Hello, 2023! As we welcome in the new year, I wanted to take a look back at the most popular posts and recipes on the blog over the past year.
Here are the most-viewed food-related posts of 2022 on fANNEtastic food! (Want to see the most popular non-food/lifestyle posts? I’ll share links to those at the end of this post!)
fANNEtastic food’s 2022 Most Popular Posts
This year’s most viewed posts round up features some classic posts (all-time most popular recipes) in the mix, in addition to some newer ones.
(If you want to go back and look at some other popular recipes from the blog, check out this list of the my 15 Most Popular Posts of 2020 and my Top Posts/Recipes of 2021. Also check out my all time Most Loved Recipes on the blog based on reader reviews!)
Without further ado, here’s the list!
How to Cook Frozen Brussels Sprouts (+ Recipe Ideas!)
I love keeping frozen veggies on hand for busy weeknights, and apparently I’m not the only one! Roasting brussels sprouts from frozen is so easy to do, and totally delicious.
It’s a tasty, simple side dish for any meal, and there’s barely any prep work involved!
How to Cook Frozen Asparagus (+ Recipe Ideas!)
Here’s another frozen vegetable to keep in your freezer: asparagus! This guide goes over how to roast frozen asparagus the right way, so they don’t get soggy and blah.
It’s a super convenient side that pairs well with salmon, fish, chicken, and even more mains!
Banana Spinach Smoothie
This simple banana spinach smoothie recipe has been on my blog forever – and has been one of my top posts for years! It’s a super easy green smoothie with the perfect amount of sweetness from ripe bananas.
All you need is a handful of ingredients to make this nutritious breakfast or snack!
Mix & Match Stir Fry Recipes
Stir fries make a fabulous weeknight meal, and this post features tons of different stir fry meals (including homemade sauces) you can make for lots of variety.
You choose your favorite protein, vegetables, and grain, then just follow the steps for cooking everything.
Almond Milk Overnight Oats with Berries
I love overnight oats because all the work is done the night before, and in the morning all you have to do is eat!
You just put the ingredients in a small jar or container, shake them up, and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, just top with berries and sliced almonds, and you’ve got a tasty jar of oats for breakfast!
Dairy free oatmeal can be just as creamy and satisfying as oatmeal with dairy, and these almond milk overnight oats come together super quickly, too.
Lacto-Fermentation Guide: How to Ferment Vegetables
Fermented vegetables make a delicious snack or condiment for tons of meals, and they’re a lot easier to make than you might think.
I put together a guide to walk you through how to how to ferment different types of vegetables, including different flavor profiles. Give it a try – it’s fun and not as intimidating as it seems. 🙂
Apple Cider Fall Sangria
This fall-inspired sangria is the perfect cocktail for any holiday occasion – from Thanksgiving and Christmas to more low-key fall and winter dinner parties.
You can make it ahead of time, and it’s packed with flavor: red wine, apple cider, and spices, plus apple and orange slices. Delicious and festive!
We enjoyed this sangria on Christmas this year with friends and family, and it seems a lot of you tried it recently, too, since it was one of the most viewed posts on the site over the past few months!
Healthy Recipes for Overripe Bananas
We end up with browning bananas all the time (and it looks like we’re not the only ones!), so I shared this list of my favorite ways to use them up.
From smoothies to baked goods, these recipe ideas will make sure those overripe bananas never go to waste.
Avocado Toast (12 Ways)
The popularity of avocado toast is still going strong – probably because it’s such a versatile, nutritious, and simple snack or breakfast to put together!
I started enjoying avocado toast many years ago and it remains a breakfast staple for me – so delicious and easy.
This post includes 12 different – and totally delicious – avocado toast variations to try. There’s a smoked salmon version, a Mediterranean version, and even a chocolate version!
If your avocado toast game needs some mixing up, this is the post for you!
How to Make Oatmeal Tasty & Satisfying
I’m a huge proponent of oatmeal, and I feel like it doesn’t get the love it deserves because it’s not always prepared in the most delicious way. It can be so tasty and satisfying (instead of boring and bland) with just a few simple tweaks!
This post covers all the ways to make oatmeal extra delicious, creamy, and flavorful – plus lots of different flavors and toppings to try (including the savory variation pictured above).
High Protein Oatmeal
Speaking of oatmeal: if you’re looking for a satisfying breakfast that’ll keep you full until lunch, look no further than this creamy high protein oatmeal!
This quick and easy oatmeal recipe features eggs to thicken it up and add some extra protein into the mix. I love it topped with chia seeds, banana slices, and almonds, but you can add whatever toppings you like. This one is kid-approved, too!
Dairy Free Dinner Ideas
Whether you’re looking for dairy-free dinner ideas for yourself or a family member, this list of flavorful dinner ideas has been a hit with tons of readers!
It’s packed with nutritious dinner ideas that don’t need dairy to taste delicious. From chili to the pictured “fried quinoa” (a riff on fried rice) and beyond, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Overnight Crockpot French Toast
I love that this overnight french toast casserole is fancy enough for a holiday or weekend brunch, but easy enough for a meal prep weekly breakfast, too!
It’s made in the crockpot for mostly hands-off cooking, and it’s absolutely delicious topped with blueberries, banana, pecans, and maple syrup.
Quinoa Taco Salad
This recipe has been popular on the blog for many years, and for good reason! It’s super quick to throw together, is packed with nutrients, and has a refreshing, Mexican-inspired flavor.
It’s got lots of veggies and can be topped with your favorite salsa for an added kick! It makes a fabulous make ahead lunch for bringing to work/on the go, and you can add leftover meat (chicken is great here) to the mix, too.
Feel free to get creative with it!
Salmon with Lemon Mustard Dill Sauce
Here’s another classic blog recipe that we’ve been making in our family for years: baked salmon with lemon mustard sauce!
I LOVE this recipe. It’s easy to make and super flavorful, and you can serve it with your favorite sides for a perfect anytime meal. The sauce is a must, too – so simple, yet so scrumptious!
It was fun looking back over the year’s most popular recipe posts.
Are any of these recipes on your ‘want-to-try’ list? Or have you tried some already? Let me know in the comments!
Other Popular Posts
Curious which other posts on the site got a lot of love this year? Here are the top 5 most viewed non-recipe but still food/nutrition related posts of the last year:
- Are Flavored Water Enhancers Healthy?
- The Sneaky Thing That Might Be Causing Your Stomach Pain
- Ways to Encourage Infants to Eat Vegetables
- Blue Apron vs. HelloFresh vs. Sun Basket
- What to Eat Before and After a Long Run
If you want to take a trip down my more personal memory lane, here are the top 5 most viewed lifestyle posts of 2022 that were not food related.
Apparently you all enjoy travel recaps, because those were the lifestyle posts that got the most love in terms of pageviews this year:
- Outer Banks Beach Vacation Recap
- Girls’ Trip to Turks and Caicos (take me backkkk)
- Girls’ Weekend in Cape May, NJ
- Wes 10 Month Baby Update (this reminds me I haven’t written a Wes update in forever… whoops!)
- Life Lately (a random snapshot from the early summer days!)
I hope you had a wonderful year – cheers to 2023 and onward!