A combination of customary holiday busy-ness and being sick during this time has left me without a recipe ready to share with you this weekend. So I thought instead it would be fun to recap some of the highlights from 2013. It has been a great year for my little blog and it is all thanks to you, my dear readers, who continue to follow my adventures and devour my recipes.
I truly hope you have enjoyed these dishes as much as I enjoyed creating them. Thank you for following me in 2013! Here’s to many new recipes in 2014!
1. Slow Cooker Moroccan Spiced Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew – 3,002 views in 2013
I was so surprised that this recipe beat out all the others for the year. It received more than 1,200 page views in just one day! Don’t get me wrong, I love this stew, and obviously many others do too, but I am surprised that lentils beat out everything else, including 2 recipes with bacon in the title. Maybe that means that people are more health focused, and I am beyond good with that. I will be doing more red lentil recipes in the future!
2. Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Tacos with Chimichurri – 2,013 views in 2013
Now how convenient is that? As of this post, exactly 2013 views in 2013. Spooky! This little recipe got a nice boost from a pickup from TheKitchn in an article they did on slow cooker recipes that feature beer. Is it just coincidence that 3 of the top 10 recipes of the year are slow cooker recipes? I hope not because the slow cooker is a fantastic tool for creating easy delicious, healthy meals without a lot of effort.
3. Curried Quinoa and Strawberry Salad – 1,139 views in 2013
I am so pleased to see this recipe in the top 10 because I just loved creating this. I love using ingredients in unconventional ways and that’s exactly what I tried to do with the strawberries here. These early summer beauties are so often used in desserts or fruit salads, I wanted to feature them in a more savory dish. Which I did. If you haven’t tried this yet, please do. It’s a good one!
4. Blackberry Zinfandel Steak Skewers – 1,078 views in 2013
If there was one recipe that I made in 2013 that screamed “Summer!” this is it. Tender steak, marinated overnight in bold, jammy Zinfandel wine and ripe, tart blackberries, these skewers should be served at any summer barbecue. With a glass of Zin to accompany them, of course.
5. Butternut Squash Lasagna with Four Cheeses – 1,077 views in 2013
I was especially proud of this recipe. I created a lean, yet creamy, lasagna using strips of sweet butternut squash instead of pasta. That’s right, this recipe is also gluten free. A pick-up from Greatist in an article they did on healthy squash recipes also benefited traffic on this post. I’m just glad that great ingredients like squash are so popular with people today. Maybe I should do a recipe with squash and red lentils! 😉
6. Roasted Fall Vegetables with Sage Gorgonzola Polenta – 681 views in 2013
Just like my Blackberry Zinfandel Steak Skewers scream “Summer!” this dish screams “Fall!” Fresh, seasonal vegetables are roasted and served over creamy – yet creamless – polenta for a deceptively quick and easy weeknight dish. I had so much fun experimenting with the polenta to reduce the fat while still keeping it full of flavor, and I think I succeeded very well. Have you tried this dish yet?
7. Tarragon Chicken Pot Pie Soup – 533 views in 2013
One taste of this soup and you would swear you were eating chicken pot pie, without the crust, of course. Yet it’s lean and low-fat. How do I do that? That’s just what I do and why I’m here. And I hope that’s why you keep coming back! A feature from BloomingT – and continuing love from her kitchen – has helped this little recipe reach an audience. If you haven’t tried this soup yet, please do and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.
8. Spicy Grilled Tuna Wraps with Minted Yogurt Sauce – 444 views in 2013
How can any recipe with sriracha be wrong? This is one you better make while you can still get sriracha. It’s tasty, it’s easy, it’s good for you. What are you waiting for?
9. Citrus Roasted Brussel Sprout and Farro Salad – 423 views in 2013
Brussel sprouts suddenly became one of my favorite foods in 2013. I previously avoided these little gems, scarred by memories of my grandmother’s steamed-to-death-brussel-sprouts from my childhood. Roasted or sauteed, though, these fall staples take on an entirely different flavor. And they’re good for you. What’s not to love?
10. Slow Cooker Red Wine and Beef Stew with Rosemary Bread – 293 views in 2013
And finally, rounding out the top 10 of the year is this scrumptious red wine and beef stew. I packed it full of veggies to make it thick and hearty and combined it with beef marinated overnight in rich red wine. As a bonus, I shared with you my favorite recipe for homemade bread. They are a perfect combination on a cold winter night.
What do you think of this list? What other recipes do you think should have made the top 10?