Seriously. Let’s all just take a deep breath and actually TRY to enjoy the holiday season. Things can get pretty crazy this time of year, and I think it’s really important to embrace what the holidays are actually all about. So in honor of that, I will be taking a break from posting new recipes this week.
You can find me relaxing, spending time with family and friends, and of course continuing to eat my way into 2015. I’ve got some amazing new recipes to share with you in the new year, but until then here are some of this years favorites.
If you’re desperate for last minute holiday baking ideas you should most definitely make this cookie crack. It’s my number one most requested “cookie” recipe of all time.
If you don’t typically go the cookie route, you can’t go wrong with my mom’s best banana bread. This recipe makes one giant loaf, so go ahead and feel free to split it up into mini loaf pans or even muffins for the perfect holiday treat.
Need an appetizer for your holiday cocktail party? These brown rice mushroom risotto balls are insane.
And of course if you need an easy last minute meal that makes it look like you slaved away all day, make this lemon and garlic roast chicken.
Oooooooooooor this orecchiette pasta bake that’s to die for!
Looking for the perfect salad/side for your table? I’ve got ya covered with my all time favorite shaved brussels sprouts salad with peanuts, cranberries, and parmesan.
Or for a slightly heartier salad there’s my kale, brussels sprouts, and sweet potato salad.
Eat a cozy breakfast by the fire and make these whole wheat zucchini banana chia seed muffins.
Maybe with a side of fruit and this granola.
And when you’ve had enough of the holiday face stuffing, go ahead and whip up a tall glass of this spinach, banana, and pineapple green smoothie, because that basically cancels everything else out.
Life is but a Dish is only 10 weeks old, and I cannot thank all of YOU enough for reading, cooking, and eating with me. Now I hope you’ll join me in forcing yourself to relax this holiday season. Sign off, unplug, be present, and enjoy!
Happy holidays and happy new year!