Jan 21
2013

Most Popular Recipes for the Past Year on Cookin’ Canuck

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The Past Year's Most Popular Recipes on Cookin' Canuck #bestrecipes

It’s always fun to go back through my blog statistics and discover which recipes you, my readers, consider to be the best. From the recipes I posted in the last year, these are the top ten recipes according to the pages that you visited, photos that you pinned on Pinterest and recipes that you made and enjoyed with family and friends. There are plenty of tasty and healthy options here!

There are a mixture of dinner, breakfast and snack options…a little something for everybody. Even though I did post several “naughty” recipes this past year, I was thrilled to see that you gravitated towards the healthy options.

For my list from last year, head to Most Popular Recipes on Cookin’ Canuck, which includes some of my all-time favorite (and popular) recipes.

#10: Healthy Lasagne with Turkey, Pesto & Peppers

The challenge was to lighten up lasagne without losing all of the fantastic flavor and texture. Pesto, peppers and ground turkey layered between whole wheat noodles did the trick. This is comfort food minus the extra grams of fat.

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Healthy Lasagne with Turkey, Pesto & Peppers

#9: Hot Cross Buns with Dark Chocolate & Dried Cherries

Hot cross buns are a “must” for our Easter morning breakfast. In fact, I’m pretty sure my kids would revolt if I neglected to make the traditional rolls. The dark chocolate and dried cherries both offer well-documented health benefits, while the addition of whole wheat flour provides a dose of fiber in these sweet buns. Additionally, I replaced the sugar in the original recipe with agave nectar. And to boot, they’re tender with fantastic flavor.

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Hot Cross Buns with Dark Chocolate & Dried Cherries

#8: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins

These spiced muffins were inspired by a Starbucks’ fall favorite – the pumpkin spice latte. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and, of course, pumpkin and espresso make these muffins something that will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffin Recipe
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins

#7: Fisherman’s Soup with Tilapia, Shrimp, Tomatoes & Capers

This richly flavored, but simple, fisherman’s soup is filled with tilapia (or other white fish), shrimp and a spicy tomato broth. Considering the depth of flavor, it is surprisingly healthy and low-fat.

Fisherman's Soup Recipe with Tilapia, Shrimp, Tomatoes & Capers
Fisherman’s Soup with Tilapia, Shrimp, Tomatoes & Capers

#6: Baked Egg Breakfast Casserole with Mushrooms, Spinach & Salsa

If you’re looking for a quick, easy and healthy way to feed your family on the weekend, this vegetarian casserole could be the answer. The beauty is that the separate parts can be prepared the night before and put together in the morning.

Baked Egg Breakfast Casserole with Mushrooms, Spinach & Salsa Recipe
Baked Egg Breakfast Casserole with Mushrooms, Spinach & Salsa

#5: Low Fat Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries & Pecans

These granola bars are soft and chewy rather than crispy and have a pleasing level of natural sweetness from the bananas, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg. They work perfectly as pre-exercise fuel or to curb afternoon hunger cravings.

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Low Fat Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries & Pecans

#4: Grilled Zucchini & Eggplant Parmesan

This grilled version of Eggplant Parmesan works beautifully in both presentation and flavor. The Italian-influenced herbs remind me of some of the best Eggplant Parmesan dishes I’ve eaten in restaurants and at friends’ tables, but the calorie and fat total rings in far less in this version.

Grilled Zucchini & Eggplant Parmesan Recipe {Vegetarian}
Grilled Zucchini & Eggplant Parmesan

#3: Salad Cups with Quinoa, Shrimp, Avocado & Lemon Dressing

I like salads with lots of “goodies” – nuts, veggies, chicken, seafood, pasta, quinoa, dried fruit. If it’s in the fridge or pantry, it’s fair game. This salad definitely fits the bill. The dressing is light and fragrant, with a lemony touch of spring and an herbaceous flavor from dried oregano.

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Salad Cups with Quinoa, Shrimp, Avocado & Lemon Dressing

#2: Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans & Corn (Slow Cooker)

If you are trying to put a meal on the table on a busy weeknight, the slow cooker can certainly be your friend. Chicken Tortilla Soup is always popular with my family, and this one couldn’t be easier to put together.

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Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans & Corn (Slow Cooker)

#1: My Health & Weight Loss Journey: Before & After Photos

Well, this post isn’t a recipe in the traditional sense. But, for me, it is the recipe for my health and weight loss journey. Thank you for all of your kind and supportive comments since I posted this, and for coming along on this ride with me as I continue to make healthy (and delicious) eating and exercise a way of life.

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My Health & Weight Loss Journey: Before & After Photos

As always, thank you for your loyalty, your comments and your support. All of you make this whole “blogging thing” so satisfying.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

Love these round up posts because there is always something I’ve missed. Like that gorgeous breakfast casserole–can’t wait to try it!

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2 Barbara | Creative Culinary January 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

Sommer said it all…seems there is always something I’ve missed and I must have missed that breakfast casserole…everything I love. I need to make some granola bars too; running around like a crazy person getting my home ready to go on sale has seen regular meals become a luxury. Those would work and be much better than one more piece of toast. :)

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3 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

Oh that breakfast casserole looks fantastic!

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4 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

Wow Dara, I’m new here so I really appreciate a summary post like this! You look like a completely different woman looking at your before and after pics. Well done. Your eyes are absolutely sparkling now :)

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5 Celeste B. January 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

The Fisherman’s Soups one of my favorites. I like to add some scallops for some for some of the fish.

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6 Carla @ Carlas Confections January 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Mmmm, I am pinning that breakfast casserole. It looks super delish!

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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Pinning those hot cross buns, they look delish!

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8 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm

What a great round up–thank you. I’m finding recipes I missed, and happy to be reminded of ones that went on my ‘try this now’ list!
Thanks!

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9 Katrina January 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Great list! I want to make that lasagna and those granola bars.

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10 Helene January 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

What a nice list, I have some recipes that I really want to try. Congratulations on your weight loss, you look great!

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11 Meeta January 22, 2013 at 7:06 am

I can see why these are faves! I have bookmarked many already! But my all time favorite is definitely your fantastic and inspiring journey. You are strong, beautiful and vibrant.

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12 SeattleDee January 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

What a delicious photo review of an interesting year in food and afoot. The quinoa/shrimp/veggies in lettuce cups make frequent appearances in my galley, thanks for the inspiration.

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13 Steph January 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Such a great roundup and a good variety!

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14 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

What a great selection of recipes. And, of course, #1 is our favorite!

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15 traci January 24, 2013 at 6:55 am

I am a fan of your weight loss journey. It keeps me inspired and motivated to keep going.

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16 Kim Nowlin March 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I cooked #7 tonight and blogged about how delicious it was! I also confessed that you are my newest blog crush. I am loving reading all your posts!

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