So many wonderful things have happened this past year and looking back makes me feel overwhelmingly grateful. I want to thank each and every one of you for enriching my life and giving me a reason to experiment, be creative, and eat really good food!
I love looking back at the recipes from the past year and rediscovering gems that I had almost forgotten about! It was impossible to pick just ten favorites from this year, so I chose 20 instead! :D
These 20 recipes are my favorites. These are the dishes that if, for some strange reason, I stopped making new recipes every week, I’d make my regular rotation. They’re so good that I want to make them over and over and over again.
If you haven’t tried any Budget Bytes recipes yet, this list is a great place to start!
So, here they are, in chronological order:
Ground pork seasoned with garlic and ginger, smothered in a potent teriyaki sauce, and served over a steaming bowl of hot jasmine rice. This is what I call meal perfection… and they’re great for the freezer too!
Tender filets of lightly breaded chicken in a salty, lemony sauce. It’s so easy to prepare and the flavor burst will surprise you! Pair it up with some crusty bread and a green salad for a classic meal.
This one is not just my favorite, but it’s also a reader favorite. Forget the drive through, these quesadillas will give you ten times more flavor and they’re actually GOOD for you! Plus an added bonus – they’re a breeze to prepare!
SO. MUCH. CRUNCH. I’m not sure what makes this salad better, all of the crunchy vegetables or the homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing… or maybe both of them together? Whatever the reason, I could eat this salad every day of my life.
Street food is awesome for a few reasons: it’s fast, delicious, and filling. That’s exactly why yakisoba is one of the most popular street foods in Japan. This is one of my favorite dinner quick fixes!
COMFORT FOOD! Yessss… we all need comfort food once in a while. Pasta is always comforting, but this also has hearty ground beef and just enough cheese to make it creamy and delicious, but not guilt inducing. Gotta love it.
Okay, I know meatloaf doesn’t have the best reputation, but YOU’VE GOT TO TRY THIS. It’s so good. Moist, juicy, and fully flavored… plus it’s topped off with a sweet and spicy sriracha glaze. What’s not to love?
When you get this many fresh ingredients together in one scrumptious little patty, it’s guaranteed to be good. Sweet potatoes, corn, green onions, cilantro, and a little cayenne pepper make for some sassy little patties!
Holla!! Okay, this might be my #1 favorite of the year and I know it’s the favorite of a lot of readers, too. It’s super simple, super tasty, and super filling. I might need to go make some right now, as a matter of fact. BRB.
Baked oatmeal has really changed my breakfast life. It’s warm, rich, slightly sweet, and very filling. This flavor is my favorite from 2012 because the rich bananas and sweet blueberries make the most wonderful couple. If you haven’t tried a baked oatmeal yet, give this one a shot!
This is another life changer! I’ll never go back to plain hot cocoa again. The earthy cinnamon and pinch of cayenne add an extra warmth that regular hot cocoa can’t even touch. Sipping on a mug of this will warm you inside and out.
Pizza pizza! I continue to love pizza like no other food and this white version with a creamy garlic sauce, sweet caramelized onions, and earthy mushrooms is to die for. It takes some planning ahead, but is WELL worth it!
20. Candied Almonds
Danger! Danger! These are completely addicting, plus they’re super easy to make, so… procede with caution!
So there they are, my top 20 recipes from 2012! But you know what I liked even better? Getting to know all of you. Budget Bytes wouldn’t exists without such a wonderful group of readers. I don’t consider you just onlookers, but active participants in this adventure. Thank you for being there, for sharing your ideas and experiences, and just being wonderful in general. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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