Top 13 of 2013

Is everyone ready to ring in a new year?  I certainly feel ready.  2013 was a year of significant changes in my life, and while adaptation is one of my strengths, I am hoping for a less-interesting 2014.  One thing that was great about this past year was the food, and these were the most popular recipes of the year.  After looking at the list I thought that maybe I should change my blog’s name to “Seasonal and Sort of Sweet and Some Seafood.”  It doesn’t really roll off of the tongue, though.

1. Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hands down the most popular post, this is a real-food version of the autumn treat.  Dairy free and Paleo.

2. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pops

Chocolate-covered Strawberry Pops

One of my favorite summer desserts, best with home-grown or local strawberries.  Dairy free and Paleo.

3. Sesame Eggplant with Sriracha-Honey Drizzle

Sesame Eggplant

I was happy that this was so popular, because it was one of my favorite new dishes, and a great way to use up summer eggplant.  Grain free and Paleo.

4. Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Another little sweet, these truffles are made with pumpkin puree and coconut butter, and they are a healthy, holiday treat.  Dairy free if you stick with a non-dairy chocolate for the coating.

5. Banana Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts and Chocolate Swirl

Banana Ice Cream

It’s my Paleo version of Chunky Monkey.  Super good stuff.  Dairy free.

6. Grain-Free Apple Walnut Pancakes

Apple Walnut Pancakes

A nice weekend breakfast option for those avoiding gluten and grains, these pancakes are lightly sweet on their own, or even better topped with some pure maple syrup.

7.  Caramel Apple Cake

Caramel Apple Cake

Yes, another sweet!  A grain free cake with a coconut sugar and butter topping, with fresh apples.

8. Shrimp and Coconut Fritters

Shrimp and Coconut Fritters

Another great seafood dish, and I do love seafood.  This is a grain-free fritter that uses the coconut and some of the shrimp, made into a paste, to bind the fritters.

9. Mahi with Sweet Potato Crust

Mahi with Sweet Potato Crust

If you miss breaded fish, this is a healthy option that still gives you a similar texture.

10. Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

A simple, sweet-and-savory little dessert or appetizer.

11. Matcha and Coconut Butter Truffles

Matcha and Coconut Butter Truffles

Truffles are great because you can use coconut butter as a base and then adapt the flavors and the sweetness levels as you please.  This one is flavored with green tea powder.

12. Shrimp Quenelles

Shrimp Quenelles

A versatile seafood dumpling, grain free, and great in soups or pan-fried, as shown above.

13. Dark Chocolate Macadamia Butter

Dark Chocolate Macadamia Butter

One of my more decadent recipes, this is a great alternative to the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread.

That’s the top thirteen!  I do have plenty of non-sweet recipes in the last year’s mix, but these were the most popular.  I’m going to try to get in one more new post before the new year, but just in case–Happy 2014!

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

6 Responses to Top 13 of 2013

  1. D @ The Kosher Cave Girl December 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I just want to eat all of these. All at once. Yum. I’m going to try your pumpkin spice latte tomorrow morning.

    • Angela December 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  2. Jersey Girl Cooks December 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I love seeing all your top recipes. Happy 2014!

    • Angela December 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Happy New Year, Lisa!

  3. Robin {Mom Foodie} January 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Next time I make sesame eggplant, I am so dousing in in sriracha!

    • Angela January 11, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      It is so worth it!

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