Top 10 Main Dish Recipes of 2018!

My look back at the best of 2018 continues, and today I'm focusing on main dish recipes.  It's so easy to fall into a pattern of making the same things over and over again, but this year I worked really hard to try and change things up. 

I love to make copycat recipes of meals that I order from my favorite restaurants, like this Granny Smith Pizza. Tart apple, crispy bacon, grilled chicken, candied pecans plus Grana Padano cheese.  It takes pizza to a whole new level.


They won't even miss the bun when you serve up these Cheeseburger Bowls! I've made them on the grill or inside on the panini press, and they're always amazing.  Sometimes I add some crispy chopped up bacon to the mix, and sometimes I melt the cheese on the burger.


Black beans were one of my new food discoveries in 2018.  They've made a lot of appearances in main dishes and appetizers.  Next year they may even find their way into a few desserts! Black Bean Chicken with Rice 
 

Sometimes the best recipes really are the most simple ones.  Perfect in season vegetables paired up with al dente pasta make for an amazing light meal.  If I wanted something a little heartier, I'd add some sliced grilled chicken. Fresh Corn and Tomato Fettucine


This non-traditional stuffed pepper recipe is a perfect make ahead meal.   They froze and reheated great! Southwest Stuffed Peppers


Fiery Cinnamon Whisky Burgers is one that I'm especially proud of, because it's a recipe that I've been working on for a few years.  The combination of the spicy sweet sauce along with the cool ranch dressing just works so well with a perfectly cooked burger!

One of the best parts of getting to know other bloggers is being challenged to step out of my comfort zone.  These Sweet Potato Enchilada Stacks would have never been on my menu a year or two ago, but now they've got a regular spot in the rotation.


I grew up eating sausage peppers and onions, and I absolutely love this super simple method of making them! Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan Sandwiches


This one was another step forward for me. I hadn't touched peanut butter since I was a kid, but after changing up my eating habits I really tried to open myself up to new foods. Peanut Ginger Pasta


I made this Garlic Lovers Chicken as part of a freezer clean out challenge, and it was my guys top choice for main dish of the year.  It's great the day of, and leftovers are delicious over salad or in a wrap.






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