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Top 11 recipes of ’11 (+ Mr. P’s Top Picks)

2011 has been a fun, tasty year. Thank you for reading, commenting, emailing, and spreading the love. It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone…and that there’s more and more people coming to my corner of the blogosphere to see what’s cookin’. (THANK YOU!)

Did you know that back in June 2009 when I started blogging, Mr. Prevention said I wouldn’t consistently blog for a month? Boy, was he wrong. Here we are 2 1/2 years and over 900 posts later!

Sometimes people ask me why I post, much less (most) every day. And I think the answer is that you make time for the things in your life that you enjoy the most. I have found blogging to be an outlet for me and my kitchen and I feel privileged to not only share it with the world, but to help others discover healthy food can be absolutely delicious and not be made up of all sorts of “weird”, impossible-to-find, or insanely expensive ingredients.

That said, here are my hand-picked favorite recipes from 2011!

#1: Cajun Chicken Pasta. This dish was high-rated! Simple to make, a bit spicy, healthy, and $1.50 per serving!

#2: Coriander Tofu Toastadas with Refried Beans and Fennel. This was such a fun 30-minute meal with lots of flavor! Even if you don’t love tofu, you’ll probably love these. The combination of flavors here is killer!

#3: Biscuits and Peppered Sausage Gravy. A guilty pleasure for under 500 calories. My best friend and I can’t stop talking about these!

#4: Baked Dijon Salmon. This was quick and classy. Salmon never tasted, or looked so good!

#5: Stone Fruit Almond Breakfast Crisp. Bookmark this for summer when stone fruit is in season again. (You can thank me later.) This was nearly breath-taking it was SO good. You know a breakfast is good when it’s not only healthy, but may be mistaken for dessert 😉

#6: Chipotle Burrito Bowl. Recreate your favorite Chipotle meal at home – such a fun meal! Healthy, too!

#7: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. So cheesy, so good. Mac for under 400 calories? Even better.

#8: Roasted Tomato Soup. Once you make tomato soup with fresh tomatoes, you’ll never go back. This soup came in at 141 calories (for 1 1/2 cups!) and only $1.19 per serving. Pair this with a grilled cheese and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven 🙂

#9: Summer Sweet Corn Fettucine. This dish was my favorite from the summer. Mr. Prevention wasn’t totally on board with this one, but I still declare this a favorite! Summer comfort food!

#10: The Best Vegetable Soup. The name is all too appropriate. Fresh herbs make this soup rich with flavor and very kind on the waistline — 103 calories for a 2 cup serving!

#11: Lighter Chicken Parmesan. Why fry when you can bake to a crispy perfection? This dish is delicious and perfect for any and all. Low-carb, too!


Those are my top picks. And here are Mr. Prevention’s top 3.

Chicago-Style Deep Dish. Certainly not a healthy recipe, but it sure was good. Really good. Not surprising this recipe is mentioned as a favorite by The Pizza Man himself.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas. These were a hit and they have been passed along all over Pinterest. It’s no wonder as to why…yum!

Buffalo Chicken Tacos. Another not too surprising favorite of Mr. P’s. These were packed with flavor from buffalo sauce, avocado, and Gorgonzola.

Thanks again for all of your support! We look forward to a healthy & tasty 2012!

Lots of love,

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  1. December 29, 2011 / 6:41 am

    Thanks for sharing! I have loved every recipe of yours I have tried. I look forward to trying many more! Love your blog!

  2. December 29, 2011 / 6:59 am

    I really need to get in the kitchen and try some of these! that summer corn fettuccine, for instance, is TOTALLY happening this summer. I love corn in my pasta.

    Yay for another year of blogging! Yours is one of my favorites to come to because i always love seeing what healthy (or indulgent) food you’ve cooked up. It’s always inspiring!

    • Nicole
      December 29, 2011 / 7:24 am

      You’re too sweet – thanks, girl! And I can totally see you loving that corn fettucine ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. December 29, 2011 / 8:13 am

    I keep meaning to try a few of these, especially the cajun chicken pasta. Must do that soon! Great picks.

  4. December 29, 2011 / 9:24 am

    The Cajun chicken pasta is one of my favorites, too! I need to try the biscuits & gravy and burrito bowl recipes – they’re some of my favorite foods ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. December 29, 2011 / 10:10 am

    Your photography is just so stunning! Delicious round up! Some i missed, so I’m glad to see them appear here to try! Happy blogging, Nicole!

  6. December 29, 2011 / 10:55 am

    It becomes such a fun habit! I can’t imagine life without blogging and the people I’ve met on our little corner of the web. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on a great year!

  7. December 29, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    I really love your blog, Nicole! These are some delicious recipes!
    I really want to make that salmon dish. YUM!

  8. December 29, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    My husband is also ALL about Buffalo chicken. I’m sure those would be his three favorite dishes as well. I must’ve missed the tofu tostadas the first time around. Must make those!

  9. December 29, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Nicole. I’m looking forward to more of your posts and wonderful recipes in 2012.

  10. December 29, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    So many delicious recipes and awesome pictures! With all of the great stuff you post every day of the week, I have no idea how you managed to narrow it down to 11! But I think you picked some awesome ones!

    Happy New Year, darling!!

  11. December 29, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    I’m so glad you posted all these favorites! I want to try SO many of these…and nice to have some healthier recipes to try in the new year!!! Thanks, Nicole!!!

  12. December 30, 2011 / 1:04 am

    Great collection!! I MUST TRY THE BISCUITS & GRAVY! I’m a fan!

  13. December 30, 2011 / 7:02 pm

    My mouth is watering – such a tasty year of good eats! Happy New Year!

  14. January 1, 2012 / 8:05 pm

    Totally delicious choices! Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings ๐Ÿ™‚

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