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Best Recipes of 2014 from A Veggie Venture

Want to eat more vegetables? Find new ideas and inspiration in A Veggie Venture's Best Vegetable Recipes of 2014. Many vegetarian, vegan, #LowCarb, #WeightWatchers friendly and paleo recipes.
Your favorite vegetable recipes of 2014 from A Veggie Venture, just 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 I 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. (I'll update this with 2014's 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, the list of favorites from all my favorite food bloggers! Plus for your convenience, this year I've created a My Best Recipes for both A Veggie Venture and Kitchen Parade – extra-easy for re-pinning! I'm busily pinning all the recipes from 2014 and will add earlier recipes, way back to 2002!

So okay, here you go, your favorite recipes for 2014. 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 2015? I would!

NEW HOW TO's
How To Steam Broccoli (Step-by-Step Photos)
Asparagus & Woody Ends (Step-by-Step Photos & Video)
How to Make Lefse (Video, so many people are loving this!)

NEW VEGETABLE 101's
Vegetables 101: What Is a Tomatillo?

NEW RECIPE COLLECTIONS
Favorite Seasonal Vegetable Stews

NEW MASTER RECIPES for VEGETABLES
Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole
from Kitchen Parade

January:
RE-SETTING OUR BODIES TO HEALTHY FOOD


Come January 2nd – or some times December 26th – doesn't it just feel right to get back to our usual healthy diets? I throw out all the leftover Christmas cookies (yes, I really do! too much temptation) and binge on fresh greens and vegetables. It seems to take about three or four days for my body to realize, Okay, good, we're back to "normal eating again". But this sweet potato chili isn't just for January. It's hearty and so satisfying, one I crave as soon as the weather cools down. It packs so much flavor!

Vegan:
Vegetable Chili with Sweet Potatoes & Chipotle
Buffalo Chicken Dip, an easy-easy appetizer with a surprise ingredient, spaghetti squash. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture. For Weight Watchers, just #PP2. #LowFat #LowCarb #HighProtein

February:
CRAZ-EE FOR BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP


But here's the thing, right? Buffalo chicken dips are usually ooey-gooey cheesy affairs, packed with "goodness" sure, but also totally packed with calories. For this recipe? I bulked up the dip with a surprise ingredient, one that melted into the background both texture- and taste-wise. Can you guess what it is?

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Spaghetti Squash
Sweet Potato Cornbread, cornbread made with sweet potatoes. No flour so naturally wheat-free and gluten-free. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture. For Weight Watchers, #PP7.

March: SWEET POTATOES + NATURALLY GLUTEN-FREE


Even for those of us who lust for all-things cornbread, this one's special, if only because it's made entirely without wheat flour – nor any of those hard-to-find and expensive other flours that 99.99% of all gluten-free baked goods call for. This one's a keeper, for sure!

Naturally Wheat-Free & Gluten-Free:
Sweet Potato Cornbread
Easy-Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots, just 5 minutes prep, cheap, healthy and kid friendly. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture. For Weight Watchers, just #PP1 or #PP2.

April:
BABY CARROTS? YEAH, BABY!


Healthy. Cheap. Fast. Pantry Ingredients. Kid Friendly. Did I mention the carrots are cooked in a Slow Cooker?! This one hits so many of the "right" buttons. Plus the house smells so good when you throw carrots into the slow. And yahoo – baby carrots actually do work, for once, even though I recommend peeling your own carrots.

Vegetarian & Easily Vegan-ized:
Easy-Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots
Pickled Asparagus, quick and easy, low carb and practically no calories. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture. For Weight Watchers, ten whole spears is #PP1.

May:
GUILT-FREE ASPARAGUS


Summer's best asparagus doused in a pickling liquid from pantry ingredients, left to rest for a few hours. Totally addictive – but guilt-free since virtually calorie-free. (And if you love pickled asparagus as much as I do, here's to no more pricey jars of pickled asparagus from specialty stores.)

Please note, Quick Pickled Asparagus are "quick" pickles, I also call them "refrigerator" pickles. That means they're not processed (aka "canned") for months-long storage. They do keep in the fridge for several days, up to a week say ... not that they'll last that long.

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Quick Pickled Asparagus
Finnish Summer Potato Salad made with new potatoes and a simple vinaigrette. Vegan, paleo, easy. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture.

