Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas weekend! One of the best parts of this time of year is going from one weekend surrounded by family to another weekend ringing in the new year with friends that are as close as family. And during this in-between week I’ve been doing some serious reminiscing about the past year and all the wonderful things that happened: my brother and sister-in-law gave birth to my adorable nephew Oliver, I made the exciting move from an inpatient dietitian to an outpatient position (no more working weekends!), and, the biggest of all, marrying my soulmate and all the wonderful parts that go along with getting married from cake tasting with my parents to seeing so many friends and relatives at various wedding showers to the wedding itself and finally our awesome honeymoon to Italy. Oh and I worked up the courage to start The Healthy Toast 😉
While I will be doing a roundup of the most popular recipes on Friday, today I wanted to share the recipes that I made more than the others this year. The one’s that I couldn’t (or at least wouldn’t want to) live without. Hope you enjoy!
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats – this one was the obvious pick. Bryan and I literally eat these every day during the week and never seem to get tired of them. In fact, we love them so much that I’ve had to stop trying out new overnight oat recipes during the week because the morning just feels off without our standard jar of oats. Now we like them nice and thick, but to thin them out bump up the milk or decrease the yogurt – whatever you do don’t skimp on the peanut butter 😉
- Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes – everyone needs a go-to pancake recipe (that doesn’t come from a box) and this is ours. I love these pancakes as they’re made with ingredients we always have on hand and thanks to the fiber from the whole wheat flour and the protein from the Greek yogurt, these babies keep me nice and full all morning. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend a Saturday morning with a stack of chocolate chip pancakes?
- On the Trail Protein Bars – I need at least two snacks to get me through my day and chances are at least one of those snacks will be these bars. On the Trail Protein Bars are everything a healthy snack should be: filling, good source of protein, low sugar, and delicious! Just be sure to use a protein powder that you like the taste of as it provides most of the sweetness and background flavor.
- Baked Beet Burgers – If I could only eat one of my recipes for lunch or dinner each day, it would hands down be these beet burgers. Filled with juicy beets, tangy feta cheese, and chewy oats, these burgers make my mouth water just thinking about them. Plus they go perfectly with two of my favorite foods: avocado and sourdough bread.
- My Favorite Chicken Chowder – this one is an obvious pick as it even has “my favorite” in the title. Ever since we started making this recipe about 2 years ago, Bry and I have been hooked! It’s my go-to recipe whenever we have people over for dinner in the colder months. Plus, by using a rotisserie chicken it can be made in less than 45 minutes, and that includes time just watching it simmer.
- Veggie Enchilada Casserole with Homemade Enchilada Sauce – I’ve been making this recipe since my junior year of college as it’s delicious, easy to make, and budget-friendly. Plus, there’s nothing better than making a meal one night only to know that the leftovers the next day will be even tastier 😉
- Single-Serving Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake – I’m one of those people who needs something sweet at night, and when a Greek yogurt or fruit won’t cut it, all I need is about 1 minute to whip up this deeply chocolate treat. Besides taking just 30 seconds to cook, this melty chocolatey goodness is all yours for less than 200 calories.
- Strawberry Chia Seed Jam – okay, so this one I only had for one month in 2016, but since making it I can’t stop eating it! From adding a spoonful to my oats in the morning, to swirling it into yogurt for dessert, to spreading it over pancakes in the morning, this chia seed jam has become a new staple-food for us. Plus I love that you can make it with frozen berries so you can get your jam on even in the winter!
So here’s a toast to finding more must-have recipes in the New Year!