Dec 29, 2011

My Top 10 Recipes of 2011

As the year draws to a close, I thought I’d share my 10 favorite recipes of 2011. I hope you’ll put these into your regular rotation, as I have. When I looked back at the recipes I posted this year, my first thought was:

“Wow, I’ve been busy.”

I had 62 posts this year. Only a little more than one per week, but that’s a big accomplishment when you have a very intense full-time job like mine. I somehow managed to avoid working most weekends (yay!), which allowed me to keep cooking and blogging.

My second thought was:

“Oh my God, I’m almost vegan!”

Out of those 62 posts, only 6 were not vegan (usually baked goods where I threw in an egg.)  While total veganism isn’t something I’m striving toward, I’m pretty happy about this trend, which has just happened naturally.

Anyway, it was hard to whittle my list down to 10 favorites. It pains me to not include my roasted corn and potato chowder, pasta with romesco marinara or vegan banana oat french toast, among others. I hope you’ll go back and try those, too.

Happy New Year!

Moroccan chickpea stew

Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

Sweet Potato Apple and Lentil Soup

Sweet Potato, Apple and Lentil Soup

Vegetarian Chili

Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash

whole grain blueberry scones

Whole Grain Blueberry Scones

Roasted Fresh Tomato Soup

Roasted Fresh Tomato Soup


Chocolate Mint Thins

Mango Avocado Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad with Avocado and Mango

Chile baked beans

Chile Baked Beans

Wild Rice Pilaf

Wild Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Pecans

Vegetarian Gumbo

Serious Vegetarian Gumbo

Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable StewSweet Potato, Apple and Lentil SoupBlack Bean Chili with Butternut SquashWhole Grain Blueberry SconesRoasted Fresh Tomato SoupChocolate Mint ThinsSoba Noodle Salad with Avocado and MangoChile Baked BeansWild Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and PecansSerious Vegetarian Gumbo
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  • I agree, cooking vegan comes naturally when trying to incorporate whole foods. :) I forgot about your baked beans – those have been on my to-try list for a while. :)

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Let me know how you like the beans, Janet. If you can’t find dried pasilla chiles, let me know and I’ll send you one! They are flat and fit nicely in an envelope :)

  • dulcy

    Yum to all. But I especially want to try the thin-mint cookies and the mango/avocado soba salad.

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Two good choices, Dulcy!

  • Paula

    Cathy, You are an inspiration! I find I’m almost a vegan too! And so much healthier after stents and after applying your inspired cooking! Thank you for your hard work! Paula

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Paula, thanks so much. You inspire me, too!

  • I have all the ingredients needed for those blueberry scones (and even got a bag of oat flour for Christmas that I *formerly* had no idea what to do with)…I think my Friday evening is going to become even happier than already planned 😀

  • You certainly have been busy! Happy New Year Cathy- hope we can meet up here in upstate NY sometime in 2012 😉

  • Ahhh yes, the scones are fabulous. Your photos are simply mouth watering as well! I’m all over the Moroccan Stew, I just made a load of preserved lemons!

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