December 31, 2011

Most Popular Posts of 2011

With 2011 coming to an end, I'm excited to be able to share my first year-end round-up of the most popular posts here on Vanilla & Spice!

I chose the top 10 recipes by number of pageviews, but since two recipes were pretty much tied when I last checked my stats, I combined them and added one more to make a Top 11 list.

I was a bit surprised by a couple of the recipes that made the Top 11, but overall I think this turned out to be a pretty great list!  And apparently Thanksgiving recipes are very popular with readers, since almost all of my Thanksgiving Week recipes ended up in the Top 11!

Without further ado, here they are:

I love peanut sauce, so not surprisingly, I absolutely loved these noodles and fresh veggies coated in a spicy ginger peanut dressing!

I fell in love with brussels sprouts after making this recipe. I liked it so much that I made variations of it at least four times in the last few months (which is saying a lot, since I rarely repeat recipes!)

This was the ultimate Fall soup for me this year - so creamy and flavourful and I loved the addition of the crunchy cauliflower pieces

Not only was this the first time I've tried sweet potato pie, but it was also my first homemade pie ever, and I was so proud of how it turned out! And the coconut milk whipped cream took it over the top!

This was a unique spin on cornbread, since it included pureed fruits and veggies. I loved the texture and the fresh rosemary laid on top of the crunchy crust looked beautiful!

I came up with this salad as a way to use up leftover ingredients, and it turned out so good! The combination of fresh pineapple, shredded kale, avocado and black beans with a spicy peanut dressing was perfect!

These were an adaptation of my original soft chickpea granola bars, and I liked them just as much, if not more, than the original! They were a perfect healthy snack during pumpkin season. 

This quinoa dish included so many of my favourite Fall ingredients in one colourful and delicious meal! I also got some great feedback from people who tried it and liked it just as much as I did!

This was a recipe I had been making for a while before starting my blog, and I still look forward to eating them each time I make them. They are basically made from one main ingredient (chickpea flour) and they are perfect for dipping in spicy ketchup!

These little baked sweet potato balls rolled in oats and coconut were pretty popular on Pinterest. They make a great appetizer or snack, and they could even pass as dessert if you leave out the spices!

And the most popular post overall this year were my spinach tofu patties! These soft vegan patties flavored with Asian ingredients are perfect for eating on their own, or in a burger bun smothered in peanut sauce...I definitely want a make another batch of these in the new year!

So there you have it - the most popular recipes so far on Vanilla & Spice, chosen by you. And tomorrow, I'll be sharing my own favourite posts from the year!


  1. This is one of the most creative and healthy recipe roundups I've seen! I'll have to try a few of these now .. even the caramelized tofu looks good and I hate tofu!

  2. Yum! Everything looks delicious!

  3. Thanks Natalie and Courtney J! It was fun for me to see which recipes people liked the most, and if you found some new ones that you like, that's even better!

  4. i totally agree with these popular posts.. those spnach patties, peanut noodles and curried soup.. yummmmm!

  5. @Richa Thank you! I'm glad you agree - I guess the stats were right!

  6. Lots of yummy things to check out! Those chickpea fries look really good.



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