I love recaps and I hope you do as well. Like the last few years, I’ll start the new year by looking back over some of the truly tasty recipes that came out of my kitchen in 2011. Maybe later I’ll write a post about the past year, but for now, I’ll stick with the recipes. Is there anything that you’ve made over the past year that has become one of your favorites? If so, let me know in the comments!
Yam & Bean Orange-scented Chili. I made this last year when Vancouver was just starting to transition into spring and I think this would make a wonderful meal to eat after a month of crazy indulging. Something warming and comforting and healthy. Yes please!
Cranberry Lemon Squares. Love the tart and the sweet? These bars are simple to whip up and pretty to look at too. I made these for a friend’s birthday and they were just the ticket to pull her out of a cold February!
French-Style Carrot Salad. Wow, if you haven’t made this salad yet, I’m not sure what bit of prodding you need. I make this salad frequently and because of it, I’m surely upped my beta carotene quota for the year. Highly delicious and ridiculously simple.
Spicy Roasted Chicken Thighs with Miso & Ginger. I didn’t want to include 2 chicken recipes in my top list, but I was also tempted by this recipe. But this miso one nudged by because of its sheer power punch to the taste buds. Pow! Right to the kisser.
Fennel, Grapefruit, & Blood Orange Salad. The perfect winter salad with bite and texture and colour. There isn’t a prettier salad out there, in my opinion.
Butterscotch Confetti Squares. Trashy? You bet. But tasty? Oh yeah. I’m so surprised I liked this one so much since I’m not a huge fan of marshmallows….and coloured, fruity marshmallows at that. But trust me on this, just whip up a batch and you’ll be hooked.
Smashed Chickpea Lemon Salad Sandwich. Ever since I’ve made this I’ve been looking forward to a repeat and it’s gonna happen this week. A quick little salad that you can eat between slices of bread or it can be eaten right out of the bowl. Disappears quickly.
Spicy Roasted Broccoli & Shrimp. Yeah, there’s not much more to say about this winner. Shrimp and broccoli and served over rice. A tasty meal without a whole lot of fuss.
Lemon, Onion & Cucumber Salad. This one really made me love the cuke. Simple, fresh and refreshing.
Garden Fresh Salsa. No lie, I make this salsa on a bi-monthly basis. In the winter, use canned tomatoes + garlic + peppers + onion + cilantro + lime. Me, a good bag of salty tortilla chips and this salsa and I’m one happy camper. I’m ashamed to tell you how often this has been my dinner.
Coconut Lime Cake. I made this for Cornelius’ birthday last year and it’s a lovely cake for any occasion. Lime + coconut. ‘Nuff said.
Lemon Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin & Sumac. I wanted to recreate the awesome cauliflower from a local restaurant. The trouble is, there’s is deep fried and I just didn’t want to go there. This is close second and a whole lot healthier.