The Best of Joyful Healthy Eats 2014

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A blast from the past! Reflecting on the most popular recipes from Joyful Healthy Eats in 2014 and looking forward to a new year!

Seriously! How crazy is it that tomorrow we will officially be in 2015!

What I love about the beginning of a year is the freshness of it. You get a completely clean slate. If you had goals that you set and missed … no worries its a new year. If you had goals that you set and made … awesome! Set some new BIGGER ones! A new year means a new planner white pages just waiting to be written on. A new year just makes me happy!

Now, before a new year begins there has to be an end of the previous year and with the end of the year comes reflection. A time of looking back, reflecting on the good and the bad. Reflecting is what we (I) am doing today at Joyful Healthy Eats.

I have been blogging for almost two years now, it will be two years in February, and it is absurd to me at how far I have come. I knew nothing about websites, I built my own. I didn’t know how to use a camera the auto button was my best friend, just point and shoot, now I use manual mode! This little corner of the web where I began sharing recipes turned into a passion for me. I love love love cooking, but I am also a learner. If don’t know how to do something then I’ll figure it out! I’m always up for a challenge and this blog has been that. I feel like this year, 2014, I have finally found my blog voice. Yes, I love to give you recipes and mess around on my camera; but I have realized that the heart of what I do is “feed your STOMACHES and your SOULS.” I love writing about whats on my mind and heart or encouraging people, and that is what you’ll find in my posts. Just me …. and my food of course.

Today is all about the food, below are some of the most popular recipes of 2014 according to you the reader. The recipes either have the most pins/repins or the most social media action. I hope you enjoy a blast from the past in recipe form! Happy New Year and STAY SAFE!

Oh.. and most importantly thanks for following me. You truly do make me feel special!!! 🙂 Hugs!

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

A bowl of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp

A bowl of pesto pasta with shrimp

Paleo Burgers with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado

Stacked paleo burger with caramelized onions, tomato, and avocado slices

Grilled Pineapple with Nutella & Macadamia Nuts

Layered pineapple slices and nutella on a plate with macadamia nuts

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

A jar of raspberry BBQ sauce with a spoon

Crock Pot Chipotle Beef Barbacoa

A bowl of shredded Beef Barbacoa with fresh herbs

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema

Grilled Tilapia bowl with veggies and avocado crema dressing

Ribeye Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Steak Cobb salad being drizzled with balsamic vinegarette

Coconut Shrimp with Thai Ginger Chili Sauce

Coconut shrimp on a plate with chili dipping sauce

Sesame Lime Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Marinated chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce

The BEST Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie

Homemade chocolate chip cookies in a stack

Grilled Fajita Skirt Steak

Grilled sliced skirt steak on a cutting board

Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp cocktail on a platter

Roasted Butternut Squash Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta

Tube pasta with cubes of roasted squash in a bowl

Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Black Beans

Quinoa with black beans and cilantro in a bowl

Sweet Potato Noodles with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Sweet potato noodles on a plate with a fork

25 of the Best Healthy Crock Pot Recipes

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust

Glasses of individual pumpkin cheesecake parfaits

Detox Berry Quinoa Salad with Sweet Shallot Vinaigrette

Spinach salad with fresh berries, quinoa, pecans and feta

Pomegranate Goat Cheese Candied Pecan Arugula Salad

Arugula salad with pomegranate, apple and pecans

Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce

A plate of rice and grilled chicken with poblano cream sauce

Panko Crusted Tilapia with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Breaded fish with tomatoes and green beans on a plate

Creamy Baked Goat Cheese Dip

Baked goat cheese dip in a ramekin topped with tomatoes and herbs

Grilled Peaches with Maple Honey Mascarpone

Grilled peach halves with a dollop of cream filling

Parmesan Polenta with Lemon Thyme Wild Mushrooms

A bowl of creamy polenta topped with sliced mushrooms

Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Asian chicken salad in a bowl

Baked Brie with Roasted Fig Honey Walnut Topping

Baked brie topped with figs, honey and walnuts

Mixed Berries with Honey Maple Mascarpone

A bowl of fresh berries topped with mascarpone and almonds

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Aioli

Sweet potato fries on a plate

32 Easy Party Appetizers

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Steak & Fontina Cheese Panini with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak and cheese panini

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Lime Cabbage Coleslaw

Pulled pork sandwich on a bun with sauce

Mashed Avocado Goat Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Toast with goat cheese, mashed avocado, roasted cherry tomatoes and microgreens

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

A jar of pumpkin spice granola

Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza

Grilled homemade caprese pizza

Pan Seared Chicken with Wild Mushroom Thyme Sauce

Chicken and mushrooms cooking in a pan with broth

Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

Pumpkin streusel muffins on a cooling rack

Balsamic Glazed Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken drumsticks on parchment paper

Chicken Feta Walnut Grape Chopped Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salad bowl of chicken, walnuts, apples, and grapes with balsamic dressing

Zucchini Noodles with Meat Mushroom Tomato Sauce

Zucchini noodles topped with tomato sauce

Skinny Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip in a baking dish

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Shrimp scampi and grape tomatoes over zucchini nodles

Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto

A skillet of Bell pepper rings filled with an egg and pesto

Grilled Portabella Burger with Balsamic Reduction

Grilled portabella burger with red peppers and greens on a bun

Crock Pot Southwestern Corn & Potato Chowder

Mexican corn and potato chowder topped with peppers, corn, avocado and lime

Baked Asparagus Fries with Lemon Herb Aioli

Crispy asparagus fries in a wax paper cone

Gourmet Cowboy Hamburger Sliders

Slider burgers topped with caramelized onions and mashed avocado on a bun

Pan Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onion & Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with bacon in a bowl

No Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Energy Bites

Coconut chocolate chip energy ball



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