At the end of the year many bloggers, myself included, gather up all their most popular recipes and share them. I’ve done one for the past few years. They’re really fun, both for the blogger and for the reader. I love seeing what you guys liked for the year. And I love looking at other bloggers’ year-end collections.
Sometimes I wish there were other recipes, you know the ones that are your favorites! Of course, all the recipes are like my children, and I want them all to be loved.
Well, when I wrote up 2016’s most popular recipes collection (you’ll find it here by the way), I thought I’d like to write up a collection of my most used recipes. The ones we make around here over and over again. Sometimes we might even make them weekly. Some freeze well, so I’ll make a big batch and keep them around. But the ones that if you were to come over to my kitchen you’d see them in use all the time.
So here they are, in no particular order, Our House Favorite Recipes. Click on the pictures to get to the recipes.
Carne Asada Marinade – It’s also great for mushrooms, tofu, and fish. We use this marinade all the time! It’s so easy and it adds so much flavor to the dish. We’ve even started using it in the crock pot for our Crock Pot Carne Asada.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes – so easy and so good. I love these as a side dish for dinner, as part of breakfast (picture a nice fried egg on top of these!), or as a taco filling. Nicely spiced, not too heavy to cover up the veggie flavors. This one has been popular with young and old because of the simplicity. and who doesn’t love sweet potatoes!
Easy Enchilada Sauce – You know I love Mexican food and Mexican flavors. This one is my favorite. Cooks up in 15 minutes. Keeps for a long time in the fridge. I use it in breakfast tacos all the time. Any tacos for that matter. Heck, take those sweet potatoes, this easy enchilada sauce, some lettuce, cheese, and sour cream and you have a delicious taco! I’ve also used it recently in Enchilada Black Bean Soup.
Chow Mein Noodles – or as my husband calls it, Yakisoba. This is a quick and easy dinner. Just cook up the noodles while you stir fry the veggies, toss it all in a light Asian sauce, and you’re ready to eat. I also like that you can switch up the veggies or protein to use whatever you have. Tofu? yep. Carrots? Go right ahead. Chicken? Sure. You get the idea.
Homemade Pizza Sauce – Full flavored, with a little sweet, and a little spicy kick. My husband would eat pizza all the time if he could. I love that this sauce tastes fresh and it freezes well. All you need is bread, like flatbread, French bread, or a store-bought pizza base, some cheese, and this sauce, and voila, you have dinner. Add in whatever leftover veggies you have or pepperoni (which also freezes really well!). We’ve used this pizza sauce in all kinds of fun appetizers too (you’ll see several listed in the pizza sauce post).
Vegetable Fried Rice – Again a great way to use leftovers. Leftover rice, veggies, proteins all combine to make the perfect comfort food. Young and old love fried rice. And I love that it’s an easy way to get more veggies into their diet.
Grilled Corn on the Cob – My favorite way to prepare it. It’s so easy and so tasty, it’s no wonder this one is a house favorite. Now, maybe this is more of a summer specialty, but we do get fresh corn on the cob most of the year here in Southern California. And, it makes a perfect simple side dish.
Maple-Thyme Glazed Carrots – Roasting carrots like this brings out their sweet tasty goodness. They make a great side dish for any meal – fancy, simple, company, just the two of us. It’s all good.
Grilled Fish – This is the easiest way we’ve found to grill fish. In a cast iron skillet on the grill. Outside, so all the smells and any messy oil stay outside. But, the fish comes out moist and so good.
Baked French Toast Casserole – This is my husband’s recipe, and he makes it because French Toast is my favorite breakfast treat. This way, he doesn’t have to stand over a skillet flipping toast. And, it makes enough for company.
Potatoes Fondantes – beautiful, fancy, French potatoes done so they are packed with flavor. Moist, yummy. Everything you want from a side dish!