Best Recipes of the Year

This has been quite a year! Like all years it had its ups and downs and with marking an end to the current year, I always have lots of hope and promise for the coming year. Each year, I like to look back at the reader favorites from the year. These are just the recipes posts and while some of the all-time reader favorite recipes are from other years, I am only compiling here the best recipes of the year, published in 2016.  I love that there is a wide variety of foods here from casseroles to smoothies to desserts. That means to me that most of you are a lot like me. I love making comforting casseroles, but find the need for some sweets (especially chocolate) to complete my world. In addition, we like to include a healthy smoothie and serving of fruit now and then to balance our diet.

Here are the top 10 best recipes of the year from Organized Island for 2016.

These easy Chili Verde Enchiladas are so good and authentic, no one will ever guess you made them in less than 30 minutes! My family loves them!

Easy Chili Verde Enchiladas

This meal is so easy and the green chili makes these enchiladas special.


Fresh asparagus, spaghetti, ham and spices come together for tasty dinner (and a great way to use leftovers)!

Ham and Asparagus Spaghetti

A wonderful meal made with fresh asparagus and ham, swirling in spaghetti. A great way to use up leftover ham too!


Warm up this season with this easy Chicken Tetrazzini recipe. Mushrooms, chicken and cheese, swirled in pasta.Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

 Made with fresh mushrooms, chicken and Parmesan cheese, it is a comforting classic casserole. This recipe does not include any creamy condensed soup, so you can really control the sodium and cream.


These saucy pork chops with tomatoes make an easy dinner idea! Made on your stovetop!

Skillet Pork Chops with Tomatoes

Nothing is easier than stovetop pork chops. Made with bell peppers, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes for a tasty meal.



These peanut clusters are as good as they are easy! Been making thee for years!Salted Peanut Clusters

A super simple recipe of one of the best candies around. Great for a gift idea too!

This sloppy Joe recipe is a crowdpleaser and a great way to make an inexpensive dinner!Sloppy Joe Casserole

The comfort of a classic in a casserole. All the flavors and easy to serve portions.

Looking for an easy zucchini casserole recipe? This one is so pretty and tasty with ground beef, seasonings and mushrooms.

Baked Zucchini Casserole

Another great casserole with fresh zucchini and yellow squash with spices and ground beef. Comforting and hearty.


Macaroni and Cheese recipe for a meal made with a boxed mix! So tasty and a cheap dinner idea!

Southwestern Mac & Cheese with Chicken

One of my first recipes ever when I was newly married and on a tight budget. Still a great meal idea.

An Easy Holiday Bark Recipe for the holidays! Great for entertaining and gift giving!

Milk Chocolate Bark

Chocolate treat that you can decorate to fit any holiday or mood.

A tasty hot vanilla recipe that is a nice alternative to hot chocolate.Hot Vanilla Milk

This Hot Vanilla Milk recipe is one of these fun drinks to make when it is cold outside and you want to warm up your entire self.


Pineapple Mango Smoothie

A great sunny breakfast idea when you do not have a lot of time.

So there you have it! Many of you have been around all year and I am so grateful that you have chosen to spend some time here this year. If you are new here, welcome! I hope you find many easy recipes, time-saving tips, organizing and travel planning ideas. You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter here.

If you missed it, my best recipes from last year can be found here. What was a highlight for you this year?

Best recipes of the year from Organized Island

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  1. I never miss a post! The enchiladas are still the stuff of dreams to me. I have to finally try them.

  2. So many great recipes! Hot Vanilla Milk sounds so good 🙂


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