One of my most successful resolutions was to make one new recipe a month during each month of 2010. I am a voracious blog reader and probably have a hundred set for daily updates in my Google Reader. I had a lot of fun with this challenge, and we found a lot of winners that were repeated throughout the year.
Note: I usually cook one big meal for myself that I end up eating all week and cook a different meal each night for Ross and the kids. Some of these are recipes I made for myself and some are ones for the rest of the family.
crock pot root beer pulled pork. There’s really no recipe here, but the credit goes to Somer for introducing it to us. I have made it several times since January and coincidentally am making it for dinner tonight. It’s either pork tenderloin or pork roast (I usually use tenderloin from Costco so we can get another meal out of it) with root beer poured over the top. This is cooked in the crock pot for 6 hours on low. After it’s cooked, drain liquid, shred the meat with two forks and pour in bbq sauce and heat until the pork is warm. This is one of Ross’s absolute favorites so we keep it in the regular rotation.
pizza bombs (Being Chelsea) – These were great. We need to put them back in the regular rotation. Next time we’ll add more cheese but other than that they were perfect.
Spicy Vegetarian Chili (Picky Cook) – Very good – I will probably be making this again in the winter months and freezing it for quick meals for me.
Potato Leek Soup (Good Eats via Food Network) – This was really good. I probably won’t be repeating it though, because I’m not overly fond of vegan subs for heavy cream and the kids and Ross won’t eat it.
Vegan Banana Bread (Another One Bites the Crust) – One of our favorite quick breads. We’ve repeated this several times and it’s on the docket to make this week!
Chicken/Tofu Pot Pie (Iowa Girl Eats) – deeeelicious. She has some great, quick recipes. I made a pan of chicken for my family and a small dish of tofu for myself. Since I can’t eat tofu anymore I’ll probably sub chickpeas and mushrooms or another hearty vegetable but will definitely be making this again.
Basic Scones (King Arthur Flour) – these were pretty good but a little dry. I was more of a fan than Ross.
Enchilada Pizza (Iowa Girl Eats) – another great recipe. Since my cheese-eating days are over I probably won’t be repeating it, but it’s definitely worth making.
5 Minute no-bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Fannetastic Food) – these were good but mine fell apart very easily!
Teriyaki Chicken and Fried Rice (Being Chelsea) – Lucas LOVED this meal. Will definitely be making it again.
BBQ Chickpeas (Fannetastic Food) – a meal for myself, and it was great tasting and super quick. I usually keep all of the ingredients on hand but the bok choy, and I can pick that up with a quick trip to Trader Joe’s.
Easy Coconut Curry (Fannetastic Food) – another easy and delicious meal for me! I have been really into Thai food this year and this meal is one of the reasons.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Carrots N Cake) – we usually don’t keep instant oatmeal in the house (I prefer steel cut) but these muffins were so good and easy to make!
Fruit Pizza – recipe from one of my co-workers, similar to this one – a huge hit with the kids!
BBQ Jalapeno Poppers (The Pioneer Woman) – made these for Memorial Day BBQ and they were very well received!
Candied Jalapenos (Foodie with Family) – these were also well received – i still have one lone jar in my pantry. I’m going to attempt almond cheese and will use these jalapenos as a mix-in over crackers.
Olive Cheese Bread (The Pioneer Woman) – soooooo good but definitely not in my future anymore. :(
Detox salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing (GOOP) – really good, but now on the hunt for brown rice miso, so it will probably be awhile before I make it again. It was a little onion-y so I would probably cut down on the shallot if I made it again.
Kind Life PB Cups (Kind Life) – they were good but very greasy. I attribute that to the non-dairy chocolate and vegan butter.
eggplant bacon – not sure where the recipe came from but there are different eggplant bacon recipes all over the net. Not sure I’d make it again but it was fun to try once.
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan (A Year of Slow Cooking) – this one is a winner and in the regular rotation. It’s super easy to prepare and make and everyone loves it.
Honey Roasted Pork Loin (What’s for Dinner) – this is another winner. When I buy the tenderloin at Costco I usually split it between the root beer pulled pork and this recipe.
Pumpkin Muffins (Carrots N Cake) – delicious and super easy!
