I’m a little bit late in posting this, but I wanted to share with you the Top 15 recipes on Ambitious Kitchen in 2012. I also was inspired to include some of your amazing comments, as I feel that hearing someone else’s success on a recipe is always encouraging. Ultimately, I feel so amazed and blessed by your readership, stories, comments and emails. You inspire me much more than you know!
I’m looking forward to sharing more photos, recipes, adventures, and cooking with all of you in 2013. If there’s anything you’d like to see more of, be sure to leave a comment or send me an email; I’d love to hear from you. Now on to the recipes!
15. Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
CC says, “Just made these for my father-in-law for Father’s Day (second time making them) and I wanted to share that you have won him over. He wouldn’t ever consider eating quinoa before today (“too healthy”), but I whisked this cup in under the radar and he LOVED it/them! Love the healthy, tasty recipes you share. Keep up the great work/passion!”
14. Vegan + Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Arwen wrote, “This is SUPER tasty. Like, shockingly so. I’m not sure if it messes up the healthy factor if you eat half a loaf in a day, but that’s definitely the direction I’m heading in. Not sure I mind too much.”
13. Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothie
Laura said, “I made this on Tuesday and was daydreaming about it all of yesterday while fasting for Yom Kippur, and I had leftovers of it this morning, and I’m making more now to have tomorrow morning!”
12. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Kira says, “Just made these for dinner with cornmeal crusted tilapia and mixed greens. The dipping sauce is amazing! I almost considered not making it but I’m delighted I did. Another culinary masterpiece from Monique!”
11. Banana ‘Ice Cream’ with Toasted Coconut, Almonds, & Dark Chocolate
Karissa said, “Result: It was so easy to scoop out, even after that amount of time; literally like the texture of real ice cream! Hooray! We didn’t eat all of it, so the rest is still being stored for later. I thought I would have to chip/scrape or thaw the banana ‘ice cream’ after the refreezing, but nope, it was perfect!”
10. Kale, Edamame, and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Janna wrote, “I made this salad last night for dinner and it was great! I almost didn’t add the mango but I’m so glad I did, it really added some nice sweetness to it. I found myself digging for more of the juicy pieces. And then I made the banana pancakes this morning and they were great too. Thanks for getting my out of my recipe rut! Your blog is great!”
9. Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili with Smoked Chipotle
Emn wrote, “I’ve made this twice, and I absolutely love it! (My boyfriend does, too.) The only things I do differently are: double the chipotle sauce in the chile and use three cups of stock instead of four. All around a ten out of ten!”
8. Sesame Ginger Sweet Teriyaki Salmon with Garlic Quinoa Stir-fry
Christina said, “I made this last week and totally forgot to tell you how wonderful this recipe is! The sauce itself could be used for so many other meats. The salmon turned out perfect and I never thought to sub quinoa as rice. Very healthy and very tasty…usually I can’t find recipes that fit that description. Thank you so much for sharing!”
7. Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes
Ash wrote, “Hey there! I’ve been lurking on your blog for a while and just tried these pancakes out last week. Not only are they AMAZING, but for a vegetarian living with a house full of allergy ridden people/gluten free people, these are perfect. A success with everyone! Not to mention they hold up really well in the freezer and are an awesome breakfast before work any day of the week. Thank you so much for sharing and I look forward to you new creations.”
6. Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce with Burrata
Tracy wrote, “Made these tonight, used fresh mozzarella instead… just a touch of cayenne and there was some REAL heat in those balls! We LOVED them! So moist, flavorful and yummy! Thanks for this one, it’ll make a re-appearance in my house.”
5. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt
Jennifer wrote, “Thank you so much for this recipe. I doubled it, used sour cream instead of greek yogurt (because I had none), and used natural (have to stir) peanut butter. They were FABULOUS. My son said, “Best cookie Ever.” My husband and daughter agreed. So happy to find your site–so positive and friendly… and TASTY!”
4. Healthy Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad
Stacy wrote, “I made this last night for dinner – probably one of the best salads EVER! Thank you so much for the recipe! I shared the link on Facebook.”
