Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cherie's Favorite Posts of 2011

Let's have one more Top Ten, shall we? I asked my mom to pick her favorite recipes of last year because she is the one who actually tastes everything. She said it was hard narrowing it down, but here are some of her very favorites.

Strawberry Macadamia Spinach Salad
This recipe features strawberries (of course ;) and sugared macadamia nuts. It's a great way to dress up your greens.

Marion Berry Smoothie
This smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse! Not only are Marion berries delicious, but they are full of antioxidants and other incredible benefits.

Moist Whole Grain Banana Bread
This recipe entails boiling down some bananas to include pure banana juice in the bread for an extra intense flavor. And did we mention it's whole grain?

Healthy Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bar
How can you go wrong with peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal, plus a handful of other healthy ingredients and spices. Wrap these up individually for a quick, on-the-go snack.

Spelt Berry Cereal with Berries
A simple, whole-grain breakfast that tasted really good.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
This one gets points for being a dish that has become a staple. We were once a family who did not eat squash. Now, thanks to this recipe, we find it on the table regularly. It's always nice to know there's another vegetable your family will eat!

Whole Grain Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
This was a great Valentine's Day treat to share! And Valentine's Day is right around the corner. . . .

Triple Onion Cream Soup
This soup uses two different kinds of onions and leeks.

Oatmeal Honey Spelt Wheat Bread
This bread rarely lasts until it's had time to cool at our house. It looked like restaurant bread—but we're guessing theirs isn't whole grain.

Spiced Apple Berry Almond Crumble with Almond Cream
The combination of apples, berries, and almonds were heavenly. And if you haven't tried almond cream yet, you should.

Shrimp Kabobs
Marinated overnight, this shrimp had fabulous flavor when it came off the barbecue the next day.

Fabulous Whole Grain Date Bars
I think this could be termed the year of the date. We used to not think dates sounded very good—ever—but we've been proven wrong. They add a natural sweetness to food and are delicious!

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