With the end of the Year being just a few hours away, I wanted to share the Top 30 Most Favorite Recipes in 2019—-chosen by YOU! Throughout the year, we’ve shared some pretty great recipes that came rich in flavor, unique in ingredients/combinations, savory + sweet, and the whole bit. So, of course, we wanted to showcase your personal favorites which are some of our ultimate favorites as well.
It’s so crazy how quickly 2019 has come to an end, but I’m even more excited for the New Year ahead for so many reasons.
I’ve come full circle with Orchids + Sweet Tea and I couldn’t THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH for all of your support, love, shares, remakes, and more.
It’s been an amazing journey sharing such moments with you. Hopefully, many of you have seen the growth that I’ve noticed with this blog and continue to see growth, especially with the recipes developed.
While 2019 has been a mighty year (challenging in many ways as well), I’m happy to see that many of you have thoroughly enjoyed the vegan options that I’ve created. Vegan recipes actually make up MOST of this list. Haha.
Of course, I do see a few oldies, which makes me feel honored as well as a few new recipes that grew popular rather quickly, especially my Jamaican-inspired foods. All in all, I can’t wait to push the envelope a bit more with the recipes ahead!
Cheers to a great New Year, ya’ll!
These New York-Style Cheesecake Bites are the best rendition of an old-time favorite with no real twist except for freshly topped berries! Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully classic Graham Cracker crust, a nice creamy + velvety cream cheese base, and is amazing as is.
This Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge recipe is a healthier take on the delicious traditional Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge which includes boldly sweet flavor and is beautifully textured. This version of porridge boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut cornmeal used, and a generous play on spices and freshly topped berries and toasted pecans, which all create quite the experience in just one bowl.
This Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa ‘Meatballs’ + Polenta recipe is truly something special. Loaded with savory, spicy and sweet flavors, these ‘meatballs’ made from veggies are moist, silky, and tender. This dish is the perfect meal for dinner for the family on any given day.
This Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe is a healthy way to kick start your day and is beautifully textured. These Oats boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oatmeal used, and generous nutty flavor from the delicious peanut butter; which all create quite the experience in just one bowl. All vegan and Gluten-Free.
These Soft Oversized Crinkled Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are so good, they’ll leave you indulging in two or three before you even realize it. Super soft and tender with a slightly crispy edge, these sugar cookies are nothing like the traditional, yet are so easy to whip together.
Vegan Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread that is perfectly sweet and moist, is balanced between tender and crunchy, and 100% delicious! It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together and makes for a great healthy alternative for a little sweetness in the morning for breakfast or even for dessert. Yum!
These Thick + Fluffy Sweet Potato Pancakes are healthy, dairy-free, and are the perfect way to kick-start your day. Whether you want an awesome seasonal flavor or just something sweetly homemade, this recipe makes for a great breakfast or brunch dish in just 25 minutes–total.
These Vegan Chewy, Fudge Avocado Walnut Brownies are the perfect sweet treat that is full of chocolatey goodness! You’ll be surprised that it’s made from completely vegan ingredients, little chunks of crunch from the tucked away walnuts, and chewiness/fudge from the creamy avocado. It’s definitely a killer sweet treat to add to your list of must-bakes!
These Spicy Jamaican Lentil + Quinoa Vegan Patties are truly something amazing! Wrapped in a nice parsley-infused, flaky crust, and stuffed entirely with curried lentil, quinoa, veggies, and nutritional yeast, these patties will leave you forgetting that it’s totally meat-less and convinced that vegan patties are the new ‘foodie’ favorite!
These delicious Baked Salmon Sliders with BBQ Jerk Sauce are a must-have for the summer. They are perfectly small to act as a great appetizer for guests, a nice bite to eat for lunch, or perhaps a few good bites for dinner. Either way, these salmon sliders are loaded with flavor and spice, specifically from the BBQ Jerk sauce.
If you’re a lover of Fall spices and sweet flavors, then these Delicious Homemade Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Big, fluffy, tender, brioche-thick and smothered in a rich, but light pumpkin spice cream cheese glaze, these cinnamon rolls are sure to be a winner for any sweet tooth. Overnight option available.
These Mini Chocolate Brownie Bundt Cakes are the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day! They are incredibly moist, fluffy, and most certainly for the absolute chocolate lover.
These Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls most certainly live up to being the best. They are moist, soft, thick, sweet, and surely does just melt in your mouth. Not being your typical Cinnamon Roll, this recipe is topped with a mouth-watering Maple Glaze that will leave you wanting more. Definitely not your average vegan sweet treat, but 100% homemade and filled with pure goodness!
These Fluffy Vegan Oatmeal Whole Wheat Pancakes are the perfect way and healthy way to kick start your day! Completely fluffy and oil-free, these pancakes are truly irresistible. For Valentine’s Day, add a few slices of fresh strawberries and chopped walnuts and you have yourself a romantic breakfast dish. Made in just a few short steps and under 10 minutes.
