2015 Year in Review — Popular Recipes & Learning to Adapt

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“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.” ~ Revelation 21:5a

Happy 2016 everyone! Can you believe another holiday season has come and gone?

It’s been a crazy whirlwind year here in QV land, with some things rolling right along and others seeming to be at a standstill. This year I moved into a new apartment, taught a raw apple pie class at the local co-op, learned to make authentic vegan cheese, got hempy with my friends at RAD Soap, spiced things up with Jamtastic and so much more.

While I was doing all of that, you, my amazing readers, were busy hitting up recipes and posts around the blog! It’s you who make this all so special — I love sharing my recipes, reviews of books and info about my favorite products with all of you. QV would truly be no fun — in fact, it wouldn’t even exist! — without you.

So as a big THANK YOU for being so awesome, I’ve rounded up the top 10 recipes and posts of 2015 to kick off the New Year!

This year, readers liked potato soup, jackfruit and Rich Roll the most, but a few old favorites snuck onto the list, too, mostly thanks to their popularity around the holidays:

  1. Veggie Potato Hash with Kale
  2. Lebanese White Bush Squash Pasta Bake
  3. Vegan Peanut Blossoms
  4. Italian Easter Cookies With Anise
  5. Movie Review: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2’ Makes Healthy Habits Accessible, but Does it Go Far Enough?
  6. Breakfast Chickpea Scramble
  7. Traditional Italian Easter Bread (though personally I think the update is more authentic)
  8. BBQ Jackfruit Kale Saute with Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit
  9. Review: The PlantPower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt
  10. Potato Leek Soup with Coconut Milk (which was also the most popular recipe last year!)

Runners up included Vegan Ricotta Pie, Oil-Free English Muffins and Black Bean Chili with Millet.

One post, though, beat out all the others, and it always amuses me to see this one at the top of the list when checking blog stats.

Believe it or not, it’s my review of the Green Bean cafe in Northampton, MA, which I posted back in 2011. Why? It took me a while to figure it out, but the culprit is…


That’s right, apparently you all love Green Bean’s super-cool mug tree that lets in-house coffee drinkers choose their own cups. That picture has been pinned about a gazillion times, and I can’t say I’m surprised. I still stop and admire the mug tree every time I visit Green Bean (and have some coffee and a fruit bowl, of course)!

So there you have it, the best of 2015 here on the blog, made possible by your continued readership. <3 Remember you can also keep track of QV on:

What’s new for 2016? I’ll be teaching my very first cooking demos to showcase how easy and tasty it is to eat a plant-based diet, whipping up some “better baked goods” at the local community college and getting in touch with schools in the hopes of spreading the message of good health to the younger generation.

Of course, I’ll still be testing and posting new recipes and rounding up the “best of” for all the major holidays! Stay tuned — it’s going to be a fun ride.

May your 2016 be filled with exciting opportunities, new beginnings and delicious food. God bless.

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sam@quantumvegan.com' About The Author

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals as well as Toastmasters International and currently serves as Vice President Membership of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read, play silly card games and knit socks.

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