Time to countdown Watch Learn Eat's Top 10 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes of 2019! These are our readers' favorite recipes published in 2019, all of which are both vegan and gluten-free!
With the new year right around the corner, it’s that time of year I like to call “Countdown Season.”
During this time, radio DJs prepare their countdowns of the year’s top songs, fashion writers make their “top” lists of the best dressed celebrities and food bloggers compile their most popular recipes.
And of course, there is the ultimate countdown - the 10 seconds before the big ball drop in New York City.
I’ve always been into “top” lists and countdowns since I can remember. I often get distracted reading a “top” list on the Internet instead of what I’m supposed to be doing, such as writing a blog post for example.
Ahem...OK, you caught me. I am also completely obsessed with radio countdowns, like OCD obsessed. Really.
If the radio announcer is about to declare the number one song right after the commercial break, how on earth can I go on unless I know what it is?
What? I’m late for work?
But I haaaaaave to know! I can’t go through the entire day not knowing. Yeah, it’s that bad.
In fact, it was even worse when I was a kid. I used to plan my weekends around special radio countdowns that happened all year long, not just at New Year’s.
For example, one was the "Top 300 Songs of the '80s" and it took place over Memorial Day weekend. I still have the tape as you'll see below. 😉
My friends would ask me to play but I couldn’t bear to miss one minute. I used to sit in front of the radio ready to hit the record button on my tape deck when my favorite songs were played.
The radio stations would play the countdown numerous times throughout the weekend so if I missed a song, I would be prepared for next time.
After I recorded them, I even labeled what number they were in the countdown as demonstrated in the evidence below.
I remember one countdown like it was yesterday. It was a countdown called “Time Machine Weekend.” Each weekend, a countdown of songs from one specific year would be featured.
One weekend in particular was for songs from 1984. I guess this is the part where I should tell you how fascinated I was with 1984 as a child.
Since four was my favorite number, I just decided on New Year’s Eve 1983 that 1984 was going to be my favorite year.
I even declared this to my parents as we sat in our 1982 Mustang “L” admiring the holiday decorations in the old A&P parking lot.
I have no idea why I remember this but I’ll move on.
So, it's probably an understatement, but this 1984 countdown was the highlight of my weekend. I sat in front of that radio making sure not to miss a beat.
I remember waiting to hear “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner. It was the last time the countdown would be played before the weekend was over.
I knew what number the song was and when it came on I pressed the “record” button and started running around the house screaming for joy.
Then, I realized I pressed the wrong button. It didn’t record. I was devastated. All those hours waiting by the radio. All the fun I missed with my friends. It was for nothing. 🙁
Now, thanks to modern technology and our paid subscription to Spotify, I can listen to “I Want to Know What Love Is” and any other '80s song my heart desires any time of the day.
In fact, I think I’ll put on my “80s Explosion” Spotify mix while I prepare this countdown of Watch Learn Eat's Top 10 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes of 2019.
I am super pumped about this countdown in particular because as we head into January, it will be one year since I made the decision to adopt a vegan diet, which also means that all of the recipes posted in 2019 were vegan.
So, here we go in true radio countdown fashion...
Watch Learn Eat's Top 10 Recipes of 2019
10. Coming in at Number 10, we have this tasty cheddar-style vegan cheese sauce made of potatoes, carrots and pumpkin seeds. Yep, you heard that right! I did say this "cheese" is made from veggies and seeds..and it's gosh darn delicious too! 😉
9. Up next, we have a fruit smoothie that tastes like you're drinking a strawberry milkshake with some peanut butter. Say what? Trust me on this...strawberry and peanut butter is a winning combination!
8. Taking the Number 8 spot is an easy-to-make quiche made of...tofu! Enjoy for breakfast, brunch or lunch!
7. Landing at Number 7 is a recipe that can serve as either an appetizer or a main. These Buffalo chickpea meatballs will knock your socks off!
6. No recipe countdown would be complete without chocolate! Coming in at Number 6 are these super fudgy chickpea flour brownies that are sure to satisfy all the chocolate lovers in your life!
5. Our halfway point brings us to these chickpea flour chocolate chip cookies...um, I think I need a snack break...
4. In at Number 4 is a classic Italian dish made vegan! This lemon risotto is what (vegan) dinner dreams are made of!
3. And, we're back to sweets with these almond butter cookie dough bites in at Number 3. I've got three words for you: Edible. Cookie. Dough.
2. Another sweet treat takes the Number 2 spot with these oat flour cookies. Is anyone else getting hungry?
Just moments to go until we reveal our number 1 recipe of 2015. We’ll announce it after this quick commercial break…
Watch Learn Eat would like to thank all of our readers for a wonderful 2019. We thank you for supporting our blog and look forward to a totally rad 2020. Sorry, been listening to too many '80s tunes over here. 😉
And now back to our show. Drum roll please...
1. Making its way to the top of our countdown is this creamy white bean soup. This flavorful soup is easy to make and even easier to eat!
And, there you have it...Watch Learn Eat's Top 10 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes of 2019! Brought to you by Sherri & Greg Hall, and of course, Google Analytics. 😉
We hope you enjoyed this countdown...and that you found a recipe (or two, or three, etc. etc.) that you have yet to make.
Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, happy, and most importantly, DELICIOUS New Year! 🙂
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