Recently I shared the Top 12 Viewed Recipes from 2012 in this post. Those were the recipes that you the readers looked at the most. This time around I’m sharing my own favorite recipes from the past year. It was tough to narrow it down from the 85 new recipes that were posted last year. I tried many more new recipes but those 85 were the ones worthy of posting about. There were flops along the way, dishes we didn’t care for, some that needed more tweaking and others that had no hope! Although all recipes I posted were worthy of sharing, as I went back through last years recipes I jotted down no less than 30 that were standouts. I know, shocking right? As hard as I tried to narrow it down to only 12 it just couldn’t be done. Notta – no way – not going to happen! Okay what can I say other than, we love a good meal.
Now remember this is just ten of my favorites from the new recipes posted last year.
This is Part One of Three - favorite recipe posts!
A good place to start are my favorite appetizer recipes which have to include this Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for Roasted Eggplant Spread. It’s also perfect in a wrap, on a sandwich or smeared over a cooked fish fillet or piece of chicken.
Although the ingredients are unique this Indian Six-Layer Dip has been a huge hit among my friends.
Baked Polenta Fries served with marinara for dipping. The crowd went wild for these.
One of the most delicious meals to come out of my slow cooker this past year Santa Fe Chicken.
Continuing with the Mexican theme is this super fast and easy Polenta Tamale Pie.
Classic Crab Cakes are on the menu again this week. Fabulous and so low calorie.
Foil pack meals are easy to prep and this Roasted Garlic Chicken & Potato Foil Pack is fantastic.
My friend Linda shared this simple but delicious Jacque Pepin Vinaigrette recipe that enhances but doesn’t over shadow the flavor of your salad.
Chia Jam is a delicious fruit jam made in minutes in a microwave. Super low calorie, low sugar and yummy!
This is a favorite treat of mine that I call Chocolate Mousse Yogurt. It’s definitely a healthy treat – so if you are coming off a high sugar and fat diet it might not taste that good to you. If you haven’t had any sugary treats for a while it’s decadent!
Thank you to everyone who left comments on my last post with your awesome ideas for future posts. It helped me get the creative juices flowing again and I’m brainstorming (did you see smoke?) topics, recipes and creative posts based on your suggestions. There will be much to look forward to in the weeks to come here on Nutmeg Notebook.
On The Road Again
Watch out as I am on the road again! That’s right, I drove my car yesterday for the first time in almost six weeks post foot surgery. As we drove down the road I yelled out “Independence”! The drive wasn’t long or far, just over to REI with hubby Tom to get a couple new gadgets – which will be revealed in a post real soon. My foot did well. Although it was a short drive just the pressure of braking and wearing a shoe did make my foot sore but that is to be expected. This is progress and I am grateful for it.
We had lunch at Chipotle – I had the salad with chicken, black beans, veggies, fresh and medium salsa- super healthy and oh so filling. Chipotle is our go to fast food if we are out and about and need a quick meal.
Goals For The Week
This week I decided to do a little post surgery goal setting to help me feel healthier. They aren’t huge goals but rather small milestones on my road to recovery. Each baby step counts!
1. Cook two new healthy recipes that I bought ingredients for. (We need some new eats – one is a breakfast recipe)
2. Spend more time on my feet and less time sitting. (As my foot allows of course)
3. Take my vitamins everyday. (I think there is a reminder app for the iPhone for this – I will check that out)
4. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. (It’s so much more difficult to do this during the winter months)
Make it a healthy week!
I’m glad you are here and hope you will leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Have you tried any of my favorite recipes from last year?
How about sharing some weekly goals with me?
Next Monday I will let you know how I did on my goals and if you want to, you can let me know how you did with yours!