Best Vegetable Recipes of 2013 ♥

Best Vegetable Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture
Your favorite vegetable recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture, one per month, all in one handy spot for easy reference. Yes, this year I'm featuring your favorite recipes, the vegetable recipes which you and other readers and visitors come back to again and again, all year long.

It's that time of year, the week when we food bloggers look back over a year's worth of recipes and pick our favorites! I love-love-love this process! It really helps us hone our recipe collections, highlighting the best of the already very good, especially for sites like A Veggie Venture and my food column Kitchen Parade which by design, already post only really good recipes, the ones that work, the ones that are special or especially useful. (Here's the 2013 favorite recipes from Kitchen Parade too.)

But I also love all the many sources of "best of the year" lists for movies, books, gadgets, etc. So this year, I'm collecting "best of the year" lists on Pinterest. Follow me there and you'll see all the new entries over the next few days on this board, Best of the Year Lists & Favorites. Plus for your convenience, this year I've created a Best Recipes of 2013 for both A Veggie Venture and Kitchen Parade – extra-easy for re-pinning!

So okay, here you go, your favorite recipes for 2013. But what do you think, has the "crowd sourcing" process selected your own favorites? Or has it completely missed one you loved? Let everyone know in the comments!




A Veggie Venture Special Useful & Informative Stuff

FIRST, MORE SPECIAL, USEFUL & INFORMATIVE "STUFF"


But before we get to your favorite vegetable recipes, I'd like to highlight a few posts that are more than "just another recipe". Who'd like more of these in 2014? I would!

NEW HOW TO's
How to Roast a Pepper on a Gas Stove

NEW MASTER RECIPES for VEGETABLES
Crustless Quiche with Greens & Garden Vegetables
from A Veggie Venture

Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Stir-Fried Shrimp with Asparagus
from Kitchen Parade
Two-Can Ten-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup

January:
TWO CANS AND TEN MINUTES? YOU'VE GOT SOUP!


How many of us grew up on cans of Campbell's tomato soup? I know I did, my father even perfected his "doctored" tomato soup and during the years he was in charge of breakfast, served it with a hamburger patty every other Friday. Here's a way to make tomato soup with "real food" and still put it on the table in ten minutes.

Vegetarian:
Two-Can Ten-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes

February:
YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE OF THE YEAR!


Your most-viewed recipe of the year hits the right notes: the convenience of a slow cooker; the family-friendly familiarity of sloppy joes; healthy real food; an easy vegan choice for Meatless Mondays. Many thanks to Slow Cooker from Scratch for featuring this recipe!

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes
Cauliflower Hummus, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

March:
CAULIFLOWER, THE CHAMELEON VEGETABLE


We love cauliflower for itself, of course, but isn't it cool how cauliflower so easily converts into low-calorie, low-carb versions of some of our favorite foods? Like hummus!

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Cauliflower Hummus
How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

April:
COOK EGGS IN A COFFEE CUP? IN THE MICROWAVE? YES YOU CAN!


Readers love practical recipes, the ones to make again and again, even every day. This is oen of those versatile recipes, just master a quick technique and then change it up to suit your mood and the day. This was a special recipe for my nephew who had just moved out on his own! Statistical trivia: this recipe had more mobile views than any other recipe in 2013. I wonder why. :-)

Vegetarian:
How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave
Mark Bittman's 'Salted' Chopped Salad, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

May:
USE SALT TO WILT CABBAGE, THEN ADD VEGGIES


This is the kind of salad you can make every few days. Start by wilting cabbage with salt, then add and subtract vegetables as you see fit. Healthy, of course!

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Mark Bittman's "Salted" Chopped Salad
Sweet Potato Curry with Red Lentils, Roasted Peppers & Spinach, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

June:
SLOW COOKER or STOVETOP, YOUR CHOICE


Healthy, big-flavored foods fill our bellies and our senses. This curry is packed with good stuff, even a small portion satisfies.

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Sweet Potato Curry with Red Lentils, Roasted Peppers & Spinach
Crustless Quiche with Greens & Garden Vegetables, a master recipe and one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

July:
MASTER RECIPES: One Recipe, Many Variations


I'm slowly collecting what I call "master" recipes, ways to take the "start" of a recipe but use whatever vegetables that appeal or (yes, this happens, it's real life, after all) need using up. This vegetable quiche uses both greens and garden vegetables.

Vegetarian:
Crustless Quiche with Greens & Garden Vegetables
Creamy Cucumber-Tomato Salsa, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

August:
SUMMER IN BOWL, CUCUMBERS & TOMATOES


It’s a quick mix of cucumber and tomato plus a little radish for bite and crunch. Salsa? Salad? Call it what you like, it's fresh and good!

Vegetarian:
Creamy Cucumber-Tomato Salsa
Easy Steamed Bok Choy Salad, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

September:
EXPERIMENTING WITH ASIAN GREENS


A fast make-ahead and easy-to-carry salad using the healthy but "accessible" (aka "easy to enjoy") Asian green called bok choy (or some times pak-choi or Chinese cabbage).

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Easy Steamed Bok Choy Salad
Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

October:
"COOK" WITH LEMON JUICE? YES!


Raw Brussels sprouts shaved so thin they easily "cook" (if you will) in a lemon vinaigrette and then tossed with grated romano for a certain lovely "sourness" and pine nuts for a touch of "crunch".

Vegetarian:
Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad
Pioneer Woman's Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

November:
LOVE P-DUB? LOVE HER THANKSGIVING CASSEROLE


A hearty casserole, layers of nutty wild rice and crisp broccoli held together with a gorgeous Mushroom Cream Sauce that's packed with vegetables, including the broccoli stalks. No cheese!

Vegetarian:
Pioneer Woman's Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole
Hot Corn Dip, one of 12 Best Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

December:
FIVE & DIME? AN EASY APPETIZER


Just five pantry ingredients and ten minutes, that's all it takes to put this appetizer together.

Vegetarian:
Hot Corn Dip
Best Vegetable Recipes of 2013 from A Veggie Venture

SO THAT'S IT!


What do you think?! I hope you like the collection because it belongs to you, it's your collective choices. But if the "group" has missed a favorite recipe of yours, please do let me know!

Best Vegetable Recipes of 2012
Best Vegetable Recipes of 2011
Best Vegetable Recipes 2010
Best Recipes 2005 - 2009
from A Veggie Venture

Best Recipes of 2013
Best Recipes of 2012
Best Recipes of 2011
Best Recipes of 2010
from Kitchen Parade


© Copyright Kitchen Parade 2013

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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe, whether a current recipe or a long-ago favorite. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. ~ Alanna