Best Meals of 2011:
2011 was another big year for me in the kitchen. I made a ton of meals. Looking back, I was really happy to see that so many Vegetarian meals made my favorites list. All in all, I had a blast in the kitchen this year. As always my goals are to get the tastiest, most creative and quickest meals on the table and I think all of these recipes show that I accomplished that. Enjoy!
I originally saw this recipe while searching "eggplant" on pinterest. What I got was a link to a blog called "What the hell does a vegan eat anyway." I liked her recipe, but in true Lizzy fashion, I kept digging for more recipes that sang out to me. In the end, I mixed several recipes into one. But the steps were pretty much the same. Slice eggplant, fry eggplant, make a remoulade, make a slaw, combine on hearty bread. Eat. Enjoy.
I made Giada's Butternut Squash Lasagna. I changed some of this recipe by making my béchamel sauce a bit healthier- using fat free milk and roasting the squash instead of boiling it. So if you are looking to do something fun with butternut squash, make this recipe. It has a bunch of steps and takes a bit of time, but it is easy to make and delicious to eat!
I first saw this on Cara's blog and knew I had to make it. I love thai inspired dishes with peanut sauces but I don't like peanut butter on it's own (crazy I know)! This dish combined some of my favorite ingredients: spice and kale!
In March I had a week that I used Egg Rolls for every meal. I fell in love with the idea of making Lasagna Cupcakes. I really love everything in miniature form. I combined Arugula Pesto into the Ricotta Mixture to make a vegetarian lasagna.
In February, I had a week of making non-traditional burgers. Burgers that leave you feeling good inside, not guilty. These spicy black bean and corn burgers were so easy to make. I added salsa and avocado on top and loved every bite.
Most of you know I'm pretty obsessed with Kale. I have no idea where I got the idea but I thought to make Kale Pesto. Then I googled it and found an awesome NY Times recipe. I really don't think I'll make any other pesto ever again. This was so perfect!
When I got beautiful strawberries from my CSA, I decided to turn these strawberries into the best avocado salsa I've ever had. Mixing creamy avocado with luscious fruity strawberries with lime juice, red onion and jalapeno and you get a salsa that is seriously delicious. Then combining that with flaky cod on a whole wheat tortilla with a bit of feta and cilantro makes the perfect, unexpected fish tacos.
I made two mussels dishes I was really proud of... Dave and I order mussels all the time at restaurants so it was super fun to make these at home.
I loved the spiciness of this dish mixed with several other kinds of seafood.
This is a dish I must make again!
I loved the idea of crusting the fish with tons of spices and then (lightly) frying the fish. I only used 1 tablespoon of canola oil so I'm going to call it sauteing.
I used my CSA arugula to make a pizza that combines salty (prosciutto) and sweet (figs). Definitely one of my all time favorite combinations.
Mini Pizzas on CSA Zucchini! Can't beat it. This would make a really quick and delicious, easy appetizer!
This is a health-i-fied version of CPK's version and I loved every delicious bite. I was shocked by how much flavor this pizza had.
Escalating meatballs to the next level by adding tiny mozzarella balls. They ooze out flavor and cheese, can't beat that!
I've made this dish twice now and it's my favorite special occasion meal. The meat falls off the bone and it's so deliciously tender. Combined with swiss chard and pearl onions over mashed potatoes, this is a VERY special meal. I made it last year for New Years dinner!
I served my chops with a curried sweet potato puree and added the tangerine chili sauce on top. I also served this with a Blood Orange, Sweet Potato, Avocado, Feta and Arugula Salad, inspiration from Epicurious...
Which one of these dishes would be your favorite?