June:
A LOVE AFFAIR: FINNISH NEW POTATOES


During our trip to Scandinavia in May and June, I swear we ate our weight in Finnish new potatoes (and smoked salmon, but that's another story ..) and once home, it continued. Here I repeated a simple potato salad dressed in a light vinaigrette my Finnish "sister" made for us.

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Finnish Summer Potato Salad
Microwave Summer Cream Corn, fresh 'plain' sweet corn cooked in the microwave, the results are hardly 'plain'. So easy, so summery. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture.

July:
I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE RECIPES from READERS!


Some times the simplest of recipes produce the most special results. This is how I cooked corn all summer long!

Vegetarian:
Microwave Summer Cream Corn
Twice-Roasted Beets with Fruit and Avocado Feta Cream. Gluten Free. Primal. Vegetarian. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture. For Weight Watchers #PP4.

August:
THE YEAR'S TOP RECIPE? A SLEEPER SURPRISE


I, the Beet Queen, do appoint all of you Honorary Beet Princesses! Cuz really and truly, this is A Veggie Venture's recipe for all of 2014! Thank you for supporting it, one of my very, very VERY favorites of the year but honestly, one I didn't think would get much interest. Again, it was something I made again and again all summer, just roasting already-roasted beets a second time with fresh fruit. Gettin' all fancy? The Avocado Feta Cream is amazing.

Vegetarian:
Twice-Roasted Beets with Red Grapes, Cherries, Blueberries & Avocado Feta Cream
Armenian Vegetable Stew with late-summer and early-fall vegetables, eggplant, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, okra. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture. For Weight Watchers, #PP1. #LowCarb #Vegan

September:
CROSSING THE WORLD, NEVER LEAVING MY AMERICAN KITCHEN


During summer, the garden pitches out vegetables and it's my job, mostly, to bat them into dinner. One way to use up a bunch of vegetables at one time is a vegetable stew, turns out I've made a real collection of recipes like that, Favorite Seasonal Vegetable Stews. This Armenian stew is a mélange of late-summer and early-fall vegetables.

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Armenian Vegetable Stew
Pumpkin Smoothies, just five minutes and five pantry ingredients. Vegan, gluten-free. For Weight Watchers, #PP4. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture

October:
WELCOMING THE GREAT PUMPKIN, FOODIE-STYLE


Like Linus, foodies welcome October because it's fun to go pumpkin crazy. This year, I worked out several new recipes and found myself caught up with really pumpkin-y Pumpkin Smoothies, only slightly sweet but really filling.

Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real":
Pumpkin Smoothies
Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes made with three techniques from Cook's Illustrated. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture

November:
MASHED POTATO SECRETS? NO MORE!


Are we of one mind when it comes to mashed potatoes? If I'm gonna eat 'em, I want 'em worth eating, not just needlessly rich mashed potatoes. Three techniques from Cook's Illustrated make all the difference, all thee could be applied to your own favorite way to make mashed potatoes too.

Vegetarian:
Three Secrets for Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes
How to make lefse, the Scandinavian Christmas specialty. Step-by-step video, recipe and tips from expert lefse maker LeAnne Kruger. #BestRecipes of 2014 from #AVeggieVenture

December:
PRESERVING OUR FOOD HERITAGE


Expert lefse-maker LeAnne Kruger shows us how to make lefse, the Scandinavian Christmas specialty bread. There's a step-by-step video plus the recipe and lots of insider tips. Plus? A food heritage challenge for 2015, will you join me here?

Vegetarian:
How to Make Lefse
Best Vegetable Recipes of 2014 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! And if you'd like to explore the favorite recipes from other years, here are all the links.

THE MOTHER of ALL PAGES for
A Veggie Venture's FAVORITE RECIPES
Favorite Favorite Vegetable Recipes, all the years since 2005, just the favorites sorted by vegetable, by course, by cooking method

YEAR-by-YEAR
Best Vegetable Recipes of 2013
Best Vegetable Recipes of 2012
Best Vegetable Recipes of 2011
Best Vegetable Recipes 2010
Best Recipes 2005 - 2009
from A Veggie Venture

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2 comments:

My vegetable of the year is okra!!! I just love it and managed to put up a batch or two. It's hard to find at the grocer's so I have to trek out to as many farmer's markets I can to find it. No matter how much I find, it's never enough for me. I don't have the real estate to grow my own.

YoYo ~ What a great vegetable of the year! We love okra too, in fact, I just put some in a veggie hash with eggs this very morning! It comes from Mexico, I’m sure, but we’re seeing pretty okra in the grocery stores right now. Thanks so much for sharing your okra enthusiasm!

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