The 15 Best Recipes We Made in 2015

Last Update: March 9, 2020

In the Thrive Market test kitchen, 2015 was a very good year thanks to Food Editor Merce Muse.

Whether you’re vegan, Paleo, or ravenously consume any dish that crosses your path (like most of the Thrive editorial team), there’s something here you’ll be dying to test out at home.

So why not kick the new year off on a delicious note? Start with a breakfast recipe, move on to a main course, and finish off with a dessert. We promise your tastebuds will be satisfied.


1. Spicy Eggs in Purgatory

We’re filing this one under breakfast—but we won’t tell if you want to eat these eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce for dinner.

2. Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal—filled with carrot, apple, raisins, and chopped nuts—is the stuff of our breakfast dreams.

3. Homemade Gluten-Free Cherry Pop-Tarts

A classic childhood favorite gets an upgrade in this easy recipe, which will make you forget all about the prepackaged kind.

4. Superfood Acai Bowl

Skip the cold cereal and mix up an ice-cold acai bowl. Topped with coconut and granola, this superfruit is way tastier than a plain old smoothie.

5. Grilled Goat Cheese Egg-in-a-Hole

A grilled cheese for breakfast? Count us in, especially when it’s filled with goat cheese, sauteed kale, caramelized onions, and a fried egg.

Lunch and Dinner

6. Paleo Mac and Cheese

Even devotees of the blue box mac and cheese will love this grain-free version. Just skip the bacon in the topping to make it vegan.

7. Roasted Tomato Tapenade Tart

This savory tart filled with olive tapenade and roasted cherry tomatoes is as stunning as it is delicious.

8. Carrot Pancakes With Sorrel Pesto and a Fried Egg

Everything’s better with an egg on top—especially bright little carrot fritters.

9. Tahini Chicken

These roasted chicken breasts get their garlicky flavor from creamy tahini. Excuse us for the drool.

10. Sauteed Rainbow Chard With Apple Cider Vinegar and Bacon

Here tangy apple cider vinegar and salty bacon lend tons of flavor to sauteed greens.


11. Caramelized Banana Pudding

Creamy vanilla pudding, caramelized banana slices, and crispy almond wafers come together in a pudding masterpiece.

12. Paleo Kit Kat Bar

Break me off a piece of that homemade Kit Kat bar. Our gluten-free version is better than the original, hands down.

13. Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pecan-Walnut Crust

Don’t wait until next Thanksgiving to test out this recipe. Maple syrup, pecans, and walnuts add even more complexity to traditional pumpkin pie.

14. Homemade Quinoa Crunch Bars

These candy bars couldn’t be easier to make. Just pop some quinoa, coat it in dark chocolate, and drizzle a little white chocolate on top.

15. Blueberry Panna Cotta

Slightly tangy and a bit sweet, goat cheese and goat milk elevate a traditional Italian dessert.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Annalise Mantz

Annalise is a foodie, Brussels sprouts lover, grammar nerd, and political pet aficionado.

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