“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe
Perhaps this would be more accurately titled, “Most Popular Recipes of 2016” because this is it – the top 10 most popular recipes on the blog for the past calendar year. And, to be honest – there were a couple of surprises in there. Not least the #1 spot. But you’ll have to read to the bottom to find out just which recipe that was… (Oh – the suspense!)
It’s been a funny old year, 2016 – hasn’t it? Lots has gone on in terms of global events. And, sadly – the rate of autoimmune disease continues to grow. But, on the upside, more and more people are discovering the healing effect of positive diet and lifestyle choices. The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is increasing it’s reach and every day I’m learning of success stories. And, that speaks for itself.
So, here we go with the 10 most popular recipe posts of the year. Thank you so much for being part of Joanna Frankham Coaching.
Here’s to a fab’ 2017!
10. Let’s Party Chicken, Leek and Bacon Mini Pies
I’m a teeny bit proud of these pies. They made it into the #10 spot despite being a 2015 recipe – so, they’ve gotta be good! Don’t they?
Pies are part of Aussie and Kiwi culture, and while I wouldn’t say I ate a lot of them in my pre-AIP days, there’s something incredibly nostagic about being able to recreate an AIP-friendly version of a non-AIP comfort food.
These ‘Let’s Party!’ Chicken, Leek and Bacon Mini Pies take a little bit of time, but the end result is so very worth it! And, if you decide to share them, you’ll be flavour of the month for sure!
9. Perfectly Pumpkin Spice Gummies
Coming in at #9, we have my PERFECTLY Pumpkin-Spice Gummies.
This recipe is my nod to that – seemingly crazy to those of us down under – phenomenon that happens on an annual basis – the North American obsession with pumpkin season – and my efforts to see what all the fuss is about.
And, I got a teeny bit hooked.
Because you miss spices on AIP.
And these babies give you spices!
Pumpkin puree is one of my favourite batch cooking numbers – I always make loads and freeze it in portion sizes so that I have it to hand when the urge for pumpkin strikes.
8. SUPERFOOD ‘Hauskraut’ Slaw
When I first made this number, I knew everybody loved a ‘slaw. I just never realised quite how much!
If I’m being honest, it’s also a great way for me to make a salad once to eat twice or thrice. This keeps really well in the fridge, so you can dig into it again and again – great for those hot summer nights when the most you feel like doing is throwing a snag* or two on the barbie!
*’snag’: Australian slang for sausage
7. Down-Under Ice Cream Christmas Pudding
Wow. I only published this little recipe two weeks ago and it is already #7 in my list of most popular recipes of the year!
You guys love the idea of a Down-Under Ice Cream Christmas Pudding!
I’ve been receiving some great feedback about this little number – and it seems ice cream is one of those foods that transcends seasons. Despite the snow that is currently falling on the east coast of the US, ice cream Christmas pudding remains a winner!
6. Sugar-Free Cinnamon and Coconut Fat Bombs
Do you know when this recipe was published? – Back in July 2014 before Joanna Frankham Coaching was even born! Well, to be honest, it was germinating away, but still!
These wee Cinnamon & Coconut Fat Bombs were developed when I had to give up all sugar (yep – even fruit!) as part of my health protocol. Thankfully it was obnly for 3 months because that was hard work!
And after all that time, they still make the top 10 most popular for 2016!
Reducing our sugar intake is a no brainer, and thse wee coconut and cinnamon balls of fat are perfect for that.
5. Tomato Passata Replacement
For many of us, tomatoes are one of the most challenging foods to eliminate on the Autoimmune Protocol because they are such a ubiquitous cooking ingredient. I know this was true for me – and, most people have no idea what a nightshade actually is, anyway.
So, coming in at #6 is my Tomato Passata Replacement. This baby is my go-to for whenever a recipe calls for tinned tomatoes or passata. It’s great for those winter stews and slow braises.
I make a humungous batch – h u g e – and freeze it in 400g (14 oz) portions. It’s a life saver!
It also forms the base of my You Won’t Believe it’s Tomato Free Ragu Bolognese, which comes in at #4 most popular recipes for 2016.
4. Rachel’s Lime Mousse
I can’t take any credit for #5. It’s my lovely friend, Rachel’s creation.
As many of you will know, one of the unexpected side benefits of this AIP caper is the wonderful new friends you make. And, Rachel is one of my lucky AIP connections. We talk about stuff I never discuss with even my closest and most long-standing ‘AIP muggle’ friends.
Rachel made me lunch at her place one summer afternoon earlier this year and we chowed down on these gorgeous wee pots of citrus yumminess.
I cheekily asked if I could share the recipe and Rachel’s Lime Mousse went gangbusters! Unsurprisingly. They are so good!
3. You Won’t Believe it’s Tomato Free Ragu Bolognese
This recipe, which sits in the top 3, remains one of my all-time favourites. And, I love that it’s one of yours, too.
Like all good ragu, the secret to this baby is a long, slow cook – so it’s perfect for making on a lazy Sunday afternoon when you’re kicking back at home.
I like to have a stash of my You Won’t Believe it’s Tomato Free Ragu Bolognese in the freezer for those nights I just can’t face cooking.
It takes no time at all to whip up a batch of zucchini noodles and a big dollop of AIP-friendly bolognese on top.
Spag’ Bol’ AIP-style!
2. Immune Boosting Lemon, Ginger and Honey Gummies
I’m sure my fellow AIP bloggers will agree that when you create a recipe, you have no idea whether or not it will resonate. But these babies – my IMMUNE BOOSTING Lemon, Ginger and Honey Gummies definitely did!
And, they are a great combo – gut-healing gelatin with immune-boosting lemon and ginger, and just a little honey for sweetness.
They are a an easy snack option for those just starting out on the protocol, too
And, here it is – the surprise entry for the #1 most popular recipe for the year.
Who would’ve think it?
2016 has been a year of working on my adrenals. For me, the stress management component of the protocol is the most challenging, so I’m always looking for ways that I can support it.
And, this Turmeric Latte is my adrenal enhancing coffee alternative.
Clearly, you guys also found it a popular choice!