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A Year in Review + Oh My Veggies Most Popular Recipes of 2014

Oh My Veggies Most Popular Recipes of 2014

Oh My Veggies Most Popular Recipes of 2014
In the past when I’ve rounded up Oh My Veggies’ most popular posts at the end of each year, I’ve noticed a pattern — they’re usually all from the first half of the year because those posts have had a longer time to accumulate pageviews. So this year, I went through month-by-month and chose the most popular recipe for each. Did I spend way too much time thinking about this? Absolutely! But I like this way better.

2014 has been a year of change for Oh My Veggies and for me personally. On the Oh My Veggies front, I decided to take the blog from being my personal food blog to a team-based blog with 8 different writers. I hired an editor and a recipe tester to make sure every recipe works out before it’s posted, did a huge redesign in two phases, and bumped up the posting schedule to 7 days a week. I’m really proud of the blog Oh My Veggies has become and I’m excited to see what the next year has in store.

It turns out that making Oh My Veggies a team blog was a good idea because I really needed a team this year. At the end of the summer, my husband and I moved back to the Chicago area, where we’re originally from. The cross-country move from North Carolina was a big, huge change for us and a week after moving, we had another big, huge life-changing moment when I found out I was pregnant. We decided to move back to Illinois to start a family, so the timing was eerily perfect and we were completely thrilled at the news. And then a few days after that, the food aversions and all day morning sickness started, which wasn’t nearly so thrilling.

In my 4th month of pregnancy, the constant nausea finally shifted into nighttime only and the food aversions aren’t quite so bad anymore — I still can’t say the word “kale” without gagging, but there were weeks where I could only eat pretzels, bread, pancakes and other bland foods and even those were a struggle. It’s really strange to wake up one day and suddenly all your favorite foods turn your stomach. I have so much empathy for picky eaters now, because I’ve totally become that person who wants cheddar, but only if it’s orange or a baked potato, but only if it’s from Wendy’s. Yeah, I don’t know either. Being a food blogger and dealing with these intense food aversions and a hair-trigger gag reflex (even thinking about food would literally make me sick!) was interesting to say the least and I’m so grateful for the help of the whole Oh My Veggies team in picking up my slack and pitching in to write extra posts over the past few months.

Anyway, onto the recipes!

January

Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie RecipeKale Ginger Detox Smoothie // We kicked off 2014 with Smoothie Week and this spicy ginger version made with kale and blueberries was a reader favorite.

February

Chickpeas and Dumplings RecipeChickpeas and Dumplings // One of my favorite new features this year is Make It Meatless, where we take recipes traditionally made with meat, like Chicken and Dumplings, and make them vegetarian using whole food ingredients (no meat substitutes!).

March

One Pot Pasta PrimaveraOne-Pot Pasta Primavera // Easy weeknight dinners are always a winner around here and this creamy, veggie-packed pasta is the kind of recipe that’s sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

April

Southwestern Veggie WrapsSouthwestern Veggie Wraps // Roasted sweet potatoes are the best kind of sweet potatoes and combining them with smoky black beans, guac and greens makes for a delicious, healthy lunch wrap.

May

Caramelized Onion, Spinach & Avocado QuesadillaCaramelized Onion, Spinach & Avocado Quesadillas // I hate the phrase “ooey-gooey,” but there’s no other way to describe these quesadillas. They’re messy to eat, but so worth it.

June

Jamaican Chickpea StewJamaican Chickpea Stew // Another Make It Meatless post! And another post where we replaced chicken with chickpeas. I tested this recipe myself and I was impressed with how easy it was to make — and how such a simple list of ingredients produced such a flavorful dinner.

July

Roasted Garlic Kale HummusRoasted Garlic Kale Hummus // In July, Julia shared this recipe from her second cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Superfood. And you loved it! (You might want to bookmark this one for those New Year’s resolutions too.)

August

One-Pot Sesame Noodles & VeggiesOne-Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles // 2014 is definitely the year of one-pot everything, so it’s no surprise that this was our most popular post in August. It’s an Asian-inspired twist on one-pot pasta.

September

Cheesy Taco CasseroleCheesy Taco Casserole // …and then it was fall and everyone started looking for comfort food and casserole recipes. This cheesy taco casserole is kind of like baked nachos topped with veggies, beans and cheese.

October

Pumpkin-Sage Baked Ziti RecipePumpkin-Sage Baked Ziti // Another casserole! Pasta and a creamy pumpkin sauce are baked under a layer of shredded cheddar, then topped with crispy sage leaves. This is one of my personal favorites for 2014 too.

November

Vegan Green Bean Casserole RecipeVegan Green Bean Casserole // It just isn’t Thanksgiving without a green bean casserole — and you don’t have to skip it if you’re vegan because you can make our version instead! Even the crispy onion topping is homemade.

December

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake RecipeMexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake // I decided to republish recipes from Oh My Veggies’ first year in December and you all were happy to see this one pop up again. (Or really, probably for the first time, because I’m sure most of you weren’t reading when it was first published!)

Thanks for reading in 2014 and Happy New Year!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Millie | Add A Little
    December 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Love the round up and super excited to see what 2015 has to offer! I’ve got to say – that kale dip looks wonderful!

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    [email protected] n Dishes
    December 31, 2014 at 10:44 am

    As I scrolled down this post I had a difficult time deciding on a fave, there were so many yummy recipes this year!

