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Top 12 Most Popular Recipes From 2016 {plus my personal favorites!}

Enjoy this compilation of the most popular recipes from 2016! Thank you so much for spending time with me here this year at Aggie’s Kitchen – I wish everyone a very healthy and happy New Year!

Top 12 Most Popular Recipes of 2016 from

I love the week that falls between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I am a reflective person so it brings me a lot of joy to look back at my year of personal experiences, my family, and my blog. I have to admit, having a blog makes it much easier to remember since it’s all documented and stamped with a date…makes me appreciate what this blog means to me even more, although due to the evolution of the (sometimes big, bad, scary) internet I find myself sharing more about food and less about personal & family over the years. It’s all good.

2016 was interesting. I turned 40. I went back to college. I embraced fitness and got strong (surprised myself). My oldest started middle school. We survived a scary hurricane. My daughter was a guest judge for a recipe contest at a produce conference. My baby turned 3 and became a little person, not really a baby anymore. I went out of my comfort zone and was a speaker at a dietician/healthy blogger conference (and loved it). I traveled to Vermont, Savannah and the Florida Panhandle. My friend Kristen came to visit me and we went to see Justin Bieber and Mickey Mouse. My family & I went to Disney – a lot. I withdrew from college. My husband & I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. I watched family members go through some health problems. We attended the most epic Indian wedding celebration. My daughter and I volunteered for the 2016 presidential campaign. I grew personally and professionally.

2016 was interesting, and good. As always, I’m ready and looking forward to a fresh start from starting a new year.

As for food…I shared a lot of recipes! I’m so grateful for all of you who visit me here, I wish you a very healthy and happy New Year.

Here are your favorites:

  1. Smoked Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Soup

It's definitely soup season and one of my family's favorite soups is this Smoked Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Soup. Will warm you right up!

2. Broccoli Cheese Frittata Muffins with Quinoa

Broccoli Cheese Frittata Muffins - this recipe is so versatile, my family loves having them ready in the fridge for quick snacks or breakfasts!

3. Salsa Chicken and Bean Tostadas

4. Caprese Rice Salad

This Caprese Rice Salad recipe is bursting with fresh flavors! Great side dish for grilled meats or double the recipe to take to a barbecue or picnic.

5. Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with an Italian twist! Just a few ingredients, these Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts will make a great addition to any meal! Recipe via

6. Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bites

We love this recipe for Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bites for breakfast or a healthy snack! Serve with vanilla Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey, so good!

7. BBQ Chicken, Kale and Quinoa Bowl

8. Spiced Ground Turkey and Peas

Filled with warm spices and veggies, this Kheema (Spiced Turkey and Peas) recipe is great served over rice or scooped up with pita or naan bread.

9. Strawberry Almond Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

Great for feeding a crowd at breakfast, or for meal prep! My family loves this Strawberry Almond Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal - add yogurt and fresh fruit for a powerful start to your day! Recipe via

10. Tuna and Orzo Salad with Parmesan and Basil

11. Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Peppers - the quinoa and black bean filling is so hearty and full of flavor, you won't miss the meat in this dish! recipe via

12. Clementine Vinaigrette

'Tis the season for all things citrus! Love clementines and their sweet juice, try this Clementine Vinaigrette on your next salad! recipe via

and a few of my personal favorites:

  1. Black Bean and Egg Breakfast Tostadas

2. Harvest Farro Salad

Harvest Farro Salad is chock full of goodness and so much flavor! Such a delicious vegetarian grain salad to serve over the fall and winter season. Would be a great addition to holiday potlucks too! Recipe via

3. Pesto Pasta with Turkey and Kale

This Pesto Pasta with Turkey and Kale is a super easy weeknight meal that will get your kids eating kale! Hearty and healthy recipe via

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4 comments on “Top 12 Most Popular Recipes From 2016 {plus my personal favorites!}”

  1. Happy New Year Aggie! I love reflecting and looking back on the year before moving on to the next.  Enjoyed seeing yours and of course being a part of some of those memories! I see some favorite recipes I need to check out! 😊  Here’s to 2017! 

  2. Great recipes and what looks like a big year! Could you talk a bit more about your decision to enroll and then withdraw from college? I’m curious about youe experience and think many people could relate to the feelings that you were going through. Thanks!! 

    • Hi Hillary! I’ve been thinking about your question since you asked it and I apologize it’s taken me so long to reply. I plan on explaining a little more on my experience in a blog post (thanks to your question – because I think/hope others could relate)….but I wanted to reply directly to you too. My school plan included 5 prerequisite science courses (that I did not have to take for my Bachelors in Marketing) which would then enable me to apply for an accredited dietetics Bachelors program (online) to pursue becoming a Registered Dietician. My first semester was very successful and I loved being at school – I was enrolled in one class (anatomy & physiology) and really took the time I needed to study and attend class. My fall semester I signed up for two sciences (to speed things along) and I quickly realized the time I needed to attend class each day and keep up with lab assignments and studying for exams was going to be a challenge. As you know, I have 3 kids. I found myself completely tapped out, not enough time at all to be with my family on the weekends and always feeling spread thin. Also, I have this blog that I’ve worked so hard on for over 8 years and has very fortunately provided me with an opportunity to work from home. I guess my perspective shifted a bit and I realized that the time I was putting in to school (and the future time – like 3 to 4 years at the part time rate I was going) may not be worth the outcome in the end for me. I did not want to be stressed out, spread thin mom for the next 4 years and miss out on a big part of my kids’ childhood. So long story short…the timing was not right for me to go back to school, it was hard!! It was a very bittersweet decision but one that brought me huge relief once I made it. I also realized that just because I wasn’t going to school to pursue a career fueled my passion for nutrition didn’t mean I couldn’t still be passionate about nutrition and good eating and sharing it with others. I have my blog, and I’ve considered other paths where I could work with people (I am a people person and a big part of going back to school that made me so happy was being around people again!). I’m still trying to figure things out for myself, but I am happy. And I’m glad you asked, so thank you!!

  3. You had a beautiful year!!! Happy 2017, Aggie!!