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…. :-).


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

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

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. Jan Elizabeth says:

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


    • 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!

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

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.