Hello, hello, everyone, how is your week going? Ours can be summed up quite perfectly with the following quote I recently saw on Instagram.



I’m completely torn between wanting to disinfect and organize the entire house, and planting myself on the couch and polishing off four series I’ve started on Netflix over the past couple of months. I finally finished Master of None written by Aziz Ansari recently. Have you seen it? Aziz annoyed the heck out of me on Parks and Rec but he’s slowly carved a small, ok medium-sized, place in my heart after watching MON, which is totally relatable. Kind of like a Seinfeld for millennials.

Another reason for the uncharacteristic laziness is that Lincoln’s Christmas day funk turned into the croup and we’ve all been walking around like zombies from lack of sleep. I think he turned the corner last night though, with the help of my sister-in-law’s amazing essential oil cocktail (thieves, RC, lemon, and eucalyptus,) which I rubbed all over his little body, and things are looking up. (I hope!)

Ben’s family is coming into town later this week then we’re celebrating new year’s eve and the Rose Bowl together (GO HAWKS!!! I’m already so nauseous!) before finally settling into a routine in 2016. Wohoo!

How have you spent your week? What are your New Year’s Eve plans? If I don’t talk to you beforehand, make a batch of these and a pitcher of these, and have yourself a GREAT little night, wherever and however you spend it. I’ll catch you on January 1 with a fun and helpful post about heading into the new year in a healthy way.

Before I go, I want to share my top 10 favorite recipes from 2015! I love to recap my personal favorite recipes from the year because they can differ from what was the most “popular” recipes of the year. Of course I love all my recipes – I wouldn’t post them if I didn’t – but these 10 are the ones that stick out in my mind as being over the top tasty, really fun to create, and/or are ones we make all the time at home. I hope you find a new favorite or two to try!

Have a great rest of your week, and happy new year!

Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowls

Not being able to pick up the phone and order take out has been a big mental struggle since going gluten-free. Luckily Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowls are easily made at home and taste just like the real thing but better because plain rice is swapped with chewy rice noodle. Upgrade!

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Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowls taste just like take out, swapping rice for chewy rice noodles! | iowagirleats.com


Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter

This was the most delicious cut of meat I ate in 2015 – no question. The indirect heat grilling method, craveable steak rub, and drippy herb butter made it over the top delicious. This steak truly is PERFECT.

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Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter features a homemade dry rub and melty herb butter finish. Absolutely mouthwatering! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

You guys seem to love my Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers as much as I do – the feedback has been awesome so far! The scent of this recipe cooking alone transports me straight to my Aunt Mary’s Italian kitchen as a kid. So, so, so good.

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Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers are perfect for game day, a cozy supper at home, or any night you’re craving an Italian feast! Serve over pasta, or with provolone and crusty rolls. | iowagirleats.com


Fish Tacos with Avocado Sweet Corn Slaw

I love this recipe not only because it’s healthy, fresh and full of the best flavors (seeeeeeriously that white sauce!) and textures, but also because it makes me feel like I’m on vacation in California every time I make them, which is often!

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Fish Tacos with Avocado Sweet Corn Slaw are fresh and full of flavor. Feel like you're on vacation right at home! | iowagirleats.com


Gnocchi with Spinach, Mushrooms and Crispy Prosciutto

I was not kidding when I recently told you this was one of the best meals I’ve had in ages. Bonus points for not only looking and tasting like it came from a restaurant, but for being healthy and packed full of vegetables, to boot!

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Get your forks ready – you’ll be fighting over the last bite of Gnocchi with Spinach, Mushrooms and Crispy Prosciutto. This 30 minute, gluten and dairy-free meal is a stunner! | iowagirleats.com


Mediterranean Tuna Salad

It might seem nuts to include a recipe for tuna salad on my year end favorites list but this particular combination of salty, briny, and fresh flavors is one of my very favorite combinations ever. I eat some variation of this tuna salad weekly. It’s quick to mix together and holds up perfectly for two or three days in the fridge.

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad is fresh and light - serve in a tomato, on a salad, between twi slices of bread, or with crackers! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Shrimp and Chorizo Nachos with Fresh Pico de Gallo

If I’m splurging on a truck load cheese it’s in these insane skillet nachos for SURE. I love, love, LOVE the combination of cheese, chorizo, and shrimp with super cold, fresh pico de gallo. There is nothing better for game day or date night.

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Shrimp & Chorizo Nachos with Fresh Pico de Gallo is the ultimate game day dish - make and enjoy out of just one skillet! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This soup makes my favorites list not only because it’s insanely easy – toss everything into a crock pot and push on – but all three of us adore this soup. Perfect any time of year, healthy, quick, and crowd-pleasing. Total winner.

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Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup | iowagirleats.com


Leek and Mushroom Chicken Skillet

Maybe not the most exciting recipe I’ve ever posted but the flavors in this dish are incredibly satisfying, and the whole thing cooks quickly and in one skillet. I spoon drink the sauce that’s draped on top of the chicken – YUM!

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Leek and Mushroom Chicken Skillet #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce

This enchilada sauce, you guys, THIS ENCHILADA SAUCE!! Tastes just like a restaurant’s and is so easy to make at home. I haven’t bought a can of enchilada sauce since posting this recipe. It is that good, and these enchiladas are a total home run!

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce will please the whole family. Make ahead, and so simple! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


BONUS! Shortcut Vegetable Ragu

I couldn’t push “publish” on this list without giving a shoutout to my MVP recipe of 2015 – Shortcut Vegetable Ragu! This recipe is chock full of vegetables but you would never, ever know. It’s Lincoln’s favorite meal and my go-to recipe to take to friends/family who are sick, have a new baby, are going through a rough time, etc. I always make a double batch – one for them to eat right away and one to freeze for later. So much love for this humble sauce!

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Shortcut Vegetable Ragu #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com