Happy New Year!! Today I thought I’d share the 12 most visited recipes of 2012, according to you— my wonderful preparedness minded readers. Some that made the cut surprised me while others didn’t. I decided to follow it up with a list of my own favorites, not including the recipes that already made “your” list. It wasn’t easy narrowing it to twelve, it was pretty hard actually, but in my list are my “Tip – top 12” recipes from last year’s postings, ones that my own family loves and uses a lot.
“Your” 2012 Most Visited Recipes:
1. Homemade Saltine Crackers Thanks to Homestead Survival’s plug on this post, we had a mass welcoming of visitors interested in how these simple crackers are made. I’m glad you liked them! I think they’re pretty easy to make and they’re my five year old’s favorite cracker…he lets me know when we’re out.
2. Homemade “Pringles” I wasn’t surprised by this recipe placing high on the list at all. Thanks to Jennine Wardle (I’m hoping to have her visit us to contribute again soon) I knew this recipe was going to be a huge hit the minute I tasted them.
3. Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos (You all seem to really like your snacks around here…) These came in a close third for viewer’s favorites. If you haven’t tried out the spice mix from this recipe you really need to! (P.S. — you can cheat and buy some already made corn tortillas from the store just to try them out.)
4. Homemade Cold Cereal: Two Flakey Varieties Homemade flaked cereal isn’t hard to do and it’s a great one to get kids busy helping to make! I’m glad this made your list!
5. Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Crust I think you were all as intrigued as I was about making a whipped topping from canned coconut milk!
6. Making Bread in a Wonder Oven This is one of my absolute favorite preparedness “how to’s” so I’m glad so many of you are interested in it! Not to mention how moist and delicious the bread turns out!!
7. Chicken Stuffed Shells An easy to make and kid friendly food storage meal!
8. Wonder Oven Muffins Of course I hoped these would have made your list, and they did! Everyone needs to know how to make these wonderful steamed muffins.
9. Shredded Beef Taquitos Since these came to you due to a pregnancy craving I was having at the time it struck me funny that you liked them so much. It looks like they did their job and hit the spot!
10. Dry Veggie Mixes I loved this idea and was so glad Jennine posted it. Happy you liked it too!
11. Baking Bread in a Sun Oven Another “how-to” that (IMO) everyone needs and I’m glad it looks like it’s been helpful!
12. How to Make Yogurt (from 100% shelf stable ingredients) The idea of using acidophilus pills as a starter (and the fact that it worked so well) was revolutionary to me! This is such a useful recipe to have that I was really happy to see that it made it into the top 12!
So, like I said, I decided to make up my own list of “Top 12 from 2012”! Here it is:
1. Baked Taco Shells I tell ya, I felt like life changed for me (kind of like with the pizza epiphany) when I realized that crisp taco shells could be made in my family’s food storage plan. And in the sun oven too…come on…would someone please pinch me.
2. Quinoa Pizza Bites What wouldn’t any mom give to have her kids LOVING quinoa?! This recipe is near and dear to my heart!
3. Chia “Real Meat” Meatballs I was astounded to learn that ground up chia was able to substitute for eggs in making meatballs! Who would have thought?!
4. No Bake Chewy Granola Bars The best granola bars ever. My husband now asks for these on a regular basis.
5. Tamales So good and made easier (and using less fuel) with a Wonder Oven. These are a personal favorite of mine so having them now in our food storage plan really makes me happy!
6. Lasagna Rolls We love these! They’re definitely at the top of our favorite meals, food storage or not.
7. Homemade Fruit and Cream Oatmeal A delicious breakfast “comfort food” recipe and preparing it is as easy as “just add water”! We depend on this mix a lot for those crazy mornings trying to get out of the house on time.
8. Guilt- Free Macaroni and Cheese A truly amazing recipe. Yummy. Fast. Easy. Healthy.
9. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Another personal favorite which even made as a food storage meal pleases everyone in the house.
10. Gnocchi Easiest recipe ever for gnocchi. My kids really like this and it’s almost as easy to make as just boiling up a box of pasta.
11. “Everything” Chinese Noodles I love the versatility of this recipe. Instead of Chinese Noodles however, I most often make it up as crackers and they’re probably my favorite flavored snack cracker. I make the dough thin (as I would with wheat crackers) and bake them up. Yummy yummy.
12. Quick Pantry Clam Chowder This is another favorite here that we make a lot. Try it if you haven’t, it’s really a good one.
Well, that was a trip! 24 recipes later, I hope you have some new ideas on what there is to check out! Thanks everyone for your love and support, 2012 was a busy year! Bring on 2013!