I can hardly believe it’s that time of year again – RECAP TIME! (Coincidentally my favorite time. FYI – if you need me during the next week or so, I’ll be glued to the television watching countdown shows on E. Great.)
From take-out fake-out dishes, to easy dinner sides, and delectable fruit dips, here are the recipes YOU GUYS deemed the most popular here on Iowa Girl Eats in 2012. Stay tuned next week for my picks!
**Edited to add: Here are my picks for my favorite recipes of 2012!
12. Homemade Trader Joe’s Chili-Lime Chicken Burgers
Lean yet moist, Homemade Trader Joe’s Chili-Lime Chicken Burgers are bursting with bold flavors. No need for a grill either – these burgers are actually better made indoors. Don’t forget the guac on top!
11. Inner-Goddess Detox Salad
Just in time for the start of the New Year, this Inner-Goddess Detox Salad is chock full of vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant-packed fruits, veggies, and berries, and is a wonderful dish to turn to after over-indulging during the holidays.
10. Skinny Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Creamy and filling, yet surprisingly light, Skinny Chicken Broccoli Alfredo is a lower-calorie take on pasta and Alfredo sauce that was just as big of a hit with you guys as it was with Ben and me.
9. Farmers’ Market Skillet
Ever come back from the grocery store or Farmers’ Market and have no idea what to do with all the produce you picked up? Farmers’ Market Skillet is the perfect dish to throw it all into. Really healthy, tasty, and customizable.
8. Cheesy Broccoli Orzo
Take the guess work out of what to serve alongside dinner tonight, and make Cheesy Broccoli Orzo as a satisfying side dish that’s not just dinnertime “filler”.
7. The Best Fruit Dip. EVER.
No need for fruit – The Best Fruit Dip. EVER. is so good, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. Just three ingredients, too!
6. Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Easy Chicken Fried Rice is so good that I literally had a dream about it last Saturday night. Sad? Hilarious? We may never know. All you need to know is that you should make this quick and easy dinner, ASAP!
5. Mini Corn Dog Muffins
You may be surprised to see Mini Corn Dog Muffins make this list, but after one bite, you’ll see the light. All-beef hot dogs smothered in homemade cornbread and baked into a poppable bites really are THAT good.
4. Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Another salad full of good-for-you ingredients, Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette has something a little extra special about it. You’ll want to make this salad again and again.
3. Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups
Ham + cheese + quinoa + mini size = recipe for success! Make a big ol’ batch of these super satisfying Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups, then reheat all week long for a quick and easy breakfast, filling lunch, or yummy snack. (Don’t miss their brotha from another motha Mini BLT Quinoa Cups!)
2. Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
With a secret ingredient in both the marinade AND coating, you will be absolutely thrilled with Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce. Don’t skip that sauce either – it’s also spoon-drinking worthy.
1. My Top Secret Diet Weapon
My Top Secret Diet Weapon went absolutely gangbusters on Pinterest this year! Healthy, filling, and DELICIOUS, this green-hued smoothie remains one of my go-to breakfasts year-round!
Wether you’ve read IGE 1 time, or 100 times, thank you to each and every single one of you for making 2012 so absolutely wonderful. Here’s to an equally amazing 2013!