Happy New Year everyone!
Don’t get too excited… I’m not back from my blogging hiatus just yet! But in keeping with tradition, I am sharing my 10 most popular recipes of 2014. And either later this week or early next, I’ll also share my 10 personal favourite recipes too, just like every year.
In case you’re interested, here are the top recipes from previous years:
Now, you’re going to notice something in this year’s top 10. I think I’m going to have to dub it “the year of the spaghetti squash”. FIVE spaghetti squash recipes made the top 10 – seriously, that’s all you guys have been pinning! I did post a lot of recipes using it this year, but clearly it’s trendy. There are more to come in 2015 too!
And now, for the big list, starting with the most popular recipe of the year!
This does not surprise me – this recipe when viral on Pinterest, despite the crappy photo! I absolutely adore the recipe, mostly because of the copious amount of tomatoes that make it so moist. A ton of cheese doesn’t hurt either!
OBVIOUSLY these are on the top 10. If you’ve ever been to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, this is the restaurant you must go to. Their loaded skins are legendary, and early in 2014 I decided to try and recreate them… with HUGE success. They are every bit as good as the real thing!
Okay so technically this is also a spaghetti squash recipe, even if it’s not served in a squash boat… and yes, HALF of my top 10 recipes this year involve spaghetti squash. Crazy. This is so good – and the perfect healthy alternative to rice noodles.
It was super hard to reign in my buffalo chicken obsession this year, but this healthier recipe quickly became a staple in our household. I often make it without chicken too! You will LOVE it – I promise.
This is the very first stuffed spaghetti squash recipe I ever developed! We have served it at a few dinner parties and people love it. My favourite part is the homemade enchilada sauce which is actually super easy. So worth it! Feel free to use store-bought stuff too, though.
So my logic and inspiration behind this recipe is pretty transparent – after the huge success of the Buffalo Chicken version, I figured I would take my next favourite dip (Spinach & Artichoke) and try and make it into a healthy squash meal. Well… it was AMAZING. Rich and creamy and indulgent (and not at all healthy, actually), but so worth it.
Well, this is embarrassing. I’m pretty sure this recipe made the top 10 solely because of my mother. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but this is seriously her favourite recipe EVER. Honestly! In all the recipes I’ve ever made her, she loves this one the most. It’s easy to see why… especially with all that delicious bacon. Yum!
This recipe was my first ever submission to a recipe competition! I didn’t win, but I kinda feel like I did, because now I have the most delicious Indian recipe to go to every time there’s a stormy day… or even if I just really want to make homemade naan again!
My girlfriend Yvonne made this and texted me immediately afterwards using several fire emojis… which made me think I should have called it Fire Chicken or something like that. This recipe is not for the faint of heart! The heat is SERIOUS. If you’re sensitive, cut the sriracha in half. Trust me – It’s super fiery! But also delicious.
This just snuck into the top 10! I first developed this recipe for my girlfriend Sarah, who was (and still is as of typing this) pregnant and starving… all the time. I had her for dinner and we promptly devoured this, barely coming up for air. She has made is several times since, and recommends adding ground beef, which sounds amazing! Add whatever toppings you want, but I really love avocado, cilantro, tomato and tortilla chips… with a side of sour cream.
And that’s it, guys! My top 10 recipes of 2014 has come to a close. There are definitely some rockstars on the list this year. Stay tuned for my 10 favourites… which are, interestingly, always totally different! xo