Top 10 Recipes from 2014

Top 10 Recipes from 2014 |

I remember long ago my mom lamenting the “stress” of the holiday season. As a kid, I could never understand how something so magical and fun and full of parties and new shiny toys could possibly be “stressful”. Of course all these years later I understand exactly how my mom felt. Creating magic and memories at Christmas is a full time job. And today I’m retiring. I’m sitting on the couch with a cup of tea, my laptop and a couple of magazines. My cooking projects are on hold (until next week) while I refuel and reflect on the year that just flew right by.

It’s trite, I realize, to talk about time flying and all that. But holy cow, where did the year go?! A year ago today I was hugely pregnant, awaiting the birth of my newborn baby. And today that newborn is greeting me with “HI” when I go into his bedroom in the morning; crawling up and down the stairs; and laughing hysterically at his big sister’s antics. In less than a year he’s become a full-blown person and a member of our family. (And I have the grocery bills to prove it!)

It was a big year in the K&B kitchen, too. We made roast chicken and gingerbread cake, pasta and more pasta, oatmeal, burgers, salmon and raspberry bars, among many other tasty treats. I was also introduced to a whole new world of “allergen-free” cooking, when my little guy was diagnosed with allergies to several staple foods (wheat, eggs and nuts among them). And while cooking “allergen free” doesn’t sound particularly sexy, it’s been eye-opening for me. I’ve discovered grains and seeds and foods that I didn’t even know existed, and in an ironic twist our diet is more varied now than it was before the food restrictions came along.

I’ve got lots of great stuff on the blog horizon for 2015, including some new weeknight-saving recipes, a month long meal plan for the new year, and a new cookbook review column. If you’d like to follow along and/or join the conversation (I’d love that), you can subscribe by email, or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

But before we get to 2015, I’m rounding up the top 10 recipes on (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean from 2014. These are the most visited K&B recipes from the past year. From anchovy-laced noodles to cheesy enchiladas to crispy whole-grain waffles, all of these most-trafficked recipes are kid-friendly, wholesome, simple fare that the whole family will love. I promise.

From my hungry family to yours: Happy New Year! I look forward to cooking with you in 2015.



1. No-Cook Sicilian-Style Tomato Pasta Sauce

No-Cook Tomato Pasta Sauce |

2. Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa by

3. Whole Grain Banana Oatmeal Waffles

Banana Oatmeal Waffles |

4. Blueberry Oatmeal Chia Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Chia Muffins |

5. Kale Salad with Apple, Avocado, Parmesan & Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Kale, Apple, Avocado, Parm Salad |

6. New Year’s Resolution Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies, free of grains, refined sugar and dairy |

7. Easy Chicken, Kale & Goat Cheese Enchiladas

Easy Chicken, Kale & Goat Cheese Enchiladas |

8. Oven-Baked Crispy Chicken Breasts


9. Black Bean Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge Bars

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge Bars |

10. Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Pancakes

Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Pancakes | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean


7 Responses to Top 10 Recipes from 2014

  1. Digital Marketing Delhi January 10, 2015 at 7:26 am #

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  2. Digital Marketing Delhi January 10, 2015 at 7:25 am #

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  3. Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness January 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    I am so glad that I found your blog last year. You have so many great posts, and I love your photos! I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!

  4. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles January 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    I was just telling the boys that when I was growing up, my younger brother and I (not always the most soulful or charitable at that age), would snicker at how my mom always managed to forget a thing or two in our Christmas stockings (10 kids!! can you imagine?) — the audace of us. I think I need those chicken enchiladas in my life!

  5. Michelle January 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    I honestly don’t know how you do it all supermama 🙂 It was wonderful to see you at FBC, and I hope our paths cross again soon. Happy 2015, and I am looking forward to keeping up with your adventures 🙂

  6. Teresa January 2, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! When my partner was diagnosed with celiac disease, I found that it opened up all sorts of possibilities for us, too. And luckily, we were never that attached to bread and other gluten-y staples in our day-to-day eating to begin with.

  7. Anna (Hidden Ponies) January 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    These ALL look so good, but those crispy waffles especially are calling my name this morning! Looking forward to seeing what you make in 2015 🙂

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