Most Neglected Recipes of 2016

Can you believe we’re already at the end of another year?

It’s been a busy year to say the least!

The past few years I’ve shared “top post” lists at the end of the year, but this year I wanted to do something different.

Rather than share a list of my most-pinned recipes of 2015 or my top ten thirty minute international recipes of the year, I decided to write about the recipes that you all were just NOT on board with.

I’m not sure what it is about these 10 recipes that made them so unlovable. These poor, neglected recipes never did anything to deserve that kind of treatment.

What gives, you guys?

Turkish Spiced Feta and Carrot Fritters


What do you have against fritters, exactly? It’s one of my favorite ways to use up leftover vegetables — plus, um, DEEP FRIED. Is it because they are Turkish-spiced? Maybe I should have just called them Carrot Fritters with Feta. Thoughts?

End of Summer Panzanella Salad


I think I know where I went wrong with this one. I posted this end-of-summer salad right at the end of summer. There was no time to make this, was there? Just looking at this picture makes me want to walk to my kitchen and throw out the sad, dry, pink tomatoes on my counter. Oh, summer produce, you are sorely missed.

Queso Fundido Colorado


Maybe this one was just too much work for queso? Well, joke’s on you because it was DELICIOUS and now please excuse me I have to go make some.

Simple Soba Noodle Stir Fry


Are you afraid of soba noodles? Is it because they are brown, so they look whole wheat, so you assume they’ll be gross? Well, soba noodles are made out of buckwheat, which is definitely more toothy than regular noodles but I promise it actually tastes good. This recipe is killer, so next time you see soba noodles at Trader Joe’s, pick up a pack and give this a try.

Huevos Motulenos


I have to admit, this seems like too much work for breakfast. It is definitely not a weekday recipe, but try it out on a weekend and you’ll be hooked. The most difficult part is… well, none of it is really difficult, it’s just time consuming. If you want to give it a try but make it a bit easier, try this: use refried black beans straight out of the can (warm them up!), swap the homemade red sauce for some salsa or pico de gallo, and use jarred pickled jalapeno instead of making your own.

Vegan Yogi Bowls


It’s because I said “yogi,” isn’t it? I’m sorry.

Easy Fava Bean Dip


How can you NOT want to dip some crusty bread into that dip?! p.s. it’s also completely delicious as a sandwich spread, or smeared onto bagels in the morning.

Sweet Potato Power Bowl


Maybe I should have come up with a better name. Are we over bowls? Is that it?

Patatas Bravas


I don’t even know what to say to you. You are seriously missing out on these. They might be my favorite potatoes of all time. That red sauce is also awesome on eggs. Just sayin’.


Savory Dutch Baby

Do you hate eggs? Breakfasts in general? I don’t get it.

Okay, enough snarky talk.

In all seriousness, it’s been an amazing year for The Wanderlust Kitchen, and I’m so happy you all have been a part of it.

See you next year!

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  1. I will never understand how patatas bravas made it to this list! Whenever I’m in Spain I order bravas every single day (good thing that with tapas you get to try other things as well) I can’t get enough of it, I should be a patatas bravas sommelier… 🙂
    By the way, I just love your blog. I discovered it today and want to make all your recipes at once!

  2. I love your spin on 2016! Maybe we needed to see the most neglected recipes so we can give them a try! Good thinking! The soba stir fry I can attest to, it’s fabulous. And, I went all the way to Whole Foods and spent a good deal of $ on those fava beans but haven’t made it yet.

    I’ll be trying some of the others as well! You’re my favorite blogger I totally love TWK happy new year to you!

  3. The Panzanella Salad is incredible! Everyone should make it!!

    I don’t fry things well so though I’d eat those Turkish spiced feta and carrot fritters, they scare me. But they look yum.

    And, yup, over bowls, but I’ll forgive the name and take a second look – at all of them. Especially that queso dip.