Top 11 TCL Recipes of 2011

I spent many, many hours developing recipes in 2011. Though the year was challenging, playing with recipes was one of the things I did to de-stress. I just love cooking and baking.

Here are some of my favorites from the past year (not in any particular order):

{Click here for my Top 10 Recipes of 2010}

1 – Irresistible Coconut Macaroons

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These are my favorite make-ahead dessert. You can prep them the day before you need them and dehydrate them over night. Make a double batch to feed extra mouths. These are truly irresistible – whenever they’re around I can’t stop eating them!

2 – Vegan Coconut Cream Pie

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A vegan coconut cream pie with an oatmeal pie crust that Bitchin Kitchen linked to on twitter! These were taste-tested by my friends who gave many thumbs up. Looking at this photo reminds me that I need to make this again sometime soon!

3 – Kale Chip Baking Tips

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A basic kale chip recipe complete with baking tips. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback for this post, the tips, and the recipe.

4 – Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

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Around the 4th of July, I came up with a new dough ball flavor that rivals the original chocolate chip. These are amazing on their own or with the quick drizzle frosting you can customize for any color scheme.

5 – Fourth of July Cupcakes

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My Fourth of July cupcakes were one of my most colorful and themed creations of the year.

6 – Chocolate “Depression” Cake Minis

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Since first coming up with the recipe, I’ve baked these mini cakes several times. They’re the perfect dessert when you want a quick chocolate fix and they’re made without eggs, butter, or milk! You can even eat them warm if you don’t want to wait for them to totally cool, and they have the easiest & fasted “frosting” (ok, it’s a ganache).

7 – Tangy Power Greens & BBQ Tempeh

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This is the easiest and tastiest way I know how to make tempeh. But the greens were the real winner to me. I love how the addition of a couple simple ingredients imparts so much flavor to these veggies.

8 – Individual Egg Bake

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This is one of my go-to breakfasts. I love savory, egg-based breakfasts, and this one takes a mere 5 minutes to mix up and even bakes up quickly, too. Plus, the flavor can easily be adjusted based on your preferences or whatever you have on hand.

9 – Whole Health Noodle Soup

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This is one of my favorite quick-fix meals. It uses ingredients you have in your pantry, refrigerator, and/or freezer and comes together so quickly.

10 – Noodle Bowls

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Ahhh noodle bowls. This dish is probably the one thing I’ve eaten the most in 2011 because of the utilization of ingredients I often have around when I haven’t been grocery shopping in awhile and the ease of preparation. It’s also filling (just add protein of choice!) and can get filled with lots of healthy vegetables.

11 – Slow Cooker Beef & 3 Bean Chili

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This slow cooker recipe is one of my go-to, cold-weather recipes. I also love using it whenever we’re having a casual get-together at the Chic House. It’s affordable, a crowd-pleaser, and just so easy so you can spend more time with your guests.

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Eat in Month 2012 starts today! I hope you can play along! :)

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Have you made a TCL recipe? Which one do you think should be on this list?

What recipes would you like to see on TCL in 2012?

{Click here for my Top 10 Recipes of 2010}

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