Best Recipes of 2016: Reader’s Choice Award Winners
The results are in! Thank you SO much to all of you who voted for the best recipes of 2016 in my 6th annual Reader’s Choice Awards! I love seeing which recipes were your favorite from the year. I always point new readers to the Reader’s Choice Award Winners as a great place to start when they discover my blog, so I really appreciate you taking the time to select your favorites and guide everyone else toward my “greatest hits” from each year. In case you missed it, you can also look at the 2015 winners, 2014 winners, 2013 winners, 2012 winners and 2011 winners.
While I’m giving out thanks, YOU deserve some. Whether it’s your first time visiting my blog or you’ve been cooking along with me since the beginning, thank you so much for being here. Thank you for reading my posts and for cooking my recipes. Thank you for asking questions, leaving comments and sharing your feedback. Thank you for sharing my site with friends, posting pictures of what you’ve made on Instagram, pinning the recipes you want to try and sharing my posts on Facebook. Thanks for emailing me your stories and ideas and for sharing your successes. You motivate and inspire me so much and I’m genuinely thrilled that you’re here. I am grateful for you.
Six years ago on Christmas Eve 2010, I decided to start a blog. I could never have imagined that my fun little pet project would grow to become such a huge and important part of my life and of who I am! I’m so excited to start 2017 with some fresh new recipes, but it’s also really cool for me to look back on how far my site has come. For the past few years I have recapped some readership, social media and posting stats, mostly for me to look back on. While I certainly don’t blog for the numbers, it’s fun to check in every year and see how much we’ve grown. Here we go again: Six years. 495 posts. 37 million+ blog pageviews (according to Google Analytics). 91,500 of you like me on Facebook. 85,000 of you are my Instagram friends (my favorite!). 69,300 of you follow me on Pinterest. 15,600 of you subscribe to my recipes by email.
I can’t say this enough: It overwhelms me that so many of you out there read my blog, make my recipes and give me such great feedback, encouragement and inspiration. THANK YOU!! If you don’t already and you want to follow my site on social, here are the links: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Email Club.
Without further mushy reflection, on to the Reader’s Choice Award Winners! The results are below and for each category I’ve pictured the winner and then listed the runner up along with my own vote (which didn’t count in the standings, I’m just listing it for fun).
Best Appetizer Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Runner Up: Loaded Potato Rounds
Emily’s Pick: I’m with you guys…I love that Pepperoni Pizza Dip and it is one of my go-to party recipes! Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta or Caprese Wonton Bites are up there too. Yum.
Best Breakfast Recipe: Maple Bacon Breakfast Wraps
Runner Up: Apple Streusel French Toast Muffins (just one vote behind first place!)
Emily’s Pick: I have to go with the Orange Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Singles. I’m obsessed with them.
Best Salad Recipe: Taco Chicken Salad
Runner Up: Broccoli Salad
Emily’s Pick: I’m torn about this one. I love both of the top two recipes but I think I’m picking the Roasted Beet Salad because I was really feeling that one and also because goat cheese.
Best Soup Recipe: Sausage and Tortellini Tomato Soup
Runner Up: Chicken Corn Chowder
Emily’s Pick: I dream of a never-ending bowl of Sausage and Tortellini Tomato Soup. Swoon.
Best Pasta Recipe: Beefy American Goulash
Runner Up: It’s a tie! Slow Cooker Kickin’ Chicken Pasta and Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells
Emily’s Pick: I’m going to champion my Beef Stroganoff here – such good comfort food. I’m not surprised the goulash won though, it has been a huge hit!
Best Chicken Recipe: Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Runner Up: Cheddar Ranch Chicken Tenders
Emily’s Pick: This one is tough, I love chicken. I am tied between my Mediterranean Topped Grilled Chicken and Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken. I pick both. This is why I have you all vote!
Best Side Dish Recipe: Cheddar Bay Pull Apart Muffins
Runner Up: Cheddar Broccoli Orzo
Emily’s Pick: This year I resolve to post more side dish recipes. I agree with Cheddar Bay Pull Apart Muffins as the winner!
Best Casserole Recipe: Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake
Runner Up: Chili Cornbread Bake
Emily’s Pick: Hm. I’ll agree with these choices.
Best Meaty Main Dish Recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork
Runner Up: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos (from my review of the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook affiliate link)
Emily’s Pick: I agree. Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork is my jam – it’s so easy and delicious! I do want to give a shout out to my Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms in this category though because the stuffing is amazing.
Best Handheld Recipe: Easy Taco Cups
Runner Up: It’s a tie! Equal votes were cast for Ham and Cheese Twists and Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
Emily’s Pick: I’m going rogue and picking either the Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps or Spicy Steak Tacos with Southwestern Guacamole. Evidently I really love spicy southwest flavors!
Best Pizza Recipe: Sausage and Ricotta Pizza
Runner Up: Three Cheese Mushroom Flatbread
Emily’s Pick: I’m actually torn between the more seasonal flatbreads! I loved the Turkey Cranberry Flatbread and the Savory Sausage Pumpkin Flatbread.
Best Dessert Recipe: Pecan Pie Bites
Runner Up: Peppermint Cheesecake Cups
Emily’s Pick: I knew Pecan Pie Bites would win, they’re amazing! I am a fruity dessert person at heart though, so my vote goes to the Mixed Berry Mini Tarts.
Thank you so much again for reading my blog, cooking my recipes and encouraging and inspiring me with your comments. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2017 and I hope you’ll stay tuned for more lightened up comfort food recipes in the new year!
Thank you Emily for doing this each year! Sometimes when I see a TOP PICK that missed my attention, I give it a try..I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Apple Bacon BBQ pork winner and the Cheddar Bay pull apart muffins. I look forward to 2017 recipes! Nancy
I agree, this post always makes me think I need to branch out and try some new things! Every recipe I’ve tried has been good, and most have been great, or completely fantastic. Thank you for what you do!
thank you so much for so many wonderful ww recipes!!!!! you create amazing dishes that add so much to my meal planning! I so appreciate all you do!
Love, love so many of your recipes! My favorites are the Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole (to which I add onions and chili spices) and the Pecan Pie Bites! I made those over holidays and gave away to friends. They loved them, too, and had no idea WW friendly!
Thank you Emily for all the amazing recipes☺, and taking the time to put in the Weight Watchers points. You have made my menu planning so much easier. And thank you for making these recipes all delicious. My husband can tend to be a picky eater and everything I have made from your site he has loved. Looking forward to all your 2017 recipes!!!!!!
Thanks so much for your willingness to share such yummy and delicious recipes- and for caring about eating healthy. I have been doing WW for 1 year and am down 55 pounds. The hardest thing for me is creating a whole new way of cooking for my family that is really focused on healthy choices. You are making this so much easier for me. Thanks again for all you do!! Here is to another year of weight loss and delicious learning along the way. Can’t wait to try these recipes.
Congrats on losing 55 pounds, that’s amazing!! Thank you for your kind words, I’m so happy to hear my site has been helpful to you. 🙂