As we get closer to the end of the year, I continue to reflect on all the changes that happened both personally and on the blog. 2017 was really the year of finding my footing: made it through an amazing first year of marriage, moved back to Colorado, and went from a full-time outpatient dietitian to a per diem dietitian doing a little bit of everything to finally landing a full-time position as a research dietitian. The blog also found its stride as Bry and I gave it a beautiful facelift (love having a software engineer for a husband 😉 ), started doing meal plans, and (mostly) posted a new recipe three days a week.
As exciting as 2017 was, I can honestly say that I’m hoping 2018 is a year of settling in and getting to just enjoy Colorado, my new job, and the blog. As much as I love recipe development and learning food photography, with the new job and finding time to see family and friends, I’ve found myself so focused on putting out content that I’ll rush putting up a recipe that just needs a few tweaks before it’s right. And while in the beginning I really wanted to grow my content, now that the blog is steady I want to turn my focus more consistently to content that I’m 100% proud of rather than quantity.
So, what does this mean for the Healthy Toast? Well, I won’t be posting three recipes per week any more as it just isn’t realistic with holding a full-time job as well. But don’t worry! I’ll still be posting two recipes per week and either a meal plan or round-up once a week. While many recipes will be new, I’ll also be revisiting some of my older ones to adjust either the recipe or pictures to reflect my continued growth in cooking and photography.
I’m excited to continue providing you all with healthy, simple recipes and fully appreciate you following me along on this journey! As always, if you have any recipes that you would like to see me do, I’d love to hear! Just leave a comment at the bottom of this page or email me using the form on my Work With Me page.
Phew, that was a lot. So on to the good stuff! Here are my favorite Healthy Toast recipes of 2017 (reader-favorites coming your way in a couple weeks!):
Favorite oats recipe: Peach Crisp Overnight Oats
Favorite brunch dish: Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Strata
Favorite healthy snack: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Favorite side dish: Green Chili and Goat Cheese Cornbread
Favorite recipe to serve as an entree or appetizer: Sweet and Spicy Turkey Meatballs
Favorite soup: Italian Tortellini Spinach Soup
Favorite simple week-night meal: Simple Kale and Chicken Sausage Pasta
Favorite one-pan meal: Sheet Pan Maple Pork Tenderloin
Favorite dish to cook for guests: New England Shrimp Po Boys with Zesty Green Beans
Favorite Pizza: Whole Wheat Mexican Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Sinfully Delicious Kahlua Cream Pie
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Great recipes and congrats on marriage, new job! Have a wonderful holiday and a successful new year! Can’t wait to revisit your lovely blog.
Thank you Diane 🙂 hope you have a great holiday season as well!
All of these recipe photos have me drooling. I’m excited to continue to follow your journey in 2018!
I think this is a super smart strategy for you in 2018 – especially to revisit old content and re-promote! 🙂
Thanks so much Deanna!