What is that EVERYONE loves in a recipe? I think a rich, satisfying taste, mildly strong flavor and just the right amount of creamy juiciness is the combination that makes a meal so mouthwatering you can’t help but daydream about.
Here are 12 picks from 2016 so succulent everyone on social media went nuts about!
In this delicious Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese With Spinach, sweet potatoes serve as the base to make the cheesy orange sauce that we all know and love. The spices and mustard balance out the sweetness, to create the ultimate mac.
If you’ve been to an Indian restaurant, chances are you’ve seen butter masala on the menu. It’s a rich and delicious gravy curry with a sauce made creamy through the addition of milk or cream and butter. This vegan Mushroom Butter Masala is a spicy, creamy and a delicious dish that is the perfect accompaniment for steamed rice, flatbread, or even dosas.
3. Tahini-Roasted Cauliflower With Lemony Herb Oil
Dinners, in the traditional sense, are usually centered around one main dish. For a stunning centerpiece that looks as amazing as it tastes, you have to try this Tahini-Roasted Cauliflower With Lemony Herb Oil. Along with being absolutely gorgeous, it is craftily spiced, rubbed down with a nutty tahini coating, drizzled with lemony herbs, and eventually garnished with roasted almonds.
4. Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup
This Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup is considered a regional dish in both Mandarin and Szechuan cuisines. The hot comes from chile pepper and the sour comes from vinegar. Paired with stir fry or other Chinese-inspired mains and sides, this stand-out soup is perfect for winter.
How amazing does this Roasted Cauliflower Curry? In this recipe, cauliflower florets are seasoned with a mixture of turmeric and salt then roasted until golden and tender. A dry masala mix is then cooked in an aromatic tomato curry, with an additional layer of spices. Lastly, the roasted cauliflower is stirred into the curry to coat it with all of the flavors. This impressive entrée is guaranteed to become a repeat in your household.
6. Spinach Dip Crescent Roll Ring
A must-have at any party, this Spinach Dip Crescent Roll Ring is just delicious. Creamy, garlicky spinach dip is wrapped in crescent rolls and then baked until the rolls are crispy and golden and the dip is warm. It’s so easy to make, you may as well make two because it’ll disappear fast.
7. Lentil Burger With Mustard Sauce
These Lentil Burgers With Mustard Sauce are super tasty and only require four ingredients! The combination of earthy flavor from the lentils, the touch of sweetness from the raisins, and the nutty walnuts, make this a unique veggie burger you will fall in love with instantly. The zesty mustard sauce makes this burger even better!
8. Cheesy Corn and Smashed Avocado Quesadillas
These Cheesy Corn and Smashed Avocado Quesadillas may feel like a total comfort food indulgence, but they are remarkably healthy! The “cheese” is made with corn, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt, and with the avocado and cherry tomatoes, these are pretty well-rounded ingredient-wise. Who knew ooey-gooey deliciousness could be so wholesome?
9. Cauliflower Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Comfort food, without the guilt? These Cauliflower Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes prove it’s possible! These decadently stuffed sweet potatoes ooze delicious miso-cauliflower cheese and are covered with plenty of vegetables. They’re also super easy to make. So there are no excuses with this one!
This Black Bean Hummus Panini is the perfect example of how when simple ingredients are combined they can make a truly amazing meal! This sandwich has savory black beans, creamy hummus, tender eggplant, and deliciously juicy sun-dried tomatoes. A hearty meal that’s easy to eat thanks to two pieces of crunchy bread.
11. Deep Dish Quiche Pizza
A sweet potato crust is made from millet and chickpea flours pressed into a cake pan to make it deep dish. This Deep Dish Quiche Pizza is topped with a rich, homemade tomato sauce and filled with a fluffy tofu ricotta and kale filling, roasted Mediterranean vegetables or any vegetables of your choice. The final touch is a drizzle of cheesy tahini sauce. You’ll never get bored of pizza with a dish like this.
Zucchini are such versatile vegetables. You can fry them, steam them, stir-fry them, spiralize them into zoodles, even bake them into bread! In these Spicy Zucchini Fritters, zucchini are coated in rice and chickpea flour, seasoned generously, and fried. Top with your favorite creamy non-dairy dressing and serve with a side salad for a yummy, filling meal!
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”