Your Favorite OvenHug Recipes of 2017
Happy almost new year friends! I hope you are enjoying a slower pace and relaxed holiday schedule wherever this holiday post finds you. We had a low-key Christmas with fewer than usual family members joining us. Although we did miss cousins, aunties, and friends coming over it was nice to have my folks all to our selves – it reminded us of when the girls were much younger and got all the attention. Today we are going to look at the top 5 most viewed posts on OvenHug in the last year.
With the turning of the new year I got to wondering which posts were most popular in 2017. Looking at the stats over the last year it was easy to find the top 5 recipes viewed on OvenHug. Here are the views straight off my admin page:
|How to Prepare Persian Rice in a Rice Cooker||482|
|Skinny Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas||141|
|Salty Raw Chocolate Squares||121|
|Easy Paleo Flank Steak Marinade||97|
|Healthy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bundt with Caramel Drizzle|
The all time high for the year was “How to Prepare Persian Rice in a Rice Cooker“! I was a little surprised but also happy to see that friends are interested in Persian cuisine. Let’s face it, Persian rice is amazing! I almost didn’t post it because for me it’s so basic. I make this recipe weekly and after 20 plus years of making it I can do it with my eyes closed. It has been especially fun and rewarding to hear from friends far and near learning to make it too.
Chicken Enchiladas were 2nd on the list of most viewed posts. They are also on our family’s favorites list. This Christmas I was cooking all day long and literally had the oven going from morning ’til dawn. I made my Chicken Enchiladas using shredded chicken made in my new Instant Pot. In the morning we had French toast casserole. I made it more decadent with challah bread and cream so it was definitely not the skinny recipe version this time. What I love about french toast casserole is putting it together the day before and popping it in the oven for a simple yet fancy brunch. We scrambled up some eggs and had it with a side of turkey bacon on Christmas morning. At dinner time we had my mom’s yummy loobia/green bean dish. My mom likes to make her loobia polo with stewed beef whereas I normally make it with chicken or vegetarian. I teamed up with her and made the Persian Rice Cooked in a Rice Cooker. We then mixed the polo/rice with the loobia/green bean sauce and baked it all together in the oven. If that wasn’t enough work for the oven in one day the girls decided to make some sugar cookies while we walked the dogs. It was one big OvenHuggin’ fantastic day!
Let’s get back to the top 5 viewed recipe posts from OvenHug. Next on your ‘most viewed’ posts is Salty Raw Chocolate Squares ranking number 3 on the list. I remember making these a bunch when I first shared the recipe but quite honestly haven’t made them much since. Now that I’ve been reminded I’ll be pulling this recipe out of the archives. One of our gals, Ley is crazy for chocolate. Raw Chocolate Squares are healthy-ish, energy boosting snack. They are vegan, gluten-free, and made with no added refined sugars (sweetened with dates). I’m proud that this recipe was featured on Food Gawker last summer.
Fourth on your favorites list according to site stat’s is Easy Paleo Flank Steak Marinade. Here’s another recipe that I virtually had forgotten about. We don’t eat much red meat at home but of the red meats, flank steak tends to have lower fat. I will add this to my new year’s repertoire and see how it goes over with the family. It’s a good special occasion meat. Prepare it with some Persian rice and a big salad for a delicious well rounded meal.
5th on the popular post list is Healthy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bundt with Caramel Drizzle. Quite honestly I think I made this cake once and then forgot about it! I did make pumpkin pie a couple times over the holidays with some creme fraiche. I would guess that what got this recipe on the most viewed list is the pretty picture and the associated links from Pinterest!
I’m finishing this post from the airport as we are about to jump on a plane to spend a few days oceanside in Orange County. The weather will about about 10 to 15 degrees warmer than in our home town in ‘NorCal’. We will gladly shed one layer of our clothes and hopefully take in some fresh air, go on some bike rides, and discover fresh cuisine.
Happy New Year friends!!! I look forward to sharing many more delicious, simple, healthy recipes with you in 2018.