Now on to the list of favorite foods. This is going to be a challenge, since I love so many of the things we make. All of the things on this list are recipes we've made more than once - which says a lot for us, since we try at least 1-2 new recipes every week. I've whittled them down to my absolute favorites and grouped them by categories, for your convenience.
The desserts are my exception to the "I've made this twice" rule, since I only repeated a couple of those recipes. But they're all delicious recipes, a couple of which I've made for various groups at school, and things like the red velvet whoopie pies that are valentine-specific.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Mrs. Chilla's Breakfast Casserole
The first two are my go-to recipes for food to take to parties. The second is by the mother of a friend of mine, and my family ate it on Christmas morning.
Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew
Seafood is pricey, so we mostly make this when visiting my parents, who generously supplied us with the ingredients. I also haven't made the scallops more than once, but the recipe is too good and simple to leave out.
Non-vegan Soups and Stews
Thai Style Chicken Soup
These are the recipes that make me want to keep eating meat.
Double Chocolate Cookies
Interlochen Chocolate No-bakes
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
"Life by Chocolate" Cakes
My classmates love the double chocolate cakes, and the no-bakes take me back to a simpler, more pine-filled time. The whoopie pies taste better than hostess cakes, and the last recipe is only for those who can handle truly rich, chocolatey food.
Vegetarian and Vegan
Thai Curry Soup with Tofu
Sesame Maple Ginger Tofu
Pasta with Cashew Cream Sauce
Roasted Vegetables on Creamy Polenta (simple! vegan! Amazing!!)
Chana Masala and Indian Style Cabbage
A few more words about those vegan/vegetarian recipes:
John and I changed our eating habits in a big way over the previous eight months or so. We did this because we both wanted to lose weight and develop healthy ways of eating when we're young, so that we still have them when we're old. For us, this meant cooking with recipes that seemed foreign to us at first (and many of them literally are, since Thai and other Asian food can often be made healthily with a lot of flavor). We're trying to find more and more recipes that include fresh vegetables and whole grains, since meat and dairy are fairly expensive in Canada.
There are a lot of other vegan/vegetarian recipes on the blog besides just these, but these are our very favorites. They are some of the best recipes of any kind that we've made in the past 12 months.
In terms of losing weight, it's helped us both, though food is only part of the process. We believe in finding food that works for you and tastes good, and we don't mean to promote a vegan-only way of eating. Both of us still consume dairy and eggs and we don't label ourselves as vegetarian or vegan, we just lean that way. We both believe that no one diet works for all people, for all time. If you're considering an attempt at some vegan cooking, take a look at those recipes, all of which are beginner-friendly.
So that's our list of the best recipes of our first year of blogging. Thanks for reading all of our food related posts and for never saying, "Hey, why is your Canada blog all about food?"