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GREATEST HITS – Best Foodie Posts of 2017

JFC Blog Best of 2017


“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

It’s time for my round up of the most popular posts of the year. And, as usual, almost all of them are recipes.

Many of these top 10 posts are like gifts that keep on giving. In other words, it’s not the first time they have featured on a ‘most popular’ list. What that says to me is that they work – so, if there’s one you haven’t yet tried, why not give it a go…?

Let’s get this party started!

10. The EASIEST Brisket Recipe in the World!

Joanna Frankham BrisketComing in at #10 is my EASIEST Brisket Recipe in the World!

And, given this baby was first published back in July 2014 and it’s still in the top 10 means it must be a winner!

But, don’t just take my word for it. I received this feedback from the lovely Rachel, “Just wanted to say that I made this last night, following the recipe totally, and my brisket came out tasting absolutely incredible. Best tasting beef (maybe anything) I’ve ever had. Thanks so much for this simple, easy recipe!”

This recipe remains popular at my place, too. It’s great for leftovers!

9. Let’s Party! Chicken, Leek and Bacon Mini Pies

JFC AIP Chicken Mini PiesMy Chicken, Leek and Bacon Mini Pies have moved up a spot since coming in at #10 last year.

Snack and lunchbox fillers can be a bit tricky when you are starting out on AIP, but these bad boys are a great solution. They can be made in bulk and kids love them.

If you wanted to make one big pie, that would work equally well. And, if you don’t feel like mucking about with pastry, the filling tastes pretty great over zucchini noodles or cauli’ rice, too!

8. Aussie AIP S’mores (or the Passion Fruit Roderick Sandwich!)

JFC AIP SmoresThere are some things that we are occasionally a little bemused by down under. The North American fascination with all things pumpkin come October, for one. And, the biscuit (cookie?) and marshmallow sandwich that is the ‘s’more’, for another.

These are my Aussie AIP S’mores. My take on the ubiquitous American sweet treat with both an AIP and down-under twist.

I first made my Aussie s’mores for one of our local AIP picnics here in Sydney and they went down very well!

AIP doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally indulge…!

7. Turmeric Latte – My Adrenal Enhancing Coffee Alternative

Turmeric LatteLast year, this baby was my most popular recipe for the year, so it’s nice to know that you guys are consistent with what you love!

This Tumeric Latte was one of my ‘go to’ numbers when I was working to balance my cortisol levels. I’m a made keen coffee drinker from way back, but – as you are probably aware – caffeine is one of the first things that needs to go when one is adrenally challenged.

Even the act of making this little number is soothing to me. It’s quite a meditative process, grating my AIP-friendly spices… Tastes pretty yummy, too!

6. The Great AIP-Friendly Liver Recipe Round-Up

JFC Liver Recipe Round UpDespite being over two years old, this Great AIP-Friendly Liver Recipe Round-Up post continues to generate a lot of love.

Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat, yet that doesn’t stop many of us from finding it a teeny bit challenging…

This post gives you oodles of helpful links to AIP-friendly liver recipes for the most picky of eaters.

It’s a great one to bookmark!

5. Tomato Passata Replacement

Tomato Free PassataI’ve been following a personalised AIP diet for four years now. I still miss tomatoes. Every now and then I experiment with reintroducing them, but so far – no joy. (sigh.)

This Tomato Passata Replacement recipe is my solution to all those recipes that call for a tin or two of tomatoes. It’s the perfect, night-shade free alternative. Even AIP-muggles can’t tell you’ve used it.

I double the recipe so that I can have it batched up in handy portions in the freezer for when I need it.

4. 9 Tips for Adding Nutrient Density

9 Tips for Adding Nutrient DensityIn my coaching practice, clients often spend time at the beginning of our programs together reframing their sense that AIP is all about what you can’t eat to one where the focus is on nutrient density. The good stuff you can eat!

It’s an important shift because it means we no longer see the protocol as one of deprivation.

This post, 9 Tips for Adding Nutrient Density was born from this. These are my tips for easily finding ways to increase your nutrient density. Every day.

It’s a choc-a-block list of things that I do to ensure nutrient density is top of mind.

3. IMMUNE BOOSTING Lemon, Ginger and Honey Gummies

Immune Boosting GummiesGummies are the AIPers secret weapon! A healthy treat that is also great for your gut, gummies are full of natural goodness, tummy-loving gelatin and naturally sweetened fruit.

These babies have an extra hit of immune-boosting lemon and ginger, and just a little added honey.

Last year, my Lemon, Ginger and Honey Gummies shared the top 10 list with my Perfectly Pumpkin Spiced Gummies. This year, they’re flying solo.

2. You Won’t Believe it’s TOMATO FREE Ragu Bolognese

Tomato Free Ragu BologneseComing in at 2nd place is my Ragu Bolognese. 100% AIP-friendly, this is another one of those fail-safe recipes that just work.

Any good Italian Nonna will tell you that the secret to a good ragu is a long, slow cook. So, this baby takes some time, but I assure you it’s so worth it..

This recipe is full of flavour (and has a sneaky secret ingredient to make it even more smooth) – so, you don’t need very much.

And, it freezes beautifully. If anything, it’s even better on those nights you can’t face cooking and you dig out a portion or two of this to feed the family.

1. Sugar-Free Cinnamon and Coconut Fat Bombs

Sugar Free Fat Bombs

[Drumroll…] First place for the most popular recipe of the year (and over 6,000 page views more than 2nd place) are my Sugar-free Cinnamon and Coconut Fat Bombs. You went (coco)nuts for these babies.

You never know when you post a recipe if it will resonate with readers. And, that is certainly true of this unassuming little number.

The recipe were developed when I had to give up all sugar (yep – even fruit!) as part of my health protocol. Thankfully it was only for 3 months because – damn, that’s hard!

Well, there you have it. My top 10 most popular foodie posts for 2017.

Thank you so much for all your support over the year. If you try a recipe, please drop me a line to let me know how it turned out and what you and your family thought. I love hearing from you!

I look forward to seeing what 2018 brings.

Best of 2016_JFCBefore you go, if you need a reminder for which recipes made the top 10 last year, check out the Greatest Hits for 2016…

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