photo collage of top 10 reader favorite recipes

Happy (nearly) new year — I hope you had a wonderful and magical holiday season!

2023 has been an incredible year full of very high-highs, and some lows as well. We really hunkered down in 2020 and much of 2021, so this felt like our first year of getting back into the swing of things travel-wise, which was a real highlight. As a family we visited San Diego, Vail, Denver, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, and the Gulf Shores (take me back!) Professionally, I was lucky enough to travel to Austin, Washington DC, Nashville, and the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

This was the first year we’ve been able to travel without a lot of extra “stuff” that comes with having babies and toddlers (pack ‘n’ plays, diapers, bottles, etc.) which felt very strange (“why do we have so much extra trunk space?!” — me after packing the car up for a road trip, lol) and freeing.

That said, to my Mamas of itty bitty ones — time FLIES and before you know it you’ll be trading 2am feedings with 2pm coastal-mountain hikes. Hang in there! <3

In 2023 we said goodbye to beloved family members, and are getting ready to meet new family members in 2024. We all got Covid for the first time this past spring (10/10 do not recommend) and I worked through some debilitating health issues this fall that are thankfully, finally, resolving. I enter 2024 determined to never take good health for granted.

As a friend recently said, health is wealth!

All that said, I am so excited to enter a new year and see how my kids learn and grow, where life takes us, and of course dish up another delicious year of easy gluten free recipes using everyday ingredients here on Iowa Girl Eats!

Which brings me to my favorite post of the year — a recap of YOUR favorite new recipes as determined by clicks, views and shares! These include healthy spins on heavier recipes, my boys’ favorite breakfast, my personal favorite recipe from 2023, and this viral recipe.

As we head into 2024, I want to hear from you: what kinds of recipes are you looking for? How can I help? 

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Top Recipes from Previous Years

Top 10 Reader Favorite Recipes in 2023

#1 Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

This existing recipe got a much needed professional photo upgrade in 2023, and it exploded in popularity afterwards — proof that we eat with our eyes first! Equal parts spicy, cheesy, and creamy, this incredibly easy dip is addictingly delicious.

chip dipping into crock pot buffalo chicken dip

#2 Baked Chicken Thighs

There’s always a recipe that goes viral on IGE each year, and in 2023 it was Baked Chicken Thighs. (In 2022 it was the Jennifer Aniston Salad, in 2021 it was Gnocchi Chicken Pot Pie, and in 2020 it was Cheeseburger Quesadillas, ICYWW!) I make this recipe almost weekly because its insanely easy and my family demolishes the entire pan with rave reviews each and every time.

pan of baked chicken thighs

#3 Perfect Gluten Free Pancakes

Any time I get a new review on my Perfect Gluten Free Pancakes I do a little dance. It’s uncommon that a non-savory recipe cracks the top 10 most popular recipes each year, which is a testament to how fantastic these pancakes are.

a forkful of gluten free pancakes

#4 High Protein Overnight Oats

2023 was the year of protein. Everywhere I turned — whether it be social media, magazines, or the news — the benefits of protein-packed meals were being touted. High Protein Overnight Oats kind of feels like cheating because they’re packed with protein yet taste like cake and require zero protein powder or uncommon ingredients. Truly the most perfect breakfast or snack idea.

protein overnight oats with greek yogurt

#5 Mini Egg Bites

Mini Egg Bites were another crazy popular, high-protein breakfast / snack recipe in 2023. This recipe also contains an ingredient that had itself an entire MOMENT in 2023. Can you guess what it is?

plate of mini egg bites

#6 Chickpea Chicken Salad

Inexpensive, full of plant-based-protein, healthy, crunchy, and fresh are all words I’d use to describe the sixth most popular recipe in 2023. Chickpea “Chicken” Salad tastes like regular chicken salad except it’s completely vegan. My Dad — who I’m not sure had ever looked at a chickpea before this recipe — makes it every single week for lunch, if that tells you how tasty it is!

smashed chickpea salad on a piece of gluten free toast

#7 Gluten Free Pizza Crust

The comments I routinely get on my Gluten Free Pizza Crust recipe are why I do what I do. Reading: “Thank you for saving pizza night!!” or “My husband looked at me and said, “This tastes just like real pizza!””, and “I am in tears … these little wins mean the world” thrill me to hear. Food is so emotional and to be able to help my fellow g-free-ers with a pizza crust recipe that tastes like “regular” hand tossed pizza was definitely a highlight of 2023.

hand pulling a slice of gluten free pizza from a pan

#8 Gluten Free Cornbread

I grew up eating Jiffy cornbread mix and this homemade Gluten Free Cornbread recipe is a dead ringer — I’m so glad it cracked the top 10 in 2023 despite being shared just a month or two ago! The perfect thing to pair with chili, soups, and BBQ.

stack of gluten free cornbread squares on a plate

#9 Gluten Free Focaccia

Gluten Free Focaccia is your 9th favorite recipe from 2023, and my personal favorite recipe from 2023. Words cannot describe how meaningful it is to have a recipe for soft and fluffy gluten free bread that calls for a handful of everyday ingredients. If there’s one recipe I urge you to make from this list, it’s Gluten Free Focaccia!

fluffy gluten free focaccia bread slices

#10 Gluten Free Strawberry Muffins

I’m not a huge sweets girl so trust me when I tell you that the recipe for Gluten Free Strawberry Muffins is utter perfection. Just the right amount of sweetness, soft and fluffy — I lost track of how many batches I made this summer during peak strawberry season. Feel free to swap in other berries, as the base muffin recipe is just fantastic!

gluten free strawberry muffins on a plate

Wishing you a happy, safe, and healthy 2024 — thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting me here at Iowa Girl Eats, and cooking my recipes!