Top Recipe Posts from 2017 and a Free Meal Planning Challenge

Top Recipe Posts

I love this week…the time between Christmas and New Years when I’m never sure what day it is….PJ’s are considered appropriate day wear…and there are endless treats and coffee. Seriously…it’s the best!  I’m only partly serious….sometimes I get dressed and DO things!  I have a post of the Top 10 Things To Do the Last Week of the Year, which has been pretty popular. Another list I always gravitate to are Top Recipe Posts….so I thought why not have a look back at 2017 and see what recipes people really liked and responded too. Fun!

While we’re talking recipes, you know that I talk about meal planning a lot around here. It’s game changer for me, but I still struggle sometimes with producing meals for my family week after week and am in need of some inspiration. If you like to use my top recipes posts AND have a healthy start to the new year through meal planning…then you’ll want to sign up for this FREE Meal Planning Bootcamp!

When you sign up, you’ll receive an email in your inbox each day from December 30th to January 8th with tips and a task you can complete in just 20 minutes.  If you implement all 10 challenges (which includes things like planning, pantry clean-outs, quick cooking veggie sides, freezer cooking and batch cooking), you’ll end up with a better organized kitchen….strategies to meal plan like a pro….and a great start to a healthier 2018. I’m in…how about you? 🙂

Without further ado…here are my Top Recipe Posts for 2017

Simple Iced Coffee

It’s no secret that I love a good cup of coffee and in the summertime I often enjoy a nice iced coffee. This Simple Iced Coffee recipe used Laughing Whale coffee I picked up at Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg and is a delicious treat anytime of year.

Top Recipe Posts- Iced Coffee


Sweet Potato Soup with Lentils

There’s just something about sweet potatoes. They’re colorful, delicious and good for you…base a soup around them…and you’re golden! This Sweet Potato Soup with Lentils is mostly made with pantry ingredients and with the spice combination… your kitchen will smell amazing in no time!

Top Recipe Posts- Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup


Chickpea and Black Bean Summer Salad

This is one of my favorite summer salads. It keeps for days….and in fact…it tastes even better after a day or two.  Pantry items and a quick trip to the local market or grocery store and you’re all set. Perfect for lunches, barbecues or any family gathering. This time of year we should be thinking about good hearty salads…and Chickpea and Black Bean Salad is definitely one.

Top Recipe Posts- Chicken and Black Bean Summer Salad


Pioneer Woman’s Best Ever Lasagna

Everyone needs a good lasagna recipe and I have settled on a variation of Pioneer Woman’s Best Ever Lasagna. When the Pioneer Woman says it’s the “best ever”….I pay attention. A lot of you did too….this recipe was a hit this year. 🙂

Tope Recipe Posts- Pioneer Woman's Best Ever Lasagna

Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie

By a clear landslidePioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie  was my most top recipe post of 2017! In fact I’m stunned by how many people liked and viewed this recipe. I published it almost a year ago and its been looked at many times daily…ever since.  It is seriously one of our family favorites…and perfect for this time of year. Comfort food…mmmm.

Top Recipe Posts- Pioneer Woman Chicken Pot Pie

Meal Plan Monday-Freezer Meals

OK…this technically isn’t a recipe…but it is a recipe-type post….that was VERY popular this year. It also marked the beginning of my Facebook Live journey…when I went “Live” in my kitchen…sweating after spending 2 hours cooking…thinking I would have everything ALL READY to show you…LOL! Oh my…I still laugh about it.

I had such a great response to the post…and the video…and it really changed everything for me and the blog this past year.  Honorable mention on my Top Recipe Posts to this Freezer Meal post….and you may also like the How to Organize a Freezer Meal Cook Day post. 🙂

Top Recipe Post- Freezer Meal Cook

This was fun! I hope you enjoyed this look back at some of my Top Recipe Posts from 2017. 2018 is going to have more great recipes including some from our recipe contributor Vicki MacDonald. I’m so happy to have Vicki on board at Simple Local Life as a contributor. She is a fantastic cook and her recipes have already inspired me so much! 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for the Meal Planning Bootcamp.  Registration is free for this 10-day Meal Planning Bootcamp and is only open for a few days! Make sure to sign up right away, because it starts on December 30th, and it will feel so great to be organized and ready in the kitchen as we begin a new year.





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