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Best of 2021: My Personal Favorite Recipes

December 30, 2021
2021 had a lot of good foods to offer and I've created this list of my top favorites, which has something for everyone!

Best of 2021: My Personal Favorite Recipes

Whether you’re into a strictly Vegan or Vegetarian diet or if you simply enjoy keeping things a bit more healthy by reducing dairy and/or gluten—–this Best of 2021 list of my personal favorite recipes has something just for you! Check out the recipes for dairy-free, gluten-free, sweets, breakfast, savory, drinks, vegan, and Jamaican-inspired. All eaters unite!

Best of 2021: My Personal Favorite Recipes

While 2021 has been a year with a ton of ups and downs for many of us, it has certainly taught me personally some of the greatest lessons. To be honest, I spent a majority of the year WORKING——-working on my craft, working on my cookbook, working on myself through therapy, and just working to be an overall better version of myself. To see a full list of what I learned in 2021, check out my IG Post where I get real.

Granted, the work wasn’t and isn’t easy—-but looking back now, I am so glad that I started. Usually, I create a roundup of recipes based on your favorites throughout the year, BUT I did send out an email (hopefully you’re subscribed to my email list) with the surprising top recipes for 2021.

Therefore, I wanted to do things a bit different and give you some great options from my perspective. I know that so many of you ask me which recipes are my ultimate favorite and it’s such a hard answer. Haha. 

Even creating this list was HARD, but I managed to handpick my faves nevertheless. Take a look at my curated 5o+ Best of 2021: My Personal Favorite Recipes list for recipe inspiration! 

DAIRY-FREE:

#1 : Iced Maple Cinnamon Oat Latte

This iced maple oat latte is the perfect seasonal sip to satisfy your coffee shop cravings this winter.

Iced Maple Cinnamon Oat Latte

 

#2: Giant Pop Tart

What’s more fun than a giant shareable pop tart? This adorable treat is filled with tangy orange marmalade.
 
Giant Orange Marmalade Pop Tart
 

#3: BBQ Cauliflower Wings

These spicy and crispy BBQ cauliflower wings are the perfect vegetarian treat for game day!
 
BBQ Cauliflower Wings
 

#4: Loaded BBQ Quinoa Nachos

Loaded BBQ Quinoa Taco Fries are a unique and totally delicious way to eat plant-based protein, colorful veggies and of course, melty cheese!
 
BBQ Loaded Quinoa Taco Fries

GLUTEN-FREE:

#1: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Porridge

Make a creamy, comforting oatmeal porridge for Fall breakfasts with sweet apples and spicy cinnamon.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Porridge

 

#2: Cajun Sweet Potato Grits with Roasted Chickpeas

These creamy Cajun-spiced grits are full of flavor and nutrients from sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
 
Cajun Sweet Potato Grits with Crispy Chickpeas
 

#3: Lemon Brown Butter Pasta

This easy spaghetti dinner has a bright and savory lemon brown-butter sauce, umami-rich roasted tomatoes, and creamy feta for a family-friendly summertime meal.
 
Lemon Brown Butter Spaghetti w/ Roasted Tomatoes + Feta
 

#4: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies N’ Cream Cheesecake

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies N’ Cream Brownie Cheesecake that comes with a jam-packed amount of flavor, creaminess, and right amount of sweetness.
 
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies N' Cream Brownie Cheesecake
 

#5 : Chickpea + Veggie Gluten-Free Pizza

This Chickpea + Veggie Gluten-Free Pesto Pizza is sure staple for any gluten-free kitchen. This recipe is an easy, no-knead pizza recipe that comes with bold flavors and heavily topped with roasted chickpeas, tomatoes, and broccoli. Perfect for the entire family for weeknights or weekends.
 
Chickpea + Veggie Gluten-Free Pesto Pizza
 

#6: Flourless Sweet Potato Oat Waffles

Made right in a blender, these waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and full of sweet potato + oat flavors. The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!
 
Flourless Vegan Sweet Potato Oats Waffles

SWEETS:

#1: Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

This creamy and sweet PB Banana Pudding is a fast Southern-style dessert with a shortcut: boxed pudding mix!

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

#2: Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

These soft, gooey cinnamon rolls taste like freshly baked banana bread with a swirl of cream cheese frosting.
 
Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls + Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
 

#3: Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

This sweet, moist and dense Sweet Potato Bundt Cake is the perfect treat to start your day this holiday season.
 
