Happy New Year! I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I love to see everyone's recaps of their best recipes from the past year, and I wanted to share my own list too!
I always look forward to seeing which posts were the most popular from the year, based on total number of page views. This year, there was a good variety in the top 10 - from snacks and appetizers to main meals and a couple of healthy desserts too! It also seems that avocado was a popular ingredient this year, as it's featured in 4 of the top 10 recipes!
There were a few other recipes that didn't make the Top 10, but were personal favourites of mine, so I might have to come back with a second list featuring my top picks!
Note: I excluded recipes that were posted in 2011, but you can check out the most popular recipes of 2011 in this post
10. Broccoli Tofu Stirfry with Peanuts
This was a great weeknight meal that comes together quickly and can be eaten on its own or with rice. My favourite part was definitely the peanut sauce!
9. Broccoli Pesto Pasta with Chickpeas
Another broccoli dish - this time it forms the sauce for a healthy green pasta with chickpeas - a fun twist on pesto!
8. Plantain Guacamole in Black Bean Cups
This was one of my favourite things I made in the past year - black beans are used to create a mini edible cup, filled with a delicious sweet and tropical guacamole and topped with sauteed plantain slices - I'll have to revisit this for Superbowl this year!
7. Pumpernickel Sandwich with Avocado, Sprouts and White Bean Spread
This is still one of my favourite sandwiches I've ever eaten, especially with fresh, soft pumpernickel bread. With protein and healthy fats from the white beans and avocado, it also makes for a filling lunch!
6. Raw Beet Cheesecake
This recipe is extra special for me - I took on a challenge to create a raw, vegan and gluten-free dessert for Valentine's Day and I couldn't be happier with the way this pretty pink "cheesecake" turned out!
5. Avocado Potato Salad
My contribution to a virtual potluck was this potato salad that uses avocado for a creamy dressing - perfect summer picnic food!
4. Thai Green Curry with Tofu and Eggplant
I love exploring Asian food, and this was the first time I made my own curry paste from scratch. It was worth it - the green curry sauce had so much Thai flavour!
3. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Peanut butter, banana, and oatmeal are a popular combination - especially in Google searches, and I was glad that so many people were interested in this healthier cookie! My family and I loved these too.
2. Pad Thai with Scrambled Tofu
In my first experience with shirataki noodles, I made this version of pad thai using scrambled tofu instead of eggs. I loved the combination of textures and flavours in this dish!
1. Quinoa Granola Bars
And the most popular post of 2012 was this take on granola bars with lots of good stuff packed into them - cooked quinoa, oats, whole wheat flour, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds plus no added sugar or oil!
As quinoa grows in popularity, more and more people are looking for new and creative ways of using it - and "quinoa granola bars" was the second-most popular search term (after "Vanilla and Spice") leading to my blog this year, so it's no surprise that this recipe was number 1!
Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting on my posts this year!