My Personal Top 12 Recipes from 2011

Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s a new year, a great time to start fresh and undo the damage some of us may have done over the holidays!

Too many cookies? cupcakes?
Not enough time to exercise…
We all fall into that trap in December!

My resolutions are to get to the gym more, and get organized! I’m even getting rid of some of my lightly or barely used cookbooks because my shelves are over-flowing! If you are interested, you can enter the cookbook giveaway on Skinny Bits which ends this friday.

I thought I would start the new year with a post of my personal skinny favorites from 2011, ones I like to keep in my rotation because everyone in my family loves them. These are not all my favorites, just the ones I posted in 2011. Hope you enjoy and don’t be too hard on yourself, today is a new day!!


My Family Favorites From 2011

Bananas Fosters Topped Overnight French Toast
A favorite for brunch!

Chicken Rollatini Stuffed with Zucchini and Cheese
These are delicious, great for company or any family meal!

Steak and Cheese Sandwiches with Onions and Mushrooms
I’m a sucker for a good cheese steak.


Carne Bistec (Colombian Steak with Onions and Tomatoes)
The men in your house will thank you for this one!

Crock Pot Pernil (Puerto Rican Pulled Pork)
My husband’s favorite!

Chicken Shiitake and Wild Rice Soup
Excellent soup!

Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
My favorite pasta dish, lightened up.

Arroz Con Pollo, Lightened Up
Great one pot meal!


Zesty Lime Shrimp with Avocado Salad
Light and delicious.

Swedish Meatballs
My teen loves these!

Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe
Perfect dish for picky kids! My toddler loves this!

Sofrito Chicken Stew
Delicious and inexpensive.

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  1. I too would LOVE, LOVE, *LoVE* a belgian waffle recipe!!! That's actually what brought me to this sight tonight. Was disappointed that I didn't find one. Although all the recipes that I've tried here have been FantasTic!! Thanks Gina for all you do!

  2. I cannot wait to try the Swedish meatballs and the Shrimp/Avocado salad.

  3. I love french toast!!! well, breakfast food in general anyways! lol I was wondering, have you considered a belgian waffle recipe? I absolutely love those on a saturday morning 😀

  4. Your top 12 seems to be missing 3? Top 9 from 2011! 😛

  5. I second your nomination of the chicken rollatini. We have that once a week at my house and everyone loves it. Thanks so much for all your fantastic recipes.

    I feel I (partly) have you to thank for my 38kg weight loss in 2011. I honestly couldn't have done it without this site. I will be back in 2012 to lose the last 7kg.

  6. Thank you for reposting the recipe for Pernil–I love it and miss having it because it usually has a ton of olive oil, et al! It seemed cosmic because I found this recipe AND an add for pork loin for $1.89 a pound. *LOL* Guess what I'm having this weekend!

  7. I second everyone else. I love your recipes and have been following your blog religiously for over a year. I just made your chicken rolatini with spinach and it was amazing. My husband said it was the best meal I have ever made. I am looking to purchasing a crock pot. Which one do you recommend. I saw one at William Sonoma for $200 which looked really nice and sautes inside as well, but I don't think I need the Rolls Royce of crock pots to do a good job. Which one would you recommend?

  8. My fav is the chicken pot pie soup. It is sooo Yummy and ony 4pp!

  9. Thanks everyone! I too hope that 2012 brings a cookbook, and maybe an app. We shall see!

  10. I love so many of these recipes, especially the chicken rotallini, have made it so many times. I have even deconstructed the recipe when I am in a hurry (cooking chicken separate from filling), served over brown rice and I have made just the filling and tossed with pasta, adding the cheeses to the pasta at the end. In all cases it turns out delicious! I have many other favorites and so many yet to try. Thank you Gina for all of the recipes and can't wait to see what you make this year 🙂
    Terri

  11. Ahhh!!! My list of recipes to try just grew like CRAZY! All of those look amazing! That first one, the cake looks great!

  12. Loved your "skinny top 12 from 2011" so much I linked to it from my blog. These recipes will definitely get folks back on track after all the holiday goodies.

  13. I think you should create an app. I'd pay for it! I would love a way to organize and bookmark my favorite recipes through an app on my iPad – or maybe you should consider writing a cookbook! I love sooo many of these recipes. Thank you!

  14. The steak sandwich looks out of this world!!! I love all your recipes, can't wait to try these!

  15. Gina I don't know how you find the time to create such wonderful recipes but please DON'T STOP you are my 'go to' website. I'm still waiting for your cookbook but I'm patient. Happy Holidays to you, your family and staff.

  16. oh yes, the Shitaki chicken was my FAVORITE recipe of last year.

  17. Signing in just to echo what Angela said…. please publish a skinnytaste cookbook! I have a lot of your recipes printed out but would love a cookbook. Many many thanks for lots of delicious meals!

