Most Popular Blog Posts & Recipes of 2011

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Thank you for contributing to our more than 4 million pageviews in 2011…it was certainly an exciting year! Below were the most popular blog posts and recipes. Please leave a comment with what you’d like to see in 2012.


Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011

  1. Free “Real Food” Meal Plans
  2. Real Food Tips: 10 Ways to Switch up your Kid’s Lunch
  3. An Elementary School Snack List – Nut Free
  4. Supermarket “Real Food” Cheat Sheet
  5. Real Food Tips: 12 Ways to Keep it Cheap
  6. Real Food Tips: 21 Ways to Plan Ahead for School Lunches
  7. Real Food Tips: 21 Essentials for Pantry, Freezer & Fridge
  8. Sandwich Inspiration (and my view on lunch meat)
  9. Real Food School Lunches II
  10. Budget Day 100: Victory!


Top 10 Recipes of 2011

  1. The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot
  2. Granola Bars / Cereal
  3. Whole-Wheat Tortillas
  4. Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
  5. Whole-Wheat Banana Pancakes
  6. Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)
  7. Whole-Wheat Macaroni and Cheese
  8. Slow Cooker Refried Beans
  9. Easy Cheesy Crackers
  10. Homemade Chicken Nuggets


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24 comments to Most Popular Blog Posts & Recipes of 2011

  • Mimi

    I can’t connect to any of the links!

  • Penny

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for blogging! I take your cheat sheet to Earth Fare every time I go in :) Is it too much trouble to email the above lists (the most popular blog posts)? I’m not on Face Book, but would like them. Have a Great New Year!

    From across the border in SC :) Penny

  • Lauren

    Found you via the “Get Real” challenge! Wow! So many fabulous ideas and recipes. I’m excited to read your guest post next week, but until then I’ll be pouring over the information on your blog! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  • Jennifer

    Thank you for all this awesome information and receipes! I have tried to incorporate some of your ideas over the past 6 months but plan on following much more! I just got a waffle iron yesterday and made the whole-wheat waffles today for my family, to my surprise they loved them! My son is 9 and daughter is 6; with all the illness and obesity out there, I’ve got to give them a fighting chance, so THANK YOU again!!

  • HBohanan

    Thanks Lisa for these and ALL your posts this past year. Your blog has been a lifesaver for my family! Keep up the great work!!!

  • Kirstie

    Hey girl! I was wondering if you have ever heard of/looked into the Clean Program — if so, just wanted to get your opinion. I’m on my second time doing it — currently on day 6. I thought afterwards if I can get my head on straight, my hubby and I may try your 100 days challenge.

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Hey there! I had not heard of that program before (although I know there are some different “cleanses” out there). I have to say I am skeptical when you have to buy a bunch of products. Our philosophy is just to stick to the most traditional foods possible (foods our ancestors have survived on for centuries), and I am guessing that probably didn’t include protein powder and the such. I would be curious to see the list of ingredients though. No matter what I am sure it couldn’t hurt anything since it is short term, and I agree that changing over to real food once your done would be good for a long-term solution! And you don’t have to buy anything special either :)

      Good to hear from you Kirstie!


  • stillshimpy

    Hey there, I looked for a contact for you, but was unable to find one. Here’s a recipe link you might find interesting for a whole wheat carrot cake:

    Swap out unsweetened applesauce for the vegetable oil. Fine grate works best on the carrots. Spice mixture altered to: 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. I don’t personally frost this cake. Honey can be bumped up to 1 cup if you are looking for more sweetness sans frosting :-)

    Just thought I’d share. I like your blog and figured that you might want to add this to your list of treats :-)

  • stillshimpy

    Shoot, forgot one thing: I also add one teaspoon vanilla.

    It’s tough when you have kids, who want to have some fun, special foods. Good luck with what you’re doing :-)

  • Penny

    I find something new every time I visit your site! You should write a book, I would buy it as soon as it hit the shelves :)

  • This may be sort of ambitious, but introducing more gluten-free whole grain recipes could be a good idea for 2012. It’s something I’m working on now with my baking, since I was die-hard 100% whole wheat before being diagnosed with gluten intolerance (even still have a huge bag of wheat berries in my pantry). I’ve found that buckwheat is really great for quick breads, and I’ve been able to use other 100% whole gluten-free grains easily in non-yeasted baked goods without the use of gums or starches. :)

  • I’m so excited to have found your site today! Such a fabulous resource, and a fee-good New Years-ish motivator! Love!

  • Lisa

    I love your site and have found it fun to cook for my family! Thanks for all that you post on here!

  • Julia

    I came across your blog from pinterest, I love it!!!! It feed my family very similarly, so I appreciate other who do too :)

  • We found your blog about two weeks ago after the doctor suggested I go on a low gi diet to try and get rid of some skin issues I’m having. I quickly found lots of easy and yummy recipes and the kid friendly foods have become a quick go to for me when making menu plans. I think the majority of our menu this week is coming from your blog. I thank you for taking the time to do this blog. Its things that I could have found and done myself, but having someone else make it easy and accessible while trying to maintain my sanity with little ones and schooling is awesome! :) I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes and reading many more blog posts!!!

  • Danielle

    Hi—wondering if real food cheat sheet can be obtained by non-Facebook users. We do our best to cut out all artificial ingredients and are always looking for sources that can help in this quest.

  • Erin

    I wish the recipes were organized alphabetically as well. Sometimes I see a recipe I like but have to scroll through a bunch of pages to try to find it again…

  • Charry

    My favorite didn’t make the top 10 list. I’m in LOVE with your whole wheat biscuit recipe. Best biscuits ever!

  • katie

    i have a quick question: we drink only unsweetened organic almond milk at our house. there are vitamins added, but is there any other reason unsweetened almond milk is not on the list?

  • Kate

    How do you feel about the Bare Naked Smoothie drinks?

  • This is a nice post in an interesting line of content, great way of bring this topic to discussion.

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