucky that on the 8th day of Christmas my FitCakes gave to me 8 Gingerbread Recipes!  

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12 Days of Christmas: 9 Holiday Brunch Recipes

12 Days of Christmas: 9 Holiday Brunch Recipes

It's a good thing it's almost the weekend because... oh, wait - it's Tuesday.  Oh, well!  I'll make brunch tomorrow anyway.  After all...

On the 9th day of Christmas, my FitCakes gave to me 9 holiday brunch recipes!
If I'm going to try them all, I better start now, right?

If you've been following along the last few days, you've noticed that I am posting a new recipe roundup EVERY DAY up until Christmas now, for each day of the 12 day countdown to Christmas!  I'm doing this to help you find all the best healthy recipes for the season, while discovering a ton of fun new healthy blogs.  It's like a treasure hunt.  A treasure hunt where I never have to leave the house... and it makes me hungry.  But, never fear, I'll make the ultimate sacrifice and do it for you.

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