Top 10 Recipes of 2016, from Cheap Recipe Blog

It’s the end of 2016, and that means one thing: It’s time for an annual round-up of top recipes! But first…

2016 News

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Top 10 Recipes Of 2016

#10: Paleo energy bites – This is a great recipe to satisfy your sweets cravings while you’re on Whole30 or a paleo diet.

Paleo energy bites: Also gluten-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 appropriate.

#9: State Fair deep fried candy bars – Another Minnesota State Fair copycat recipe (see also: Sweet Martha’s Cookies copycat recipe).

Deep-fried candy bars: A State Fair treat that you can easily make at home! Learn how.

#8: Cheesy Boston clam dip – This recipe is inspired by the 2016 Academy Awards Best Picture winner, Spotlight. I participated in an Academy Awards-inspired virtual event with several other bloggers, where we created recipes for each of the Best Picture nominees.

Cheesy Boston clam dip. A party-ready appetizer recipe that is cheap and easy to make!

#7: 10-minute taco soup – This recipe is perfect for those nights when you have minimal cooking time – but still want to make a tasty meal.

10-Minute taco soup: A VERY quick and easy soup recipe (that's totally delish!) Repin to save.

#6: Einkorn flour tortillas – In 2016, I read Wheat Belly by William Davis, and learned about einkorn wheat. This type of wheat is an older strain of wheat that predates many of the changes made to wheat in recent years, making it a healthier option to traditional wheat/all purpose flour. If you are looking for a flour substitute that has less of an impact on blood sugar, check this out: Einkorn Flour

Einkorn wheat tortillas recipe. Learn how to make them at home!

#5: Chicken banh mi meatballs – This flavorful meatball recipe is one of my favorites from the year. Eat them plain or make a banh mi sandwich or pizza.

Banh mi meatballs. These are SO easy to make and super flavorful. One of my favorite dishes!


#4: Kung pao cauliflower – This is a vegetarian alternative to the Chinese take-out favorite, kung pao chicken.

Kung Pao Cauliflower: A vegetarian version of the popular Chinese take-out.

#3: How to make homemade vegetable broth out of vegetable scraps – Don’t throw your vegetable scraps away! Use them to make a flavorful vegetable broth.

How to make homemade vegetable broth out of vegetable scraps.

#2: My Norwegian grandmother’s meatball recipe – My grandma made the best meatballs. Here is a recipe that comes very close to the meatballs we remember eating when my grandma used to make them for Christmas and other holidays.

Click through for recipe: My Norwegian grandmother's meatball recipe. A classic!

#1: Oven-baked Parmesan green bean fries – This recipe has been pinned more than 45,000 times on Pinterest. People love it. Give it a try for yourself!

How to make oven-baked Parmesan green bean fries. It's SUPER easy!


Top 5 Articles Of 2016

Here are the top articles of 2016 that don’t fit in the “recipe” category:

#5: How to save hundreds of dollars on utility bills

#4: How to immediately slash your grocery bill in half

#3: What I ate on Whole30

#2: Why you should never buy ready-made guacamole

#1: 50 Paleo & Whole 30 snacks

My Favorite Recipes Of 2016

Some of my favorite recipes didn’t make the Top 10 list… but I don’t want you to miss out! Here are my three favorites, recipes that I make time and time again:

#3: No-bake chocolate oatsies – My family has been making these delicious cookies since I was a little girl. They’re a breeze to make – and quite cheap as well!

Retro Recipes: No-bake chocolate oatsies

#2: Spiced chickpea and sweet potato taco salad bowls – This salad has it all: Crunchy chickpeas, avocado, fresh mango salsa, roasted sweet potatoes, and a delicious creamy dressing to top it all off.

Roasted chickpea and sweet potato taco salad bowls (with a creamy avocado-lime-ranch dressing that is homemade). Click through for recipe!

#3: Hawaiian haystacks – This is another recipe my family has enjoyed for years and years. It consists of a base of rice, a creamy chicken sauce, and lots and lots of toppings. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Give it a try yourself!

Hawaiian Haystacks. Customizable comfort food at its best! Click through for recipe.

Thank You!

Thank you so much for following along in 2016. I hope you’ll stick around for more cheap recipes and money-saving tips in 2017.

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