Most Popular Recipes of 2017

Happy almost 2018!  Can you believe 2017 is coming to a close?!   It has been another incredible year and I can’t thank you enough for being my foodie family!

2017 has been a whirlwind year for me personally and I feel honored to have felt your love all along the way from a part time job in doctors appointments, two surgeries, two pneumonias (one with IVS for 5 weeks), finally tackling learning how to make and edit my own videos (you can check them out on my FB PAGE or click HERE, I post one new video every week), getting settled with a gazillion fun new house projects (with lots more to come – AKA all my bathrooms!), traveling, seeing my dad speak at LDS General Conference, and various speaking assignments including, “Living After the Manner of Happiness,” a fireside talk I just posted to Soul Food about my life experiences that I gave to the youth of our church –  wooooweeee!

It has been a busy year that brings one of my favorite quotes to mind, “don’t confuse activity with progress.”  We can pack our schedules full but what does it all mean?  None of it really matters except intentional loving time with our family, friends and serving others as we strive to become a better, more Christ-like person. The reason for the season!   That is my goal for 2018.

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In 2018, I hope to bring you many new boldly delicious family meals.  Are there any particular recipes or type of recipes you want to see???  PLEASE let me know!  As far as the most popular Recipes of 2017, while I love them all, there are MANY of my personal favorites that didn’t make the list, so I’ll be sharing my personal favorites in a separate post.  In the meantime, the below recipes need to make it to your MUST MAKE list ASAP!  And as always, my Recipe Index is another fabulous resource for everything delicious.

So without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular Carlsbad Cravings Recipes of 2017 as voted on by your views and shares.   What was your favorite Carlsbad Cravings recipe you tried in 2017  Did it make the list?

10.  Slow Cooker Beef Brisket with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Wonderfully juicy, flavor exploding, melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is my favorite meat dish EVER and "better than any restaurant” according to my food critic husband!   It's the ultimate easy company dinner because it can be made days in advance then reheated in the slow cooker for stress free entertaining!


9.  Best Ever Greek Chicken Marinade

All Greek Marinated Chicken is SO juicy, tender and exploding with flavor from an EASY marinade! perfect for pitas, salads, pasta, rice/veggie etc. I love having this on hand!

8.  Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter

Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter - this salmon is the best I've ever tried! SO flavorful and juicy and the Cilantro Lime Butter is incredible! I serve this with rice and beans for a complete easy, delicious meal!


7.  Crispy Baja Fish Tacos

these Crispy fried Baja Fish Tacos are BETTER than any restaurant!!! I can't even believe how good these are and super easy with a one step batter. And don't skip the white sauce - its heavenly!


6. 25 Minute Garlic Mozzarella Margherita Pasta

20 Minute LIGHTENED UP Margherita Pasta bursting with fresh tomatoes and basil in a garlic, mozzarella Parmesan sauce! your favorite Margherita pizza in creamy pasta form!

5. Brazilian Steak Kabobs with Potatoes

Brazilian Steak Kabobs with Potatoes, Onions and Peppers- Oh my goodness, these were just as good as any Brazilian Steakhouse! So crazy juicy, exploding with flavor and super easy!

4. Thai Red Curry Chicken and Vegetables

This less than 30 MINUTE Thai Red Curry Chicken tastes straight out of a restaurant! Its wonderfully thick and creamy, bursting with flavor, so easy and all in one pot! Definitely a new fav at our house!

3. One Pot Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

ONE POT Thai Chicken Noodle Soup - this is one of my favorite soups I have ever tasted let alone made! Its way better than takeout with layers of warm, comforting aromatic flavors and I love all the veggies! I had never cooked with rice noodles and the texture was outstanding, even in leftovers!

2. Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

Ridiculously tender, Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy (without any “cream of” anything!) is richly satisfying, comforting and flavorful and the perfect make ahead meal for busy weeknights! I also love serving it for special occasions or holidays because it is so easy, make ahead and super easy to double or triple the recipe!

1. Sheet Pan Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus

One Pan Roasted Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus bursting with flavor and on your table in 15 MINUTES!  No joke!  The easiest, most satisfying meal that tastes totally gourmet!

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

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Most Popular Recipes from 2016

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2016 Favorite Carlsbad Cravings Recipes

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  1. Aria says

    OMG! I just love these recipes! I will definitely gonna make few on this !!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Aria! I’m excited for you to try them!

  2. penni says

    Thank you for the yummy recipes, so many really amazing ones!

    Hoping you have a very healthy new year filled with all good things!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Penni, thank you for following along! And thank you for the well wishes! I wish you nothing but the best in 2018!

  3. Cristy says

    You continue to be an inspiration. God bless you in 2018!! We’ve had such a hard year medically with my son and I have barely been in the kitchen. But when I can, you are my go-to for everything yummy! I’ll continue to tell everyone to check your site out and pin everything!
    God bless you and your family in the coming year!

    • Jen says

      What a kind comment Cristy, thank you so much! I love hearing you are enjoying my recipes and thank you for spreading the word! I am so sorry for all the health struggles with your son. I hope and pray 2018 will a year of better health, peace and joy!

  4. Wendy says

    I really like your post for most popular recipes and look forward to your picks too. I love your goal for 2018 and I know I could strive to be more Christ-like. I am new to your blog and pray for good health for you in the coming year.

    • Jen says

      Welcome to my blog Wendy and thank you so much for your prayers – I know they make a difference! I hope you enjoy exploring my recipes and find many new favorites!

  5. Cheryl E. says

    Your red curry coconut chicken is a definite family favorite! Happy New Year!!

    • Jen says

      YAY! I’m so happy you’ve made it and loved it! Thanks Cheryl! Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

  6. Vince says

    Love this roundup. They all look amazing. It’s easy to see why the recipes were so popular. Also, your food photography is seriously impressive.

    • Jen says

      That is so nice of you, thank you so much Vince! I love cooking, photography and people so it doesn’t get much better than this! Happy 2018!

      • Anne Cassel says

        Hi! Do you sell a cookbook? Your recipes are incredible! Love everything I’ve tried so far.
        Thank you!

        • Jen says

          Thank you so much Anne! I don’t have plans for a cookbook but I’ll my readers know if anything changes 😉 xo