  18. The chicken with wild rice soup and the leftover turkey noodle soup are probably my favorite from 2011. There are so many favorites that it's a tough choice, but I make those two often and love them so much! You are the best, Gina. I hope 2012 brings a fabulous Skinnytaste cookbook! 🙂

  19. Made your stuffed pepper soup and garlic cheddar biscuits for dinner last night. Totally delicious. My husband even made a point of saying, "You should say thank you on the Website- it's been awesome!" So- thank you for all of the awesome recipes!

  20. JUST finished your light gingerbread cookies I requested!
    They were the hit of the holidays. Thanks SO much and all the healthy best for 2012.

  21. Every recipe I have tried from your site has been AMAZING!! I made the Swedish meatballs for Christmas Eve dinner and the roasted parmesan green beans and my family raved about the meal!! Also made the carrot cake recipe for my hubby's b-day and it was the BEST carrot cake I've ever eaten!!! Love, love, love your site! Looking forward to cooking more of your recipes 🙂

  22. They all look wonderful!

  23. Great review Gina! My favorite of those: Chicken Shitake and Wild Rice Soup 🙂

  24. my goal is to so so so cook more in 2012.

  25. i think you just became my new best friend 🙂 just found this site thru someone else and i just started weight watchers a few weeks ago. i can not wait to try some of these recipes they look delicious. after reading above i have a meatball stew recipe that doesnt have many ingredients… dont know the points or points plus values tho but here it is

    Meatball stew:
    2 cans beef broth
    2 cans stewed tomatoes
    2 cans sliced new potatoes
    1- 16oz packages of carrots
    meatballs to cover the top
    cook on high for 6 hrs and enjoy

    its makes a lot anyways if you try it i hope you like it as much as i do. and i am so excited to find this site.

  26. Yes, the meatballs are great in the crock pot, for 2012 I'm going to try some of my recipes in the crock and see how they turn out. So many are easily adaptable. And I agree, that zucchini cheese filling is great!

  27. Oh so many great recipes on your blog, Gina! However, my family LOVES Arroz Con Pollo Lightened Up…we have it at least once a week! Another fav was the Chicken Sausage Brown Rice Stuffing…yum! Thank you and keep up the great work!

  28. The steak and cheese sandwiches are wonderful! I have made them several times and my family of 5 loves them!

  29. My favorite was the pasta & beans (fagioli) recipe! Yum!
    -Angie

  30. great recipes!

    happy new year!

  31. Some great highlights there!

  32. I absolutely LOVE the chicken Rollatini stuffed with Zucchini and cheese. In fact, I could probably even eat the zucchini and cheese filling by itself–it's just that good! We're going back on Weight Watchers tomorrow and to kick start it, the first thing we're making is your crockpot italian meatballs. They look so GOOD! We've made a few of your meatballs/meatloafs before and they've all come out tasting delicious!

  33. Thanks for noticing, I just fixed the link.

  34. Sarah, try clicking on the photo of the shrimp avocado salad above. That'll get you there until the link is fixed.

  35. I recently came across your website and I have to say that it is great! I tried the first recipe that interested me the same day I saw it and was amazed! I even double checked the points because it was so good, but not too good to be true! I've since been rummaging through your website and can't wait to try more. Looks like I should invest in a slow-cooker 🙂

    Thanks!!!

  36. The chicken rice soup is my fave. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you've shared with us.

  37. Gina I love your website made your taco dip and chicken with sun dried tomatoes and leeks for dinner last night. Today I made chicken pot pie soup, I love all your stuff!

  38. I made the Bananas Foster French toast for my father in law (who does not love bread or sweets) over Christmas. He LOVED it and asked for it again over New Year's weekend…much to my mother in law's shock and amazement 🙂 It really is wonderful!

  39. Sofrito chicken stew is my ALL time favorite…and the kids ask for it once a week!

  40. The zesty lime shrimp link does not work.

  41. The strawberry ones were my fave. I always use that recipe and modify it a little when making scones. 🙂 I have made a cran apple one that my co-workers LOVE!!!! But yeah, the Strawberry ones were AMAZING!!!

  42. I just made your split pea soup today and it is delicious.I put it in ww recipe builder and came up with 1 point per cup. My soup made 14 cups. Does that sound right to you? No matter the points the soup rocks

  43. Happy new year! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to us all. Your recipes are awsome and my family loves them. I look forward to a new year of fantastic recipes from your kitchen to mine!
    Thank you again 🙂

  44. wow two of your favorites are also favorite of mine the shrimp avocado salad ans easy pasta and brocoli. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy New Year!

  45. Which scones, I have so many! I do love scones, I have a new one coming soon!

  46. My faves of yours this year were the scones (sad they didn't make the cut) and carne bistec!!! 🙂