Thursday, December 29, 2011

Countdown to 2012: Best Main Dishes of 2011

I hope you all are enjoying this countdown as much as I am!  Your recipes are really fantastic, and I’m feeling inspired to try new dishes in 2012.

Be sure to check out the best breakfast, breads & soup recipes from 2011 if you haven’t already.  Or, check them out on Pinterest!


Today’s theme is BEST MAIN DISHES of 2011.  Vegetarian, meaty… bring them all to cook up some delicious dinners.

We made some delicious dinner recipes over the past year – #1, 3, 6, 8 & 14 are real standouts in our house. 


1. Make-Ahead Spinach Pasta Bake
2. Calzones – Spinach & Mushroom
3. Roasted Garden Vegetable Lasagna
4. Vegetable Risotto
5. Rigatoni with Stewed Vegetables
6. Zucchini Pizza Casserole {gluten-free}
7. Butternut Squash Pasta
8. Balsamic Crusted Chicken and Wild Rice Pepper Salad
9. Smokehouse Maple Fajitas and Grilled Potato Fries
10. Zucchini Burgers
11. Pizza Pockets
12. Tater Tot Hotdish with homemade tater tots
13. Garden Vegetable Ricotta Pizza
14. Parmesan Crusted Chicken with a Crème Sauce
and, a bonus holiday recipe: Bacon-Infused Self-Basting Turkey & Gravy!

Link up a post containing a recap of your best main dish recipes from 2011, or link up an individual top recipe choice. 

Please make sure to include a link back to the Countdown here on Finding Joy in My Kitchen so others can find the party & share their favorites.  You can do this by including the countdown button in your post:

Countdown to 2011 with Finding Joy in My Kitchen
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  1. Thanks again for hosting! I think it's been as much fun for me putting the posts together as it is to explore other people's best recipes!

  2. I pretty much bookmarked these across the board. Especially all the pasta!

  3. I'm enjoying linking up to your party! You apparently cook a lot more than I do these days! You have so many wonderful offerings! I'm loving how you sneak a lot of veggies into your food. I need to do that more.

  4. I've found SO many wonderful recipes through this feature. Can't wait to start trying them all!

  5. SnoWhite, I think I finally got linked up correctly today!! Thanks for being patient with me, and thanks for the super party!

  6. Oh Yummy! All these main dish recipes are such a menu planning inspiration...I'll definitely be checking back in to see what recipes will make our must-try list.

  7. Zucchini I've never seen anything like this before. I wonder if I could use leftover chicken, pulsed a few times in the blender instead of canned chicken.

  8. Everything is so tempting! And very unique and creative. You are a girl after my own heart with all these veggie infused dishes!

  9. Thanks again for hosting. I am having so much fun with this. Your Parmesan Chicken, Tater Tot Casserole and Pizza Pockets are definitely going on my "to make" list. I must try your homemade tater tots. They seem a little easier than other recipes I have seen. Oh, and I want to do the bacon wrapped turkey next time I roast one. Now off to see other's posts.

  10. Thanks again, SnoWhite, for hosting this series. I love it!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  11. I'll be pinning a lot of these. Main dishes are pretty much my forte' on my own blog. Thanks for doing this.


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