Think you can actually hold out until dinner to eat these feathery soft buttery buns?  Think again.  For my post about the recipe, head over to Marcus Samuelsson’s blog!

I know everyone is pretty gung ho about eating healthy meals right now and so, with a little goading from Janet, I thought it would be fun (and helpful!) for me to share my favorite healthy recipes of 2011, all of which I think would be great ways to kick off 2012!  Let’s jump in!


Chickpeas and Spinach with Honeyed Sweet Potatoes.  This is the first Ottolenghi recipe I ever made…and is also my first Eat.Live.Be. post.  It’s one of those dishes that is SO simple, yet all of the flavors just click.


Back on Track Wheatberries and Chickpea Salad.  This salad seems like it should be so boring…but it’s not.  And you’ll find yourself craving it for lunch.  Without warning.


Eggplant and Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses.  This stew is incredibly richly flavored.  In a really good, can’t stop eating it kind of way.


Rigatoni with Eggplant and Pine Nut Crunch.  I know you’re all freaking out at the inclusion of pasta in this round-up.  But with eggplant, two bell peppers, lots of grape tomatoes and 28 oz of crushed tomatoes…I think this is worth it.


Savory Rhubarb and Chipotle Goat Cheese Pizza.  This is one of my original recipes that I am most proud of, not only because it was featured on Oprah’s website, but because it’s seriously delicious.  Tart, sweet, tangy, spicy…you might not want to use rhubarb in a traditional pie ever again.


African Sweet Potato Soup with Peanut Butter and Black Beans.  Sweet potatoes. And peanut butter. In one place.  Enough said.


Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa, Corn and Feta Cheese.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this dish since these were my first stuffed peppers ever, but I absolutely fell in love with the sweet and tangy combination of fresh corn and feta.


Spelt Berries with Roasted Pepper Sauce. Though this is really a summery dish, with some good quality San Marzano or other canned tomatoes, it can definitely still be enjoyed and eaten to brighten up the winter months!


Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce.  Once you make this, you’ll never have any excuse to say you’re too busy to cook a delicious healthy dinner ever again.


Star Anise-Glazed Tempeh with Stir-Fried Peppers.  The sweet-salty glaze on that tempeh has a flavor so captivating that I’m still dreaming about it.


The River Cafe’s Winter Minestrone.  I was so unenthused by this soup when reading through the recipe…but was SO pleasantly surprised once I made it. It’s basically Italian comfort in a bowl.


Garlic-Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Wheatberry Salad with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette.  Yeah. It does taste as good as it looks.

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69 Responses to Soft Dinner Rolls with Rosemary and Black Pepper…and MY Top 12 Favorite HEALTHY Recipes of 2011!

  1. Simply Life says:

    thanks for the reminders- I need to try that pizza!

  2. Colleen says:

    As I was looking through these, I was trying to figure out which is my favorite. I cannot decide! They all look awesome! So many great colors in all these healthy recipes too.

  3. Nicole, RD says:

    I have made a lot of your recipes…tons! But none were your favorites! I can only imagine how incredible your top picks are!

  4. So many delicious looking dishes … so little room in my tummy.

  5. marla says:

    Joanne, all of these recipes look amazing – but the colors in that tempeh razzle dazzle! I told you, if I could I would hire you as my personal chef! xo

  6. Brian says:

    I’m a sucker for kale, so that last dish speaks to me! Can I order a bowl, please? 🙂

  7. I’ve been looking for a good soft dinner roll for ages! Definitely bookmarking these recipes!

  8. I think I should dedicate the next month to cooking only from your blog:-)

  9. Happy New Year Joanne! What a great roundup of recipes with some gorgeous photography. Thank you for this yummy reminder of your delightful dishes.

  10. daphne says:

    Healthy? they look so DELISH!!! You defined the usual rule of healthy not being delish!! YUM.

  11. Kim says:

    Everything here is so stunning in color and just as gorgeous as can be. And, thanks for reminding me that I must have the Ottolenghi cookbook pronto! I love that chickpea dish.

  12. Foodycat says:

    That spinach and chickpea dish looks unbelievably delicious!

