Top 10 Recipes of 2011

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Happy New Year Scrabble Tiles

Wow – it’s been a great year.  Can you believe it’s over?  Me neither.

When I look back, there are lots of things to remember about the year, and many things that are more important than this blog, but what has happened with my blog has certainly been a lot of fun – and more than that.

I just started this blog in December of 2010 – kind of on a whim.  I’d been enthusiastically sharing what I knew about health (and asking others about what I didn’t know) for a long time.  My husband and I had tossed the idea of a blog around for quite awhile, but one day when a friend asked me for three recipes “asap”, I thought, “I’m just going to go and put them online :-)!”  Not that I don’t like the personal touch of recipe cards, but I needed to streamline something.

Now it’s a year later, and Whole New Mom is really humming along – not sure that my life has been streamlined (blogging sure takes a lot of time), but at least printing out recipes has been :-).

Looking forward to 2012, there are some things that I need to / may change.

  • I need to focus a bit more on my home life – to make sure that that stays the main priority.  That means I may be posting less.
  • In light of the need to focus on my family, I may be looking for contributing writers.  Stay tuned or let me know if you are interested.
  • I’d like to know what you would like to see more of so that I can write more of what is helpful to you.  You can, of course, tell me anytime.  Via a comment on this post (or any other), via my Contact Page, via my Facebook page, or via email at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com.

That being said, there are some posts that really stood out to you all (apparently) and some that stood out to me.

So over the next few days or so, and interspersed with some other posts, I’m going to share the “Best of 2011″ posts.  The Best of:

  • Recipes
  • DIY / Make Your Own
  • Other Posts
  • My picks

I’d love to hear if you had a favorite – or if you’ve found something new that you didn’t know was there before.

Here is the first in this little “series”.  The most viewed recipes of 2011, in order of popularity.  Drum roll please…. :-).

2011 BEST RECIPES

1.  Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream -

This is simply great.  We once paid through the nose for dairy free, sugar-free ice cream at a health food store in Chicago.  Never again :-).

Vegan Ice Cream

2.  Special Homemade Seasoning for Popcorn

We get asked for this recipe all. the. time.  And it was originally a mistake :-)!

Homemade natural popcorn seasoning recipe

3.  Amazing Bean Fudge (dairy-free with sugar-free option)

I wasn’t surprised about this one at all.  Even non-whole foodie types love this!)

Dairy Free Chocolate Bean Fudge

4.  My Most Requested Recipe – Pakistani Beef Curry (with vegan option)

This is our “go-to” recipe for company and when someone needs a little extra encouragement.

Pakistani Kima Beef Curry Indian Recipes

5.  Homemade Almond Joy Bars – Revised

These are just great and super healthy.  I made these for a friend recently.  She shared them with a relative who thought that they were store bought.

Healthy Desserts Almond Joy Candy Recipe

6.  Homemade Protein Bars

These are just great.  With a nutty base that’s not-too-sweet and a chocolatey (or carob-ey) topping, they’re just yummy.  Much better than spending $1.50 or more per bar at the store!

Almond Power Bars | Homemade Protein Bars |

7.  Homemade Lemonade (with Sugar-Free option)

This is what I drink all the time when I want a little treat instead of just drinking water (or nibbling on something).  Takes the edge off of “the munchies” :-).

Sugar Free Lemonade

8. Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Guess you all love my childhood favorite as much as I do!

Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

9.  Homemade Garden Fresh Salsa

I searched high and low for this recipe.  And finally found it!  It was definitely worth the hunt!

Homemade Salsa

10.  Kale Chips

Whenever I make these, I can’t keep my kids’ hands out of them!  I made a bunch this year and kept them on hand for meals when I didn’t have a vegetable ready.

Homemade Kale Chips

And in case you are looking for more (and because some of these are my favorites :-)):

11.  Baked Chicken Nuggets / Chicken Chunks

These are a super simple recipe that will make your family feel like you’ve made them a special treat!

Easy Chicken Recipe

12.  Indian Lentils

Ready in as little as 9 minutes – and kid-friendly!

Indian Lentil Curry Pressure Cooker

13.  Luscious Lemon Bars (gluten and dairy free with egg and sugar free options)

Yum.  Healthy Lemon Bars.  Enough said :-).

Sugar and Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Bars

Well, there you have it.

My personal favorites?  Probably the ice cream posts, Almond Joy Bars and Kima.  But I will say that our family also loves Savory Hummus and Fast and Yummy Bean Dip.

I post what I love – but then that’s the best kind of blog, right?  An honest one :-).

Which recipes was your favorite – or which are you hankering to try?

What kind of recipes you would like to see more of?

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  1. Hi There Adrienne and a Happy New Year to you!

    What a great round-up of recipes. Hard to choose a favorite, but I am going with the the Almond Joy Bars!

    Wishing you love, laughter, and good health in the New Year.

    Warmly,
    –Amber

  2. Great list, great pictures, great food!

  3. Oh there is so much more on your blog I haven’t discovered yet! such yummy looking recipes! I must find some time to come over and browse!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

    • Welcome, Jill! I just found you as well this past week, I think. Happy New Year and I hope to see you around! Let me know if I can help in any way!

