16 Best Recipes of 2016

By Alexandra Caspero on December 28, 2016
You guysssss. Another year of deliciousness gone by, another trip round the sun. Whoa. Seems like just yesterday I was doing this for 2015. I’ve fully concluded that the older I get, the more quickly time passes by. Which, sounds exactly like something my mom would say, further proving my point.
So, let’s eat! I’ve published over 100 recipes this year (!) so this task of rounding up the top 16 was no easy feat. Recipes are like my babies, I love the all for different reasons. Thankfully, I didn’t really have to choose- you did. These are the recipes that were shared the most, commented on the most or emailed about the most. Statistics, it applies to food blogging as well.
Thank YOU for making this one of my favorite years yet. I’ve been working my tail off in the kitchen to bring you more yummy, nutrient-dense options in the new year and I can’t wait to share. I plan on kicking off 2017 the way I always do: with a month of weeknight dinners. Until then, enjoy this round-up of 16 recipes for 2016.

1. Vegan Pesto and Roasted Tomato Pizza 

Pizza, pizza! Man, you guys loved this pizza as much as I did. A fun reminder that pizza doesn’t have to be covered in cheese to be delicious. Pizza dough smothered in pumpkin-seed pesto, tomatoes and my homemade parmesan cheese. I’ll take 3 slices.

2. Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl {vegan, gluten-free}

Wow, this recipe might be the all-time favorite. It’s been shared hundreds of thousands of times and I love seeing all your re-creations on Instagram. Really, it’s all about the tofu. If you think you don’t like tofu, please, please try this recipe. It’s chewy, crispy and meaty all at the same time. Plus, peanut butter. 

Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl! A healthy lunch or dinner, perfect for the New Year! Brown rice, the BEST tofu, vegetables, roasted broccoli in a simple peanut sauce. Vegan and Gluten-Free. | www.delishknowledge.com

3. Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls {vegan, easily GF by subbing in tamari}

I love that you guys love the same recipes that I do! It’s truly like we were made for each other, MFEO. These spring rolls are stuffed with vermicelli noodles, crispy tofu, and shredded veggies. Served with a spicy peanut-lime sauce for dipping. Great as an appetizer, though I often enjoy them for a simple lunch or light dinner.

Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls! You will love these healthy salad rolls. Spring Rice Rolls stuffed with crispy peanut tofu, shredded cabbage, carrots, mint, cilantro and vermicelli noodles. Served with a spicy peanut-lime dipping sauce. Vegan and easily gluten-free. | www.delishknowledge.com

4. Raspberry Mint Limeade {vegan, gluten-free}

This one’s for you BL, thanks for introducing me to the refreshing deliciousness that is lime juice + cherry juice + soda. My version comes in a raspberry-lime form; a quarter of the calories of cherry limeade and just as refreshing. It’s my favorite thing to sip on a hot, humid day (should also be noted that these taste great with a little white wine, tequila or rum floater).

Raspberry Mint Limeade! A refreshing drink perfect for summer! Vegan, gluten-free and low-sugar. | www.delishknowledge.com

5. Green Goddess Veggie Sandwich {vegetarian}

Holy moly, I love this sandwich. This gorgeous rainbow sandwich is what my lunch dreams are made of. Layers of shredded carrots, radishes, buttery lettuce, avocado, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes, sprouts and thinly sliced cukes. All topped in a luscious green goddess dressing. Totally wish I was munching on one as I write this post. 

Green Goddess Veggie Sandwich! This sandwich is layered with flavor and packed with vegetables! Homemade green-goddess dressing, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado, goat cheese, radish, carrots. Vegetarian, easily vegan or gluten-free. | www.delishknowledge.com

6. Almond Joy Granola Bars {vegan, gluten-free}

Inspired by my favorite candy of all time, the Almond Joy. I’ve come to the conclusion that you either love coconut or completely detest it. I love it, BL hates it. Story of my culinary life. For my fellow coconut-obsessors, these are for you. 

7. Roasted Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls {vegan, gluten-free}

I love these bowls so much I made you a video! In other news, I’m now aware I use the same descriptions over and over again to describe my food: I love these! So good! Must-try! No really, I love this!. Well, all of the above for this recipe as well. 

Roasted Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls! You will love these gluten-free and vegan burrito bowls. Roasted and spiced butternut squash cubes, black bean and cabbage slaw with homemade guacamole. Vegan & Gluten-Free | www.delishknowledge.com

8. Lentil & Zucchini Tacos {vegan}

I’m fairly certain that I could alternate between tacos and pasta for every meal and be OK. Well, these are no exception. Spicy zucchini, corn and lentils with a creamy jalapeno-lime sauce. Come to mama. 