  13. Those rolls look wonderful, and perfect to go with a warming winter soup.

  14. Lyndsey says:

    You have quite a line up there! Amazing how good everyone looks. The Savory Rhubarb and Chipotle Goat Cheese Pizza sounds interesting!

  15. Danielle says:

    Great roundup – I see I few I need to make.

  16. Wow beautiful recipes! I love starting off the year all healthy, lets hope we can keep it up! Happy New Years Joanne!

  17. That’s great you had a recipe posted on Marcus Samuelsson’s blog…he’s great! I can see why, your blog is fantastic!

  18. Marcia says:

    Ah bread, delicious bread. Those rolls look amazing!

    I was just looking for more healthy recipes to try!

  19. As someone who has really gotten into vegetarian cooking recently, I pretty much want ALL of these meals. I must try tempeh next!

  20. SallyBR says:

    wonderful collection of recipes, very appropriate for January….

    these rolls are calling my name, llove the idea of pepper in the dough

    Hope you are having a great start of 2012!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    So much good food!!! Seriously, that African sweet potato soup is at the top of my list of things I need to make.

  22. Megan says:

    I am trying to eat healthier and get more veggies in my diet, so this is a great roundup to turn to. And those rolls look gorgeous!

  23. Corina says:

    These all look so tasty – I could eat food like this every day. I just wish my husband shared my tastes more!

  24. Karly says:

    I know this is going to come as a HUGE surprise to you, but I’m not a huge fan of eating healthy. Your recipes look pretty darn delicious though, so I might give it a whirl.

  25. Big Dude says:

    Your rolls look delicious and the rosemary and pepper sound like tasty additions.

  26. Those rolls do look incredible and I would love to have one now for breakfast 🙂
    Wonderful line up of delicious and healthy meals!
    Happy 2012 Joanne !

  27. elly says:

    Happy new year, Joanne! These dishes look amazing, and I’ve already starred several. I especially can’t wait for rhubarb season to make that awesome pizza.

  28. Shannon says:

    ooh, loved the avocado pesto pasta I made this summer, very similar… and i feel like i made that rhubarb pizza? love those rolls… although perhaps i’ll pull together that chickpea/spinach dish first 🙂

  29. Wow! You had me at the dinner rolls!!! Everything looks so good – wish I were home right now so I can start cookin’!!

  30. Marcus Samuelsson? Oprah! OMG! I follow you religiously for the better part of 2010 – miss most of 2011 (but am back) and cannot believe your new connections! Kudos to you! Your writing should have been noticed long ago – and these recipes are screaming “MAKE ME!” I can’t eat meat anymore and really hadn’t noticed your healthy recipes were completely vegetarian until today. The African Stew looks delicious – well, they all do. This page was an great idea. Excellent resource. Dara, from the Cookin’ Canuk just posted a list of Healthy Recipes for the New Year, too! Some really good ones, if you don’t follow her.

  31. Julie says:

    i need to start a ‘remember to make list’ like remember to make your creamy avacado sauce!

  32. Juliana says:

    Happy New Year Joanne, love the dishes…tasty and healthy..I always like how you mix and match ingredients.
    Hope you are having a lovely week 🙂

  33. These healthy dishes all look great, and so do the rolls! I really have to try the sweet potato and black bean soup. Looks fantastic!

  34. grace says:

    what a colorful batch of dishes! the rolls are great too–pepper! awesome touch!

  35. Great roundup! Everything looks so good, now I’m hungry, really hungry.

  36. Swathi says:

    Awesome roundup. All the healthy recipes in a click. Wishing you and family a happy and prosperous New year.

  37. Rachana says:

    What a colourful and delicious roundup. Makes me hungry 🙂

    Have a happy 2012 🙂

  38. Gloria says:

    All look amazing Joanne, lovethe rolls, Happy New Year!

  39. I want everything, darling, absolutely everything. 🙂 I’ve just added lentils and eggplant to my grocery list so I can make that scrumptious stew this week. 🙂

  40. OMG I want that pizza so bad!

  41. Yeah, yeah, yeah!! Love your pics… it reminds me which recipes I had already bookmarked but not yet made. 😉 Here’s to a healthy 2012! 🙂

  42. Reeni says:

    I wish I could dip my fork into each one! I’d be a happy camper.

