Happy New Year! It's a great time to share of the most popular recipes from 2013. Not surprisingly, they're mostly slow cooker meals and casseroles–those are my favorite time-savers, too! As we head into the new year, I'd love your feedback about food and recipe posts. Is there anything particular you'd like to see or learn about? I'm always on the lookout for new, family-approved recipes and love hearing from you about what's working and what's needed.
Brown Sugar Maple Muffins: These simple muffins have a slightly crunchy crust from the brown sugar in the batter. They're perfect for fall or to enjoy with a cup of tea.
Green Chile Chicken Casserole: This is one of my go-to meals, since it's easy to make with leftover pulled chicken or pork from slow cooker tacos and rice I've prepared for another meal during the week. It's naturally gluten-free.
Taco Cornbread Casserole: This is a remake of a popular casserole, but using all real/whole foods. We love it as an alternative to taco night.
Slow Cooker Moo Shu: Another easy, throw it in and enjoy it later crockpot meal, this works with both chicken or pork.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew: This is such comfort food during the fall and winter season. I look for beef on sale in the meat section and either cook it or freeze it right away.
Whole Wheat Pancakes: We make a double batch of these every weekend, and then reheat them in the toaster on busy school mornings. Easy peasy!
Chocolate Banana Mini Muffins: Every few weeks, I make a big batch of mini muffins and store them in the freezer. They go into the kids' lunches or are eaten as afterschool snacks. These cocoa muffins have both fruit and fiber.
Slow Cooker Pork Ragu & Fettuccine: This recipe became our family's favorite of the year. It's easy to make, tastes fantastic, and was requested every other week by my husband and kids. They just love it.
For more family-favorite recipes, see last year's Favorite Recipes of 2012 and my Recipe Index. Enjoy!