Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year! - Most Popular Posts of 2014

Welcome of 2015!! I hope you had fun cooking your way through last year and may this year be as good or better. Here is a look back at the most popular posts from last year. It's an odd assortment, if you can see a trend, let me know!

#10 Greek Scalloped Potatoes - Scalloped potatoes are rarely turned down, and why would they! Cheese, potatoes, what's not to love. But trick them into eating some greens in their potatoes along with some olives and feta cheese and you can almost lose the guilt!

#9 Tofu "Fish" Sticks - The one theme I see among these posts is the recreation of "junk food" kids love (see #8). Junk food taste good for a reason, even if it isn't the best use of our daily caloric intake. So make tofu "fish" sticks and make your kids and your conscience happy!

#8 Chickpea Nuggets with Dipping Sauces - Yes, "chicken nuggets" are the bane of a parent's existence since kids love them but you also wonder what is in them (even the "healthier" choices.) Wonder no more! Feed them these chickpea nuggets that are just as crispy delicious but full of good bean protein! And they can dip away in this homemade ranch dressing guilt free on your part!

#7 Cauliflower (Gobi) Masala - Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, but not everyone shares my love. However, toss it with some Indian spices (masala) and fry it with some onions and you'd be surprised who comes around asking for more!

#6 Homemade Sushi - It's fun for each diner to make their own, so create a total mis en place of the assorted ingredients - cucumbers, shredded carrots, daikon radish, avocado, cream cheese, smoked salmon, scallions - and roll away!

#5 Foul - Moroccan Fava Beans - Expand your Moroccan horizons and try a homey and hearty dish of fava beans. Use the dried ones (soaked and cooked) or if you're lucky enough to find them canned, grab those. Of course if you can get them fresh you're really in luck! But make this dish, you will delight all who eat it!

#4 Beet Burger Sliders with Chipotle Mayo - I have to admit these did not live up to their hype for me. Next time I'd use less beets, the flavor was too strong. But my family liked them, so give them a go and see for yourself!

#3 Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting - When the kids want chocolate cake, go all out and make this version with buttercream frosting. Do leave in the coffee and make it decaf if the caffeine is a concern, because it lends a depth of flavor that will surprise you. If you're smart, you'll make it as cupcakes so that it's easier to give away, if you are that sort!

#2 Mahi Mahi Picatta - It is hard to go wrong with a Picatta sauce, especially if you are into briny tastes like olives, capers and lemon. I put it on everything but since Mahi Mahi is rarely seen in our house, I figured it would sound more enticing if it was Picatta'ed. Yup, right call! I guess everyone else thought so too.

#1 30-minute Spinach Pesto Lasagna - And the piece de resistance! Yes, you really can make delicious spinach pesto lasagna in 30 minutes (including cooking time). It's crazy easy and so satisfying for all!

Thanks for reading and happy eating!


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