Our Super Recipe Roundup of 2018

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Hard to believe, but 2018 is almost over. It was a crazy year for our family. I turned my passion of writing and photography into my full time job and learned that I can support our family and have fun at the same time. We moved from our home of 7 years, welcomed a new four-legged friend into our family and traveled to a few of our favorite places. We welcomed new family members and said goodbye to a few people that will always hold a piece of our hearts. 2018 is a year we will never forget. While we have so many changes planned for 2019, we will continue sharing our favorite family-friendly recipes, such as these, in our 2018 super recipe roundup.

Shrimp + “Chorizo” Tostones Bowls

My fabulous Sister-in-Law Rosie, introduced us to these Chorizo + Shrimp Tostones Bowls, a couple of years ago. I’ve tried to recreate them, without the chorizo (since I stopped eating meat), but I just couldn’t get the flavor right. Until now.

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Individual Banana Pudding Jars

The holidays are quickly approaching. For my super family, that means getting together, unplugging from our day to day responsibilities and enjoying every moment with those we love. A big part of our holiday gatherings is centered around the food we make. While we occasionally try new dishes, making certain dishes has become a tradition. One of our favorite desserts is banana pudding. This year, I’ve adapted a family favorite into individual banana pudding jars with a little twist.

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Party Pizzas

Are you looking for a fast and easy meal that tastes great and is fun to make? These party pizzas aren’t just for parties, though they may cause you to celebrate when you taste how delicious they are. All you need are Bays English Muffins, marinara sauce, cheese, your favorite toppings and voila… party pizzas!

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Football Party Recipes

When it comes to entertaining for a football game, most people offer the same dishes. There’s only so much pizza and chicken wings you can eat, am I right?! So, what do you do when you want to wow your guests? I’m all about taking traditional recipes and giving them a fun twist, especially when we’re entertaining. I’m about to share two of my favorite recipes with you, but you might be surprised by the secret ingredient… horseradish.

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Space Bark

My kids have a routine. They get home from school, grab a book and run to the kitchen for a little afternoon snack. While they usually select good-for-you snacks, occasionally I like to surprise them with something a little sweet. Space Bark was so yummy, I had to share it!

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Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

It’s FALL! You know what that means? Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Call me basic if you want, but it’s a must for Fall. Give me all the pumpkin lattes, pumpkin breads and most of all, pumpkin desserts! And while pumpkin spice is delicious and we have to consume everything we can during Fall because pumpkin season will be gone in the blink of an eye, with pumpkin desserts comes sugar (in most cases at least).  So if pumpkin is this Super Mom’s kryptonite, I have to make sure I’m stocked up on our secret weapon. Especially when it comes to our favorite fall pumpkin dessert recipes.

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Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup

When I stopped eating meat, almost a year ago, I dreaded the idea of never being able to feel that feeling again. In fact, all of my Nana’s favorite recipes have meat in them. I began trying to figure out ways to rework her recipes, without the meat. This week, I tried making matzo ball soup without the chicken and I was shocked that it was just as good! While my relatives would probably disagree (because they haven’t tried it yet), I would say that this one is a close 2nd to hers.

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Mixed Berry Jam

About a month into Summer we were already scrambling to find things to do in my house.  Crafts are fun but messy. Going on adventures is fun but those can get expensive.  Napping is awesome but my kids don’t seem to want to get on the bandwagon with that one.  So I decided to try something brand new, something I thought I could never do, but something that the girls and I could do together… small-batch canning.  And you want to know a secret? It was actually easy and FUN!

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No Bake Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Summertime in our house is a time to learn new things.  My teenager has decided that this year, she wants to learn to bake.  So, we printed out a number of recipes, picked up some ingredients and I braced myself for the sugar-fest that was about to happen.  I had no idea that her little plan would lead to discovering our new favorite dessert, ice cream sandwiches using no bake cookies.

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Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

Can I confess something? My family will eat tacos every single day of the week without complaint. Give them a tortilla filled with just about anything and they are happy (especially if there is avocado involved).  Since my husband and I stopped eating meat, we’ve had fun finding and creating different meatless taco options.  You would be surprised how many delicious vegetarian options there are out there and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them!  One of our new favorite recipes are these Vegetarian Lentil Tacos with Avocado and Salsa Fresca. These tacos are fresh, filling and have a kick to them!

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Fresh Fruit + Lemonade Popsicles

Summer is just around the corner and we are already planning our outdoor family activities.  Whether it’s the pool, the beach or the park, I always make sure to have something on hand to cool us all down because let’s face it, the summer sun is no joke (especially here in Florida).  We always bring along a cooler filled with fresh fruits and veggies, our favorite chilled Tampico juice drinks and these fun and easy-to-make, fresh fruit popsicles!

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Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa

Lately, when I think of fresh corn, I immediately think salsa.  What’s better than a fresh salsa?  It makes a great side dish or a dip for your favorite chips.  I’m excited to share my take on the Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa from the Fresh From Florida website. We had to alter it just a bit because kids can be picky.

