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Most Popular Recipes in 2013

2013 was a pretty crazy year for me on several fronts. Including an insane year at work, I bought my first home, which was a huge learning experience and has been pretty amazing. (Also stressful…I mean, when my garbage disposal threatens to go out, I have to fix that nonsense myself. Ugh, being a grown-up.) I struggled with major hip pain, which led me to have what is still considered a fairly experimental hip surgery mid-year. The second half of my year was largely focused on recovering from that, and pushing myself to put in the time and effort at getting stronger and healing. I walk/jogged 3 miles in 34 minutes this week and took my first hot yoga class in a year, so I’m really proud of how hard I’ve worked to get there.

And then there’s this blog, which blew my mind this year by growing exponentially. Seriously, visits grew over 1200% in 2013 (that’s insane!), without me doing anything that different. What was surprising is that some of the most popular recipes in 2013 were some of the ones I posted back in 2012. So in case you missed some of these, here are the top 10 recipes everyone seemed obsessed with in 2013. Excited to see what delicious goodness 2014 has in store!

Baked Potato Soup (a.k.a. the best soup ever!)

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I don’t accept soup as an actual meal, but this stuff is amazing and easy and healthy. Also, bacon garnish.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

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Again, easy (check), fairly healthy (check), crockpot (check), bacon (check)…I’m sensing a theme here.

Roasted Okra

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Mmmm, okra. Tastes just as good as fried, and okra’s surprisingly awesome for you.

No-Bake Cookies a.k.a. Haystacks

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You can never go wrong with no-bake. Or a peanut butter-chocolate combo.

Aunt Tina’s Amazing Chicken Salad

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This stuff is like crack. Tangy, creamy, chicken-y crack.

Tomato, Spinach, & Roasted Garlic Pasta with Ricotta

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Oldie but goodie. The roasted garlic (which you can make in a microwave) really elevates this basic pasta dish.

Crockpot Thai Peanut Chicken

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My first foray into Thai food, and super easy. Again, with the crockpots…

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

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These were amazing. Now I just want to make these again, right now.

Dark Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

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Has kept me company on many a Saturday night…five minutes start to finish.

No-Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

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One of my favorite desserts my mom makes. In the whole world.

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