Recipe Roundup: The Very Best of 2012

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As another (another!?) year comes to a close, it’s always nice to do a bit of reflecting.

2012 was a great year for me. Between moving to a new condo last winter, job promotion in the summer, collaborations and projects with DK, and traveling the country, it was a whirlwind.

I remember my mom used to always remark how fast life goes by when you are older. Only in the last few years have I realized how right she was, and how much I wish that time moved a little slower.

Do you make goals for the upcoming year? I’m not a huge fan of resolutions but I do appreciate setting new goals and plans for yourself. One of mine is to really get more into blogging, creating new recipes, posting exercise videos, and improving my photography.

While it’s not always easy balancing this with my demanding private practice & full-time job, this project brings me so, so much enjoyment and a way to connect with fellow foodies. To all you loyal followers & friends, thanks for continued support over this past year.

With that, here are my favorite recipes from 2012- some mine and others from my favorite veggie blogs.

Eggplant Pesto Stack
vegetarian eggplant stack

One of my favorite recipes this year, I ended up making it for lunch on Christmas Eve to share with my family. I know eggplant isn’t in season but I couldn’t help it. If you haven’t tried it yet it’s really, really, really good

Chipotle Black Bean Soup

black bean soup

Smoky, hearty black bean soup with a hint of chipotle peppers. Great as a chili or spooned over chips for Nachos.

Smoky Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

It wouldn’t be an official roundup if I didn’t include a pasta or some type of macaroni and cheese. If you read this blog you know how much I love creamy pastas, especially mac and cheese. I am well aware that my favorite food is the same as most 5 year olds. At least this one has butternut squash, upping both the vitamin A and fiber content. It’s almost health food right?
Recipe and Photo Source: Manifest Vegan

Apple Pie Oatmeal

apple pie oatmeal

I have a whole new appreciation for oatmeal after making this. It’s quickly becoming my favorite weekend breakfast!

Herbed Cashew Cheese

2012 also marked my love affair with cashew cheese. Yes, you can by it in the store but c’mon- those small tubs are $6 a pop. I can eat an entire one in a few days- (or a few hours if I have an open bottle of wine and some crusty french bread. Sad but true.) I’ve tried a lot of different variations, but this one is my favorite. The pro biotic addition is necessary and changes the recipe completely.
Photo Credit: Cest La Vegan
Recipe: The Conscious Cook

Wishing you a happy end to 2012 and a merry 2013!


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  • Hannah

    Delicious picks! I can see why they all made the top of you list. I don’t know which I’d want to eat first, they all look so good!

  • DK

    Thanks so much for commenting Hannah!