Top 5 Reader Recipe Choices For 2017
Well, another year is drawing to a close. As customary, it helps to take a few minutes to reflect on past events as we decide how to proceed forward.
Here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs it helps us to see what you, the reader, have found to be the most helpful information on our website. Because one of our goals is to help EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE, we need to know what articles have been of most help to you. This way we can continue to offer you similar articles to assist you in your future journey towards empowerment.
In 2016, I put together a post showing the top 10 blog posts chosen by readers like you. Check it out here.
This year though, as I gathered the statistical information, I discovered that you, the reader, have chosen:
- 5 top recipes,
- and 5 other poverty addressing articles.
So, our blog post reviews of 2017 will be broken into 2 articles. Today, we will look at your top 5 picks for recipes.
Food—A Common Bond
A common bond we all share is food. Funny how we all seem to need to eat.
But when you struggle financially, you know that your focus on food can become a primary need. This is because as you seek to cut financial expenses, you still desire to put real food items on your table.
Dealing with financial struggles seems to start first in the kitchen. How to cut expenses while serving nutritious meals. Well, here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, we are continually placing those kind of recipes on our website to EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
After all, we also struggle financially and try to live on a budget of $200 a month. Some months successful, other months, not so much. But that is life, isn’t it?
So we share your struggle in the kitchen. These are the 5 recipes that you also found very helpful in your own kitchens in 2017.
1. Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Sweetened With Stevia
The number one recipe selection for 2017 has shown me that you are concerned about reducing your sugar intake while cutting costs. This is important to know as I seek out recipes to share with you over the next months.
In a growing age of health issues of:
- or more
it is important to change our cooking habits. This way you are EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE as you address your own nutritional needs and requirements.
Stevia is a great natural source sweetener that can help keep your blood sugar levels stable. It gives that sweet taste you crave without the negative side effects that other sweeteners seem to have on some people.
So, if you are new to cooking with Stevia, this tasty Cranberry condiment is a great place to start. And it is simple to make too!
2. Crock Pot Canned Salmon Loaf
In the fall of 2017 we launched a 30 Day Crock Pot Challenge. It is set up so you can join at any time and you will receive a new recipe daily in your email for an entire month. Have you joined yet? If not, sign up today and start the New Year with 30 recipes that will save you both time and money.
Not only are crock pots, or slow cookers, easy to use, they also save on electricity costs in your kitchen. They use a mere fraction of hydro in comparison to your stovetop or oven. As well, they are time savers. Just set it up with your meal ingredients, and go do your other activities for the next 4 to 8 hours. Depending on how much time you need to do these activities, you can set it on either high or low temperature with great results.
So it is no surprise that the second top recipe for 2017 uses your crock pot.
Using another Food Bank staple, canned salmon, and an old cooking method of steaming you can try a new twist on the Salmon Loaf. Steaming is not as challenging as it might appear. In fact, it is really quite simple. Once you have tried it, you may find out that you will love this new twist on cooking.
Steaming is not a “new” cooking technique however. It actually dates back to the days of Confederation and before. But it became a forgotten cooking technique as the years have gone by. This year, we’ve been reviving it here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs while reducing costs and using your crock pot. Traditionally you would either have your oven on for hours, or a pot of boiling water on the stove top, also for hours. Well, with the high cost of electricity, this is not a desirable option.
But, by using the crock pot, you can revive the art of “steaming” once again. And this Crock Pot Canned Salmon Loaf is an excellent place to start.
3. Newfoundland Crock Pot Figgy Duff Pudding
With the 2017 celebration of the 150th Birthday of Canada as a nation, it is no surprise to find recipes from across the country in this year’s reader top picks. And as we saw a moment ago, using a crock pot, and reviving the art of “steamed” meals has been of interest too.
Now don’t let the name fool you—Newfoundland Crock Pot Figgy Duff Pudding has nothing to do with figs! Check out the recipe to find out what is used instead and the meaning behind the unusual name.
This is a delicious treat to end any special occasion dinner. Try some today and enjoy a heritage recipe with an updated twist—the crock pot.
Have you joined the 30 Day Crock Pot Challenge yet? If not, take a quick sec and sign up here:
4. Pan Fried Nunavut Bannock
Bannock has long been a staple bread source for both Indigenous and Voyageur people of old in Canada. Today it still continues to be a much loved food source in many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities. Being Metis myself, I know I enjoy it!
So, here is a quick and easy way to fry it up in your electric frying pan.
Again, this recipe was made to help celebrate the vast regions of our great nation, Canada, and its 150th Birthday in 2017.
Did you grab your copy of the 150th Canadian Celebration Cookbook yet? It contains 150 recipes which represent each province and territory of Canada. There is also trivia and history tidbits included too!
5. Quick & Easy Pan Fried Ham Slices
Last, but certainly not least is this recipe. Again a cheaper meat cut that is simply fried up.
This recipe is so simple, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t added it to your collection before. Check out all the excitement here: Quick & Easy Pan Fried Ham Slices.
Doing these annual reviews are very useful. To you, it can help you find the top articles that you may have missed on your favorite websites. For bloggers such as myself, it helps show the areas of interest that you have.
In 2017, you have demonstrated that on Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs you like recipes that are:
- use food bank staples
- heritage in origin
- explore “new” cooking techniques
- and cut electricity costs in the kitchen
So, now that I can see what you like—look for more of the same in the coming months.
And if you’ve missed any of these great recipes, check them out here:
- Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Sweetened With Stevia
- Crock Pot Canned Salmon Loaf
- Newfoundland Crock Pot Figgy Duff Pudding
- Pan Fried Nunavut Bannock
- Quick & Easy Pan Fried Ham Slices
Thank you for your input. If you have any other suggestions or things you would like to see on Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, don’t hesitate to comment below or email me.
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Happy New Year!