2021 is coming to a close. I’ve been sharing meal plans now for six months. I’ve enjoyed hearing about how meal planning works in your home and I’m looking forward to sharing more ways that I keep the cooking interesting and my family of six fed as we move into 2022. In the meantime, I thought I would round out the year by sharing our most popular recipes.

If you have missed any of our meal plans, you can check them out. There will be more to come in 2022!

Top 10 Recipes from the 2021 Meal Plans

  1. Bourbon Peach Meatballs from Busy in Brooklyn
    This is my new go-to meatball recipe. The sweetness comes with a mild savory flavor that is different from your classic sweet and sour recipe. I’ve made them with both peach and apricot jams as well as changed the bourbon to other kinds of whiskey.
  2. California Pizza Kitchen Sedona Tortilla Soup from CopyKat Recipes
    I still can’t tell you how close this recipe is to the actual one served in the recipe, but it’s our prefered version of tomato soup. The kids love crunching up tortilla chips to put on top of the soup.
  3. Candied Chicken from Taste and Tell
    We make this both with chicken and turkey cutlets. It really doesn’t matter what kind of poultry you use. The secret is in the delightfully sweet sauce that surrounds the meat. I’ve added mushrooms and squash around the poultry to make yummy veggies.
  4. Instant Pot Persian Rice from Kosher.com
    The biggest challenge with this recipe is not eating it before it is served. Particularly when I have to transfer it from the Instant Pot to another container. Hopefully no one notices that some of the crunchy parts are gone.
  5. Veggie Lo Mein with Pan-Fried Tofu from Oh My Veggies
    It’s fitting that at least one Asian recipe made it on to the list since I’m writing this while thinking about Chinese food on Christmas. Stereotypes aside, lo mein dishes are fun and flexible. We’ve been enjoying eating the marinated tofu after air frying it.
  6. Vegetable Kugel with Carmalized Leeks from What Jew Wanna Eat
    This recipe joined our table for Rosh HaShana as leeks are one of the special symbols for the holiday.
  7. Mango Salmon from Between Carpools
    We tend to eat our salmon with teriyaki sauce and brown sugar rubbed in to it, so eating it with a sweet mango flavor really changed things up. If you haven’t checked out the Dinner Done cookbook from Between Carpools, you should.
  8. Brussel Sprouts, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad from Smitten Kitchen
    True story – we almost forgot to serve this on Rosh HaShana and it would have been a shame if we had. Cruncy Brussel sprouts definitely belong in a salad.
  9. Pretzel Dogs from Let the Baking Begin
    If my kids could vote for their favorite recipe from the past six months, this would be it. It definitely requires a little bit of advanced preparation to make the dough, but the sounds of happy kids is worth it.
  10. Pumpkin Noodle Kugel from Overtime Cook
    I don’t think I’ll ever go back to making regular Jewish noodle kugel again. Pumpkin and bourbon combine to make a sweet kugel that can be eaten hot or cold.