3. Easy 5-Ingredient Fudgy Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt
Amanda said, “Thanks so much for this amazing recipe! I can’t bake to save my life- BUT these—–oh these I mastered!!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!”
2. Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies
Jennifer wrote, “Eating these as I type…UNBELIEVABLE flavor!!! Fabulous! I’m a huge snickerdoodle….ok, cookie fan… but they’ve gotta be awesome for me to make more than once. Better believe this will NOT be the last time I make these! Thank you for the recipe. PS…making these as a gift…sure hope a few make it into the box!”
1. Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter + Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
Annie wrote, “Made these two nights ago. My husband nearly died. He actually called me from work the next day to tell me again how amazing they were. I will never make chocolate chip cookies without browning the butter again. You are awesome! Thank you!!”
Bri wrote, “I made these for my office holiday party’s bake-off and they won! Thanks!”
Twyla wrote, “Honestly, These were wonderful!! The only thing I changed was I baked them for 13 minutes because I didn’t want them doughy. Other than that they were amazing! Took them to work and people thought I should start selling them, they were THAT good!! Thanks for a great new standard at our house!”
Amy said, “My best friend and I decided that this is the only chocolate chip cookie recipe that needs to exist in the world! Divine. I stuffed half the batch with nutella and the other half with peanut butter. Best decision of my life!”
All your recipes are very inspiring. Love the pictures & step by step directions. I am looking forward to your future inspirations. Thanks for sharing your passion. :-). Deb
All I want to do is bake right now! Yum!!
I love that you shared the comments that people left you, in addition to the recipe. The comemnts and when people come back and tell you they made something and loved it are pretty much the best things ever. Besides your cookies!!
Of all the cookies, you have, which are you personal faves? I know it’s really hard to compare a nutella stuffed, with chocolate, with a snickerdoodle, with PB. But you pretty much have my fave 4 things right there and Im trying to narrow down what to make first!
That just depends. Everyone loves my Nutella Stuffed cookies — they are indeed life changing. However if you prefer cookies that aren’t nearly as rich, I love my brown butter snickerdoodles and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies too! 🙂
So glad you did this favorites post. I missed those meatballs somehow, and now I know what I’m making for dinner this weekend. I didn’t miss out on the cookies though – I’ve drooled over the pictures of every last one of them. 😉
I made the Nutella Stuffed cookies I noticed that browning the butter changed the texture of my cookies (from the usual choc chip) the were not as moist and instead were oily and dry. Was there something else that could have caused this?
It sounds like you either over baked the cookie, or you over mixed the dough. Try again!
You (and your ingenious, creative, delicious recipes) are AHHHHHHsome!!! I've been told that I'm a really good cook, but using some of your tips (brown butter and sea salt) now I'm hearing I'm a GREAT cook!!! Thank you School of AK!!
You know every time I visit your blog I long to:
1) Be healthy
2) bake COOKIES!
Story of my life, I love being healthy… But I love baking and eating incredibly fattening desserts!
Looking forward to trying some of these in 2013.
My snickerdoodle dough is chilling in the fridge as we speak! This is the first time I have ever browned butter and I am BEYOND excited to try them!
My favorite dish is 8: Teriyaki salmon sweet with stir-fried quinoa. I tried it and it’s really delicious, especially full of nutrients
My favorite is Whole Wheat Quinoa Pancakes, it’s delicious and nutritious, I made it and my kids love it
So happy you all loved them!
I’m very happy you posted your favorites. Somehow, I missed those meatballs, and now I know what I’ll be cooking this weekend for dinner. However, I didn’t miss out on the cookies because I drooled while looking at the images of each and every one of them.
yum! You’ve gotta try the meatballs! Let me know how they turn out!
Even after sitting for so long, it scooped out effortlessly; it felt like like genuine ice cream. Hooray! We didn’t finish it all, so it’s still being preserved for future use. After refreezing the banana “ice cream,” I expected to need to chip/scrape it or defrost it, but neither was necessary!