Top Recipes of 2016!


2016— what a year you’ve been! So much has happened, so many big changes, not just in my personal life, but in our country and our world. Through it’s ups and downs, 2016 evoked so many emotions, some exciting challenges, and a little dose of unknown for the future. And that’s definitely not a bad thing— I’m just looking at it as a big adventure!

There were some pretty stand-out big moments in our lives this year, the first and obvious one, being our wedding! Nate and I tied the knot in the middle of Hurricane Matthew, surrounded by all our friends and family, and it was literally the best day of our lives. And then there was that sweet new puppy in our life, who totally turned our lives upside down (and in the BEST way).

Another big change that we found out about this year, that I don’t think I’ve mentioned to you yet, is that we’re MOVING this summer! My husband is graduating this spring from law school so we’re moving back to Washington DC for his big boy job. So I guess that means 2017 is going to be pretty darn eventful too 😉

One thing’s for sure, 2016 will certainly go down as a year to remember.



At the end of every year, I love going back through my analytics and seeing the most popular posts from the past 12 months. I was honestly surprised at which ones were the most viewed this year, but it was really cool seeing which ones caught your eye. As usual, you guys are loving the savory vegetarian dishes, most of which are 30 minute meals— and many of which are my favorites too!

I also like to throw in my personal five favorite recipes from the year— ones that I use super often or just fell in love with as soon as I made them. As always, I’d love to hear your favorites, or recipes you’ve tried, in the comments below!

Last, but not least, THANK YOU all so much for the best year yet on pumpkin & peanut butter. It’s your constant support, kind comments, and helpful feedback that keeps my passion so strong for this little corner of the internet. I’m beyond excited for what’s to come in 2017 and can’t wait to share all my recipes, ideas, and life moments with you as we begin this year long adventure!


5 Most Popular Posts of 2016


#5. 15 Minute Vegetable Ramen Stir Fry


#4. Creamy Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables & Chickpeas


#3. Creamy Garlic, Thyme, & Roasted Cauliflower Pasta


#2. Smashed White Bean, Basil, & Avocado Sandwich


#1. Spicy Cauliflower Power Bowl



My 5 Favorite Posts of 2016

#5. Crispy Eggplant Eggs Benedict with Avocado Cream Sauce


#4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream Cake


#3. Balsamic Spring Vegetable Salad


#2. Mushroom Stroganoff Gnocchi


#1. Autumn Vegetable Paella



Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


    • Happy New Year to you too Maya! Hope you guys had a wonderful start to 2017!

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