17 Amazing {real food} Holiday Vegetable Recipes You Must Try

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to holiday cooking (or any cooking, really) is that the bird seems to get all the attention. 
Don’t get me wrong, I like me some good roasted…well… Anything! I love roasted turkey, roasted chicken, roasted duck, roasted lamb, roasted ham – I’m a real roast meat lover, yes I AM!
BUT…. I’m also a vegetable fanatic. Locally produced & regionally seasonal veggies get my heart a’racing – even more than Chuck Hughes (and that’s sayin’ something). I know I can’t be the only one. Can I??
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The sign of a true chef, is one who can not only cook meat well, but can also make a veggies phenomenal. So if you want to really wow your dinner guests this Christmas season, do us vegetable huggers a favor and surprise us – make great vegetables!If you missed the opportunity to submit your best veggie-friendly recipes, never fear! There’s a linky tool at the bottom of the features where you can include your posts now!Here are 15 real food holiday vegetable recipes you may want to try!

butternut-squash-recipeOozy Baked Butternut Squash & Roasted Cauliflower Gratin

What’s the focus on your table right now? Animal? Mineral? Vegetable? 

If you missed the opportunity to be showcased here, link up below! 
I want your BEST holiday vegetables!

Swing by tomorrow to get your paws (and eye balls) on some pretty stellar starch: Potatoes!


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  • Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents
    December 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  • Tara
    December 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Thank you so much for including us in your wonderful Holiday round up!! Everything looks delicious!!

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Thank YOU Tara! You’re awesome 🙂

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    January 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Mmm veggies. Veggies make me happy.

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Me too! You know what doesn’t make me happy? The fact that I’m an ass. (just sent you an email).