My Favorite Recipes of 2017

Happy NEW YEAR!  I hope you all enjoyed the Most Popular Recipes of 2017!   While many of my favorite recipes did make the Most Popular 2017 Recipes cut, many of them did not so I had to make another collection of MY Personal Favorite Recipes of 2017!  There are still far too many of my favorite recipes to fit into this list, so be sure to check out my Recipe Index.

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So without further ado, here are my PERSONAL 17 favorite Carlsbad Cravings Recipes of 2017 in no particular order- because it was hard enough to narrow it down to these!

Loaded Zuppa Toscana

This one pot Loaded Zuppa Toscana Soup is truly better than Olive Garden's - by a long shot!  It's creamy, comforting. makes great leftovers and my family LOVES it!  

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

Incredibly EASY, thick, soft and chewy, buttery Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars taste just like the cookie but so much easier and less time consuming! The cinnamon and sugar crackle top is to die for!

Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders

These Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders are my favorite party food ever and my family loves them for dinner!  The meatballs are the BEST (so tender and juicy!) and the marinara is amazing and I love how they are individual sliders instead of meatball subs!  I can't recommend these enough! 

Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad

I couldn't stop eating this Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad!  Its bursting with tender, juicy chicken and the sweet & tangy Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing is out of this world delicious!  This combo is pure heaven!

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberries, Caramelized Pecans, and Goat Cheese 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries, Caramelized Pecans and Goat Cheese with the most incredible CRANBERRY VINAIGRETTE belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! This is one of my favorite salads EVER and is the perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!!!

Lightened Up Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder (30 Minutes!)

30 Minute LIGHTENED UP Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder is one of my family's favorite soups ever! Its cheesy, creamy (without any heavy cream!), comforting and the layers of flavors are out of this world!

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Beef


One Pot Lemon Garlic Cream Ravioli and Shrimp


One Pot Greek Chicken Risotto

Easy, creamy BAKED Greek Chicken Risotto made in one pot! This has become a favorite dinner for my entire family and I love how easy it is! Its bursting with so much flavor and the chicken marinade is outstanding!

Nutella S’mores Pie

Million Dollar Baked Penne

This Million Dollar Baked Penne has been a family favorite for decades!  We serve it at all our family gatherings because its SO good, so easy!  The homemade sauce is incredible and the hidden layer of creamy/cheesiness is to live for! 

Crispy Jalapeno Popper Beef Taquitos

Crispy Jalapeno Popper Beef Taquitos bursting with irresistible creamy, cheesy spicy beef filling (customizable) all cocooned in crispy tortillas and done in less than 30 mintues! These are my husband's favorite ever appetizer and I couldn't stop eating them! Perfect game day any party appetizer!

Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is one of my favorite salads IN THE WORLD! It belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and Christmas and all season long!  The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side that is flavor and texture heaven!  #thanksgivingside #thanksgivingsalad


Herb Chicken with Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Juicy Garlic Herb Chicken baked in ONE PAN with Parmesan mozzarella Scalloped Sweet Potatoes!   This is one of my favorite dinners ever!  so much flavor and a meal-in-one!

Mexican Spinach Dip

This warm, creamy, cheesy Mexican Spinach Dip is easy, make ahead, bursting with fiestalicious spices and quite possibly the BEST Spinach Dip ever AKA your new back pocket crowd pleasing appetizer for every occasion!

30 Minute Korean Beef Bowls

30 Minute Korean Beef Bowls are my absolute favorite last minute dinner! bursting with flavor and one of the absolute easiest meals you will ever make!

Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon with Crispy Panko

25 MINUTE Baked Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon with Crispy Parmesan Panko & Broccoli!  This salmon is not only bursting with flavor and sooo juicy and tender but the easiest, most satisfying meal that tastes totally gourmet!  My parents were blown away by this meal!

Thank you for a fabulous 2017!  Now here’s to 2018, may it be the best year yet! 

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  1. Rachel says

    So many good recipes here. I made the Zuppa Toscano, corn chowder and Korean beef bowls and loved all of them. I have the baked ziti bookmarked to make very soon. Making your cheesy taco soup this week.

    • Jen says

      Thank you Rachel and I love hearing you have made so many of them already! I hope you love the Baked Ziti and Taco Soup as well! Thanks for following along, Happy New Year!

  2. Judi says

    I can’t say I have an absolute favorite, as ALL your recipes were amazing and sooooooo goooood…..but if I was forced to really pick something, it would have to be the Chipotle Chicken Empanadas …..made them AGAIN for New Year’s Eve and they were gone in like 3 minutes I think…not kidding….burning hot out of the oven and gone!!! Thank you, Jen, always for the amazing photography and mouth watering recipes that you do. Blessed New Year to you and your husband…..

    • Jen says

      Thank you for following along and making my recipes Judi! I am thrilled you love them so much – wahoo! That is awesome the Chicken Empanadas are your favorite and such a hit at New Year’s Eve! They are a newer recipes so I haven’t had much feedback on them, so I especially love hearing that! Thank you for taking the time to comment and I wish you and yours the Happiest New Year!

  3. Dani says

    We loved the Honey Balsamic Beef and the Southwest Orzo Salad with Chipotle Honey Lime Vinaigrette! Also, it isn’t a 2017 recipe but we recently tried the Sheet Pan Chili Dijon Pork Tenderloin and it was absolutely incredible! Any chance for some Instant Pot recipes? I got one for Christmas and I am totally intimidated by it!!! Thanks for the great recipes and Happy New Year!

    • Jen says

      Hi Dani, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I love all of those recipes too! It makes my heart so happy to hear others are enjoying my recipes! I don’t have plans for instant pot recipes as I don’t currently own one and like to post recipes that everyone can make but more and more people are getting them so that might change 🙂 A Bountiful Kitchen has some Instant Pot Recipes, but more importantly, at the bottom of the index, she has a “HOW TO USE” Post: I hope that’s helpful! Happy 2018!

      • Dani says

        Thanks, Jen – that is really helpful!! 🙂

  4. patti leal says

    hi jen. i love your recipes. we have had million dollar baked penne (using elbow pieces instead of penne). had enough for two meals and a couple lunches. will be making again. we also loved the cheesy baked italian meatballs (i could eat these everyday). we also tried the italian mozzarella chicken foil packets – tasty and so easy. will be making the baked cheddar ranch chicken tenders in the fairly near future. there are quite a few more that i’ m interested in. thanks for sharing so much with us. patti in florida

    • Jen says

      I am so glad you loved so many different recipes of mine last year Patti and that you took the time to make them! It sounds like you love Italian food, I hope I continue to make recipes to your liking 🙂