Best Recipes of 2019

As we close out 2019, here's a look back on some of our (and your) favorite recipes of the year! I hope they give you fresh inspiration heading into 2020.

Top Vegetarian Recipes of 2019

Happy (almost) New Year! Does anyone else feel like 2019 has flown by? To me, it seems like it was just yesterday that we were at the farmers market buying veggies to turn into pasta salad and zucchini bread. This year may have raced past us, but we certainly had good moments along the way. In particular, we released our second cookbook. I can’t tell you how much we love seeing readers try recipes from it and from the blog!

Before we take on 2020, I wanted to share a few top recipes from the last year. These are recipes you’ve all made and loved, and ones we can’t resist making again and again. I hope they give you some fresh inspiration heading into the New Year. And if you have any 2020 recipe requests, let me know in the comments!

Our Top Recipes of 2019

1. Eggplant Parmesan (pictured above)

Layered with crispy baked eggplant slices and homemade marinara sauce, my eggplant Parmesan recipe is lighter than – but just as delicious as – the classic version.

2. Homemade Falafel

We fell head over heels for this easy baked falafel! Loaded with herbs and spices, it’s a flavor powerhouse on its own. But stuffed into a pita with hummus, pickled red onions, and fresh herbs and veggies, it becomes really extraordinary.


3. Tahini Sauce

Top it onto a salad, drizzle it over a bowl, slather it into a sandwich, or serve it as a dip. There’s no limit on the ways to use nutty, bright tahini sauce, especially when these 4 bold recipe variations come into play!

Tahini sauce

4. Butternut Squash Soup

On cold nights, I love cozying up with a hot bowl of this easy butternut squash soup! Rosemary, sage, and ginger fill it with warm flavor, and the blended squash makes it lusciously creamy without any nuts or dairy.

Butternut Squash Soup

5. French Onion Soup

So many of you have made and loved this soup, and for good reason! The rich, umami broth is swimming with velvety caramelized onions. It’s delicious on its own, but, topped with a slice of cheesy toasted baguette, it becomes totally irresistible.

French onion soup

6. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

There’s so much to love about this easy chickpea salad! A cumin-spiced dressing fills it with aromatic flavor, chopped Medjool dates add a touch of sweetness, and cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, and roasted red peppers make it super fresh. Topped with a few crunchy roasted chickpeas, it’s a perfect dinner side dish or make-ahead lunch.

Chickpea salad

7. Best Broccoli Salad

I’ve heard from so many readers saying they’ve loved this salad (and tbh, I’m a big fan of it too!). Smoky roasted nuts take the place of bacon in this lightened-up riff on classic broccoli salad, and a maple-sweetened, tangy dressing ties it all together. Whether you pass it at a potluck or pack it for lunch, this is a salad you’re going to love.

Broccoli salad

8. Sesame Soba Noodles

I’ve had these simple soba noodles on repeat for lunch all year long! This recipe calls for snap peas and radishes, but the light ginger-sesame dressing will add a tangy pop of flavor to whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand.

Soba noodles

9. Shiitake Maki

We love to make this umami-loaded sushi recipe for a fun date night in. Jack rolls the sushi while I blend up the fresh carrot ginger dipping sauce!

Veggie sushi

10. Rainbow Kale Salad

Nothing brightens up a gray winter day like this vibrant kale salad! It stars a rainbow of root veggies, creamy avocado, and an electric carrot ginger dressing. Topped with roasted chickpeas and toasted seeds, it’s a fresh, nourishing meal on its own.

Kale salad

11. Linguine with Lemon & Tomatoes

When you have great seasonal ingredients, it doesn’t take much to make a delicious meal. This 10-ingredient summer pasta is here to prove it. Roasted tomatoes and lemon, basil, and thyme make it a fantastic jumble of bright, fresh, and savory flavors.

Lemon linguine

12. Creamy Pasta Pomodoro

This creamy pasta pomodoro is basically everything I want to eat for dinner any night of the week! Rigatoni noodles and a luscious creamy (vegan!) tomato sauce make it super comforting, but, with plenty of sautéed veggies, it’s still healthy and fresh.

Creamy Pasta Pomodoro

13. Vegan Chocolate Cake

My favorite part of this chocolate cake isn’t its moist texture or intense, chocolatey flavor. Nope! It’s the chocolate frosting on top. It’s so rich and luscious that you’d never guess that it’s hiding a secret veggie ingredient: sweet potato!

Chocolate cake

14. Best Breakfast Burrito

I’ve always been team breakfast tacos, but this breakfast burrito was a game changer for me. Scrambled eggs, spicy potatoes, pico de gallo, avocado, and lots of fresh veggies make it hearty, fresh, and flavorful. Served with cilantro lime dressing for dipping, it’s a breakfast that’s hard to beat.

Healthy Breakfast Burrito Recipe

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  1. Molly

    Thanks Jeanine for posting this roundup of beautiful recipes! I am so pleased that you use minimal oil in so many of your recipes. Am trying to wean myself from them in the new year and replace with more whole food sources of fats. Your recipes are right in line with my goals and I am grateful for this blog as a resource!! Happy 2020! Making that Soba salad STAT!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Thanks Molly, I hope you enjoy the recipes! Happy new year!

  2. Maddie B.

    Thanks for an awesome year of great food!

    Looking forward to 2020, I would love to see another 5 day meal plan or two! The one you did in 2018 has been so great when I want to jump-start my healthier eating after a week, or month, of over-indulging (um, hello Nov. through Dec!).

    Thank you so much for making a plant-based diet that much easier! Happy new year!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Maddie, I’m so glad you loved the meal plan, that was so fun to make. Thanks for the request and happy new year!

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.