Sweet Potato Bundt Cake + Maple Glaze

#4: Sweet Potato Caramel Cheesecake

 A buttery pecan graham cracker crust, creamy sweet potato cheesecake and a drool-worthy homemade caramel sauce makes the perfect trifecta of textures and flavors. 
 
whole Sweet Potato Caramel Cheesecake on a white plate with nuts in the foreground
 

#5: Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream

No-Churn Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream that requires no ice cream making machine and is made with just FIVE ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to whip together, before letting the freezer do the rest! An absolute family staple all summer long!
 
No-Churn Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream
 

#6: Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Make a beautiful fall-spiced caramel apple cheesecake with a nutty crust, creamy caramel filling and sweet apple glaze on top.
 
Best Caramel Apple Spice Cheesecake

BREAKFAST:

#1: Caramel Apple French Toast Trifle

This layered French toast trifle is the best way to serve French toast with a drizzle of sweet caramel sauce.
 
Caramel Apple French Toast Parfait
 

#2: Cinnamon Brown Butter French Toast Casserole

Cinnamon Brown Butter French Toast Casserole is the ultimate homemade brunch meal for a leisurely weekend!
 
Cinnamon Brown Butter French Toast Casserole
 

#3: Raspberry Pecan Waffles

These fluffy and sweet vegan waffles are swirled with fresh raspberries for a family breakfast any time of year.
 
Raspberry Pecan Vegan Waffles
 

#4: Vegan Funfetti Pancakes

Make colorful Vegan Funfetti Pancakes that the entire family will love. Dairy-free, egg-free and a gluten-free option.
 
Quick + Easy Funfetti Vegan Pancakes
 

#5: Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Make the best banana peanut butter overnight oats for a healthy vegan breakfast that travels well.
 
Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
 

#6: Vegan Blueberry Pop Tarts

These Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop-Tarts are a great contender with their store-bought counterparts. A true family favorite that is super easy to make, comes with amazing tips for perfection, and makes for a fun baking experience with your little ones.
 
Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop Tarts

SAVORY:

#1: Cajun Veggie Pumpkin Pizza

Make this loaded Cajun-spiced vegetarian pizza at home for a family-friendly dinner!
 
Cajun Roasted Veggie Pumpkin Pizza
 

#2: Chipotle BBQ Butternut Squash Tacos

These loaded vegan Chipotle BBQ Tacos are a treat for taco Tuesday or any weeknight.
 
Chipotle BBQ Butternut Squash Tacos
 

#3: Creamy Garlic Pasta with Cauliflower

Get into this rich, indulgent Creamy Garlic Butter Pasta w/ Roasted Cauliflower, perfect for feeding a crowd!
 
Creamy Garlic Butter Pasta w/ Roasted
 

#4: Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

This comforting meatless dish features ricotta, butternut squash and quinoa in a savory tomato sauce stuffed in jumbo shells and baked to crispy perfection.
 
Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Quinoa + Kale
 

#5: Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta

A light and healthy weeknight meal is always a necessity, and my Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Parmesan Garlic Sauce is a tasty dinner delight!
 
Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Parmesan Garlic Sauce
 

#6: Creamy Tuscan Chicken

This one-pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken is a deeply savory and comforting wintertime dinner recipe.
 
Creamy Tuscan Chicken + Spinach with Roasted Tomatoes
 

#7: Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup—–a silky smooth texture and rich umami flavor makes this the perfect vegetarian soup for chilly Fall/winter nights or for meal prepping lunches!
 
CAJUN PUMPKIN TORTELLINI SOUP
 

#8: Pesto Pasta Bake

This creamy and herby pesto pasta bake is a crowd-pleasing comfort food dinner for a crowd.
 
Pesto Pasta Bake with Ricotta
 

#9: Garlic Herb Pizza

This cheesy and savory garlic herb pizza is an over-the-top delicious recipe for your next pizza night at home!
 
Homemade Garlic Herb Cheese Pizza
 

#10: Garlic Lemon Pasta with Shrimp

This lemon garlic shrimp pasta is savory, bright, summer and full of plump colossal shrimp. What’s not to love?
 
Savory Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

JAMAICAN-INSPIRED:

#1: Jerk Veggie Faro Bowl

This Farro bowl is the ultimate plant-based dish for the entire family. Notes of spicy and sweet, which create a beautiful balance of texture and flavor.
 
Jerk Vegetable Farro Bowl
 

#2: Jerk Turkey Burgers

Add some spice to your BBQ with a juicy turkey burger topped with candied bacon and creamy garlic sauce.
 
BBQ Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger
 

#3: Jerk BBQ Lobster Rolls

This is the best way to up your lobster roll game: with a sweet and spicy BBQ jerk dressing perfect for summer.
 
