Bringing you The Real Food Geek reader recipe favourites all in one place. These are YOUR 10 most popular recipes of 2020.
I’m a little late to the party, but a very Happy New Year to you all! It feels hard to say that with all-out enthusiasm as I sit at my desk writing this post amid yet another total lockdown. I know I’m not alone when I say that 2020 was a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
But as I sit here writing to you now, I’m reminded too of the joy 2020 has given me. I can honestly say I have never felt alone when I think about this small but mighty community we are building here, and I couldn’t be more grateful for you. I hope you all have found some comfort here at The Real Food Geek.
Speaking of comfort, I don’t think you’ll be surprised to hear that the ten most popular recipes of 2020 fit within the category of comfort food. Well, almost all ten. These are recipes I have turned to again and again to provide my family and me with the nourishment and support we need during these very trying times.
However, the recipe that took the number one spot and the winner by quite some way is a smoothie recipe. Can you guess which one? Want a hint? Not only does it taste AMAZING, but it also provides the body with a natural dose of nutrients, antioxidants and minerals. So important as we all strive to build our natural defences right now. Any ideas?
Ok, let’s get into it – here are the ten most popular recipes of 2020 all in one place, starting with the number 10 spot.
Taking the tenth spot in my most popular recipes of 2020 roundup is this mighty fine recipe for Homemade Burgers with Italian Herbs. I’ve always loved a burger. There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a big juicy meat patty, topped with loads of goodies. This recipe has been brought to you so that you too can enjoy the odd burger every now and still keep on track with your health and weight loss goals.
Rocking up in ninth position is the first ever recipe that went live on the blog—this Bolognese Sauce with Hidden Vegetables. Bolognese Sauce is the ultimate comfort food. And, this super healthy REAL FOOD version is jam-packed with incredible flavours that will leave you feeling truly satisfied. It’s loaded with eight different types of veggies, making it a NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE.
In spot number eight is this super tasty little dish, Easy Chicken Tikka with Mint Sauce. My go-to recipe that appears at gatherings (it’s soooo gooood on the BBQ). And when I’m really craving a takeaway, this chicken shuts that nonsense down.
The tender pieces of marinated chicken drizzled with a creamy mint sauce loaded with cooling cucumber and nutritious avocado makes for a dish that’s packed full of flavour AND healthy goodness.
Claiming the seventh spot is my dreamy, creamy porridge that resembles the flavour of the classic British dessert, rhubarb and custard. Breakfast doesn’t get much better than this Creamy Porridge Custard with Strawberry Rhubarb Coulis. It will have you so excited to jump out of bed in the morning you’ll be waking up before the alarm!
Coming in sixth is this Roasted Butternut and Carrot Soup with Tummy Soothing Spices. Like you guys, this soup is one of my favourites from the blog. This soup is an incredibly delicious way of getting plenty of veggies into your day.
Featured at the fifth spot is this Ultimate Scrambled Eggs recipe. At the time I developed this recipe Mr Food Geek and I were eating scrambled eggs for breakfast most days (you know, before my smoothie obsession started), and I wanted to spice it up a little for fear of getting bored. And I think I succeeded in my mission. These scrambled eggs are next-level delicious. Full of veggies, herbs and spices, they will keep you full ’till lunch.
Claiming the fourth spot is this Chicken Chasseur recipe aimed at those of you who are in love with your Instant Pot. There’s nothing quite like a stew to get the tastebuds tingling, so it’s only right that a healthier, real food version of this awesome French classic should make its debut appearance on the blog.
Owning the number three spot are these Sweet Potato Jackets loaded with a creamy ‘no-mayo’ tuna salad. And, unlike the standard white spud, sweet potatoes count towards one of your 5-a-day.
Proudly standing in number two position is a quick and easy 15-minute Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta recipe. And it’s likely you’ll already have the ingredients in your store cupboard or pantry. This dish makes use of frozen Mediterranean veggies for ultimate convenience and bags of nutrition. It’s simply summer in a bowl.
Taking its rightful position at spot number one in this ten most popular recipes of 2002 roundup is the Pineapple Passion Collagen Smoothie. Simply the tropics in a glass.
I have become a real fan of the simple smoothie this year. When it’s been challenging to get to the supermarket regularly, you can quite easily use frozen fruit and vegetables to build a delicious smoothie. Smoothies enable you to pump yourself full of nutritious goodness.
Take this week, for example. Not only has it been impossible to get an online grocery delivery slot, but our only car broke down and is in the garage for repair. But, it hasn’t been an issue because I have a freezer full of delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables to quickly and easily whip up a smoothie. It’s no wonder this baby made it to the number one spot.
It’s been my absolute pleasure to bring these recipes to you, and I really do hope you love them as much as I do. If you make any of them, be sure to let me know.
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