11 Quick & Easy Holiday Recipes

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We have gathered our favorite quick and easy holiday recipes published over the years on the blog. Some of them can be made in one pan, some can be made ahead and some take just half an hour to prepare.

a collage of four quick and easy holiday recipes

I think these recipes are suitable for any special occasions, including major holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving and Easter. The list is not long, but I will try to add more in the future.

Easy Holiday Recipes

1. Baked Shrimp Toast

This baked shrimp toast comes together quickly (under 30 minutes) and you can easily double, maybe even triple, the recipe to serve a bigger crowd. A lot of readers have tried this recipe and it is also very easy to customize to taste.

This baked shrimp toast features flavorful shrimp mixture on top of crispy bread. Sprinkle some fresh basil and serve as an appetizer for parties, holidays or any meals.
This baked shrimp toast features rich and creamy shrimp mixture on top of crispy bread. If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your next party, give this a try.
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2. Roasted Beet Salad with Orange

Roasting beets makes them become tender and brings out their sweet flavor. Enjoy roasted beets and fresh oranges on a bed of mixed greens with an easy orange vinaigrette.

a plate of roasted beetroot and orange salad
This roasted beet and orange salad features roasted beets and fresh oranges arranged on a bed of mixed greens. It is then brightened with an easy and refreshing orange vinaigrette.
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3. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This 30-minute one pan recipe has an abundance of amazing flavors and textures. You’ll have some saltiness and smokiness from bacon, tartness and sweetness from green apples as well as mild sweetness and nuttiness from Brussels sprouts.

a bowl of sautéed Brussels sprouts, bacon and apple
This Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple has an abundance of amazing flavors and textures. It is great for weeknight dinner as well as holiday celebration.
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4. Kale & Green Bean Salad with Almond

An easy 20-minute kale salad full of flavors, textures and vibrant colors. You can put it together effortlessly for your holiday feast.

a bowl of kale and fennel salad
This easy Kale and Green Bean Salad with Almond and Cranberry is full of flavors and textures. The dish also looks beautiful with vibrant colors.
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5. Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

This is another favorite beet salad which is refreshing and fun to eat. You can prepare the beetroots ahead and throw everything together in a few minutes.

a plate of roasted beet salad with goat cheese, walnut and cherry tomato
This roasted beet salad with cherry tomato and goat cheese is refreshing and fun to eat. You can prepare the beetroots ahead and throw everything together in just a few minutes.
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6. Bell Pepper Salad

This juicy and refreshing bell pepper salad can also be made ahead. I think it is a tasty accompaniment for meaty or heavy main dishes in the holiday feast.

a bowl of bell pepper salad
This colorful Bell Pepper Salad is super quick and easy to put together. It is excellent for daily meals as well as potlucks and parties.
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7. Lemongrass Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk

This pumpkin soup can be made on the stovetop or with a pressure cooker. The soup is creamy, naturally sweet and fragrant.

Lemongrass Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk
This lemongrass pumpkin soup with coconut milk is super easy to whip up. You can make it on the stovetop or with a pressure cooker. With a few slices of crusty bread, this tasty and healthy vegan soup is great as an appetizer, light lunch or supper.
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8. Lemongrass Roast Chicken

This recipe features juicy and fragrant chicken with crisp skin. You can marinate the chicken ahead and roasting takes just 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the chicken.

a lemongrass roast chicken on a baking sheet
Vietnamese Lemongrass Roast Chicken features juicy and fragrant chicken with golden and crisp skin. It is great for everyday meals as well as special holiday dinners.
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9. Crab Scrambled Eggs

An easy yet fancy breakfast for the holiday. The dish features soft and luscious scrambled eggs, and the fresh crab meat adds a subtle sweetness that pairs very well with the richness of the eggs.

Soft and Fluffy Crab Scrambled Eggs
This Crab Scrambled Eggs is an easy and yet fancy breakfast to treat yourself on weekends or impress others on special occasions. Serve this soft and fluffy scrambled eggs with bread and a glass of milk or smoothie for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
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10. Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread

This banana bread is so delicious and tender with a nutty flavor and wonderful aroma. You don’t need any fancy tools to make this quick bread, and the recipe can be adapted to make muffins.

slices of chocolate walnut banana bread
This Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread is so delicious, moist, and tender with a chocolatey flavor, crunchy nuts and wonderful aroma. Either as breakfast or dessert, it will make you feel cozy and heartwarming.
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11. Homemade Ginger Syrup

This 3-ingredient homemade ginger syrup will be a great addition to your holiday drinks. Feel free to add your favorite spices to it such as cinnamon, cardamom pods and cloves.

Ginger syrup in a jar
Ginger syrup is sweet, fragrant with a bit of heat to spice up any drinks you add it to. The syrup requires only three ingredients, and you can easily make a large batch and store it in the refrigerator.
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⭐️ I’d love to hear what you think about the dish, so please feel free to leave a comment and a rating if you have tried it. New recipes are added every week so let’s connect on FacebookYoutubePinterest and Instagram for the latest updates. You can find my collection of Vietnamese recipes here.

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