  4. Great round up Adrienne. My favorite part of your website is that I can be sure that all your recipes will always be healthy and only made using real food. Thanks for sharing all your amazing content this year.
    I’ll be hosting a Whole food recipes and articles linky party starting this Wednesday. I hope you’ll share with us your amazing creations!

  5. Thanks, Angie.

  6. Every time I come back you have another recipe that makes my mouth water. I could spend two days here and still not be done looking!

    • Paula – Well, you are too kind! And I sure hope you don’t spend two days in front of the computer :-). I sometimes feel like I could do that too :-). Happy New Year!

  7. Love the Kima, love the fudge. Burnt the kale chips :-( but will be trying again. Just got organic popping corn at our local natural foods store so I’ll be trying the seasoning soon too.

    Love your posts!
    Blessings

    • Happy New Year, Danielle! I’m so glad you like the fudge! I sure hope that the kale chips and popcorn turn out great for you – but I must say that the popcorn is a never fail. Hope you see you around again and thanks for sharing!

  8. I love the Almond Joy bars! They are super yummy and were a big hit with my mom (who is diabetic). She came for Christmas and loved having a treat that she could also enjoy. Thanks for sharing a healthy and delicious recipe!

    • I am so glad, Jill! We are big fans of our local pro hockey team and we were hoping to make treats for their away bus trip soon. The coach is diabetic so I was hoping to make these for him – thanks for the reminder! Now I just need to make sure that he likes coconut!

  9. I love ‘greatest hit’ posts..they always introduce new things to me I missed! I would do a guest post for you anytime….

  10. I am so excited to find your blog…what a great collection of good recipes! Looking especially for the gluten-free! Although my kids wouldn’t agree :)

    • Hello Janel! Do you mean your kids don’t want to eat gluten free? I try to only post things that pass my kiddos’ tests. But they have been whole food almost their whole lives…..

  11. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. These recipes look great Adrienne! You are a great chef! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/fat-tuesday-january-3-2012/

  12. All of these recipes look great! My son is dairy allergic and I am really excited about trying you ice cream recipes. Thanks so much.

  13. just printed out the beef curry recipe – you know I’m gonna try it in my crock pot, right – and add peas at the end??
    Cannot wait to win over my ginger hatin’ 12 year old…
    BLessings
    http://bit.ly/sBjc7v

    • I’d love to hear how it turns out in the crock pot! Yes, I’d add peas last or they’ll be almost beige or brown. :-). Let me know how it goes!

  14. ooohhh forgot to mention i’d love to contribute – if you’ve got the topic, I Can make the time!

  15. Love this post! Thanks for all the great recipes! Saw it on Whole Food Wednesday.Going to try the baked chicken nuggets for the kids. Always looking for a recipe that is healthy and a hit with them! :)

  16. my mouth is drooling so bad i can’t even think of anything to say except “mmmmmmm” ice cream…….
    hopping by from FFBlog Hop

  17. As always, thanks for linking up your wonderful ideas in Mommy Solutions! http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/01/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-25/

  18. Thank you for sharing this excellent collection of recipes with the Hearth and Soul hop and the Gallery of Favorites. There’s such a good selection here, and I love all the allergy friendly options!

  19. Great collection of recipes! Number one looks really good! oh i want it!
    following u from mom loop friday follow

  20. These all look so delicious, I would love to try them all!

    xo Shane

  21. Bridget Hedger says:

    Yummy looking foods! Great pics! I found your post over at Weekend Whatever linky party. Come check out my blog sometime and show some love. I’m your newest follower! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Great recipes, can’t wait to try some of them. I’ve been wanting to make the amazing black bean fudge from 101 cookbooks but just seems too much agave nectar to me, I’ve heard great review about this recipe from my gal friends at the gym. Happy New year, visiting from Fitness Fridy Bloghop!

    • Hi Lisa – I so hope you like the fudge! I think it’s best to stay away from agave regardless. Raw might be okay, but otherwise I have heard negative things about it. Happy New Year to you as well!

  23. Hi Adrienne,
    Congratulations on an awesome selection of Top Ten Recipes for 2011. They all look delicious! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  24. Those protein bars look so yummy! Wonderful list.

  25. Not sure how I missed the almond joy bars before — but so glad you included them in the year end roundup! :)

  26. Everything looks wonderful, but I especially want to try your Kale chips!

  27. Everything looks so delicious! What kind of peas do you use in the curry – fresh, frozen or dried?

    Thanks!

    • Hello Jan – you could used fresh or frozen. I’ve never used fresh, but that would be great. I think you’d want to add them in earlier than just at the last minute, however. If dried, you’d want to soak and cook first. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again!

  28. I started with lemishine – but 1 $4 bottle only lasted for 2 batches. The koolaid works the same and is much cheaper. Unsweeted. lemon flavor. THere is some dye, but minimal compared to Cascade-stuff.
    Blessings

    • So I wonder if we could concoct our own Kool Aid mix – w/o the colors. What do you think – up for the challenge? Get citric acid and …Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Ascorbic Acid – Hmmmm. I’m serious. This seems doable.

  29. Wow! The ice creams look FANTASTIC! Yum!

  30. Those all look great—I’ll have to browse around some more when the kids are napping tomorrow!