Spicy + Sweet BBQ Jerk Lobster Rolls
 

#4: Jamaican Shrimp Pasta (Rasta Pasta)

This Creamy Jamaican Shrimp Pasta is a one-skillet dinner with spicy jerk flavors and a rich, silky sauce.
 
Creamy Jamaican Shrimp Rasta Pasta
 

#5: Jerk Chicken + Dumplings

This recipe for Spicy One-Pot Jerk Chicken and Dumplings is comfort food at its finest. Tender chicken breasts, warming jerk seasoning, onion, carrots, bell peppers and fluffy homemade dumplings make the perfect dinner for a chilly night. 

One Pot Jerk Chicken + Dumplings

#6: Rum Raisin Bread

This Homemade Rum Raisin Bread is fluffy and soft with deep flavors of cinnamon, naturally sweetened, and 100% vegan! It takes less than 10 minutes to make and offers a healthy and nutritious breakfast option with just the right amount of sweetness. 

Homemade Rum + Raisin Bread

VEGAN:

#1: Vegan Cheesy Carrot Soup

This creamy, cheesy apple carrot soup is totally plant-based but has a rich, cheddar-like flavor!
 
Cheddar Carrot Apple Soup (Plant-based)
 

#2: Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

This vegan mashed sweet potato casserole is a dairy-free version of the classic holiday side dish that everyone loves.
 
Vegan Skillet Sweet Potato Casserole
 

#3: Vegan Banana Cake

This light and fluffy vegan banana cake with sweet maple buttercream frosting is a stunning layer cake for fall birthdays and holidays.
 
Vegan Banana Cake + Maple Buttercream
 

#4: Vegan Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy brownies are a requirement in my house, and these Easy Extra Fudgy Vegan Brownies use no animal products while being the most delicious brownies ever!
 
Easy Extra Fudgy Vegan Brownies
 

#5: Vegan Chocolate Cake

This dense, fudgy and moist chocolate cake happens to be dairy-free, egg-free and perfect for your next celebration.
 
Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake
 

#6: Vegan Sweet Potato Bread

This sweet potato bread has a crunchy crumble topping that’s perfect for fall breakfast, snacks or dessert.
 
Vegan Sweet Potato Crunch Bread
 

#7: Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta

This Creamy Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta Skillet dinner recipe features thick rigatoni noodles, silky-smooth sweet potato-coconut cream sauce, and cheesy flavors without any dairy!
 
Creamy Vegan Sweet Potato Rigatoni Pasta

DRINKS:

#1: Vegan Caramel Eggnog Mocktail

This creamy dairy-free holiday mocktail has the perfect amount of sweetness from homemade caramel.
 
Vegan Caramel Eggnog Mocktail
 

#2: Grapefruit Thyme Holiday Mocktail

A delightful festive holiday drink that’s alcohol-free and full of fruity flavor.
 
Honey Grapefruit Holiday Mocktail
 

#3: Iced Chai Tea Latte

Start your morning off on the right note with this delicious Iced Chai Tea Latte.
 
Iced Chai Tea Latte
 

#4: Dairy-Free Caramel Apple Cider

This dreamy dairy-free apple cider drink is the perfect sweet sip for fall.
 
Caramel Apple Cider Drink
 

#5: Homemade Cashew Milk

Buying store-bought nut milk is great, but making it at home is best with this Easy Homemade Creamy Cashew Milk using your blender in less than 5 minutes!
 
Easy Homemade Creamy Cashew Milk
 

#6: Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Lemonade

Made from lemons, apple cider vinegar, Agave, topped with rosemary leaves, this lemonade is bursting with a delicious flavors along with amazing health benefits which include a boost in digestion, cleansing/detoxing properties, metabolic aide, and more.
 
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Lemonade
 

#7: Roasted Dandelion Strawberry Tea (Hot or Cold)

Chill out with a refreshing dandelion tea sweetened with fresh strawberries and agave.
 
Roasted Dandelion Strawberry Drink
As you can see, there a lot of options to choose from when it comes to this list and everything caters to everyone—regardless of your diet or restrictions or lack thereof.

Choose one or more of these 50+ dishes for your table this year or for 2022! Cheers!

If you’re looking to eat seasonally this fall/winter, this list of fall ingredients is a great place to start. You’ll find some of my favorite nutrient-rich and anti-inflammatory fall ingredients plus some fall recipes filled with these seasonal superfoods!
 

Best of 2021: My Personal Favorite Recipes

Best of 2021: My Personal Favorite Recipes.

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