Today, Mike and I decided to make a top 10 list of our favorite recipes from the blog over the past year. It wasn't easy - we laughed, we cried - but finally settled on an order of favorites. Let's get to it!
10. Channa Masala
Channa Masala, an Indian tomato-chickpea stew, made the cut for a few reasons. Number one is its deliciousness (which is obviously an important criteria for everything on the list), but it's also healthy, frugal and highly practical - the kind of thing you could eat on a regular basis and feel good about yourself for it. Plus, chickpeas are the superior legume.
9. Cinnamon Rolls
These cinnamon rolls are made just like my Granny does - floofy dough and lots of margarine/brown sugar. They disappeared very quickly and got the non-vegan people Seal of Approval. Though this isn't an everyday food (like the channa masala), I don't think I've met a soul on the planet who doesn't like cinnamon rolls, and they certainly don't come off as a "weird vegan food".
8. Vegan Eggnog
Ahh, eggnog. This one gets points for being way less weird than traditional eggnog - I'd opt for raw tofu instead of raw eggs any day of the week. Or maybe that's just me. Either way, this beverage is the perfect drink for a cold winter evening - thick enough to be almost milkshake-y, and boozy enough to warm you up inside.
7. Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs
This meal made the list for so many reasons, but primarily because it's just so damn beautiful. There's actually two separate posts about this one - one has a recipe for a fresh tomato and herb sauce and a raw vegan parmesan, and the other goes into detail about the meatballs, which are made to taste authentic using Ground Round - but you can feel pretty good about it since you're using zucchini noodles as the base, and a super-fresh sauce.
6. Hashbrown Casserole
Just missing out on the Top 5 is our Hashbrown Casserole, one of the first Sunday Brunch recipes we ever made. It's decadent, delicious and despite all of its vegan alterations (sausage, eggs, etc), tastes incredibly homey and authentic. This has become a fairly popular recipe on my blog, so it couldn't go without a mention.
5. Omelets (and a freshly-juiced Bloody Mary!)
And now for the Top 5! The first time I had an omelet win was very momentous occasion - it proved to me that there was no vegan frontier I couldn't conquer (well except maybe meringue, but I'll probably go there one day). I mean, look at that thing - it's an omelet, through and through. This is something I could happily serve to tofu skeptics, and every vegan needs recipes like that.
And a shout-out to the Bloody Mary - not only is the presentation gorgeous (go Mike!), it's made with fresh juice. And something about fresh juice makes drinking vodka in the morning ever-so-slightly more virtuous.
4. Clubhouse Sandwiches
Yet another brunch recipe makes the Top 5 - but I doubt you're surprised, since brunch is the perfect meal. These clubhouse sandwiches are not the stuff that everyday food is made of (at least I hope not), but it's another one of those recipes that tastes surprisingly good based on its many vegan substitutions (american-style cheese slices, deli slices, etc). Also, homemade chips - can't really go wrong there.
This okonomiyaki is the only brunch recipe that snuck its way into the Top 3, and with good reason - not only is it fun to say, but it's incredibly easy to make (5 minutes of hands-on time), it uses cheap ingredients (tofu, flour, cabbage), and it's only partially junk food (thanks to the cabbage). Plus, it's got major nostalgia value for me, back from my Japan-obsessed teenage years. Kawaii!!!!!! (Yes, yes I do think okonomiyaki is cute.)
2. Sushi Bowl
Bowls are the best - they're healthy, vibrant and easy - and this sushi bowl is one of my all-time favorites. This made the number 2 placement because it's healthy enough to eat on a regular basis, and delicious enough that you wouldn't mind. Made with a creamy wasabi dressing, topped with baked tofu and raw veggies, and garnished with nori and ginger, I don't think I'd ever tire of this.
And finally, ladies and gentlemen, the number 1 recipe of the year goes to...
1. Tofuffalo Wings and Sweet Potato Fries
Plate. Of. Love. The tofu wings and fries were made restaurant-style (aka deep-fried), which is probably a big part of why we loved this meal so passionately. It may not be healthy, but damn. Sometimes you just want to eat something that makes you say damn, you know? The wings were dressed in a buffalo-ranch sauce, which was when I learned a beautiful vegan secret - you can buy seasoned ranch mix (some are vegan), add it to Vegennaise, and voila! 100% ranch dressing replica.
It's been lots of fun reading all of your "best of" posts, as are so typical on blogs this time of year. Hope you have a great New Year's Eve/Day, and I'll be catching up with you guys once more before heading down to Austin for six months. Four days to go!