photo collage of Iowa girl eats reader favorite recipes in 2022

Happy new year — I hope you had a fabulous end to the holiday season!

Ours felt fuller then ever before — in slightly stressful ways (does crying in your car prior to a media event count as being stressed out?!) but also in truly wonderful ways. We took Gwen and my niece to the Nutcracker ballet, my Mom and I took in a Christmas Eve-Eve Mannheim Steamroller concert, Ben and I hosted our first holiday party, and I played so much Amy Grant that Gwen memorized the lyrics to Tender Tennessee Christmas, bahaha.

All that said, I was excited to get the house turned over, cleaned out, and welcome the new year with open arms. 2022 was one for the books both personally and professionally, and I am so excited to see what 2023 has in store!

Before we forge ahead, I want to share the top 10 new recipes in 2022 as voted on by your clicks, views, and shares. This is my favorite post of the year because I love to see what YOU loved!

This was a special year for IGE because I started working with an old blogging pal turned food photographer to take over photographing my recipes. Together Ashley and I released dozens of new recipes this year, and updated photos for oldie but goodie recipes like Caprese Skewers, Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Pasta Pomodoro, Gluten Free Sugar Cookies, Gluten Free Scalloped Potatoes, and more. As you know, we eat with our eyes first so to have photos that truly represent how delicious these existing recipes are was a MAJOR highlight of 2022.

As we move into the new year, let me know if you have any recipe requests! What do you want to see more of? I’m here to help. :)

Last thing – are you on my email list? It’s completely free, and the best way to stay up to date on new recipes as they’re posted, as well as weekly updates with seasonal/timely recipes. I’d love to have you! Simply sign up below.

Without further ado — let’s get into it!

Top Recipes from Previous Years


#1 Jennifer Aniston Salad

Every year there’s a new recipe that goes “viral” on social media, and it’s so much fun to wait and see which one it will be. In 2022 it was, without a doubt, the Jennifer Aniston Salad. Y’all LOVED making this protein-packed, plant-based recipe for healthy, ready-made lunches in 2022.

Reader Nikole says: “This salad is so delicious. There is so much explosion of flavor happening and the next bite is never the same from the last. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not grow tired of it.”

overhead photo of jennifer aniston salad in a bowl with a fork


#2 Oven Baked Burgers

You loved this burger-baking hack for when it’s too cold to grill outside, or you want to keep your stovetop clean from grease, as much as I did! These juicy burgers are still on repeat at my house.

Reader Taryn says: “These are the best! My husband kept saying how good they were. I added Montreal Steak seasoning to my meat and it was perfect. Game.Changer.”

baked burger sliced in half to show toppings


#3 Beef and Veggie Enchilada Skillet

Craving enchiladas but not the stuffing and rolling required? I’ve got you! This easy skillet recipe combines all the ingredients for beef and vegetable enchiladas into one delectable recipe. So, so simple.

Reader Nancy says: “We made this for supper last night and my husband is still talking about it this morning! Definitely going into the menu rotation.”

overhead photo of beef and veggie enchilada skillet


#4 Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

I daydream about this toppings-packed salad at least once a week – the peanut sauce is soooo good. Ben and I both got into adding cooked quinoa to our lunch time salads this past year as a way to add staying power. It really makes a difference.

Reader Gale says: “I made the mistake of making the dressing way ahead of time, and now I can’t stop sneaking a small taste of it (just for quality control, you know . . .). Next time, I’d better make double!”

hands holding a bowl of thai quinoa salad with peanut dressing


#5 Spicy Tuna Roll Bowl

In 2022 we saw the prices of groceries and meals out soar — I think that had a lot to do with the success of my Spicy Tuna Roll Bowls. All the flavor of a restaurant’s spicy tuna roll, made with fridge and pantry staples. Totally delicious!

Reader Megan says: “Wow, this recipe was phenomenal!! It tasted EXACTLY like a scrumptious spicy tuna roll! My husband requested I make it every week and I just may have to oblige.”

overhead photo of Spicy tuna roll bowl


#6 Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto

I was thrilled to update the photos for this oldie but goodie recipe to introduce it to new readers, and re-inspire those who may have seen it in the past. I have yet to have an unhappy customer when they make this luscious yet easy risotto recipe.

Reader Betty says: “Loved this recipe so much. I have never cooked risotto before but your instructions worked perfectly. Finished product was delicious. The leftovers were even wonderful.”

overhead photo of a bowl of shrimp and asparagus risotto


#7 Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

The idea for this pasta salad recipe has been on my “to make” list for YEARS — so glad this was this year to make and share it because you loved it too! Great to serve at everything from a summer BBQ to a scrumptious spring dinner, and every moment in between. This is another recipe I daydream about often!

Reader Kristen says: “I absolutely LOVE this salad I’ve made it at least three times in the last week!!”

easy chicken caesar pasta salad on a platter


#8 Creamy Mushroom Parmesan Pasta

This gluten free pasta recipe was inspired by a meal Ben and I had in New York during the 2021 holiday season. It was a dead ringer for the restaurant meal. I loved bringing a little bit of NYC to your kitchen via this recipe.

Reader Janan says: “This pasta dish is amazing!! All my fav veggies – bacon, mushrooms, spinach, heavy cream. Lol. It will be on repeat for our house. So easy too!”

bowl of creamy parmesan mushroom pasta with a fork inside


#9 Quick & Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

If you havn’t had a chance to try my new in 2022 Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread recipe, I urge you to hop to the kitchen ASAP! It is so moist and tender – truly the most perfect pumpkin bread…made gluten free.

Reader Emma says: “Wow! What an incredible recipe! I used King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour and this turned out so moist and flavorful! We will be making this again and again!”

loaf of gluten free pumpkin bread cut into slices


#10 Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp and Vegetables

I loved seeing how you all cooked this easy sheet pan recipe in 2022. Some served it for company because of how gorgeous it is, while others used it as a quick and easy way to get a protein and veggie-packed meal on the table because it cooks in just 15 minutes. YES, 15 minutes!!

Reader David says: “I made this the other night. It was really good. I mean REALLY good! Easy to prepare, easy to clean up. My teenage son said, ‘Whoa!’ after the first bite. He had seconds then thirds. This recipe is a new family favorite.”

mediterranean shrimp and vegetables on a sheet pan

Wishing you and yours an INCREDIBLE and delicious 2023! I look forward to serving you in the new year!