PGEW Turns 5! The Top 10 Recipes from Year Four

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Are you having fun yet? I know I am! Revisiting all these recipes has been a really interesting experience and it’s been a blast sharing them with you.

We’re coming into the home stretch and today we’re checking out what was so delicious in the fourth year of PGEW. Going through these was a bit bittersweet, because I vividly recall a certain life-changing event that happened during that time: 2011 was the year that I first got the shingles, followed by the horror of being diagnosed with PHN and having to adjust to all it brings with it.

Of course, back then I wasn’t as bad as I am now. I used to be able to go through a few months without a shingles attack, so all I had to deal with was the pain. While it wasn’t easy those first few months, I still had a lot more energy and could somewhat function like regular human being. Which is why I was still able to bust out new recipe posts right and left. This list was whittled down from a much larger one of about twenty, and I almost wish I could post the “runners up” because some of them were so flippin’ good. But enough babbling! Let’s check out the top ten!

The Top 10 PGEW Recipes from Year Four

Remind me not to do these round ups when I’m hungry. Yowza! 

Raw Kale & Garbanzo Salad with Spicy Citrus Vinaigrette

The salad that dethroned my red quinoa & broccoli salad as Best Salad Ever. Sometimes I get really greedy and make them both for a Meatless Monday mega-meal.

Curry Chicken Tacos with Thai Cucumber Relish

Taco Tuesdays just got a lot more interesting with this fun little dish. (Hint: Make plenty of the cucumber relish – it’s addicting!)

Baked Apples with Cranberry-Apple Oatmeal

Have I told you how much I love serving food in food that was used to make the original food? (Okay, I think my brain hurts now.) Seriously though, this is a fabulous departure from the usual oatmeal breakfast. It’s perfect for a fun fall brunch!

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup with Polenta Croutons

Sure, you can buy the pre-made version of this soup in those convenient little boxes (I know I used to), but why bother when you can make double that amount at home for about the same price? The boxed kind also doesn’t feature these fantastic little polenta croutons…

Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Muffins

And here I thought my Fiesta Corn & Potato Chowder was getting all the Pinterest love. These little guys have been pinned over 5,000 times! And with good reason: they’re easy to make, delicious & nutritious, and perfect for breakfast on-the-go.

French Toast BLT

Need I say more? I think not.

Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Mango Stuffed Avocados

This is a total PGEW splurge, but I love it so much. If you’re looking for a fun weekend dinner, be sure to bookmark this one!

Green Soup with Meyer Lemon Yogurt

This soup has definitely helped keep me alive these past couple of PHN-ridden years. I don’t even want to think about what life would be like if I didn’t drown my sorrows in piles of fresh vegetables!

Spiced Pear Ice Cream

Who said ice cream was just for summertime?

Double Mushroom Burger

“Double mushroom” means mushrooms in and on the burger. Not only does swapping out some of the meat for mushrooms help shave off some calories, it helps save a few pennies by stretching out the meat supply a bit further.

What? Year 5 is tomorrow? Time flies when you’re having fun! See you tomorrow! : )

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One Response to "PGEW Turns 5! The Top 10 Recipes from Year Four"

  1. Lindsay says:

    Congrats on 4 years! Everything looks so good. Definitely hungry for a kale salad right now and it’s 8:30AM!


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