Sunday, January 2, 2011

best of 2010: innovative meals with vegetables

2010 was a great year for simply cooked! This blog has featured a host of recipes that used vegetables in tasty and inventive ways. Consider these ideas, clockwise from top left:
--Sweet potato spread to slather on crackers or to scoop up with veggies: a clever way to eat more vegetables and avoid unhealthy processed food spreads
--Spicy cucumber salad with toasted almonds: the mundane cucumber is raised to new heights in this salad with a great mouthfeel from the nuts and red onions
--Veggie pancakes that will turn on the drooling from any reluctant eater
--Baked sweet potato falafel with homemade hummus, pitas, and spring greens: a complete vegetarian mezze platter
--Pumpkin and peach salad with lemongrass dressing, a creation that won the Paperchef September 2010 competition
--Vietnamese summer rolls, made with pork, crunchy carrots, spring onions and zingy lime and soy sauce

And there are lots of things to look forward to in 2011. I plan to focus on a few areas:
--more tasty meals with vegetables: as always my primary desire is to inspire you to love veggies as much as I do
--healthy baking ideas, avoiding highly processed ingredients, especially white flour and white sugar
--making mealtimes simple and easy for us, busy people that we are, by providing shortcuts (such as how to make a stew into a quick weeknight meal)
--ideas about health and food from around the web through my weekend links series

What are your food goals for this coming year? And how can I help?


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