If I thought 2013 was filled with change, it was nothing compared to 2014. Moving from Houston back to Toronto was bittersweet, leaving a community and friends I still miss dearly. However, I am finally working at my “forever” job, and it only took 14 years of school after high school. After a somewhat heart-wrenching vacation in Madagascar and South Africa wherein I broke my leg, and now lengthy rehab process, my health has remained important. In the kitchen, this has meant more simple recipes and now that I am back in the gym, I only go a few times a week. 2015 is going to be a wonderful year. At least the first part will be spent preparing for our upcoming wedding. Best wishes for all of you this upcoming year as well, wherever that may bring you.
These were my favourite eats from 2014:
1. Roasted Cauliflower and Mustard-Hummus Rice Bowl with Garlicky Spinach & A Vegan Mustard Tasting Party
As we embrace more minimalism, I certainly don’t have enough mustards to host a party right now, but this bowl of my favourite foods was a delicious result.
2. Laotian Larb Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Perhaps an odd choice for recipe #2, but I veritably feasted on these wraps in Houston and this is a way to bring a small part of Houston wherever I may be.
3. Roasted Creole Cauliflower
Another fabulously oft-repeated recipe. A flavourful tomato-based marinade for roasted cauliflower.
4. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Fried Capers and Pickled Currants
It is no surprise that 2014 was year of the cauliflower (Rob thinks it was year of the taco), but this was a delicious salad with roasted cauliflower, creamy avocado and my newest obsession: pickled capers!
5. Cali-Coco BLT Quinoa Salad
Another favourite salad combination from this year: coconut bacon, creamy avocado and smoked tofu with quinoa and arugula.
6. Cuban Beer-Infused Black Beans
One cannot forget to include beans and this was one brew that was utterly delicious.
7. Mango Chana Masala
Certainly not authentic (my Indian Chickpea Curry with Mango Powder is more traditional), but this curry uses mangoes instead of mango powder for a fun twist on chickpea curry.
8. Manchurian Chickpea Bowls
Probably the quintessential 2014 dish with both beans and roasted cauliflower, the spiced saucy sauce made this a wonderful bowl of goodness.
9. Coconut Chana Saag
While I only shared this a few days ago, this has been repeated a few times over the year and it has yet to disappoint. Hearty leafy greens like kale work well against the flavourful broth.
10. Raw Brownie Cake with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting
In my quest to use massive amount of coconut flour, this was a delicious no-bake cake that was a deliciously decadent dessert.
Bonus: 11. Angela’s Glo Bars
This recipe was the beginning of a relove of granola and granola-type bars. This was my favourite of the bunch packed with oats, chia seeds and sunflower seeds.
Bonus 12. Chai Spiced Rice Pudding
These are a bit labour intensive to make (which is why they are a bonus favourite) but the flavours cannot be beat. A luscious dessert that is sure to please.
What were your favourite finds from the year? Did I miss any of your favourites?
Here’s to a happy new year!
Favourite here, previously:
My 10 Favourite Recipes from 2010
My 11 Favourite Recipes from 2011
My 12 Favourite Recipes from 2012
My 13 Favourite Recipes from 2013
Top 13 Reader Favourite Recipes from 2013
My Ongoing List of Favourite Recipes