2012 in Review: Top Recipes

Two weeks ago my 2013 calendar looked blank and empty. Today it is marked with reminders, appointments and deadlines. Yes,  I am looking forward to the excitement of a new year, but at the same time, I cannot help myself from reflecting on my biggest moments of 2012. Okay, biggest moments is probably an exaggeration for a simple gal with a health blog. What I mean to say is, the numbers are in, and here are my top recipes for the year 2012:

#10.  Tabouli Salad. Easy and delicious, this whole grain salad is packed with veggies and can be used to stuff lettuce leaves or simply eaten with a fork. Perfect for anyone who is on the go; you can make it ahead of time and take it with you.


#9. Vegetable Panini with Fresh Basil. A perfect sandwich for meatless Mondays, this vegetarian sandwich is stuffed with vegetables and mozarrella cheese, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and finished with fresh basil.


#8. Grilled Fingerling Potato Salad. This healthier version of potato salad is mayonnaise free. Use of fingerling potatoes keeps the moisture content high without the need for lots of dressing.



#7. Festively Lactose Free Hot Chocolate. Enjoy the taste of dairy in this hot chocolate even if you’re lactose intolerant. The hot fudge sauce recipe used to sweeten this drink is was handed down to me by my Grandmother and remains a family favorite!


#6. Tuna Salad with Citrus Herb Vinaigrette. A no cook meal perfect for the dog days of summer.  This meal is best made when the produce is in season and at its peak of freshness.



#5. Pasta Fagioli with Parmesan Wafers. Pair this classic Italian soup with a tossed salad and you have a delicious fall or winter meal. Very easy to make; a good recipe when you need to pull a meal together on the fly.


#4. Pesto Sauce. If you love basil, you probably also love pesto. This versatile sauce can be added to pasta, used as a sandwich spread or a seasoning for meat, chicken or fish.



#3. Irish Oatmeal.   There is no need to miss breakfast because you don’t have time.  This morning meal can be started in  a crock pot before you go to bed and will be ready when you wake up.



#2. New Millennium Mashed Potatoes. A lighter version of the a  classic vintage side, a serving these potatoes is about 100 calories less than traditional mashed potatoes. Good news, no one will know the difference except you!


#1. Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins. These made from scratch muffins bring fall right to your breakfast table. This recipe evolved by replacing half of the fat, with pumpkin, substituting non fat dairy for full fat dairy and changing the topping.


What was your favorite recipe?

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