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Top 10 Recipes of 2016 + 25 Favorites

I can’t believe the year is almost over, 2016 has flown by!!! I thought it would be fun to round up the most popular recipes from this past year and share them with you guys. So here are Life Made Simple’s Top 10 Recipes of 2016 + 25 favorites. I hope you’ll give a few of these a try, I know they’ve been a big hit with our family & with all of those who have tried them! P.S. thank you to my readers and those of you who make/bake my recipes! This blog is for you and I appreciate your comments and support! This next year is going to be a whirlwind, we are expecting BIG changes both on the blog and in real life, so please be patient! That said, I’ve already got my calendar planned out & packed full of delicious recipes- I can’t wait to share them with you! Happy New Year friends!! 

Top 10 Recipes of 2016

1. One-Pot Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Noodles The comfort of chicken pot pie without all of the work! My one-pot creamy chicken pot pie noodles are creamy, flavorful and best of all, filling! I had no idea how popular this recipe would be, but it’s going crazy on Pinterest right now!

One-Pot Chicken Pot Pie Noodles |

2. Tuscan Lentil Soup I have quite a few lentil soup recipes on the blog. I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of them. This particular soup is inspired by a really popular Tuscan soup… chances are you’ve probably tried it before (and enjoyed some endless salad and breadsticks with it too). I’m made it *slightly* healthier by adding a few more veggies, ditching the cream and loading it with LENTILS.

Tuscan Lentil Soup |

3. Double Chocolate Muffins Finally!!! A chocolate muffin that’s super tender, moist and bursting with chocolate flavor. These double chocolate muffins are everything (apparently you guys thought so too- they’ve received rave reviews ????????)!

Double Chocolate Muffins |

4. Perfect Pot Roast A simple yet perfect pot roast with carrots, potatoes, onions, fresh herbs and roasted garlic. It’s tender, flavorful and requires just one pot! We’ve made this roast at least 5 times this past winter… it never gets old.

Perfect Pot Roast |

5. Outrageous Macaroni and Cheese I kind of have a thing for macaroni and cheese. But I’m also really picky about it too. It has to be made with REAL cheese and it can’t be greasy. Tell me I’m not alone. That said, I always get a little nervous when I make a new recipe, because I already have a few tried & true ones that I really love. I’m happy to report this one was a big huge hit with both me and my family. My husband said it’s one of the best I’ve made!! ???????? So of course I had to share it with you all!

Outrageous Macaroni and Cheese |

6. Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken Think it’s impossible to make crispy, flavorful, golden brown chicken nuggets at home? Think again! My oven baked popcorn chicken is easy, delicious and a lot healthier than fast food or the frozen stuff! We’re slightly obsessed with these little nuggets. Our kids are too! P.S. this is NOT a copycat of any kind… just wanted to throw that out there.

Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken |

7. Classic Gingerbread Cookies These classic gingerbread cookies are made from scratch and full of warm winter spices. Our kiddos had a blast making these cute little guys. They became popular on Pinterest overnight.

Classic Gingerbread Cookies |

8. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas I love a quick and simple dinner. These sheet pan fajitas are just that! They only take a few minutes to prep and the rest is done in the oven. Meanwhile you can whip up some of our favorite spanish rice and a bowl of homemade guacamole. As soon as these come out of the oven, top them with your favoring fixings and dinner is served!

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas |

9. Homemade Funfetti Cake Ever since I was little I can remember always requesting a funfetti cake for my birthday. It was & still is one of my favorites! It’s been a few years since I’ve had it, so this time I decided it was time to make a homemade version- 100% from scratch. And guess what? It’s even better than the boxed kind!

Homemade Funfetti Cake |

10. Chili Mac and Cheese Hearty, cheesy, and oh so delicious! This chili mac and cheese is packed full of flavor and ready to go in just 30 minutes. It’s two of my favorite comfort foods made into one seriously yummy dish! Plus it’s perfect for any time of the year!

Chili Mac and Cheese |

10 Most Searched Recipes of 2016 (recipes you’ve gotta try).

1. Thick and Chewy Better Than the Boxed Brownies

Thick & Chewy Better Than The Boxed Brownies

2. Rich Fudgy Flourless Brownies

Rich Fudgy Flourless Brownies

3. The Best Buttermilk Cornbread

The Best Buttermilk Cornbread

4. Perfect New York Cheesecake

Perfect New York Cheese Cake

5. 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls

1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls

6. 30 Minute Chicken Skillet Caprese

30 Minute Skillet Chicken Caprese

7. 20 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls

20 Minute Thai Noodle Bowls

8. Potato, Corn and Bacon Chowder

Potato Corn & Bacon Chowder

9. Quick & Easy Butter Garlic Noodles

Quick & Easy Butter Garlic Noodles

10. Flavorful Spanish Rice

Flavorful Spanish Rice

15 Family Favorites of 2016 (recipes we’ve made over & over again)

1. One-Pot Cajun Alfredo

One-Pot Cajun Alfredo Pasta |

2. 30 Minute Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

30 Minute Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry |

3. Blueberry Crisp

Blueberry Crisp |

4. Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder |

5. Brown Sugar and Dijon Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Brown Sugar and Dijon Glazed Pork Tenderloin |

6. Lemon Poppy Seed Layer Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Layer Cake |

7. Vegetable Ramen Stir Fry

Vegetable Stir Fry |

8. Salted Chocolate-Caramel Bars

Salted Chocolate-Caramel Bars |

9. Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels |

10. Brown Butter Pecan Chippers

Brown Butter Pecan Chippers |

11. Sesame Coleslaw Salad

Sesame Coleslaw Salad |

12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie |

13. Chase’s Parmesan Chicken Risotto

Chase's Parmesan Chicken "Risotto" |

14. Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas |

15. Heavenly Banana Bread

Heavenly Banana Bread |

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