When it comes to Reader favorites, this Top 20 Recipes of 2018 comes full of flavor, unique ingredients/combinations, and so many childhood favorites that still remain a classic! This list is perfect for everyone—-vegan foodies, Southerners, Jamaicans, and all.
HEY, Ya’ll! HAPPY 2019!
I know that we’re well into the 7th day of the New Year, but if you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted a new recipe since the year has begun! Don’t worry—I’m back and ready to have some flavorful fun! Haha.
Like many of you, I’ve spent the past first week of 2019, planning and reflecting on upcoming goals for the year, etc, especially when it comes to Orchids + Sweet Tea!
With that being said, I just want to ensure that I continue to create a space that builds a community for those of you who love food, but also has a desire to make your favorites healthier! Granted, many of you have loved my Vegan recipes since Day 1, while others have grown to love them. HOWEVER, I still have a loyal following of those who just love the classic stuff AND that’s OK! I feel that some classic recipes should always remain classic, although substituting certain ingredients for healthier ones could never hurt! Don’t you agree?
Anyway, as I look back on some recipes and the transition I’ve made with Orchids + Sweet Tea since my very first one, I can truly say that I am extremely proud of the direction I’ve taken. I enjoy creating recipes that convey the typical person who also wants to live a healthier Lifestyle in some way and I do hope that you continue to enjoy the recipes that I create.
But of course, to kick things off, I chose to look back on some of my Analytics (Google Analytics + such) to see which recipes were most loved by you AND to my surprise, many were my favorite too! Haha. So, I guess that we have a lot more in common, right? Besides, it’s nice to see that you all have enjoyed the old and new stuff on Orchids + Sweet Tea!
Let’s get right into this list, shall we?
These Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites are the perfect sweet little snack to satisfy in between cravings. Completely dairy-free and Vegan, these cookie dough bites can be whipped together quickly with just 9-ingredients and in 15 minutes total! Yum!
This Maple Vegan Pumpkin Pie is like no other. Besides the fact that it’s entirely vegan; it’s sweet, but not too sweet, full of great spices, and and all around amazing! The pecan + walnut crumbled topping adds a nice crunch and additional sweetness to every bite. This pie is a perfect staple for the Fall season and your Thanksgiving day.
This Oven Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad recipe is a really great combination of spicy flavor and fresh veggies. Inspired by the traditional Jamaican favorite–Jerk Chicken, this recipe creates a nice twist to your traditional salad. Easy to make and a sure crowd pleaser on any given summer day.
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 Chunky Vegan Chocolate Chip + Pretzel Cookies are nothing short of amazing! They provide a great balance of salty + sweet from the marrying of the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces. In addition, the use of applesauce (Yes, you read it right!) give these cookies a nice chewiness, softness, + gooeyness that will leave you wanting just one more cookie (or maybe 2 or 3! Haha!).
Carrot and Zucchini Noodles Stir Fry with Shrimp is a recipe that adds a light and healthy addition to your meal choice. Not only is it bursting with color from the various veggies that are included, but it also has a nice hint of heat (mostly from the ginger + sprinkles of red pepper flakes) and the optional pieces of cashews give it a nice crunch.
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.
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 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!
This Fluffy, Buttery Vanilla Birthday Cake is so moist, delicious, and the best rendition of a perfectly frosted vanilla cake ever made. Not to mention, the airy and fluffy vanilla butter cream which adds a nice velvety taste and texture— perfect for a Birthday or any celebration!
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 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. Perfect sweet treat for the entire family, especially during the Holidays.
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, especially during Easter.
These Southerner’s Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bites are beyond the best remix to the South’s famous Banana Pudding. Packed with the original sweet flavors, this recipe adds a nice spice which stems from it’s gingersnap cookie crust and the creaminess definitely comes from the burst of cream cheese in ever bite. Small enough to keep yourself from eating too many (if that’s your thing!) and plenty enough to satisfy a big sweet tooth!
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.
These Oversized Crinkled Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies are the epitome of the best chocolate chip cookies ever! Unlike standard chocolate chip cookies, these large handheld favorites are full of sweet flavor from the nice balance of chocolate-y sweet and butterscotch charm, which work perfectly together. In addition, their crinkled look and thinly crisped bodies, make for a real obsession.
These Soft + Crisp Crinkled Butterscotch Cookies are truly my newest favorite flavor of cookies. Unlike standard cookies, these small handheld favorites are full of sweet flavor from the nice balance of softness and crunch from the medium butterscotch chips—which work perfectly together. In addition, their slightly crinkled look and thinly crisped bodies, make for a real obsession.
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 completely dairy-free and vegan.
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 list in the flesh! As you can see, we have an array of flavors and cuisines that made your favorites list! Which one(s) have been your favorite? Cheers to 2019 and the amazing Recipes ahead! Yum!
Top 20 Recipes of 2018.