Best 10 Recipes of All Time

March 15, 2018

By Anna Varriano

Last week, in honour of March being National Nutrition Month, I wrote a blog about my Best 5 Blogs of All Time, sharing the links with you.

This week, I thought I’d continue with that theme and share a list of my recipes that you have ‘nominated’ as my Best 10 Recipes of All Time. These 10 recipes have received the greatest number of views of the numerous recipes I have shared with you through my blogs and Facebook Page.

Here they are, in order of popularity. Hope you’ll try them out if you haven’t already. Bon appetite!

#1 – Winter Vegetable Stew

This slow-cooked winter veggie stew is loaded with health-boosting and tummy-warming goodness. It looks gorgeous and tastes amazing. It’s one of my favourite winter meals!


#2 – Crispy Chicken Thighs

This is a quick, easy, economical, and delicious way to cook chicken. I first tried it at my brother’s house during one of his famous multi-course farm-to-table gatherings. He has a wonderful hobby farm where he grows loads of gorgeous veggies and also raises pastured chickens for eggs and meat. This recipe works best if you have a convection broil setting on your oven.

#3 – Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad is packed with nutrient-dense foods and makes a great side at any time of year. Use pomegranate seeds, diced red bell pepper, or dried cranberries instead of (or in addition to) the raisins for a festive look!


#4 – Grain-and-Dairy-free Banana Pancake Batter

My daughter made these pancakes for me last summer and they quickly became one of my favourites. They’re so easy to make and a great way to use up those really, really ripe bananas that a lot of people don’t like to eat! This recipe will make a couple of decent sized pancakes – enough to feed one person, or two not so hungry people.

#5 – Roasted Cauliflower

I try to avoid starchy side dishes such as rice and potatoes. An easy, delicious and nutritious alternative to both is cauliflower. In this recipe, I’ll be showing you how to make roasted cauliflower as a substitute for roasted potatoes. It’s super-easy, delicious, and packs a greater nutritional punch compared to roasted potatoes.

#6 – No-Bake Yummy Snack Bars

These bars freeze well, and you can make substitutions to many of the ingredients to suit your taste. Not only are they easy to make, they are also soooo delicious and loaded with healthy, nutrient-rich ingredients. These bars are a GREAT alternative to the commercial, highly-processed and sugar-loaded granola bars that are packed into so many kids’ (and adults’) lunch bags. If there is a ‘nut-free’ policy at school or work, you can use seed butters instead of nut butters.

#7 – One-Pot Winner-Winner Coconutty Chicken Curry Dinner

This is one of my favourite dinners – especially for feeding a crowd. I’ve had this recipe for years. It’s from a very old Canadian Living Magazine (Jan 2001). I’ve made it a ton of times, but I don’t think I’ve ever made it the same way twice – and I swap out the wheat flour in the original recipe for almond or coconut flour. Curry dishes are pretty ‘accepting and forgiving’. so you can change them up according to what you have available in your fridge or pantry and they typically still turn out great.

#8 – Cheese Snips

For her first day of senior kindergarten, my oldest daughter (who is now in her 20s) made sure that she had packed her most favourite snack food ever. They were little orange square crackers called “Cheese Nips”. I would never buy them in a million years now, but back then, I didn’t know what I know now. For some reason, my daughter always referred to these crackers as “Cheese Snips”, so that’s the name I’ve given to this cheesy cracker recipe that has only one ingredient – cheese. This recipe makes about 40 “Snips” (aka crackers – or frackers as my daughter used to say).

#9 – Power-Packed Cookies

These grain-less cookies are loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients. They are easy to make and freeze beautifully. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies. Feel free to change things up, for instance, you can swap out the walnuts for pecans or slivered almonds, use your favourite dried fruit instead of dates, use sunflower seeds or pine nuts instead of pepitas, and your favourite nut butter if it’s not almond butter! I’ve swapped out ingredients virtually every time I make these cookies depending on what I have on hand. As far as cookie recipes go, this one is pretty forgiving!

#10 – Delicious (Gluten-Free) Buckwheat Pancake

These buckwheat pancakes are yum yum yummy and so easy to make! This recipe is my favourite pancake recipe and I consider it a bonus that these pancakes are gluten-free/wheat-free. Did you know that buckwheat is not a type of wheat or even a type of cereal grain? It’s actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb. That makes it a great alternative if you are sensitive to wheat or other gluten-containing grains.


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