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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

The Best Of The Picky Eater: My Top 10 Most Popular Recipes!

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Hi Everyone!

Today’s post is inspired by you 🙂 In the survey I posted a few weeks ago, one of you had the awesome suggestion for me to do a “best of” post – featuring my most popular recipes!

It’s been an amazing three years sharing my recipes with all of you, and it was super fun going through my past recipes to feature these delicious creations in my Top 10 list today.

So here goes: The Top 10 Most Popular Recipes on The Picky Eater. It’s a perfect starter list if you’re looking for guaranteed crowd-pleasers for your family and friends.

#10: Thai Yellow Curry with Veggies, Cashews and Tofu

My healthy makeover of a classic take-out favorite. It’s super flavorful, spicy, and filling. It’s like bringing a taste of Thailand to your kitchen!

thai yellow curry

#9: Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Pizzas

This recipe is a hit with kids (and pizza loving husbands) alike. It takes less than 20 minutes to make, so it’s a perfect weeknight dinner. Just load up each pizza with tons of veggies and you can enjoy an ENTIRE pizza for only ~275 Calories!

pita pizzas

#8: Healthy Mac & Cheese Makeover

It’s comfort food at its best. So cheesy and creamy, you won’t be able to tell how good it is for you.

mac & cheese

#7: Healthy Vegetarian Lasagna

It’s a vegetarian lasagna, but I promise meat lovers will enjoy this recipe too. It’s super hearty and filling, and has a wonderful nuttiness thanks to the whole wheat noodles. Cheese just oozes out when you serve each slice… need I say more?


#6: Easy Mixed Berry Smoothie

A 2-ingredient smoothie that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, but super thick and rich. Perfect for a fast breakfast or a healthy snack!

Blueberry smoothie

#5: Light and Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

A healthy make-over of a decadent pastry. Smells and tastes like the ooey-gooey original, but runs you only ~160 calories per roll.

cinnamon rolls

#4: Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

A way to make oatmeal that everyone will love. Seriously, it tastes just like a Chocolate Brownie.


#3: Healthy 7 Layer Bean Dip

Tons of secret swaps make this recipe taste just like the original, but it packs a nutritional punch in each bite. Perfect for game-day, as part of your dinner party spread, or even as a light dinner for two.

bean dip

#2: Healthy Baked Falafel

Baking these delicious chickpea balls (instead of frying them) totally reinvents this Mediterranean classic. Top it with your favorite veggies and my low-cal take on Tahini sauce and you are good to go!


And now, the #1 Most Popular Recipe of All Time…

My Vegetarian Chili!! Or, the best vegetarian chili EVER 🙂

This recipe is smoky, spicy, thick, rich, and takes only 30 minutes to make. It has that slow-cooked, all-day feel to it (and totally works in a slow cooker as well). And even though it’s vegetarian, it’s so flavorful that I promise you won’t miss the meat. It has become a favorite at chili-cook-offs, family get-togethers, dinner parties, you name it – everyone loves this chili!

Anjali Shah

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Whether it’s a quick smoothie or indulgent (but guilt-free) pancakes, my breakfast recipes have everything you need to start your day off right.

Also posted in Recipes · Entrees · Gluten-Free · Pasta · Pizza · Side Dishes · Soups · Vegan · Vegetarian · Oatmeal · Smoothies

10 responses to “The Best Of The Picky Eater: My Top 10 Most Popular Recipes!”

  1. I just had weight loss surgery (gastric sleeve) on Friday and am trying to compile a list of healthy recipes for once I am able to start introducing regular food. I was pointed in the direction of your blog and my mind is BLOWN. I think I’m going to make some of the stuff this week just to test it on my family! Thank you for doing this and sharing it with the world. I can’t wait to try your recipes!

    • Hi Megan! I’m so glad you found my blog and it’s so wonderful to “meet” you! I can’t wait to hear how your family likes my recipes (and how you like them once you start introducing regular food again!) I wish you a speedy recovery and a wonderful path to better health! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Rachel!! I’m sure you will love all these recipes — keep me posted on how they turn out! 🙂

  2. Hi Anjali! I just have to say that I cannot wait to try out some of these recipes… and I’m not even vegetarian! I’m going to make that lasagna, and I don’t care what my steak-eating housemates say. Chances are, they’ll probably want a slice, and who knows: maybe I’ll give in, or maybe I’ll just keep it all for myself! Thanks again, and keep up the great work. I’ll definitely be back!

    • Thank you so much Matt!! I can’t wait to hear how you and your housemates like the lasagna recipe (and any others you try from this list!) Keep me posted on how it goes! 🙂

  3. Great list, Anjali! I can totally see why these are your most popular recipes. I love your vegetarian chili. And that mixed berry smoothie, and those cinnamon rolls look yum too!

    • Aw thank you so much Olivia!! I’m so glad you like some of the recipes on this list 🙂 You’ll have to let me know if you try the cinnamon rolls — they are delish!

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