  43. Candace says:

    I would have the hardest time figuring out which recipe would be my favorite. They all look amazing and I’m left to wonder why I continue to eat meat. So unnecessary!

  44. ~Bee says:

    I never realized you posted exclusively meatless dishes… that’s how excellent you are at them! These look so full and rich and satisfying, not to mention GORGEOUS! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog this year, it’s one of my new faves 🙂 I hope this year is just as adventurously culinary as the last!

  45. So. Some of your favorite things include chickpeas, goat cheese, and sweet potatoes.

    We are friends.

  46. Chris says:

    Damn, Joanne, you have great looking buns! Errr…ummm….rolls. ha ha

    Seriously though, I love good dinner rolls, they make a plate of food into “a meal”.

  47. Nicole says:

    I must have missed that African sweet potato soup the first time around – I will have to try that soon! I love seeing all these healthy recipes in one place; after some serious indulging these past few weeks, it’s nice to have a reminder that healthy, natural food is still there, just waiting to be made!

  48. Yum, they all look so good! Happy New Year! 🙂

  49. Kristen says:

    Those rolls look wonderful, but what I am really drooling over is that pasta with the creamy avocado sauce. MMMMM!

  50. Lynn says:

    Wow, Joanne, these look awesome. Thanks for sharing your top healthy recipes. Great idea. I always find some interesting stuff here. Now off to click on the rolls and the avocado pasta sauce. We have three new avocado trees planted, so I’m hoping for a windfall one of these years 🙂

  51. Pam says:

    The dinner rolls have me drooling and so do the rest of the tasty & healthy dishes. Happy New Year my friend!

  52. Wonderful rolls and the featured recipes all look awesome! Thanks for sharing them with us…

  53. kickpleat says:

    I so have that pb stew bookmarked!! It looks delicious and so do all your other picks. Which one to make….definitely a tough choice. Happy new year to you!!!

  54. Sook says:

    totally bookmarking this page as I am trying to eat more fresh and healthy meals!

  55. Debbie says:

    such great colors in those dishes make them irresistable. Thanks for some healthly cooking!!!

  56. This is an excellent list of recipes! Got to try them out.

  57. MM says:

    Nice round up, Joanne. I had forgotten about some of these…I wanted to make the rigatoni. The rolls look incredible. My little guy loves bread. If I wanted these with dinner, you’re right. I would have to hide them.

  58. You have so many good recipes…I don’t know how you were able to pick just 12 🙂

  59. Cara says:

    If there’s any problem with me reading your blog, it’s that I just want to make all your recipes rather than my own new ones. And then my blog would be very empty, or a mirror image of yours. But, I will be making some of these soon anyway 🙂

  60. MS2 says:

    Those rosemary rolls look GREAT! Recently, I’ve been cooking everything with rosemary in it (it goes great in pretty much everything). I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Macaroni Grill and tried this bread before, but you should give it a shot:

    It’s SUPER easy, but tastes amazing. I’ve made it more times than I can count now, and it’s always a hit with everyone who tries it.

  61. Joanne, This is an awesome list and I can think of some other recipes that belong here. Happy New Year.

  62. Monet says:

    Now all I want for dinner is bread….wait again, now all I want for dinner is ANYTHING you’ll make for me! Thank you for sharing yet another delectable post. I’m exhausted after my first day back from vacation, but happy to be reading your words and seeing your eats! I hope you are doing well, my friend.

  63. polwig says:

    Joanne no wonder these are your favorites, making me hungry just looking at them. Can’t wait to see what you cook up in 2012.

  64. My DIL just recently started cooking vegetarian and I’ve sent her to your blog for some great ideas. What makes this really great is that she cooks dinner for us on a regular basis. Win! 🙂

  65. Deborah says:

    I want every single one of those!!

  66. Jeanette says:

    Wow, everything looks so good! Love your roundup of healthy recipes and can’t wait to see what you make in 2012. Happy New Year!

  67. You had some incredibly delicious and healthy-looking dishes come out of your kitchen this year. Very impressive. 😉

  68. Glad you decided to post this healthy recipe roundup. 🙂 So many delicious dishes.

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