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Half Baked Harvest: Our 13 Favorite Recipes [Chef’s Guide]

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Half Baked Harvest is one of the most popular food blogs on the internet right now.

Foodie Tieghan Gerard creates amazing dishes that are not only visually attractive and tasty, they’re also relatively accessible for the average home cook. We poured through some of the blog’s most popular 2019 recipes to bring you our 13 favorites.

What is Half Baked Harvest?

So what kind of recipes can you find on Half Baked Harvest? Think a lot of whole foods, seasonal ingredients and big flavors. While a lot of the recipes do have a healthy component, you’ll still find indulgent and rich desserts and baking projects scattered throughout the blog. A lot of international cuisine is also featured.

Since starting her blog in 2012, Tieghan’s work has been featured in a variety of outlets, both food-related and otherwise, and Half Baked Harvest has received a handful of blog awards.

In 2017, Tieghan released The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and in 2019 she released Half Baked Harvest Super Simple.

Favorite Half Baked Harvest Lunch and Dinner Recipes

The good majority of recipes on Half Baked Harvest are savory, perfect for lunch or dinner. You’ll find a mix of recipes for entrees, as well as sides, salads and soups that could easily act as a meal on their own. Among the blog’s most popular recipes for 2019, there were these favorite lunch and dinner picks.

This Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower recipe gives readers a classic Indian dish, but with a vegan twist. Additionally, even though the recipe results in some big, international flavors, it uses common pantry ingredients and takes just a half-hour to prepare.

And what’s Indian food without a little naan? This Garlic Butter Naan is great with Indian food, with hummus or just by itself.

If your taste buds aren’t feeling particularly adventurous today, you can also try this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Rice dish, a classic comfort food that’s the perfect thing to warm you to the core this winter.

Favorite Half Baked Harvest Event and Party Recipes

But what about when you need to jazz things up a bit?

Maybe you’re throwing a dinner party or need to impress a date (or your date’s parents). You’ll want to pull one of these recipes out of your repertoire.

French Wine and Mustard Chicken has a certain elegance to it, as it takes a classic French recipe and turns it into a super-easy meal you can make right in your slow cooker. So, schedule that dinner party or date for the middle of the week. Your delectable meal will be ready and waiting for you when you get home for work. Just whip up some creamy polenta or creamy mashed potatoes to go alongside it.

For an impressive (yet still easy!) seafood dish, try this Garlic Butter Creamed Spinach Salmon for your next dinner party. It’s, again, quick to put together, and it only takes one skillet to make, but it definitely looks impressive on the plate.

And, of course, there’s no better way to make your future in-laws swoon than to tell them you’re cooking up some coq au vin for their upcoming visit. This Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs recipe takes the classic French dish and gives it an upgrade, using staple ingredients and very little time.

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Favorite Half Baked Harvest Dessert and Baking Recipes

But what’s for dessert?

How about Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread? Classic banana bread gets an upgrade with some decadent chocolate that, when you pull it from the oven, gets all gooey and scrumptious. Don’t feel like you have to hold yourself back and wait for dessert time to start chowing down. This banana bread is delicious at any time of day.

If you want something a little more challenging (but still, come on, not that hard; Half Baked Harvest makes everything seem easy), give this Honey Brioche a go as your next baking project. It makes both an impressive and fun weekend bake. What did you do this weekend, your coworkers will ask, to which you can nonchalantly answer, oh, just made a loaf of brioche.

And, for a dessert for your next potluck, try this Cream Cheese Swirled Pumpkin Bread, which combines some of everyone’s favorite flavors.

Favorite Half Baked Harvest Easy Recipes

While all of the above are pretty easy, you can make things even easier on yourself with these four recipes that are super-fast and so simple anyone can put them together, regardless of your experience in the kitchen.

Next time you’re tempted to sift through your collection of takeout menus or to heat up something frozen, consider making one of these options instead (all of which you can do in less time than it takes to watch an episode of that show you’re binging).

For a warming comfort dish that’s still on the healthy side, you’ve got this Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup. It takes less than an hour and one pot (hint: the garlic naan above goes great with this soup).

If you’re craving takeout, but don’t want to pay the price (either with your wallet or your daily sodium intake), try these Thai Drunken Noodles or Szechuan Noodles, which both come together in less time than it would take for the delivery guy to make it to your doorstep. You might just find that you never need to order takeout again!

For a yummy dinner or even appetizer during your next sports-watching party or movie night, try these Ginger Chicken Meatballs. They also have a takeout feel, with their Asian flavor, and go great with some steamed rice.

Ready to Get Cooking?

Half Baked Harvest makes it easy. Didn’t find a recipe above that fits your current needs (or cravings). Just stay tuned to the regularly updated blog (or search through the catalog of previous recipes) for more delicious eats.

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