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My Favorite Recipes from 2019

Monique’s top 25 favorite recipes from 2019! Here you’ll find my new go-to muffin recipes, incredible one pan meals, salads and the desserts I keep going back to.

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Cheers to the last weekend of 2019! Along with all of the holiday festivities we’ve been patiently awaiting the arrival of our baby boy and couldn’t be more excited to celebrate his birthday (whenever he decides to show up!). I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season, too, filled with family, friends and delicious food.

A few days ago, we rounded up the top 25 reader favorite recipes from the year and today I’m SO excited to share MY personal favs from the past year.

These 25 recipes below were my go-to’s throughout the year — I tested them countless times to share with all of you, and re-made them all year long because Tony and I loved them so much. Who knows, there may be a few you haven’t tried! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your favorites, too. Enjoy, xo!

maple blueberry turkey sausage breakfast patties on a plate

Maple Blueberry Turkey Sausage Breakfast Patties

I loved these savory sausage breakfast patties packed with juicy blueberries, herbs and spices. These are perfect when paired with hashbrowns or sweet potatoes and eggs. Heck, I’d even enjoy them for dinner. Plus they’re perfect and easy for meal prep — just store them in the fridge or freezer and reheat when ready to enjoy.

chai-spiced butternut squash muffin with a bite taken out

Chai-Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins with Salted Honey Glaze

The most delicious muffins ever — don’t let the butternut squash throw you off. I love chai and these muffins taste like pumpkin muffins with the coziest tea spices and a hint of browned butter. And let’s not forget about the salted honey glaze. SERIOUSLY YUM.

homemade chunky healthy granola on a baking sheet with a spoon

Homemade Chunky Healthy Granola Recipe (vegan & gluten free!)

Ummm hi, if you haven’t made this granola yet, please do it. It literally tastes like french toast! It’s also perfect for lactating mamas thanks to the healthy fats, oats and flax + chia seeds. So good & naturally sweetened too!

drizzling syrup on a stack of banana oatmeal pancakes

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (made right in the blender!)

These are my go to weekend pancakes when I have ripe bananas I need to use up. They’re fluffy, healthy and great for toddlers & kids too!

peanut butter chickpea muffin with a bite taken out

Fluffy Flourless Peanut Butter Chickpea Muffins

SERIOUSLY MAKE THESE ASAP. All you need is a few ingredients, plus they’re fluffy, packed with protein and fiber and taste like a slice of peanut butter banana bread. No one can tell they’re made with chickpeas — especially not kids!

pumpkin pie smoothie in two glasses

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you have extra pumpkin leftover (or even sweet potato) then you should absolutely make this pumpkin smoothie. Abra and I couldn’t get over how much it tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie!

peanut butter banana muffins with chocolate chips on a grey surface

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins (dairy free + gluten free)

I just can’t get over the peanut butter banana chocolate combo. These are made with peanut butter, bananas and oat flour for the ultimate dairy free & gluten free muffin because they’re just SO fluffy!

avocado strawberry spinach salad in a bowl with red onion, feta, almonds and pistachios

Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado

A true favorite this year and my-go to summer salad. I love pairing it with grilled chicken or adding chickpeas.

curry sweet potato cauliflower salad in a bowl

Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad (whole30, vegan & gluten free)

This is Abra’s favorite salad and probably mine too. We’re huge curry lovers over here and can’t get enough of this wonderful nourishing salad.

cauliflower broccoli cheddar soup in a bowl

Lightened Up Cheddar Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

Say hello to deliciousness with this soup that might just be better than Panera’s. You have to try it!

avocado blueberry salad in a bowl with a spoon

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad

If you didn’t know that blueberries + avocados are a match made in heaven, now you do. So good and perfect in the spring and summer.

chicken pot pie soup in a bowl next to crackers

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup (whole 30, dairy free)

This was an immediate hit on AK and for good reason! It’s super creamy, yet there’s no cream. The broth is made of chicken broth, potatoes and cauliflower. Slurp it up and fall in love.

healthy pasta carbonara on a plate with a fork

30 minute Healthier Pasta Carbonara

This is one of Tony’s favorite weeknight meals. He loves it with angel hair pasta, and sometimes we mix it up and do sauteed spinach instead of peas.

ginger chicken meatballs in a skillet with a spoon

One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

UM HELLO these meatballs are freakin’ amazing. You must make them! Feel free to add more veggies to the sauce or serve over rice or rice noodles!

zucchini mac and cheese in a skillet with a spoon

Zucchini Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese is the most delicious thing ever. Seriously we couldn’t stop making and eating it! You can’t taste the zucchini at all. Feel free to add in peas, broccoli or whatever you’d like.

slow cooker pulled chicken sandwich on parchment paper with slaw

Incredible Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Such a great easy meal to throw together in your slow cooker. The sauce is incredible and the crunchy slaw on top is life changing!

one pot moroccan chicken stew in a pot with a spoon

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

One of my favorite chicken stews EVER. So cozy, full of unique incredible flavors. A must-make!

healthy tuna noodle casserole in a pan with a wooden spoon

Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

When I first made this recipe, I knew it was going to be good… but I didn’t know HOW good it would be. Seriously make this ASAP. It’s one of my favorite comfort food makeovers EVER!

lifting a slice of vegetarian pumpkin lasagna out of a pan

Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna

Abra’s favorite lasagna on this planet. The pumpkin is a gamechanger, especially with the layers of cheese, spinach and noodles.

cilantro pistachio pesto shrimp pasta on a plate and twirled on a fork

Date Night In Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Make this for date night and you won’t be disappointed. TRUST ME! The cilantro pesto is my favorite pesto — so fresh!

paleo chocolate chunk tahini cookies

Damn Good Paleo Chocolate Chunk Tahini Cookies

Tahini + chocolate chunk in a healthier grain free cookie. YES!!!!

gluten free carrot cake on a cake stand

The Best Healthy Carrot Cake You’ll Ever Eat (gluten free & paleo-friendly!)

My favorite cake recipe on the blog. So moist, flavorful and freakin DELISH.

healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack with sea salt on the side

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan & gluten free!)

These are my go-to weeknight cookies. I seriously make them all the time and love the flavors! They use oat flour for a super chewy texture.

flourless almond butter brownies in a stack on a plate

Fudgy Flourless Almond Butter Brownies (gluten free + dairy free)


gingerbread oatmeal cream pie with a bite taken out

Incredible Gingerbread Oatmeal Cream Pies

My favorite cookie recipe from #AKCookieWeek! I think you all would agree.

If you make any of these delicious recipes I’d love if you left a rating and a comment on it so that others can enjoy it, too! Enjoy, xoxo.

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