Monterey Chicken (What’s for Dinner) – This is so easy to prepare. We usually have it at least once a month and the kids love it.
Crock Pot Corn on the Cob (A Year of Slow Cooking) – Again not much of a recipe per se, but a different way of cooking and the corn was delicious.
Vegetable Dumpling Soup – vegan and not sure where this recipe came from – was good but not great. The next time I make it I’ll probably just use a conventional recipe with my vegan substitutions
Thai Eggplant Stirfry (VegWeb) – very good and lasted most of the week for my meals
Slow Cooker French Dip (All Recipes) – Everyone loved this one, too. I haven’t repeated it yet but probably will in the next month or so. It will be much easier now that I have a huge crock pot!
Iced Coffee (Full Bellies, Happy Kids) – a very tasty different spin on the regular iced coffee with milk.
Homemade Rice-a-roni (Chaos in the Kitchen) – one of the kids’ favorites. I used soy-free margarine and vegetable stock so we could all enjoy it!
Best ever Pumpkin Muffins (Cooking with My Kid) – again I subbed with vegan and soy-free products with the help of the blog author and was pleasantly surprised with their taste. No one could tell any ingredients were substituted (making it easier to convince my kids to eat them…)
Maple-Ginger Vinagrette (Inn @ Shelburne Farms) – I was trying to find a vinaigrette that mirrored the maple one at Creation Cafe. This one came pretty close.
Brown sugar and maple-glazed squash – (Taste of Home) - It was rich, but good, and a nice change for a side dish.
Cinnamon Rolls (The Pioneer Woman) – I’ve made these 3 times since November (it’s January 3) and gave them to my co-workers as Christmas gifts this year. Everyone LOVES them. They are a true labor of love and pretty time-consuming, but I’m told they are worth it. They also freeze well. This recipe made 6 pans for me but if you want to try it and don’t want to make that much, I’ve used this recipe from Mommy’s Kitchen and it worked great, too.
Chicken Casserole (The Flowering Dogwood) – Lucas loved this one but Max prefers his chicken and stuffing “separated!”
Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix (Cutting Back Kitchen) – delicious and made the house smell like pumpkin pie!
Cookie Dough Balls (Peas and Thank You) – these balls have been all over the blogosphere. These were delicious but mine didn’t turn out quite like I wanted them to – I blame the soy-free margarine!
In a Jiffy Spelt Burgers (Oh She Glows) – I loved these. I probably won’t go back to processed veggie burgers after having these.
Chewy Chocolate Bars – (Mel’s Kitchen Cafe) – I made these for Lucas’s basketball team and they really enjoyed them. My only concern was that they hardened after only one day. I read the comments and no one else seemed to have that problem so it must have been an operator error on my part!
Vegan Gravy (The Front Burner/Daily Garnish) – yum-o! It’s difficult to find a commercial gravy that’s not soy-based so I’m stuck making my own from now on. This was very good!
Almond Roca – (Simply Recipes) – My caramel burned and had a slightly metallic taste to it, but this was a very easy recipe to make and had I been more careful it probably would have turned out better. The slight burn did not stop the boys from eating it though!
Brown Sugar Shortbread (Your Homebased Mom) – Plan B since the Almond Roca burned. These were well-received as part of our Christmas cookie plate.
Cake Balls (Bakerella) – Ross and the kids LOVED these. I gave them to my girlfriends at our Christmas brunch and the rest went to the boys. I’m making another batch of them for our annual holiday gift exchange with friends this weekend.
Freezer Mashed Potatoes (Once a Month Mom) – Max was not a fan of these but Ross said they tasted great. They’re easy and convenient.
Angel Rolls (Feathers in Our Nest) –again I used vegan subs in this recipe and they came out perfectly. Next time I make them I’ll be doubling up so I can freeze some.
Crock Pot Leek and Potato Soup (Feedingmy3Boys) – this was an easy tasty recipe but I missed the creaminess that milk brings. The next time I make it I’m going to throw in some almond milk at the end.
If my recipes aren’t printed out (and most of them aren’t), I keep them close at hand by bookmarking on www.delicious.com
If you’ve made it to the end, thanks for reading! It was a long post but so fun for me to share what I’ve been cooking for the past year!