In 2018, I aimed to cook more, write more and refocus Sarah’s Cucina Bella to be about home cooking from scratch, with a firm lean toward quick and easy recipes. Over the course of the year, I published 52 recipes on this site. My personal favorites included the Teriyaki Salmon and Avocado Rice Bowl, Buffalo Blue Cheese Skillet Burgers with Onion Straws, Iced Gingerbread Cake, Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Coffee Cake and … well, it’s like picking a favorite child
Many of the recipes in the 2018 top 10 list fall into the quick and easy category. But I was also happy to see that my efforts to write more about in-season cooking and cooking sustainably were well-received. Five years ago, I never would have believed a recipe with carrot tops could possibly be among my site’s most popular, but there it is. And to see my love of all-things-cranberry also get attention from readers and recipe searchers is pretty awesome too.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 new recipes on Sarah’s Cucina Bella in 2018.
10. Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
This quick and easy recipe for Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts is a fast and reliable way to enjoy this vegetable as a side dish any night of the week.
9. Carrot Top Chimichurri Sauce
Carrot tops combine with garlic, crushed red pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt to make a lovely Carrot Top Chimichurri sauce. This sauce is delicious with steak, seafood, on roasted veggies and more.
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8. Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Herbs
Good carrots make good roasted carrots. This recipe for Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Herbs gives carrots a decidedly savory flavor with robust garlic and a trio of herbs.
7. Pad Thai for Two with Shrimp
Filled with veggies and a rich sauce that’s lightened with the squeeze of lime at the end, this Pad Thai for Two with Shrimp is a hearty dish with a variety of textures that are just lovely.
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6. Cranberry Bread with Buttermilk
With a lightly sweetened crumb, this Cranberry Bread with Buttermilk yields a tender loaf dotted with tart cranberries. It’s perfect sliced for breakfast or snacks.
5. Blueberry Streusel Muffins
Soft, tender Blueberry Streusel Muffins are easy to bake and perfect for breakfast. The crunchy streusel topping, made with brown sugar, butter and more, makes them extra special.
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4. Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Cinnamon
Tart cranberries are mellowed in this homemade whole berry cranberry sauce featuring apples and cinnamon, which lend a warm flavor. Delightful with your holiday turkey.
3. Cranberry Coffee Cake
Use leftover cranberry sauce to make this tender, sweet-tart breakfast masterpiece. This recipe for Cranberry Coffee Cake is delightful.
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2. Easy Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw
Cilantro Lime Slaw, quick pickled cucumbers, all the fixings. Why not make this Tuesday a fish taco Tuesday in your house? It’s a delightful way to enjoy a meatless dinner.
1. Watermelon Ginger Smoothie
Cool watermelon combines with zesty ginger and smooth coconut water in this easy Watermelon Ginger Smoothie recipe for one.
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Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.