I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite recipes from 2012, so here they are. Hope you find something great that inspires you!
**If there is something you’d like to see me try in 2013, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and you might just see me tackle that dish this next year!
Thai-Style Brussels Sprouts
Tons of flavor and unique ingredients really pumped up the volume on one of my favorite veggies. Definitely for those of you who prefer some heat in your dish!
For all of you bakers out there, this bread is crazy-good, came out perfectly on my first try and was pretty fun to make as well! (Don’t worry, the step by step photos make it a cinch to bake.)
Spaghetti Squash and Tortellini with Lemon, Herb & Feta Dressing
Wow, do I love this dish! I’ve made it a couple of times since March and it always hits the spot. If you love pasta like me but want to feel less guilty by using spaghetti squash as a base, this is so your dish!
Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Alfredo Pasta
Words cannot describe how crazy good this dish is. Plus you get to roast your own red peppers which is pretty cool. Oh yeah, and there’s goat cheese in it and basil, so it’s bound to be one of my favs from the year!
Fun with Quinoa – Cheesy Quinoa Cakes & Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
Okay, so this is a two-for-one for 2 reasons. First, I love quinoa! It’s a really healthy versatile ingredient, so I enjoy cooking with it a lot. Second, both of these recipes were delicious and way different than my usual quinoa adventures. Give one (or both) a whirl if you’re feeling adventurous!
Creamy Avocado Pasta
Make this dish, pretty please! It’s fast and easy and tastes so freaking good! Don’t question it, just grab some ripe avocados and a food processor and don’t look back. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made this since May.
June Rocked! Kale, Frittatas, Guilt-free Pasta & Crab Rangoon
Okay, sorry but it’s my birth month, so that’s how I justify not being able to pick a fav from my June cooking, so click on the link and pick the one that trips your trigger. The crab rangoon was awesome, the Kale pasta was amazing, pasta with no sauce is too intriguing not to make, and mini frittatas are adorable and delicious.
Fried Couscous Salad
The name says it all. I’m officially a couscous fan after this dish. The toasted couscous suddenly has amazing flavor and the Feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and cucumber plus some fresh basil make an amazingly tasty combo. Look at me learning to love salads!
Attention friends with a sweet tooth, this cookie is awesome! You’ll want to go ahead and make this now and thank me later. A hint of pumpkin gives the classic snickerdoodle cookie a twist. Oh-so-good!!
Green Beans & Shallot Ravioli Salad
The name says it all but doesn’t nearly give this dish justice. This is a great weeknight meal that is full of flavor and is a cinch to make. Can’t wait for you to try this one if you haven’t already!
My first attempt at making a pie all by myself was a total hit. Pretty sure this comes in as a close second behind gooseberry pie as one of my all-time favorite pies. Also, this is bound to be a Thanksgiving standard going forward.
Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce
Spicy and hearty…these enchiladas are kicked up a notch with jalapenos and poblano peppers, shredded cheese, cheese, and a kick butt avocado cream sauce was unlike any sauce I’ve made before. Crazy good and the leftovers heat up really well!
Happy New Year!! Cheers!