Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 13 Foodlunatic Recipes of 2013


It's the end of the year and I have been cooking like a mad... well - foodlunatic.  I have managed to cook and post 77 new recipes this year with dishes influenced by cuisines from many parts of the world including: African, American, Asian, Chinese, Cuban, Dominican, Ethiopian, European, Filipino, Fusion, Ghanaian, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish, Soul Food, Thai and Vietnamese - to name a few.

2013 has been a great year in the kitchen and I've truly enjoyed sharing and posting the recipes of newly discovered flavors from all over the world.   To celebrate this year's recipes I've put together a list of the most read 2013 recipes on this blog.  Without further due, here are...

The Top 13 Foodlunatic Recipes of 2013

#13 Mango Avocado Salsa

This versatile salsa works great with grilled seafood and grilled chicken.  Also popular as a tortilla chip dip.



#12  Chicken Thighs Stuffed with Prosciutto, Provolone and Basil 
 
An easy baked chicken dish that can be made in just 40 minutes.  The chicken can be prepared and refrigerated ahead time for a quick weeknight baked dinner.


#11 Oven Roasted Tilapia with Kale and Lime-Cilantro

Quick oven roasted fish fillets are a great way to cook fish evenly while keeping the meat moist and flaky.  This 20 minute recipe roast Tilapia and kale together and is served with a white wine sauce flavored with lime and cilantro.



#10 Turkey Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja is a classic dish in Spanish and Cuban cuisine.  This variation using turkey instead of the traditional beef slowly braises the meat with garlic, tomatoes, cumin, oregano, bay leaves, capers and green olives.


#9 Meatball Soup with Swiss Chard

Meatball soups are a great dish for a fall or winter night.  This one pot meal uses beef meatballs spiced with onions and fennel cooked in chicken broth with Swiss Chard, Farfalle pasta and Parmesan cheese


#8 Pan Fried Pork Chops with Wasakaka Sauce

Another quick meal, these pork chops are marinated with garlic, lime and soy sauce and served with a spicy Dominican-style Wasakaka sauce made with lime juice, garlic, onions, Serrano peppers, parsley and olive oil.


#7 Collard Greens with Black Eyed Peas

Soul food is a favorite in my kitchen and this dish combines to classic soul food ingredients - collard greens and black eyed peas -- into a single side dish that works.


#6  Thai Chicken Coconut Curry Lemongrass Soup

A common dish on most Thai restaurant menus, this richly flavor soup simmers chicken in a coconut milk based soup flavored with curry, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal and thai chiles. Mushrooms, tomatoes and baby corn offer lots of veggies to make it a one pot meal.


#5 Smothered Pork Chops

This southern soul food favorite smothers pork chops with rich gravy made with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, chicken broth, buttermilk and a touch of agave to sweeten the spice.


#4 Spanish Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings

These delicious sticky chicken wings have the signature Spanish flavors of garlic and chili.  A quick and easy oven roasted recipe that can be done in 35 minutes. Lime or lemon wedges go great with this finger licking good dish.


#3 Braised Turkey Thighs in Indian Spices

Turkey thighs slowly braised to fork tender softness flavored with turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, ginger, white beans and spinach.  This is truly delicious way to cook turkey.


#2 Ginger and Scallions Steamed Chicken with Golden Rice

This dish came in as the second most read recipe on Foodlunatic.com in 2013.  The simple yet flavorful steamed chicken recipe combines the flavors of green onions, ginger, vegetable oil and white wine served over an oven steamed chicken breast.


#1 Roasted Green Beans with Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Walnuts

The most read recipe on Foodlunatic.com in 2013 is a simple - easy vegetarian dish combining butternut squash, green beans, rosemary and walnuts.  A true delicious favorite.



Thanks to everyone for visiting the blog in 2013.  Here's to a Happy and Delicious 2014!

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