This Spicy Cajun Shrimp, Kale + Cauliflower Rice recipe is the perfect meal for any day! Completely packed with bold, spicy cajun flavor, this recipe includes a tender “rice-like” cauliflower base and comes topped with colossal well-seasoned shrimp that will leave you having more than a few bites! One pot meal, completely easy, ready in 30 short minutes.
These Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites are an awesome rendition of traditional Southern pecan pie except for the velvety texture of cheesecake. Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully tasty Pecans + Graham Cracker crust and a scrumptious pecan -caramel glaze on top.
This isn’t your typical Jamaican patty. In fact, it doesn’t include ‘actual beef’., rather it’s turkey meat with “beef bouillon” which allows it to taste like beef. Wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust, the moist “beef” inside coupled with the many spices, bursts with flavor and heat! Cut into medium round circles and baked to pure perfection in just 25 minutes, you have yourself a newly invented Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patty.
This Creamy Lobster Spinach Linguine recipe is a real special dish. With little heavy cream involved, the creaminess comes more so from the parmesan cheese that adds a nice kick of flavor. Who said seafood couldn’t work well with cheese? I definitely don’t concur! The star of this dish—the lobster, posses as the best kept little secret!
This Fresh Watermelon Cucumber Mint Juice is absolutely refreshing. You’d be surprised at just how easy it is to make, using all natural and organic ingredients, in just under 30 minutes. It’s certainly the best drink of the summer.
These Flourless Vegan Banana Oats Waffles are everything that one’s heart desires. Made right in a blender, these Gluten-Free waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and full of flavor. The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!
They always say that everything is better with sprinkles and these Vegan Vanilla Donuts with Sprinkles aren’t an exception. Super fluffy, soft, moist, and completely dairy-free, these donuts truly are like the perfect sweet treat for adults and kids alike.
This Spicy Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas recipe is a great homage to the traditional popular Jamaican dish. Made with a flavorful coconut milk base and seasoned with traditional Caribbean spices, this bowl of goodness comes packed with red kidney beans, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, red onions, dumplings, and a kick of heat for those who enjoy a bit of spiciness. Served with brown or basmati rice.
This Vegan Chickpea + Broccoli Mashed Potato Bowl is the perfect easy weekday meal or perhaps something simple for a laid-back weekend. Based with creamy mashed potatoes and topped with a spicy BBQ Sriracha Chickpea and Broccoli combination. Completely dairy-free and vegan.
These Fluffy Cinnamon Vegan Belgian Waffles are just that—fluffy, thick, and airy. A nice hint of cinnamon and sweetness gives this breakfast item the perfect touch. Super easy to make, under 30 minutes in total cooking time, and naturally sweetened and vegan.
These Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, naturally sweet, and bursting with blueberry flavors, both inside + out. Complete homage to the classic childhood favorite, these pop tarts are a sure crowd-pleaser. The perfect bite for breakfast, brunch, or a nice in between snack. Gluten-free option available.
Traditional Southern Iced Sweet Tea—a refreshing home brewed sweet tea (using black tea bags) with great hints of lemon and a whole lot of sweetness. The perfect drink for the sunniest of days! A true Southern staple, where conversations cannot exist without a good glass.
These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are THE Best! Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself. More importantly, the use of applesauce (Yes, you read it right!) gives these cookies a nice chewiness, softness, + gooeyness that will leave you wanting just one more cookie (or maybe 2 or 3! Haha!). Super easy to make and whipped together in 20 short minutes.
When it comes to this Cucumber Ginger Lemon Detox Juice, it’s all about the spicy ginger and mint flavors paired with the bit of tartness from the lemon and freshness of the cucumber. Great as a detox or a boost in digestion, overall, this recipe is completely natural, easy to make, and perfect for any day or season.
These Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a guaranteed showstopper! At first glance, these beauties truly remind you of buffalo boneless chicken (and trust me, they taste just as good, if not better!), however, they aren’t! Just know that your taste buds won’t be able to tell the difference either! With a nice kick of spice coupled with a hint of sweetness from the BBQ sauce + Honey, these cauliflower bites are the perfect appetizer, snack, or addition to any entree. Vegan option available.
These Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Big, fluffy, tender, and smothered in a rich, but light cream cheese frosting, these cinnamon rolls are sure to win over any sweet tooth.
There you have it. Our FULL list of your Top 30 Favorites in 2019. Of course, if you’ve made any of these recipes, be sure to tag us on Instagram at #Orchidsandsweettea so that we can share the love!
The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.
When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?
When it comes to herbs + plants, there are so many benefits to using them, especially when used for medicinal purposes. This list of Jamaican Herbs That You Should Always Keep On Hand + their Remedies showcases many popular (and not so well-known) herbs that fight everything from colds/flus to pain to acne; traditionally used by many Jamaicans for centuries.
I’m super excited to continue this food journey with you in 2020! HAPPY NEW YEAR!