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