Zucchini and Lentil Tacos! A perfect vegan dinner. Spicy zucchini and corn, lentils with a creamy jalapeno-lime sauce. | www.delishknowledge.com

9. Grilled Tofu Kebobs with Mint Pesto {vegan, gluten-free}

Sometimes I think that my purpose is to show how incredibly delicious tofu can be. It’s no secret that I love the stuff, for it’s versatility, it’s texture and it’s nutrition. But, I know for many of you- tofu is weird. These kebobs are a great option for any meat-free cookout: chunks of meaty tofu grilled to perfection and covered in fresh mint pesto. 

Grilled Tofu Kebobs with Mint Pesto! A healthy and easy main dish for summer. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. | www.delishknowledge.com

10. Greek Lentil and Potato Salad {vegetarian, gluten-free}

I could probably post nothing but greek salads and you all would be OK. I adore that you love them as much as I do! French lentils, tomatoes, cukes, creamy potatoes and herbs tossed in a lemon dressing. 

Greek Lentil and Potato Salad! This side salad is perfect for summer. Lentils, herbed potatoes and vegetables in a lemon dressing. A must-try! Vegetarian, easily vegan. | www.delishknowledge.com

11. Iced Matcha Vanilla Latte {vegan, gluten-free}

This was my DRINK OF SUMMER. My goodness, I drank this at least daily and can’t wait for temperature to come up from freezing to do it all over again. The secret is my coconut milk ice-cubes which make for a luscious treat that isn’t watered down. 

Iced Vanilla Matcha Latte! This creamy, dairy-free latte is perfect for hot summer days. Served over coconut milk ice cubes for a frosty treat PLUS a trick for blending matcha easily! Vegan & Gluten-Free | www.delishknowledge.com

12. Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Baked, not fried, tofu cubes smothered in a sweet, garlic sauce. The real test is limiting how many cubes of tofu you sneak into your mouth before plating. Just as easy as take-out but so much better. One reader said that her husband thought he hated tofu until he tried this dish! Yeah! Love hearing comments like that. 

Honey Garlic Baked Tofu! Better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables! Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. | www.delishknowledge.com

13. Kiwi Smoothie Bowl with Hokey-Pokey Granola {vegetarian}

I’m still dreaming about our trip to the land down under (well, the other land down under- NZ) last winter. This is my tribute to that adventure, New Zealand in a bowl. Kiwi smoothie bowl topped with the best granola ever! I love hearing about how much you all enjoy this granola recipe; I still make a batch monthly and BL looks forward to it every time.

New Zealand Inspired Smoothie Bowls! Kiwi Vanilla Smoothie Bowls topped with Hokey Pokey Granola. A healthy breakfast, packed with almost 20 grams of protein. | www.delishknowledge.com

14. Slow Cooker Chana Masala {vegan, gluten-free}

Just like me, slow-cooker meals are your favorites. Perhaps it’s because we love food, but also have super busy lives. Slow-cooker to the rescue! This is my version of my favorite Indian meal, chana masala. All hail the chickpea. 

Slow Cooker Vegan Chana Masala. Chickpeas cooked in a fragrant, spiced tomato sauce. Make in the morning for dinner at night! Vegan and Gluten-Free | www.delishknowledge.com

15. Vegetable Polenta Kebobs with Chimichurri Sauce {vegan, gluten-free}

I’m a sauce girl. My fridge is broken down into three compartments: produce, condiments and other. Seriously, I put hot sauce on my pesto on my ketchup and I don’t apologize for it. Dry food, you are not welcome. Saucy, sloppy dishes, come sit by me. This bowl is basically my excuse to eat chimichurri sauce: kebobs of grilled veggies and polenta, herbed rice and extra, extra sauce.

Vegan Polenta Kebobs with Chimichurri Sauce! Perfect for cookouts this summer! Served with herbed rice, this vegan and glutenfree dish is a must make. | delishknowledge.com

16. Red Lentil Curry Soup {vegan, gluten-free}

Rounding out the list, we’re finishing up with soup. But, not just any soup. A thick, stew-like meal made with red lentils, coconut milk, and curry paste. This is not your momma’s lentil soup. It’s creamy, spicy with a hint of richness. It may be the best lentil soup I’ve ever made.

Red Lentil Curry Soup! Vegan, Gluten-Free and so delicious. You've gotta make this protein packed soup! | www.delishknowledge.com

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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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