Feb 23, 2013

My Top 10 recipes from my first 3 years

My best recipe ever? The stats sure say so.

It’s my third blogiversary, so I thought I’d share with you my top posts of all time. Five recipes are reader favorites, and five are mine.


Vegan Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

This must be a common Google search, that’s all I can say, as over 28,000 people have viewed this recipe. It’s a great basic one to have in your repertoire – easy, hearty, and delicious. Don’t forget the Tabasco on top!

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache
It doesn’t surprise me at all that this is one of my most popular recipes. It’s a cake that never fails to wow people, whether they are vegan or not. With a deep, dark chocolate flavor, it’s my go-to recipe for birthdays. I’ve recently been substituting Guinness for the water, and it’s even more awesome.

Vegan Apple Crisp
I should just devote a whole blog to apple crisp, and it would probably be very popular. Sweet and homey, this crisp recipe will make you wonder why people think butter is so essential in desserts.

Serious Vegetarian Gumbo
If it were up to me, this would be higher on the list. If you’re a gumbo lover, you really have to try this! It’s not one of those wimpy vegetarian gumbo recipes, people. Again, Tabasco is essential.

Vegan Thanksgiving Gravy
I’m obsessed with Thanksgiving, and I’m not willing to sacrifice a bit of flavor, despite my heart-healthy diet. This rich gravy lives up to my high Thanksgiving standards.


These are five gems that are every bit as good as the ones above – but for whatever reason, have been slightly ignored. So please, do yourself a favor and go back to these. You’ll thank me later.

Vegan Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
I recently made these again, and added about a third cup of 72% dark chocolate chunks. I highly recommend this variation – these are probably my best cookies ever. (But note that it was really hard to choose between these and my Decadent Lowfat Brownies.)

Soba Noodle Salad with Avocado and Mango
This noodle dish is incredibly refreshing and flavorful. Easy to throw together, too. Of course, I love anything with lime and mint.

Vegetarian Pozole
I never thought I’d find a meatless version that satisfied my pozole cravings, but this is it. Just get your hands on some dried hominy and make this. Don’t skimp on the toppings, they are essential.

Spaghetti with Vegan Bolognese Sauce
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a plate of spaghetti and meat(ish) sauce. That’s why I come back to this recipe so often. Rather than relying on faux ground beef, this version includes nutritious tempeh, mushrooms and lentils.

Chipotle and Chocolate Vegetarian Chili
Of course I had to include a chili here, as it’s one of my signature dishes. This one is very distinctive, with layers of intense flavor. It’s worth hunting down the ingredients, such as Field Roast sausages and ancho chili powder.

That’s it for this anniversary post. Thanks for reading my blog, and keep the comments coming!

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  • Congrats on three years! My favorite recipe of yours is the lemon-ginger quinoa – so easy and so tasty!

  • Tim

    Can’t believe it’s been three years.
    MY favorite recipe is the next one.

  • Happy Blogiversary! I’m liking the looks of that vegan chocolate cake…I’m going to have to check it out! :-)

  • Darienne

    Congratulations. Our favorite is Tangy Quinoa Salad but I’m going to try the Lemon-Ginger Quinoa mentioned by Kristin.

  • This is a marvelous collection – happy blog birthday! I enjoy your site.

  • Paula T

    Thanks Cathy! You are an inspiration! Paula

  • Bonnie

    Congratulations on three years blogging! I really like your recipes and look forward to many more years of your delicious, healthy posts!

  • Congratulations! We share a similar anniversary. Yours with the blog and mine with Rob! :) Here’s to many more years of delicious, healthy blogging. :)

  • Mary H

    This is my go-to recipe site! Made your chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies and they were a big hit. Congrats on three well done years.

  • ooo I love favorite lists like this!!!! YUM!!!

  • and congrats on the blogiversary! I always hit submit too fast. Need to pin this so I don’t forget about all the tastiness!

  • Congratulations on three years of blogging! Keep up the good work. Your site is inspiring :)

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Thanks, Haley!

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