The Best of 2009

I don’t know about you, but after indulging so much over the holiday I’m more than ready to get back to eating healthy, nutritious foods. I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen and have a few great new recipes to share with you. But first I thought it would be appropriate to reflect back on some of my favorite recipes from the past year. I’ve made more than a few great dishes since I got serious about blogging last winter and it seems like a shame to let them get lost in the archives.

So to help you start the New Year off on the right foot, here’s a roundup of some of the most crave-worthy recipes that have appeared on Healthy.Delicious. in 2009. This list certainly doesn’t represent all of my favorites (if I don’t absolutely love something that I make, I generally don’t post it) but they are some of the healthier recipes that I keep going back to and that you can realistically make during this time of the year. I had some fabulous recipes over the summer, but they just wouldn’t be the same without fresh, in-season produce.

Here’s to a great New Year full of healthy and delicious meals, good friends both new and old, and success in and out of the kitchen! If you had to pick one meal as your favorite of 2009, what would it be?

Vegan Dosas

Southwest Stuffed Acorn Squash

Egyptian Lentils with Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

Beef pho

Risotto with Crab and Lemon

Pumpkin polenta with chorizo

Spicy gumbo with andouille and bacon wrapped shrimp

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries


  1. awesome post!!! they are so enticing!! I love that risotto with crab and lemon :-D just like from the restaurant!

  2. Love the idea of recapping your favorite recipes of the year. Your acorn squash creation looks so good, I could eat another one right now :) Also love the brussel/cranberry mix. Hooray for cooking and blogging ;)

  3. What an excellent post! I love best of… posts. The acorn squash and the pumpkin polenta have definitely been bookmarked by me!

  4. They all look SO good … wonderful picks :)!

  5. The pumpkin polenta is calling out to me. It’s saying, “Get a spoon. NOW. Dig in! You’ll have a good time!” ;)

  6. Hello
    Those food look so delicious and mouth watering.Those dishes are really healthy and delicious meals.Thank you very much for this wonderful post.This is the best post.

  7. Some good ideas to start 2010 off with…

  8. Thanks for some great, healthy ideas! I am getting tired of the all the heavy foods lately – need to change things up.
    As for my favorite meal of 2009 – it had to have been our 1st anniversary dinner at a local restaurant. Sure, part of it was the awesome food – but part of it was the romance and memories. And for me, connecting with others is the best part of food!

  9. Great sleection!

    Pho is my fave!!!

  10. I just tried pho for the first time this year – love it! Thanks for the 2009 recap and look forward to seeing what 2010 brings! :D

  11. wow those brussels sprouts & cranberries look SO good along with the Egyptian Lentils!!
    have a happy new year :)

  12. It looks like you’ve had quite a delicious year! All of the dishes look spectacular, but I especially like the crab risotto. Wishes for happiness and blessings in the coming year.

  13. Chef Kokopelli says:

    Ymmmmm….I’ve been meat-free (and chicken-fee) since the mid-seventies. Some of your healthy dishes looked so good I wanted to dive right into them.

  14. Such a small selection for a blogger of such awesome talents!

    Happy new year to one of my favorite people!

  15. I agree that we need to get back to eating healthy again and I look forward to it. Great round-up of healthy eats.

    Happy new year.

  16. Yum, what an amazingly droolworthy line-up!! Happy New Year to you :)

  17. This is a perfect post for the new year! So many are starting new journeys and your recipes are wonderful! This next year is going to bring so much =D.

  18. So I can’t say I’ve been a good enough blogger to keep up lately, and I haven’t tried all those recipes, but I can say as soon as I saw the Pumpkin polenta with chorizo I put it on my “to make” list!!!

    Hope you’re having a great 2010 so far!!

  19. You had some gorgeous and delicious food in 2009. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2010.

  20. Unplanned Cooking says:

    Love it! I really want to eat more meals as a family starting this year.

  21. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make your pumpkin polenta recipe! Looking forward to more of your healthy and delicious recipes in 2010.

  22. All of these are great healthy recipe additions. Love the pumpkin polenta. Thanks!

  23. Great roundup Lauren! May 2010 bring you much bloggy goodness!

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