Best of 2012: My Favorite Vegan and Raw Recipes

by Gena on December 31, 2012

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Today, many of us are reflecting on the year past: experiences, achievements, loves, losses, and everything in between. I, of course, am reflecting upon all of the delicious food I ate. In that spirit, here’s my roundup of personal favorite recipes of 2013. From salads and snacks to dessert.

PicMonkey Collage salads

1. Bitter, salty, sour and sweet salad

2. Crunchy red cabbage and green apple sesame slaw

3. Grape, avocado, and baby kale salad with quinoa

4. Summer salad with mango, cucumber, avocado, and curry vinaigrette

PicMonkey Collage snacks

1. Cinnamon caramelized cauliflower

2. Smokey white bean and cauliflower dip

3. Chocolate kale chips

4. Raisin almond molasses balls

PicMonkey Collage beverages

1. Raw apple pie smoothie

2. Cherry beet avocado smoothie

3. Sweet potato vegetable juice

4. Cinnamon fig smoothie

PicMonkey Collage breakfast

1. Gluten free, vegan pumpkin strawberry waffles

2. Toasted almond quinoa bake

3. Strawberry ginger chia pudding

3. Roasted peach and ginger chia pudding

PicMonkey Collage entrees

1. Raw curried cauliflower over rice

2. Quinoa chickpea burgers with za’atar spice and creamy tahini sauce

3. Easy curried yellow lentils with avocado “croutons”

4. Quinoa with roasted eggplant, red peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette

PicMonkey Collage dessert

1. Raw, vegan blueberry ginger ice cream

2. Raw dark chocolate and cherry cookies

3. Raw strawberry vanilla pudding

4. Raw brownies with chocolate pumpkin frosting

Voila! Enjoy. If there are any other recipes you loved from this year, give them a shout in the comments! I’d love to hear what you liked best.

So here’s to 2013, I guess! May you all have a good celebration, and as we start the new year, may all beings everywhere be happy and free.


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janet @ the taste space December 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Gena, love your recipes and I love how there are always still more for me to try… on my own best of 2012 list, I included your balsamic tahini dressing with a chickpea/quinoa/kale salad, a collard wrap inspired by your kabocha, avocado and cucumber sandwich and a BLT Corn Pinto Bean Salad with your eggplant bacon. A truly delicious year. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year! :)


Star December 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Simple but great: tomatoes and rice!


Brittany December 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Gena, thank you SO MUCH for posting this! You are so inspiring and I hope to start the new year here in Manchester, UK, with these colorful recipes! Thanks!


Elisabeth December 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for putting all these great recipes in one post! I really liked the ridiculously easy lentil soup, which I modified a bit, and the raw, vegan maple cinnamon candied pumpkin seeds. I gave the seeds as gifts to people during the holidays, and everyone LOVED them!


Gena January 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

Ooh, I forgot them! Those were a favorite of mine, too.


Sadie December 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Chocolate pumpkin brownies, nuff said. I’m looking forward to another year chock full of delicious and healthy raw vegan recipes!


Molly December 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

No contest: your miso sesame dressing! I make it almost every week, and it has fueled my kale obsession.


Gena January 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

Was that 2012?! If so, I made a giant omission. Because yeah, that stuff is the bomb.


Hélène January 1, 2013 at 2:39 am

I believe those are my favourites too, especially the blueberry ginger ice cream. Sigh…

Happy New Year Gena and thank you for this blog that sometimes draw me tears of joy.


Gena January 3, 2013 at 7:43 am

Oh my. Helene, that comment nearly gives me tears of joy!


Lauren (@poweredbypb) January 1, 2013 at 6:17 am

I love those chickpea burgers, they are definitely in my regular rotation of meals. So delicious!


Zoe January 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

This is a great idea for a post. I read your blog every post and love your recipes. I want to try the blueberry ginger ice-cream most as it is such an amazing colour. Happy New Year and keep blogging :-)


Gena January 3, 2013 at 7:43 am

And to you, Zoe.


Karen January 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

Terrific roundup…somehow I skipped over some of these recipes when they first appeared. The roasted cauliflower and white bean dip is just calling my name today, and luckily I have a huge head of cauliflower just begging to be roasted/processed and consumed…excited!:)


Christine (The Raw Project) January 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

Great round up of recipes, so many I still need to try!


Alex @ Raw Recovery January 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Thanks for doing a recap! I’m hungry now!


cheap glasses uk online January 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I love the blueberry ginger ice cream :)


Tiye January 2, 2013 at 1:20 am

My mouth is watering! All of these recipes are so creative and inspiring, thank you for sharing! I love the chocolate cherry cookies at One Lucky Duck…now I definitely have to try making them myself :)


Vanessa January 2, 2013 at 1:55 am

Devine! Love your recipes, nutritional info and your inspiration. My cooking has really changed in the last 12months ~ it’s way more healthy, fun, seasonal and full of love! Thanks so much Gena x


Gena January 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

Hooray! May you have the happiest and healthiest of years, Vanessa.


tina January 2, 2013 at 4:21 am

Hi Gena,
thank you for the inspiration and great info! Best whishes for the new year! Question, how much leafy greens should I consume per day, including smoothies? I was reading about rotaing greens and oxalates and am a little confused. I usually drink a green juice, a green smoothie and a BIG salad a per day. What are your thoughts on this?
Thanks so much!


Lia @ Sojourning January 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Yes! Cheers to that last statement! I have it on my wall back home in my parents house. Ahimsa to all living creatures!


Gena January 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

Namaste :)


Alina January 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Totally just questioned what year we’re in… best recipes of 2012**, right?? Hehe. Thanks so much for compiling all these in 1 place- can’t wait to try them all!


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