Reader Favorites from 2018 (& Personal Year in Review)
2018 has been such a fun year! Of course, every year has its rough patches… including this one… but overall, there is always something to be grateful for. Looking back at this year, I wanted to start with the heart and soul of UnboundWellness.com, and one of my greatest passions in life that I love sharing with you guys… THE RECIPES!
Every single one of us has such a unique opportunity to help heal ourselves, and connect with the world around us through food. We can express creativity, passion, and improve our health all just by what we do in the kitchen. Food is one of the most basic things that unites us all, and there is so much we can do with it!
I am beyond blessed and grateful to be able to share my own creations with all of you! So without further ado, here are YOUR favorites from my blog from 2018! These are mostly determined by traffic and volume to the actual recipes, but I took social media shares into account too 🙂
Reader Favorites from 2018
1.Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Chicken Soup
“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. My whole family LOVED IT!!!!”- Regin
2. Spinach Avocado Chicken Burgers
“I made this with ground turkey and they were amazing, especially with the avocado mayo! That really put the flair over the top.” – Beth
“The Mexican Sweet Potato Chicken poppers are amazing! Thank you so much. I’ve been following an AIP diet for a few months now do to issues with gluten, nightshades…. My family loved them too. It has been so hard finding recipes that I can eat and that my family likes too. The Cilantro, Avocado, Lime sauce is great too. I’ll be using it for everything, topping burgers tonight and dipping the poppers in it for lunch tomorrow. I’ll be trying many of your recipes.” – Paula J.
“This was delicious and so easy to make! Perfect for a quick weekday meal. My husband asked for this to be made on a regular basis. It’s clean and very flavorful!” – Ashley G.
“Delicious, easy and affordable.”- Nicole
“This was awesome! I had this soup often growing up, but have never been able to successfully make it myself. This recipe was amazing – thank you!” – Melanie
7. One Pan Greek Chicken Meal Prep
“I love it! Added some red and yellow bell peppers. Rating a 10!”- Shana
“Really good chicken and broccoli! I drizzled some extra Olive oil over the chicken and broccoli before putting it in the oven. I will make this again. For the kids they are theirs with basmati rice”- Erica
10. Copy Cat Chipotle Burrito Bowls
“Yummy! So good, easy and much cheaper than the beloved chipotle.”- Julie
Some of my favorites/ honorable mentions…
- Christmas Cut-out Sugar Cookies
- Grain Free “Corn” Bread
- Grain Free “Rice” Crispy Treats
- Cauliflower Pumpkin Risotto
- Crispy Chicken Nuggets
Year In Review
What Happened For UnboundWellness.com…
1. Pageviews Increased be 95%!
Over 1.6 million people visited this little piece of the web this year, and for that, I am unspeakably grateful!
2. I launched my new ebook, Autoimmune Protocol Makeover.
You can find it here!
3. I took on an incredibly exciting, and huge project.
You will hear about it in 2019! I cannot wait to share it with you!!
What Happened in My Personal Life…
1. I was diagnosed with OCD.
I have a blog post all about this here.
2. I went to Paris for a food photography workshop!
Read all about it here!
3. I officially went full-time with Unbound Wellness!!
4. My husband and I bought a new house!
As in, we closed this week. Quite the finisher for the new year, right? We’ll still be in the same area, so no big move or anything. Just more space for me to work, and baby Hoover in the future! That’s not a pregnancy announcement 😛 Just another step towards the direction for growing our family!! I trust that God has the perfect timing for us, and that is all in His hands.
What’s to Come for 2019…
1. A ton related to this big project I mentioned above.
I promise it’s worth the wait!
2. More recipes, and more recipe videos!
Once I get some projects off my plate, I plan to double down on some more recipe videos for you guys! I love watching them myself and would love to do more of them.
I’ve been throwing around the idea of a YouTube channel as well, but I’m not 100% sure. If you’re into it, let me know in the comments!
3. Hopefully a website redesign for Unbound Wellness!
This place could use a bit of a tune-up. Once I get over the whole buying a new house thing, I can hopefully get the ball rolling on this!
4. Whatever God has in store!
I don’t claim to have it all figured out. I know that God will surprise me this year like He does every year. All I can do is trust!
Again, I can’t thank you enough for hanging out with me here. Your friendship, support, and comments mean the absolute world to me. I cannot wait to keep sharing more with you in 2019!
What were some of your 2018 favorites?! What are you looking forward to in 2019??
Have any requests for 2019? I would be so grateful if you shared in my reader survey!!
Thank you for another year of amazing recipes. Grateful for all you do for the AIP community. Would LOVE to see a Youtube channel from ya!
Thank you so much Mel!!!!
Happy New Year! Wanted to say a quick thank you for all that you do and how you generously share your talent, knowledge and struggles. I too have OCD and have battled depression my entire life. But God has seen me through, especially on some very dark days. I have Psoriatic Arthritis in both hands,it’s considered mild at the moment but has given me a great deal of grief this past year. I also have Osteoarthritis in both knees and an inflamned Achilles tendon. However, I also found AIP and so many AIP bloggers that have shared their stories, struggles and successes and it made ALL the difference. It’s given me such great hope and new tools too use to battle on! I’m looking forward to this new year, with a weight loss/exercise plan in hand that I don’t dread, but rather welcome and a road trip to plan for the spring. Congratulations on the new house and God bless you with great health and happiness.
Thank you so much for the kind words, Lisa! Sorry to hear things have been rough, but am so glad you’re on a healing path! Happy New Year <3
It’s been fun following your blog this year. I have made (and loved) so many of your recipes and there are so many more I’d like to try. May God richly bless you this next year!
Thank you so, so much Julie!! You as well <3
It’s been almost a year since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and I was blessed to have found your Instagram page and your blog. You, your recipes and your encouragement have been exactly what I have needed, when I needed it most. I have been able to learn and grow and I will forever be grateful. You let us into your life and we are able to see that we are not alone on this journey. That is a gift in itself. You truly have helped me through my personal journey and I thank you for that! (Also, would totally watch your YouTube channel!) May God continue to bless you!
Thank you so, so much Shalayne! I am so happy that what I share resonates with you! Sending love <3 Thank you so much for your support!
I am slowly eliminating foods from my diet. I know it is not the AIP protocol but it is more manageable for me this why while cooking a more traditional fashion for my family; gotta keep the natives happy (within reason)! Many have your recipes have thrilled and encouraged me that this will be sustainable. During wisdom teeth removal my oldest even had some of the soups! May God bring you the desire of your heart. We were blessed with 2 children; 8 years NOTHING; and the delight of my mornings my now 7 year old was given to us. I would love to be blessed with one more but at 42 I am not sure He will.
I’m a big fan. Love your recipes and look forward to opening your emails. We cut off our cable in 2018 and I’ve become a big YouTuber. I was actually looking to see if you had a channel. I would be your first subscriber, lol.
Thank you so, so much Suzanne! I use YouTube to replace TV too! 🙂
Love the recipes that you share… YouTube would bring them to life. 🙂
Miss you on the podcast but I understand why you need to let some things go so others can fit in.
all the best in 2019.
Thank you so much Rita!!
Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes. My husband is a very picky eater, but he is also AIP. Your recipes have been a life saver for me! I would definitely watch and share your YouTube videos. Your podcast was my absolute favorite! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019!
Thank you so, so much Heidi!!!