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Your 16 Favorite Recipes Of 2016

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad -- quick and easy to make, and tossed with a tasty lemon-herb vinaigrette |

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, everyone!

First off, I just want to say a enormous thank you — from both Barclay and me — for your amazing responses to our fun news yesterday. Oh my goodness, you all are the best, and your excitement and support means the world to us. So from the bottom of our hearts — thank you. We’ve been dreaming up lots of big plans for the year ahead (including a big springtime or early summer wedding, we’ll see what venues are available!), so stay tuned! There should be some fun adventures ahead.

Speaking of staying tuned, I’m really excited about a bunch of new recipes hitting the blog in January that are all healthy, healthy, healthy. Because I don’t know about you, but after the holidays, I’m always ready to start the year off on a much more balanced and delicious note. So be sure and tune back in on Monday for all new recipes you can feel great about in 2017.

That said, our tradition here on Gimme Some Oven is always to end the month of December reflecting back on our — both yours and my — favorite new recipes of the year. We added 129 new recipes to the blog in 2016. And if I do say so myself, it was an extra-delicious year. So tomorrow, I will share my favorite recipes on the blog. But as for today, without further ado, let’s check out the list of YOUR favorite recipes from 2016!

Learn how to bake the perfect baked potato with this simple step-by-step tutorial and recipe |

The Perfect Baked Potato

“This is the first time I’ve ever wrote a recipe review.. these were that good! Simple tips but they took the average baked potato to a whole other level. I added a little butter, s&p & parsley.. perfect indeed. Thanks y’all!” -Emily

The BEST Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe |

Baked Lemon Chicken

“This was an awesome recipe!! Fail-proof, really. I definitely recommend it. I love the idea of the salt water brine, as it adds such an amazing taste to the chicken. The lemon and thyme work perfectly to compliment each other, and the taste is sublime. I have never had such a tasty chicken breast!! Thank you so much for sharing!!” -Laura

These Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas are made easy by simmering for hours in the crock pot, then they're briefly crisped up in the broiler, resulting in tender, crispy, juicy, and absolutely DELICIOUS chicken carnitas. Perfect for tacos, burritos, or whatever sounds good! |

Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas

“One of the best crockpot meals EVER! We have taco night every week and I wanted something different so I tried this. It was so easy and so delicious! It tastes even better the next day. I am making it this week for my Taco Friday Game Night. Thank you for this deliciousness!” -Sha 


This Tortellini Minestrone recipe is overflowing with delicious veggies, and made extra-delicious with the addition of some cheesy tortellini. |

Tortellini Minestrone

“I thought this sounded perfect for a chilly autumn day and it was! It was delicious – warm & comforting – and very easy. I can see that it will also be a recipe that can be changed up easily to use whatever veggies you have available. Thank you!” -Bev


20-Minute Moo Shu Pork (or Chicken!) -- quick and easy to make, and SO delicious! |

Moo Shu Pork (or Chicken)

“I just have to tell you–this looked so good that I faithfully made a double batch last night so it would last us for a bit. HOLY YUM. You are a genius and we have some very happy full bellies. Thanks for sharing and for your great recipes!” -Meredith

This Cucumber Quinoa Salad is made with lots of fresh basil and feta, tossed with a simple lemony vinaigrette, and it's SO fresh and delicious! Plus, it's naturally gluten-free and quick and easy to make. |

Cucumber Quinoa Salad

“I’m becoming obsessed with your site! Everything I make of yours turns out great, and is a hit with the fam. Very healthy, too! Made this cucumber quinoa salad a week or so ago and loved it. Kept the feta in, even though I have one son who dislikes it, and even he gobbled it up. I work and tend to start cooking too late so had to put the quinoa in the freezer to cool, as suggested, but that worked out fine; everything still came together quickly. Love the light, fresh vinaigrette! Made a little extra and used it to dress our tossed salad the next night. Thanks for another keeper recipe!” -Sheila

This Garlic Lovers Salmon In Foil recipe only takes a few minutes to prep, it's made with a SUPER delicious lemon garlic butter sauce, and it's always a crowd pleaser! Directions included for how cook it on the grill or in the oven. |

Garlic Lovers Salmon

“I made this for dinner tonight, and it was so good! Very easy and very tasty!” -Suzanne 

Mediterranean Pasta Salad -- quick and easy to make, and tossed with a tasty lemon-herb vinaigrette |

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

“This was awesome! I’ve tried a million pasta salad recipes trying to find a solid go-to recipe, and I’ve finally found it! The flavor of the vinaigrette is perfect. Happy day!” -Joanna

This Creamy Cauliflower Soup recipe is comfort food you can feel GOOD about. It's made with healthier ingredients, it's quick and easy to make, and it is so comforting and tasty. | (Vegan | Gluten-Free)