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The Ultimate Vegetarian Sandwich

When you don’t eat meat, you have to come up with new options for lunch. There are only so many salads you can eat, let’s be honest.  Sometimes you just want a good ol’ sandwich.  Being new to the vegetarian world, we have struggled with finding lunches that fill us up and also provide the nutrients we need. So we went on the hunt for a satisfying vegetarian sandwich and I’m happy to say that we found it.

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Vegan Zucchini Bacon

Before we decided to cut meat from our diet, we, like most people, LOVED bacon.  We would eat it as often as we could.  Whether it was for breakfast, in a sandwich or even in ice cream, we never passed up an opportunity.  So when we decided to transition into this new healthier lifestyle, we had to find a way to substitute our favorite food. So far, this zucchini bacon is my favorite!

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Dairy Free Smoothie Bowl

Now that we’ve found a few smoothies we love, we decided to kick it up a notch, adding fresh fruit and other fun toppings.  Smoothie bowls, where have you been all my life?  My kids can’t get enough (and neither can Mom and Dad)!  Since we are incorporating less dairy and more plants this year, we are making smarter choices when it comes to ingredients.  It’s just one of the reasons that we love Silk. Silk helps us to cut down on dairy while enjoying the recipes we love and helps us make healthier choices.

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Vegan Granola

We are constantly looking for yummy, good-for-you snacks.  Our family recently discovered that we all really love granola! I mean, what’s not to love?  Oats, nuts, dried fruits, maple syrup, all baked until it’s toasted and golden brown.  Drooling yet?  While store bought granola is good, there is nothing quite like homemade granola.  I’m excited to share this vegan granola recipe that is not only delicious, but so easy to make!

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Dairy Free Mango Coconut Green Smoothie

I was given a challenge by my kids… find a green smoothie that doesn’t taste like a green smoothie.  Confused? Yep… I was too.  I personally love green smoothies and green juices but I know that when it comes to kids, their taste buds want sweet, yummy and fruity.  So we were on the hunt for the unicorn of green smoothies.  Just when I thought it was impossible, I found a combination that could be exactly what I was looking for.

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Vegan Banana Bread

What do you do when your 8 year old tells you that she wants to try vegan banana bread? Well, if you’re me,  you run to the store, buy all of the ingredients and you bake one with her immediately before she changes her mind.

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Dairy Free Very Berry Smoothie

Now that we’ve found one smoothie we love, we have been on a mission to find more combinations that the whole family can enjoy.  While it seems like an easy task, when you have kids with particular tastes, it’s a challenge.  We are excited to introduce you to this dairy free very berry smoothie!

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Dairy Free Strawberry Banana Smoothie

2018 is the year our family is working on ourselves, including implementing a healthier lifestyle.  We are doing our best to get out and exercise more and we’ve been cutting back on sugary treats,  focusing on healthy, more organic choices. As we discover new, yummy, kid-friendly options, I’ll be sharing them with our readers, starting with this dairy free strawberry banana smoothie!

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Which of our 2018 recipes is your favorite? Have you tried any of them? Comment below and let us know!

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  1. Oh my, get in my belly. This food looks amazing, I already bookmarked this page. I want to try a few of these at work. I work as a chef in an university and I love trying new things.

  2. All the recipes look so mouth watering. The banana pudding jars, party pizzas, veg lentil tacos and pudding are my favorites. Will be trying them out in my kitchen too!

  3. These are some amazing recipes. This made me savory. I mostly love those mixed berry smoothie and cookie sandwitch very much. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Oh my, so many yummy looking recipes! I think I want to try most of them, but I’m not sure where to start! Smoothies, party pizzas, and the banana pudding look especially delicious.

  5. Omg I am a vegetarian and I am just wowed by seeing all these food recipes :D… I am gonna save each and every recipe and try them out on weekends.. I am sure my hubby and kids are gonna love it 🙂

  6. These are so good! I must try them this year. It’s very healthy and our goal this year is to be more hands-on when it comes to food we eat.

  7. It’s official, this post made my hungry! I really, really wished I could cook! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Every single meal is so delicious! But the zucchini bacon and tacos have to my my favorites! Seems I now know what to prepare for my treat.

  9. So many different amazing recipes here. I would honestly love to try all of them. I really want to try out that zucchini bacon. It sounds delicious.

  10. You have amazing collection of recipes, I would like to try that banana pudding jar and shrimp tostones bowl . so yum.

  11. All these recipes look so delicious. I can actually eat these and not feel guilty about breaking my diet. Thank you for sharing, I look forward to trying all of them

  12. Wow it all looks amazing! I’m going to have to read them all and make quite a few of them. They look so good!

  13. These are some great recips I’d love to try out in the future. All of these dishes look super yummy and mouthwatering. Vegan banana bread is my favourite one! 🙂

  14. This is like a virtual buffet feast! I love your recipe posts 😀
    I am looking forward for your 2019 recipes!

  15. That space bark is absolutely beautiful! I love all of the colors – mainly because I adore anything “galaxy” themed.

  16. This is a great list of healthy and delicious recipe. I am so excited to print it out and compile it for easy access on my kitchen. I love all the vegetarian selection.

