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2014 Wrap-Up

Happy New Year!  Not going to lie, 2014 was a rather rough year and I’m not exactly sorry to see it go.  While I was able to accomplish some goals, new job and new features here on the blog, my biggest “goal” was not reached and there was nothing I could do to change that – just have to accept that there are things in life that are impossible to control.   I did fall a bit short on a few of my blogs goal, mostly due to interference from the goal not met -but I’m okay with that because I did the best that I could. I messed around with some new ingredients and new cooking techniques and while I didn’t do every week of /52weeksofcooking I did more than 2013 so that’s something!  September was also the BIGGEST month ever for the blog, which was an awesome birthday present. I can only hope that 2015 sees such incredible support.   With that said, time to talk about the recipes that gave such awesome numbers with the top 5 recipes of 2014.  The top 5 are based off of unique hits as recorded by wordpress, and limited to recipes posted in 2014.

#1: “Sausage” and Spinach Stuffed Shells which was made in May for /52weeksofcooking’s soy challenge.  I love it when a savory recipe takes first place!!!

#2: Taco Bowl an awesome recipe for when you are craving tacos but either don’t want, or can’t have the shell.  Adding more gluten free recipes to the blog was one of my big goals for the year, and more than 30% of all recipes in 2014 were/are gluten free!

#3 Buddha Bowl which is probably one of the healthiest recipes on my blog as it features raw veggies and delicious whole grains.   This was part of the clean eating challenge on /52weeksofcooking and is also a great recipe for starting out the New Year!

#4 Sweet Potato Falafels with Garlic Hummus came from a Secret Recipe Club Challenge, which I’ll be continuing in the New Year.  Posts will be the first Monday of every month as part of the awesome Group A, which occasional guest posts and features sprinkled throughout the year.

#5 Watermelon Feta Salad which is surprisingly the “sweetest” thing in the top 5 – which goes to show that cookies aren’t always #1.  This salad caused a bit of drama when the original post omitted a few key sentences, but it’s an awesome dish and I’ve made it a few times since.

There they are!  The top 5 recipes of 2014 which happen to be all savory – which I wasn’t really expecting.  While I haven’t most as many sweets this past year, just assumed those few would be the ones to take the care. So with that – enjoy your new year!  I have a few posts in progress and will once again be setting the goal of posting three times a week, but we’ll see what life has to say about that little plan.


2013 in Review

2013 in Review

So 2013 was not my easiest year IRL, but blogging wise things went mostly to plan.  I have branched out in to new and tasty cuisines, and have pushed myself to try new and exciting foods.  While I still cling to a few family favorites, I can honestly say that most of the meals I made this year were new to me – or “new to me” in that I had never attempted to make them before.  While I still have a few hurdles to get over (collared greens), I am happy to say that many vegetables I avoided as a child (and young adult) are now regulars on my menu (beets! Brussel sprouts!).   Also getting better at avoiding the uber sweet stuff, which is reflected in the Top Five Recipes of 2013.  When I ran the numbers for this year I was pleasantly surprised so see so many savory recipes towards the top, even when I took in to account when a recipe was published in the year.  While there will also be a soft spot in my heart for things like my kit-kat cookies, the healthier dishes are really what Dancing Veggies is all about and what I hope to focus on in 2014.  So without further delay the top five recipes of 2013!

Number 1: Stuffed Crust Pizza (okay not exactly healthy – but still savory!)

Stuffed Crust Pizza

Number 2: Vegan Dirty Rice

Vegan Dirty Rice

Number 3: Vegan Summer Quinoa (hello, beets!)

Summer Quinoa

Number 4: Vegan Sushi

Vegan Sushi | Two Ways

Number 5: Lentil Soup (considering this was just posted in December I have a feeling this recipe will quickly be a member of the Top 5 of All Time)

Lentil Soup

The first dessert recipe didn’t show up until #7 – and even then they were my banana snickerdoodles so not exactly a horrible sweet.  I was also pleasantly surprised that so many vegan options made the top 5!  All in all 2013 was a good recipe year – and I can only hope that 2014 proves to be just as tasty!