Favorite Recipes of 2011

As we get ready to begin 2012, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes that I’ve made over the past year. I always have such a hard time narrowing down my favorites, but these are the recipes that we enjoyed so much that I will make them again and again (and in most cases I already have). I hope you’ll find something that inspires you to spend some time in your kitchen in 2012!

Nutty Granola: I’ve made this granola more times than I can count, and it’s always a treat to have some for breakfast. Slightly sweetened with maple syrup and filled with nuts and oats, this granola is the best.

Waffles of Insane Greatness: Easy to prepare, this recipe is my favorite whenever I want waffles for breakfast.

Everyday Cinnamon Rolls: When a cinnamon roll craving hits but you don’t want to spend too much time baking (and waiting!), these everyday cinnamon rolls are the perfect solution. Warm and gooey, and filled with cinnamon flavor, these cinnamon rolls are made with less butter and part whole wheat flour, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating them.

Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw: Deliciously seasoned fish is wrapped in a tortilla with crunchy mango slaw and creamy avocado. So good.

Vegetable Enchiladas: These enchiladas are healthy and full of vegetables, black beans, and cheese.

Restaurant Style Salsa: The only problem with this salsa is that after making it, you’ll have a really hard time eating the jarred kind again. That’s ok, though, because this homemade salsa can be made in a matter of minutes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins: This may be my new favorite muffin recipe. The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is just right in these muffins.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling: Delicious vanilla bean cake with a surprise raspberry filling.

Black Bean Burgers: These vegetarian burgers have so much flavor that once you try them, you’ll make them again and again.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes: Delicious made with either fresh or frozen blueberries, these pancakes are my go-to recipe.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas: An amazing marinade makes these fajitas something special. Add in grilled peppers and onions and whatever other toppings you like, and you have a great meal.

Golden Winter Soup: Butternut squash, potato, and leeks with a touch of cream. Served with a green salad and some rolls or Gruyere toasts, this soup is the perfect fall or winter dish.

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