  17. There are so many amazing looking recipes here! I totally need to try about all of them! The mushroom pizza one looks totally up my alley as well!

  18. We already make spaghetti noodles out of zucchini so I’m absolutely going to have to try out your Vegan Zucchini Bacon recipe. What a great idea! You had me at BACON!

  19. What to do when you have too many recipes to choose from? Here are my top five from the list; the banana pudding, mango coconut smoothie, banana bread, lentil tacos and pumpkin dessert. I know my list has more desserts compared to main courses but it was a very difficult choice to choose 5.

  20. Oh my gosh, so many delicious recipes, I don’t know where to start. I love that you make food that’s picky eater friendly. I would actually eat so many things on this list (and not just the desserts, lol).

  21. If only i have read this post a few mins earlier. My husband is just baking banana bread. I would have asked him to try the vegan one. Well that gives me a reason to ask him to make some more later.

  22. Those recipes all look so good, but the most intriguing is definitely the zucchini bacon. I had to pop over and check that one out. What a fun idea.

  23. Yum!! So many great looking recipes! I really want to make that banana bread and those pizzas. Delicious!

  24. I love the pizza English muffin idea! Brilliant! These all look absolutely delicious… I can’t wait to try them!

  25. So many delicious recipes to check out! I will definitely be pinning this to refer to later 🙂 Yum!

  26. A bowl of matzo ball soup would really hit the spot right now. The space bark is really colorful and eye catching but I think one of the Individual Banana Pudding Jars has my name on it!

  27. YOu have great taste. These recipes are so yummy, not sure which one I should make first. Great roundup.

  28. Sooooo many great recipes! I’m pinning a bunch for later. That Vegan Zucchini Bacon has me intrigued.

  29. I love this! the recipes all together in one place! banana pudding jars, space bark and dairy free smoothie all have me intrigued! they look and sound so good!

  30. It is impossible to choose between so many recipes and all succulent and absolutely delicious! We hope for a new year of many new ideas!

  31. You posted so many tasty recipes and I confess I wanted to try them all but only got around to trying a handful. Still loving that Zucchini Bacon. It was really good and a nice switch up.

  32. Omg, these are amazing! Will likely be trying the party pizzas very soon.. and probably all of the others, too! haha

  33. So many great vegan choices. I am vegan and my son and husband vegetarian so we are always looking for new ideas like these. I will look back on this when I need something new and vegan.

  34. All of these dishes look like they would be so amazing. I am going to have to bookmark this to be able to give them a try.

  35. All of these recipes look delicious. The space bark looks interesting. I think my kids would like that. I havent seen anything like it before. My favorite is the banana pudding. I will be trying it.

  36. Omg, there are so many delicious food here in the post. I am super hungry! I really like the pizza and the space bark.

  37. Pinned! Babushka for the most part does platos con carne, but some of those vegan recipes look delicioso!! Will be trying them out, and the pumpkin bread- for sure!!

  38. These all look amazing and I am immediately bookmarking your site to use as inspiration. I am definitely a new fangirl of yours! Great job here!

  39. Ok, so I am drooling looking at all of these yummy recipes! I especially like the football snacks – and am curious about the horseradish ingredient! Off to check it out now!

  40. What a great roundup, I’d love to try all of these. The grandkids are helping me make no bake cookies this week and I’m going to add ice cream to them. That recipe looks like one we’d all love.

  41. Super yummy options! I love making a smoothie and topping it with granola! One of my favorite snacks.

  42. that veggie lentil tacos look amazing!! also all the pumpkin recipes are decadent – look forward to what you make in 2019.

  43. These are such delicious recipes! My daughter and I are going to make the banana pudding cups tomorrow. I am also going to try the dairy free strawberry smoothie for breakfast.

  44. These all look like great recipes especially for when we are entertaining. I need to make that space bark! I also want to try the banana pudding.

  45. This is a great selections of recipes. I love that most of these do not contain meat. I’m so ready to let it go from my diet, my daughters want to go vegan, but my son and hubbie are not giving in to this idea.

  46. I remember that zucchini bacon post. I made it and it was pretty good. Not saying I would give up my pork bacon but the zucchini bacon is a nice option.

  47. This post has made me hungry. Everything looks SO good. I’ll have to try some of these out for sure.

  48. Somehow I missed your Individual Banana Pudding Jars, so I’m thrilled that you included them in this recap. My husband and I both love it, and the addition of the chocolate makes it look even more yummy.

  49. Yum on those mini English muffin pizzas! We make them all the time, and I love trying all kinds of new toppings.

  50. The Vegetarian Lentil Tacos with Avocado and Salsa Fresca looks amazing! I am going to make this tomorrow!

  51. I can for sure use a few of these for NYE celebration! I was just looking for some recipes like this! Perfect.

  52. Well now I know what i’ll spend 2019 doing… which is cooking and baking! so many good recipes in this post!