Our Favorite Recipes from 2012!

The other day, I posted the most popular recipes from 2012 based on what you’ve viewed. Those include many of our favorites as well, however today, I am sharing our picks from 2012.  I did this last year, and the rule was that we just couldn’t choose any from the top 10 most popular recipes.     My intent was to select only twleve, but it was a challenge.  So we made it a baker’s dozen to ring in 2013.   Happy New Year!

Chunky Tortilla Soup with Black Beans – a delicious and healthy vegetarian (vegan) soup that is super easy to make.

Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars – The peanut butter and chocolate combination is always a favorite. This is one of my favorite recipes passed down from my grandma, and also quite easy!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles – add pretzels to chocolate and peanut butter, and I’m a happy girl! These are not only delicious, they are easy to make and surprisingly a healthier option!

Baked Tortellini with Spinach – This pasta dish immediately became a regular feature in our dinner rotation. It’s simple, it’s healthy, and it’s tasty!

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches – Simplicity is a theme with everything I make, but these are equally delicious as they are easy!  Mike loves when I tell him these are on the menu for the week.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas – Sweet potatoes and black beans are two of my favorite foods…and are a wonderful combination in these enchiladas.

Herbed Goat Cheese Muffins – A savory, herb-y muffin filled with goat cheese – yum!

Lighter Cajun Chicken Pasta – A secret ingredient helped transform this dish into a lighter, healthier option.  Mike loves cajun anything, so was very excited over this dish!

Strawberry Banana Pancakes – The addition of banana to my strawberry pancakes made these an instant favorite. Adam asks me to make these often.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders – This buffalo chicken is awesome because it is not drenched in sauce and is made using ingredients that are on hand at all times.  Super easy!

Black Bean Brownies – The addition of black beans to brownies was such an intriguing concept to me with a very delicious outcome. It’s true…you really can’t tell there are black beans in there!

Easy Meatless Manicotti – We have been making this manicotti for years, and it’s just one of our classic favorites.   Leftovers make great lunches the next day.

Baked Chicken Fajitas – These are amazing. Just put everything in the pan and bake…can’t get any easier or tastier!


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  1. Everything looks so delicious. Have a happy new year, Alida!

  2. Thanks for sharing! You have some really awesome recipes from 2012! Happy new year to you!

  3. I love these end of the year lists. I can’t wait to try the Cajun chicken and the meatless manicotti.