Happy New Year, Dear Reader!!! Welcome to my Top 10 Recipes of 2021 post. Year after year, I look forward to taking a look back at my most popular recipes. Some of them fall in the top ten for more than one year, and this year’s recipes are no different!
I’m here to talk you about my Top 10 Recipes of 2021, but first, I trust that you had a wonderful Christmas, Dear Reader! With everything that has been happening in the world these past two years, I know it’s difficult to get together with friends and family. If you were able to do that, you’re lucky! If you weren’t, I do hope you at least took advantage of your downtime to relax and do something you love to do. Let’s face it, 2021 was just a tad bit better than 2020, but not at all as good as we all wanted it to be!
Those who know me well will tell you that I’m always looking for the positive side of things. I tend to deal with things in a manner that permits me to be sad about something for just a short while before finding a good side to it. The same can be said when it comes to how I look at this ongoing pandemic. It’s terrible not being able to do about our normal business, but it does give us more time for being at home. And, I love being at home! Maybe I’m just old, but nothing is more comforting to me than puttering around at home.
2022 – LET’S MAKE THE BEST OF IT!
This past September, McKenna started off to university, leaving John.e and I to our own devices. I’m still not used to her being away from home. But, I have noticed that I don’t have so much laundry to do! See? There’s always a positive if you just look hard enough! Ha! Seriously though, we miss her like crazy. In fact, we talk on Facetime at least once or twice a day. Needless to say, despite the pandemic, we are blessed, and we are happy and content.
I’m blessed to have you, Dear Reader. As much as I love to cook and write, it is you who has driven my desire to make Lord Byron’s Kitchen bigger and better. I work hard to ensure my recipes are easy and perfect every time. I work hard to post a variety of recipes for all tastes and diets. And, I work hard to stay in touch with you and to answer your questions. For the whole of 2021, including all of the Christmas recipes, I published a total of 193 posts this year. So, even if you don’t love to cook and bake, I hope I’ve kept you somewhat entertained with my endless banter!
Speaking of too much banter, let’s stop it right now and get to what this post is all about – my Top 10 Recipes of 2021! Some of them were in the Top 10 in previous years too. I do hope you enjoy this little look back with me. Here’s to wishing that 2022 is a better year for you and your loved ones! Even when this pandemic is over, I will be here, creating and sharing new recipes with you to make and to share with your loved ones. Happy New Year, Dear Reader! XOXO
Two of the most common home-grown summer produce are tomatoes and zucchini. Harvest to your heart’s content and prepare copious amounts of this Tomato Zucchini Pasta. It’s simple, it’s healthy, and it’s wonderfully delicious! Just one taste, and this will be a 30-minute recipe you will want to prepare repeatedly!
An indulgent dish that takes hold of your senses and doesn’t apologize – Easy Baked Pork Belly is slightly spicy with hints of saltiness and sweetness; it’s super moist and super delicious!
Moist and tender, with charred bits too, these Honey Garlic Baked Pork Bites are delicious and easy to prepare. Despite the long cooking time, this main is perfect for a family dinner anytime. Sweet and garlicky, with an optional kick of spice and heat. Yum!
Cashew Cauliflower is the vegetarian equivalent of the classic Chinese buffet favourite, Cashew Chicken. The same great flavour as your favourite Chinese take out, but in vegetarian format. This is one of those recipes that you will want to make over and over again. Yum!
Slow cooker-based meals are meant to be easy and affordable. Three Ingredient Slow Cooker Pot Roast can’t be beaten in terms of price and ease. So delicious and tender, and a great way to use cheaper cuts of beef. Would you believe this gorgeous main is prepared with only 3 ingredients? And, one of those is the beef!
30 Minute Black Bean Corn and Rice Skillet has everything a well-rounded, wholesome meal needs! This is a perfect family dinner with many serving options. Roll it into a burrito or pile it into a bowl with cheese and sour cream on top!
Breakfast Steak and Eggs is most certainly a hearty meal! Most morning routines don’t make room for such luxuries, but a weekend breakfast or brunch is a perfect time to indulge in something as delicious as this! Go ahead and prepare the beef the night before. The longer it marinates, the more tender and juicy it will be!
Unlike most fish batters that are made with beer, this one is made with a well seasoned buttermilk pancake batter from a box! It sounds a little strange, but it’s absolutely delicious! Fried until crispy, the fish is perfectly cooked and surrounded by slightly sweet, light and airy batter – yum!
No doubt you have heard the expression that simple is best. In the case of this Herb Butter Pan Fried Salmon with Aioli, the expression most certainly applies! Salmon fillets are perfectly fried and topped with a fresh herb butter and drizzled with a delicious and easy to prepare aioli.
This recipe combines noodles with savoury, fried ground beef and optional chilies, in a deliciously salty, garlicky, and sweet sauce. 30 Minute Ground Beef Noodles are a quick and inexpensive meal for the whole family!
There you have it! If you have already tried all of these recipes, why not try them again!? Or, maybe you missed one or two along the way. Go through the list and make the recipes you’ve missed. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the Top 10 Recipes of 2021! Do you?
Lastly, Dear Reader, thank you for following me on this journey. I’ll be back on Monday with a new recipe and we’ll finally take a deserved break from all of that Christmas baking – at least for eleven months! I wish you all the very best and happiest that 2022 has to offer! Cheers!