Top 5 Posts: What You Liked Best in 2011

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those readers who visited this blog.  Some of you came and went; others have revisited time and again.  Sometimes you let me know you liked a post and other times you left comments—all of which brightened my days.

Your five favourite posts were not the same as mine, a fact that I found very interesting.  Here they are:

Number 1: Chicken Dijon, Breaded and Baked This was the hands-down favourite, and I think I know why. Chicken is one of our least expensive meats, it’s good for those of us who diet, and we’re always looking for new ways to cook it. This dish is healthful—no cream, no frying—delicious and fancy enough to be served to guests—which I’ve done time and again.

Number 2: Cauliflower-Carrot Bake I confess: this one surprised me. Who knew so many people were searching for cauliflower and carrot recipes?  This choice made me very slightly hopeful for the future of the planet. The basis for it came from fellow-blogger and vegetable lover, Stephanie, at Sustainable Cooking for One.

Number 3: Egg-White Omelette with Spinach and Tomato Again, I would have been surprised by this, but I’ve read (somewhere) that “breakfast” is one of the most-used search words when it comes to food. It’s nice to know that people are looking for breakfasts that combine low-calorie protein with vegetables.  And, again, another slightly hopeful sign for mankind’s future.

Number 4: The Salty Truth This article, arising from my bewilderment at the willingness of people to pay high prices for sea salt, was published on the blog, Fooducate, where it received many comments from the complimentary to those that sneered at my assertion that regular, iodized salt had its place in our kitchens.  What a polarized world we live in—even about food!

Number 5: Peanut Butter Tomato Soup I was delighted to see this in the top five posts because this adaptation of a very old Weight Watchers (1970s!) recipe has been a long-time favourite.  The peanut butter gives the soup a creamy flavour without tasting specifically like peanut butter.  I once served this at a dinner party and asked my guests to see if they could figure out the mystery ingredient.  No one did.

And my top 5 posts: Of course, I like all my recipes; I wouldn’t post them otherwise.  So I’ve chosen those I make most frequently.

Number 1: Light Cocoa Carob Squares  These squares satisfy my chocolate cravings but are not overly sweet or heavy.  I use quick breads like this one to replace regular bread which I have very rarely, partly because I only just made a successful loaf (see Millet-Quinoa Gluten-Free Bread) and partly because bread in itself is so “loaded” with Weight Watcher points.

Number 2: Apricot Orange Breakfast Bread  I love a slice of this bread with a once-over-lightly egg.  Because of the bits of orange in it, it has the “taste” of breakfast and goes well with those other morning staples: coffee, yogurt, and fruit.  And, as the dieters among you know, juice is devoid of fiber and, in general, a waste of carefully managed calories.

Number 3: Quinoa Pudding  This pudding is delicious, low in calories, and filling.  I have four recipes in which different ingredients are paired with the quinoa.  And because quinoa is also a source of protein, the pudding is versatile in another way.   When I have a pudding in the refrigerator, I find myself eating it for breakfast as a main dish, for lunch as a side dish, and for dinner as dessert.

Number 4: Crustless Strawberry/Raspberry Lime Chia Pie  This is a seasonal recipe but I made it so many times during the summer it qualifies as a favourite.  This dessert is primarily protein and fruit, held together with gelatin.  It’s tart, refreshing, and unbelievably low in calories for something that tastes so good!

Number 5: Carrot Soup with Leek, Ginger, and Garlic  I’ve made this soup so often for myself, my husband, and the extended family (my grandchildren like it too), it’s a wonder we all haven’t grown rabbit ears.  It’s delicious, thick, rich-tasting, and smooth in texture.

This wraps up my 2011 blog year (well, almost year as I began in early February).  I look forward to another year of cooking experiments and hope that 2012 will be a happy and healthy year for all of us.  Claire

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