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

“Mmmmm! Just made this for lunch with a little pink Himalayan salt!!! Yummmmmmy! Thanks for the quick/easy tasty recipe! Perfect for the cozy rainy day!” -Jenna 

Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) |

Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls

“MADE IT! Didn’t have ramekins so used a cupcake tin and actually turned out really great! My boyfriend loved it! Pinterest post for the win! Thanks for the great recipe :)” -Anna

This Chinese Beef and Broccoli recipe is easy to make, ready to go in about 30 minutes, and I'm convinced it's even better than the restaurant version! |

Beef & Broccoli

“On a whim, I searched for broccoli supper ideas (to get rid of a giant Costco bag of florets) and this popped up. The “this is BETTER than a restaurant” line is what convinced me to try it. We JUST finished it off and it didn’t disappoint!!! I have you bookmarked and will be returning for more. Nothing says success like having to turn a forlorn looking adult male away from the kitchen because there isn’t any food left for a 3rd helping! Hah! Thank you so much for posting!” -Rebecca 

This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage -- or all three! It's easy to make, and so hearty and delicious. |

Jambalaya Soup

“This jambalaya was fabulous!!!!! I’ve  tried several of your other recipes, and loved them all. We made this the other night, and it was definitely a hit! Everyone loved it!” -Kelly

Post-Workout Green Smoothie Recipe -- packed with tasty and simple ingredients that will help boost your energy after (or before!) a good workout |

Post-Workout Green Smoothie

“I just wanted to let you know I found this recipe last week and I can’t stop making it. :-)  It is so unbelievably refreshing! Thank you!” -Chris

This 30-Minute Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry recipe is super easy to make, and SO delicious! |

30-Minute Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry

“I just started following and love the diversity of recipes! I made this recipe tonight and my husband said it is a keeper. Please keep making recipes of food you eat. We try to mix up our meals and keep it interesting.” -Janessa 

This Creamy Ham and Potato Soup recipe is easy to make, ready to go in about 30 minutes, and SO flavorful and creamy and delicious!

Creamy Ham & Potato Soup

“Made this soup last night and seriously was one of my favorite soups I have made. Used the leftover ham from thanksgiving. My family LOVED it. I liked that it didnt need heavy cream. I used skim milk to keep it on the lower calorie side and it was so great! Thanks for the souper great recipe:)” -Kelly

My favorite recipe for classic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. They're easy to make with whatever other seasonings sound good, but the classic recipe is hard to beat! |

Perfect Roasted Brussels Sprouts

“Absolutely awesome! My picky son actually ate these and asked for more!” -Linda

This Honey Beer Bread recipe is super easy to make, and only requires 6 ingredients! |

Honey Beer Bread

“Just made this – insanely easy. Had all of the ingredients on hand anyway. Great texture, perfect crust, nice and dense (in a good way), while being soft and moist. Will definitely make again. I used an IPA and you can really smell it and taste it in there.” -Suzanne

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12 comments on “Your 16 Favorite Recipes Of 2016”

  1. Wow, all of these look delish but I’m definitely drooling over that noodle stir-fry. Totally awesome year, Girl!

  2. Those perfect roasted brussels sprouts are perfect indeed. Can’t wait to go through the rest of the list of your recipes.

    Charmaine Ng

  3. I plan to all of them in the new year.

  4. Hi-love the site. Congrats on your wedding!! Would like to request a “printer-friendly” format on recipes. I can’t seem to alter to fit horizontal borders properly. Thanks, Happy New Year!! DD

  5. What do you have as a recipe for my blackeyed peas to do this New Year’s day?

    • Oooh, unfortunately I don’t think we have any black-eyed peas recipes! I’ll put that on the list for next year for sure. :)

  6. You must have a wonderful sense of what makes a fit and active 71 year old home cook very happy!
    Spot on.

  7. Sweet!  I’m making a grocery list right now…
    And, Happy New Year to you, your staff and to all your readers.

  8. Great list! Thanks for sharing, and have a happy New Year!!

  9. So glad I read through this post.  I picked up a couple of recipes I had missed, which sound like dishes I should make.  I’d recommend the beer bread to anyone and also roasted Brussels sprouts.  In case I don’t comment on tomorrow’s post, I’d like to wish you the happiest of new years.  I guess that’s cheating because I already know it will be a very happy year for you and Barclay.  :-)

  10. Thank you for posting these.  You have beeen my go to recipe for energy balls which my kids always want to have on hand.  Then I just recently started following your blog and you have so many  amazing recipes!  Made your one hour cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning and they were to die for.  And super easy too.  Can’t wait to dive into these dinner recipes.  Pinning now.  Congrats on your exciting news as well!

  11. Yes, those are some nice recipes. Wish you and your fiancee a happy new year, Ali.