12 foods to try, eat and love in 2012

Egg in a basket

Photo Credit: Katrina Funtanilla

Most new year’s resolutions incorporate edibles: to eat healthier, to go vegetarian, to eat with more variety. Whatever yours may be, these foods are a must-have in 2012. And this list has a variety of tasty things, so you’re sure to find a favorite in here somewhere.

Apple Butter
A more tangy and healthier alternative to regular butter or margarine. Like jam, spread it on your toast or bagel for extra flavor.

Baked Mac & Cheese
Cooking this dish in the oven leaves a crunchy crust on top to contrast the gooey goodness of the mac and cheese below. Baking it is an easy way to make a large quantity while still adding flair.

Egg in a Basket
Most associate this quick-breakfast dish with the UK, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it over here in the U.S. Simply cut a hole in the center of a slice of bread, stick it in a greased frying pan, and crack an egg in the center. Then, flip it once the bread browns to cook the other side. You’ll have a 2-in-1 breakfast in less than 10 minutes.

Fruit Salad
Buy it in the store or make your own. The sweet flavors of the fruit swirling together in a bowl satisfies a sugar craving while keeping it healthy, too.

Chicken Alfredo
The white sauce coupled with the pasta and chicken yields a simple taste for picky eaters, and it’s very easy to make at home.

Granola
This crunchy good-for-you snack comes in many varieties. Pick a flavor and eat it alone, or top off your favorite breakfast food. Plus, it can be easily found in any supermarket.

Cranberry Salad
No need to wait until dessert; the tangy-but-sweet blend of cranberries and marshmallows makes it suitable to eat during the meal of any family get together. It’s easy to make in bulk, too, so you can share.

Kiwifruit
The supple flavor of this fruit is usually added-on to a meal. By itself, it’s chock-full of vitamin C and potassium. Kiwi can be difficult to get ahold of, but it is well worth the trip.

Scones
Grab your favorite flavor on the go. These little pastries are a hefty snack and go well with much needed coffee or tea for those 8ams.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
Look for this dish next time you go out. It has all the flavors of traditional chicken parm minus the sauce. The breaded chicken can stand alone or sit on top of pasta.

PB & Banana Sandwich
Widely known as a favorite of Elvis Presley, this quick-fix lunch can fill you up. Peanut butter goes with everything, right?

Red Velvet
This dessert is a nation-wide favorite; chocolate without the strong cocoa flavor paired with cream cheese icing. Anything red velvet does the trick.