The Best of 2013

My, oh my – if Pinterest is anything to go by, a lot of you are gearing up for a Whole30 in January.  Just for the record, I will not be joining you.

Anyhoo, this week’s Spin Cycle, in which I haven’t participated in forever (sorry about that, Gretchen) is “The Best of 2013.”

2013 wasn’t necessarily the best of years – in fact, I can’t remember the last time I was this anxious to put a year behind me.  Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t all bad.  Some of it was very good.  But it was almost unceasingly stressful, and I’d just as soon not repeat that in 2014.  (Good news:  the new year is looking much better.  I will MAKE it better.)

At any rate, since so much of my year was unbloggable, I thought I’d jump on what seems to be the end-of-year food blogging bandwagon and post my Top 10 Recipes of 2013.  The results, which took me most of yesterday to ascertain, are interesting, to say the least.

10.  Roasted Root Vegetable Hash

Roasted Root Vegetable Hash. This simple and colorful autumn hash can be made with any variety of squashes and root vegetables.

All I can say is y’all must really like roasted root vegetables – I posted this recipe in November and here it is on the list.  That’s a LOT of pins and page views in just 6 weeks.  Of course, the fact that the hash is simply delicious doesn’t hurt.

9. Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast Enchiladas. Perfect for Sunday brunch, this easy-to-make casserole can be assembled the night before.

In a way, I was a bit surprised to see this one on the list.  But in a way, I wasn’t.  Because, hey – enchiladas for breakfast.

8. Pan Roasted Cauliflower

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower. The humble cauliflower gets a boost with the the fresh and lively flavors of lemon and chives.

This one is a testament to just how delicious simply prepared vegetables can be.  Food doesn’t get much better than this – quick, simple, delicious and nutritious.

7. Chocolate Raspberry Pancakes

Chocolate-Raspberry Pancakes

I’m afraid I can’t take credit for this one – it was part of a swap I did with the incredibly talented Alex Boake and is her recipe.  It is also the most pinned recipe I posted this year – a testament to it’s yummy deliciousness.

6. Winter Squash Casserole

Winter Squash Casserole. This delicious and simple casserole is perfect for a chilly autumn day - or your holiday table.

Alas, another one I cannot take credit for.  My friend Barbara, a professional chef, posted the general instructions for this one on Facebook – I immediately asked her if I could post the recipe when I made it.  Gracious as always, her reply was, “Go for it.”  This was the second-most pinned recipe in 2013.  (Lesson learned:  I know a LOT of good cooks.)

5. Curried Mango Tuna Cakes

Curried Mango Tuna Cakes. Give the humble tuna cake a sweet and spicy twist with curry powder and diced mango!

Surprisingly the only recipe on the list to actually include meat, this one caught the eye of Mark Sisson and made one of his Weekend Link Love posts back in May.  Based on my Gluten Free Crab Cakes (the second most popular recipe of all time here at the Sushi Bar), this is a great way to use that line-caught canned tuna in your pantry.

4. Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada Sauce. So simple and delicious, you will never buy the stuff in the can again.

The third most pinned recipe of the year.  The Breakfast Enchiladas make a lot more sense now.

3.  Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche. Gluten-free, dairy-free and low carb, this crustless quiche is unbelievably delicious.

This recipe certainly deserves the #3 spot on the list – it is absolutely delicious, Whole30 compliant, and special occasion/guest worthy.  It is, in my humble opinion, the best quiche recipe on the site.

2. Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. All of your favorite breakfast foods stuffed in a delicious, nutritious sweet potato!

Its popularity on Pinterest, Foodgawker and Tastespotting conspired to put this simple-yet-delicious mixture of baked sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and cheese in the #2 spot this year.  It also helps illustrate just how much we all love a good breakfast/brunch recipe, since there are four of them on the list.

And the Most Popular Recipe of 2013 is…

#1 Spicy Avocado Egg Salad

Spicy Avocado Egg Salad

I was all “Really?!?” when I saw this was the most viewed recipe I’d posted this year (nearly 10,000 page views) – after all, it’s just egg salad with salsa and mashed avocado stirred in, served with sliced mango.  I guess it never pays to underestimate the combination of simplicity, taste and nutrition.

So, there you have it – the 10 most popular recipes of 2013 from the Sushi Bar.  I can’t wait for the coming year – have I got some surprises for you in 2014!

10 thoughts on “The Best of 2013”

  1. All delicious and all are great pictures. I think eating with our eyes first is part of the reason for the popularity, especially on Pintrest.

  2. I’ve got a delicata squash in the fridge right now that is now headed to be hash! I’m surprised by the mango eggs too, but I have to say, I clicked on it myself because it was so intriguing!

    Hey, I need to get your ideas about food photography. Everybody keeps encouraging me to write a Feast of the Seven Fishes cookbook, and I think I need to up my picture taking game!

    Thanks for linking up with The Spin Cycle!! We’ve missed you!

  3. Simple recipes are always great.

    I’ve been thinking about you all day today Jan. I was gifted with the cookbook Jerusalem. Have you perused it yet? I haven’t cooked much middle eastern food, but now I want to. It really is the most beautiful cookbook I’ve ever seen. (I have a cookbook problem, by the way ….!!)

    1. You know, it hadn’t even occurred to me that these recipes all have one thing in common: they’re simple. Hmmm…

      I had not heard of the cookbook, so I looked it up on Amazon. They have a pretty detailed preview there, and you’re right – it’s simply gorgeous. It’s been my intent to pursue more ethnic dishes this year; I may very well get this cookbook. Since I have a thing for them, too. 😉

  4. I have newly rediscovered cauliflower, and my daughter loves it, too! (Which surprises me, because she is my picky eater.) I see some roasted cauliflower in my immediate future!

    I need to start pinning more recipes from you. They all look delicious!

  5. Happy New Year, Jan! I love cauliflower…especially ‘mashed’. Roasted is marvellous as well, though.

    Also, I’ve heard about the “Jerusalem” cookbook (and Amazon seems to be pushing me on it pretty heavily). The photos alone look stunning.

  6. Stopping by from the Spin Cycle . . .

    Your food photography is fantastic, and those chocolate raspberry pancakes look yummy!

    I may have to try your pan-roasted cauliflower. Where does one find nutritional yeast? Same spot in the grocery store as regular yeast?

  7. Great recipes…thank you and Happy New Year! A week into my first Whole30 and made it past detox. Looking for new ideas and stumbled upon your site.

    A quick fyi…I think the link is wrong for the quiche recipe. 🙂



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