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    Kim
    December 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Congrats on your pregnancy! Food aversions are crazy. I have drank coffee every morning for years, and with my 3rd child…I went for months not being able to touch it! Then one day, the aversion was gone.

    Happy New Year!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      It IS crazy – it’s really freaky to wake up one day and suddenly hate all the foods you love. And it really was the foods that I loved the most that I hated the most. I couldn’t even think about vegetables for 2 months and there still are a lot of them that I have to avoid. Happy New Year to you too!

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    Anne Gregory
    December 31, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks so much for all the hard work. Your blog is my go-to resource for vegetarian recipes!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that – that’s definitely my goal! 🙂

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    Mary Beth Elderton
    January 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    The Southwestern Veggie Wrap! Yummmmm! Those have made me a rock star for family get togethers—Thank You!
    Happy New Year! Wishing you peace this new year.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is a hit with your family. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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    Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
    January 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

    CONGRATS!!! Oh that is so so so exciting. I’m so glad you moved at the perfect time and I wish you all the best with your pregnancy!!! These recipes look stellar (of course) but I can’t pick just one favourite. I do supposed if forced 🙂 the southwestern wraps would be my favourite!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you! It’s funny how the timing worked out like that and I am so glad we decided to move when we did. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty
    January 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
    Wow, you’ve done some great cooking. Have a great 2015!!

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    January 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations on being pregnant!! We have been so busy for several months now that I haven’t had the time to check on my favorite bogs so I missed that exciting news. All of the recipes look so delicious but I am thinking I need to make us some of that Mexican Hot Chocolate like today!! Happy New Year and I hope this coming year brings you an abundance if Gods Blessings!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been terrible at keeping up with other blogs lately too, so I understand. 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    January 3, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    You’ve had some exciting changes lately, Kiersten, yet you’ve managed to keep PotLuck and OhMyVeggies looking and running fabulously! Thank you for your support, leadership and always providing helpful and delicious recipes! Have a fabulous year (and I hope a bit more restful – if at all possible!).

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you! I think 2015 might end up being even crazier than 2014, but hopefully I can work some R&R in there somewhere. 😉 Happy New Year!

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    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    January 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Happy New Year to you and your growing family and blogging team Kiersten! Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading several years back and you were so helpful to me in starting mine! I wish you much continued success and boatloads of happiness with your family and new home!

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you so much – and Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

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    Val - Life Of A Vegaholic
    January 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I love the roundup! The Jamaican Chickpea Stew looks wonderful.

    – xx Val xx

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    Anie
    January 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Kiersten, thank you sooo much for your blog. This site was what I need to start meal planning in 2014 and to offer better food diversity to my family. I am also on maternity leave so I need to be organized, living with a toddler and a new born! I pretty much only pick from your blog or the PotLuck recipes; not once were we disappointed! LOve! Love! Love!

    *****Feel free to erase the following before posting*****
    I was very sad when we could no longer bookmark your recipes in a recipe box. The Epicurious Clipper worked for a while and now it doesn’t (they don’t offer support, to solve my problem). Oh well!
    Now that you’ll have a tiny mouth to feed maybe you’ll want to add a “Kid’s approved” section to your blog in a year or two! Wishing you the best of luck, hope you can breastfeed, it is the best food ever!
    PS It would also be nice if your give away offers were available to Canadians… 🙂

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you for your comment – I’m so happy to hear that! We are sticklers for testing and re-testing our recipes because I don’t want anyone to make something and not have it turn out! 🙂

      Unfortunately, ZipList ceased operations at the end of last year and I’m still working on finding an alternative that will allow users to save recipes. But know that it is something I’m working on! As for the giveaways, we’re at the mercy of our sponsors and since most sponsors are based in the US, most will only ship to the US.

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    Liz
    January 5, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Wh-wh-wh-WHAT?! You’re pregnant? Eeeee! Congratulations! How did I miss THAT nugget?! AND you moved from NC? No more backyard gardening? 🙁 Or do you have a new backyard to christen with raised beds??

    I’m so in awe of EVERYTHING that you’ve done with this blog. It’s really nothing short of astounding. I have to confess, though, that I SO very miss having your hilarious posts to read 3x/week. Where else could I get food and musings about Beverly Hills 90210, The Real World: Los Angeles and swimming in dollar sign-shaped pools?? 😀 You have such a unique, HYSTERICAL voice, one that I canNOT resist listening to. If you wrote about aglets and zippers, I would be front row and center lapping it up. 🙂

    I am so VERY happy for you and Chris and wish that only good things continue to come your way. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful news with your readers. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      You missed it because I never really announced it – ha! 🙂 And guess what? The house we bought already has raised beds in the backyard. I was mourning the loss of all my strawberry plants (started by seed!) when we moved and the previous owner of our new house has an entire bed of strawberries. So clearly it was meant to be.

      I’ve heard from a few people that they miss me posting 3x a week, but to be honest, I reached a point where I kind of felt like I had run out of things to say. Or at least things to say 3x a week. I wanted to really grow the site as a resource for vegetarian cooking vs. having it just be my personal food blog and I knew I couldn’t do it on my own! Once I’m feeling better and get caught up on everything, I might start writing more on my personal blog. We’ll see. 🙂

      Happy New Year!

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