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Best Everyday Vegetable Recipes of 2015 from A Veggie Venture

A Veggie Venture's Best Recipes from 2015, just one per month, all in one handy spot for easy reference, all "everyday vegetable recipes" to make again and again.
I'm going out on a limb this year. For the first time ever, A Veggie Venture's "Best Recipes" of 2015 are not the most clicked, pinned, shared or even the most liked recipes.

Forget popularity. I'm standing up usefulness!

So this collection of recipes are the most every-day recipes, special in their very every-day-ness, recipes destined to be made and remade so often they'll fast lose recipe status and become "just a little something you whipped up."

Truth is? I've personally made all but two of these recipes more than once, three many times, seven of the twelve many-many-many times. And I wasn't "recipe testing". I was just putting breakfast on the table. Or making lunch. Or a salad. In my kitchen? Those are the best recipes of all, the ones you pull o…

Cabbage & Pepper Chakchoukah ♥ aka OogaChaka Eggs

Today's healthy breakfast recipe: Say hello to "Chakchoukah" – a savory Tunisian stew, perfect for nesting runny eggs. Low Carb. For Weight Watchers, just PointsPlus 3. Totally satisfying!
So stop me now, wouldja please? My fingers may haltingly tap out the unfamiliar combination of letters for Chakchoukah but what my brain insists on spilling out is that 1970s ear worm of a song, Ooga-chaka Ooga-chaka.

OogaChaka Eggs, how's that? It's got a ring, right? But that would ignore the North African roots of this dish, what I called Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables) when I first fell for baking eggs in tomato-y skillets. Call these eggs what you like but do, yes, make them one day this week because heaven knows, we need an antidote for the sugar, butter, cream and wine consumed in the last week. I so love it when Christmas falls on the weekend – Monday's return to healthy food is such a relief! But if I'm not really-really careful, though? It'…

Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter ♥

So festive, this entirely edible vegetable platter in the shape of a Christmas tree!
Everyone remember Kayla's Thanksgiving Vegetable Platter? Not to be outdone last year, Kayla's big sister Niki came home for Christmas break and designed a Christmas Vegetable Platter – Christmas Crudités, haha! Everyone oo'd and ah'd. Such creativity, these girls!

Over the next few weeks, many of us will be both host and guest. A Christmas Vegetable Platter is a gift to all! This tree is so simple and uses only familiar, easy-to-find and inexpensive fresh vegetables. Go ahead, let your holiday imagination run wild!

Christmas Cauliflower ♥

Healthy roasted cauliflower with ribbons of festive red and green for the holidays – and all year-round too. Low Carb. Very friendly/adaptable for Gluten Free, Whole30 and Paleo. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".
Say hello to the holiday season's most welcome side dish, a healthy vegetable dish for holiday potlucks, buffets and family dinners, a field of snowy cauliflower adorned with vegetable versions of boughs of evergreen and red berries. Because who else has noticed? People really do watch for healthy choices and gobble them up! The first time I made Christmas Cauliflower, I followed this lovely recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen for my annual cookie swap brunch last year, an antidote to butter-sugar-flour. So good! Will definitely make it that way again. Olives!!

But once Christmas was over? This cauliflower stamped its white feet and insisted on being made again, unsatisfied with relegation to a few weeks in December. In summer, I paired the barely roasted cauli…