Greetings from the other side of Christmas – can you believe it’s already come and gone? How was your holiday?

In true Christmas miracle fashion, a blanket of fresh snow started falling on Christmas eve then all but disappeared 48 hours later. There’s nothing like a white Christmas – couldn’t have planned it better if we tried!


Speaking of Christmas miracles, my little brother and his girlfriend Kelly drove in from Denver on Christmas eve night to spend the holiday with the family! They both recently started new jobs and blamed having to stay home on that, but Ben and I knew their plan was to surprise the family all along. I’ll never forget the looks on my parent’s faces when they came outside to find the two of them standing there. I thought my Dad’s brain was going to melt. Priceless!


This poor thing spent most of the weekend under the weather, unfortunately. A sore throat and runny nose left him in a bit of funk but he still managed to tear his way through a mountain of toys from Santa. Nothing like being sick on Christmas, but this little guy is a trooper!


The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out at my parent’s house, eating, laughing, and playing games. I can’t tell you the last time we’ve all been together under one roof. Feels like years.


Christmas 2015 is in the books….


Next stop, new year’s eve!


Before we countdown, I wanted to share the top 10 most popular Iowa Girl Eats recipes of 2015! This has been an exciting year sharing more of my gluten-free story, writing an ebook and supporting people who need or want to go gluten-free, but also providing recipes that anyone can eat and enjoy – especially for my long time readers who were around when IGE was full of pizza and craft beer! I feel like I’ve finally dug out of my “gluten-free funk” this year, owned my situation, and am excited and eager to help more people in 2016. 2016!! That feels so surreal to type!

Regardless of the reason why you’re here, I’m so very glad, grateful, and excited that you are. IGE only exists because of you and I hope to make…2016…the best year yet.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular Iowa Girl Eats recipes of 2015 as voted on by your clicks, views, and shares! What was your favorite recipe?

Asian Noodle Bowls

“Kristin! I made this last night and we absolutely devoured it! I left out the shrimp and pumped up the veg with some added broccoli, and it was totally slurpable. Thanks for the fantastic weeknight recipe!”

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Thai Sticky Chicken Fingers

“Made these for the super bowl and they were GONE in the first five minutes of bringing them. I had some leftover marinade and used it on some ground beef later in the week, which was also fantastic! Definitely my favorite new recipe”

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Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

“I made this as the healthy addition to Thanksgiving this year and everyone went crazy for it. I have now been assigned to bring it to all thanksgivings and Christmas celebrations. My mom makes it once a week for her lunches as well. Thanks for this delicious salad!”

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Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Chicken with Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice

“OMG! My husband and I just finished eating this and it’s amazing!! I didn’t tell my other half that he was eating “cauliflower” rice and he had no clue it wasn’t regular rice!!”

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

“I am well known in my family for my dislike of vegetables. But as I’ve gotten older I know I have to eat them- and set an example for my kids too. So, with heavy heart, I prepared this fried “rice” last night absolutely convinced there was no way I could choke it down. I could not have been more wrong- it was delicious and I SWEAR I could not tell I was eating cauliflower.”

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Easy Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms

“Made these tonight… YUM!! A favorite new way to make mushrooms. Even my husband, who typically doesn’t like mushrooms, gave these two thumbs up!”

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The Best Pasta Salad

“It really is the BEST! I was asked to bring pasta salad to a 4th of July party and I found this on your blog. It was so easy and I got a lot of compliments”

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Crock Pot Mojo Pork with Cuban-Style Black Beans

“Made this last night. My husband said “Honey, this is a triumph.” He does not usually talk like that. It was THAT good!”

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Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad

“This was so yummy! My son ate it up. Thank you!”

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Crock Pot Beef Stew

“I made this tonight for supper and absolutely LOVED it! Thanks for sharing this recipe – it’s so delicious!!”

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