Today is the last day of 2015 and we’re feeling a little bit nostalgic. We can’t help ourselves… After all, this year has been one for the books here on LaurenConrad.com! We always say that it’s going to be impossible to top the last year, but this year we really mean it. From DIY projects to fashion tips and the best of beauty, there’s nothing we love more than getting to create content all year with you in mind. One subject that we especially love to share with you throughout the year is food.
Sweet, savory, and everything in between—that’s how we like our recipes here on LC.com. We’ve whipped up and taste-tested each and every one of these dishes, so consider them Team LC stamped and approved. Keep scrolling to see our top 10 recipes of 2015 and trust us when we say you’re going to want to recreate them all…
1. Raw Vegan Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake
We’re smitten with this healthy yet indulgent cheesecake recipe! For those of you who want to curb your sweet tooth cravings without all of the refined sugars, this one is for you. All of the ingredients are fruit and nut-based, so feel free to have a second helping.
2. 5 Fructose-Free Smoothies
Smoothies are the perfect busy girl meal option for all of our ladies on the go. Since our friend and resident nutritionist Kelly LeVeque opened our eyes to the fructose-free smoothie, we’ve been whipping up these five amazing recipes. From the Spa Smoothie that’s filled with everything green and delicious to the Dark Chocolate Salty Maca Crunch, there’s a smoothie recipe for every taste bud.
3. Healthy Homemade Poptarts
Poptarts were one of our favorite sugary breakfasts growing up. Now that we’re a bit older and less keen on the refined sugars, these homemade apple poptarts do just the trick! Not only are these homemade poptarts delicious with your morning coffee, but they’re easy to grab on your way out the door too.
4. How to Make Spaghetti Squash
We used to think that there were few things better than a steaming bowl of pasta… That was, until this spaghetti squash recipe caught our eye. If you tend to crave hearty comfort food, this dish is right up your alley. All you have to do is cook your squash, add marinara and basil, and you have yourself a savory (and healthy!) meal.
5. Lauren Conrad’s Wedding Apple Pie
It’s safe to say that Lauren has perfected the traditional apple pie. From the dough down to the sweet caramel sauce, this apple pie recipe is an absolute winner. Since she loved it so much, Lauren even served her guests homemade versions of this exact recipe at her own wedding. If you haven’t already, you have to try it!
6. Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail
Our cotton candy dreams came true this year when we teamed up with Bon Puf to create these cotton candy champagne cocktails. Bubbly champagne meets sweet, organic cotton candy to create a match made in cocktail heaven. These cocktails are perfect for all occasions and will have your guests in awe (and Instagramming up a storm!).
7. Grilled Avocado Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Being California girls, we’re suckers for anything with avocado. This grilled avocado salad with homemade Green Goddess dressing is as refreshing as it is delicious. We love this recipe so much that it’s become a summer staple for us, although it can be enjoyed all year round.
8. Savory Roman Pastas, Four Ways
While we love our spaghetti squash recipe, nothing can replace our love for good old pasta. And what could be better than not one, but four pasta recipes? Claire Thomas’ Roman pasta recipes are ridiculously simple and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Serve them up with your favorite glass of wine and you have the perfect date night in meal.
9. Cinnamon Sugar Churro Cake
We were introduced to this incredible Churro Cake recipe by our friends over at Large Marge Cooks. Since then, we can’t get this creative confection out of our heads! The inside is a cinnamon sugar vanilla flavor with crunchy bits of churro in the frosting filling. If that isn’t enough, on top of the cake is a pile of mini churros… Need we say more?
10. Guilt-Free Recipes To Make With Your Spiralizer
What’s a zoodle, you ask? Put a zucchini into a spiralizer and you have yourself pretty, curled zucchini noodles. Serve them cold in a salad or substitute them into a warm pasta dish and you have yourself a healthy and delicious meal. This post contains three of our favorite zoodle recipes that we recreate on the regular.
What’s your favorite recipe from 2015?
We’d love to hear your favorite recipes in the comments!
XO Team LC