Best of 2012: Top 10 Recipes + January MMAZ Ingredients!

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Oh my goodness, the last post of 2012!! I sure waiting until the last moment to share the top recipes of the year, right?

This has been a fun year in the recipe creation department for me. It’s not too long ago that I found cooking without a recipe intimidating and stressful. Now I find it fun, exciting, and even relaxing. My how things can change in a few short years!

Looking back at this year in recipes, I’m proud of so many of the creations I’ve come up with. And with how Kirk and I have figured out how to cook in the kitchen at the same time (something that used to drive me crazy) where we can create pairing dinners at home! I love how food can create so many memories.

Okay, enough rambling for today…let’s get to the top 10 recipes of the year, based on pageviews! And the reveal of the MMAZ January ingredients at the bottom of this post!


  1. Artichoke Power Dip
    Artichoke Power Dip

  2. Kale Sausage Balls
    Kale Sausage Balls

  3. Wicked Spicy Sausage Tacos
    Wicked Spicy Sausage Tacos

  4. Beer & Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese

    Beer & Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese

  5. Vegan Sausage Gravy & Biscuits
    Vegan Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

  6. French Onion Soup
    French Onion Soup

  7. Butternut Squash Ravioli in Roasted Garlic Beurre Blanc
    Butternut Squash Ravioli in Roast Garlic Beurre Blanc

  8. Date Pumpkin Banana Bread
    Date Pumpkin Banana Bread

  9. Pizza Hummus
    Pizza Hummus

  10. Walnut Crusted Tofu and Spicy Kale Salad

    Walnut Crusted Tofu & Spicy Kale Salad


And now for the answer to the question I know you’ve had on your mind for weeks – what are the January ingredients for MMAZ?!

Meatless Mondays from A-Z: January

  • January 7: Spinach
  • January 14: Turnip
  • January 21: Udon
  • January 28: Vodka

Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions last week and on Facebook this weekend! I hope to see lots of your recipes linked up each week as we come closer to the end of the alphabet. Not sure how Meatless Mondays from A-Z (or MMAZ) works? Click here to get all the details (or send me an email with your questions).

And don’t worry, there will be a round 2although I’m thinking up some twists to get even more of you involved in the future!

Here’s wishing you a Happy New Years Eve and that your 2013 will be filled with food, fitness, fun & laughter!!


Question for you:

  • What is your favorite food-related memory of 2012?

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    • says

      I’m so glad you’ve gotten to try them and that you liked them, that’s always so much fun to hear! :) Spinach is something that often takes a backseat to kale for me, but I’m thinking of something clean and simple for this one!

  1. says

    woo HOO, so happy to know there will be a round two! 😀

    and I still cannot believe I suggested vermouth instead of vodka. I am disappointed in myself 😉

    I have several food related memories from the year – my vegan chef immersion training over the summer was SO delicious, helping teach my first cooking demo in October, and the many delicious meals spent with friends – here at our house AND out in restaurants. food wise it has been a delicious year!

    cheers – happy new year!
    Kristina recently posted…spabettie recipes – favorites of 2012My Profile

    • says

      It’s too much fun to quit now, right?! I just want to get even more people involved, because the more the merrier. :)

      Oh your vegan chef immersion training, I DO remember that. I would love to do something like that sometime. Did you do raw cooking in that class?

    • says

      Thanks so much for saying that, I’ve wondered if it was too much . And you do need to jump back in to MMAZ – I love seeing what you come up with! :)

  2. says

    oh these recipes look so good. i especially like the squash mac and cheese! food related… that is a tough one though i always enjoy making vegan pumpkin donuts each xmas :) happy new year :)

    • says

      The mac & cheese is one of my favorites, I’ve made so many batches of that one! I made donuts this year for christmas too – that’s an awesome tradition. :) Happy New Year!

  3. says

    I’m already brainstorming for spinach! Okay, and some end-of-the-month vodka, you temptress, you :) Dreaming of mac + cheese and biscuits + gravy. Argh, forgot that those have been on my list of things to make for ages, they’re getting bumped back to the top!
    Allie recently posted…Please, sir, I’d like some more.My Profile

  4. says

    Gah! I still need to make so many of those…especially the Pizza Hummus. :) But aren’t you SO proud that I’m ALMOST making cashew ‘cheese’…I mean, isn’t cashew cream just one shake of nooch away? Maybe?

    Oh goodness. I am going to have to buy vodka now, aren’t I? I swore I’d never buy it again, as the smell makes me flash back to some very unfortunate collegiate escapades.
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted…Java Jivin’ January [Nutty Butter]My Profile

    • says

      That makes me so happy to hear – I love when others want to make my recipes. :) And yes, you have to join – don’t want to break your streak! You can get a small bottle at the liquor store, maybe you can make up with it. :)


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