Though the challenges of this year have kept us apart, a shared love for delicious and healthy food still brought us together. Reconnecting with the simple pleasures of cooking for and enjoying home-cooked meals with our families has been the best part of this wild adventure we call 2020!
Using your clicks, likes, comments, and shares as inspiration, we’ve compiled our Top 20 of 2020 list, featuring the recipes, roundups, articles, and influencer posts that readers like you loved most. From our family to yours, thank you for making Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery—and the goodness of sprouted whole grains—part of your home’s healthy routine! Cheers to a healthy and happy new year ahead!
Top 5 Recipes of 2020
Whether you were there by necessity, for comfort (or a little of both in turns!), most of us spent a lot more time in the kitchen this year. At Silver Hills Bakery, that meant brainstorming easy, healthy plant-based recipes your whole family would love. From breakfasts and lunches to suppers and snacks—these were your top five recipes to kick off our Top 20 of 2020 list!
Our English Muffin French Toast Breakfast had readers coming back for seconds (and thirds!). This eggless, non-dairy, and naturally sweetened take on a French favourite was the most visited new recipe of 2020, and we love that it showcases an unexpected way to enjoy our favourite new product of 2020—Soft Wheat English Muffins!
It was the secret ingredient in this recipe that made it a fan favourite! Readers love that this mouthwatering, plant-based meal calls for Indian black salt, which infuses an uncanny egg-like flavour into this dish. Irresistibly eggy, this plant-based dish is the perfect breakfast … or lunch … or dinner!
Readers kept diving right into this dip, scooping up its versatility, and savouring its tanginess with sprouted whole grain bread. Perfect as a snack, spread, or supper, this flavourful, filling recipe got rave reviews from our readers!
This year, kids ruled in the kitchen and our Kid-Friendly DIY Sandwich Skewer recipe posed the perfect way to get them involved! These customizable skewers make fun of all different shapes and sizes of food and invite kids to eat with their hands.
Our readers were totally on-trend with our sprouted whole grain take on these easy Toaster Quesadillas! Sprinkle, fold, toast, and devour this easy recipe in 10-minutes (or less!). We included three ways to make these Toaster Quesadillas to get you started, but they can be customized with any of your favourite plant-based toppings!
Top 5 Recipe Roundups of 2020
Our roundups bring together a group of recipes that call for similar ingredients, cuisines, themes or occasions. Designed to inspire, whether it’s bringing a world flavours into your kitchen over the weekend or planning for kids’ lunches in the coming week ahead, our recipe roundups are a favourite format, year after year. Check out the most popular recipe roundups that made our Top 20 of 2020:
Travel restrictions put a serious dent in most out-of-country vacation plans in 2020, but that didn’t stop readers from bringing world cuisines into their family kitchens! Our readers spent more time on this Tex-Mex piece than any other roundup, inspiring zingy and zesty at-home family fiestas year-round. Flavourful, filling, and full of fibre, these five plant-based meals pair with plenty of sprouted whole grain breads!
Out with tradition, and in with nutrition! These Non-Traditional Toast Toppers were a hit among readers, with five fun ideas that kept you coming back for more! Satisfy your sweet side with our Mexican Hot Chocolate Spread or curb a craving with our Clean Cream Cheese Topper!
Our readers fully embraced comfort with a twist with this roundup and added a cheesy crunch to their favourite sprouted whole grain bread. Easy, melty, and made with healthy ingredients, our unconventional grilled cheese recipes include experiments with a waffle maker, an assortment of plant-based ingredients, and world cuisines.
There’s no humming and hawing over this one! You had this hummus roundup on dip, spread, and repeat, making it one of our top roundups of the year. From curried hemp hummus, to a dill-icious lemon cucumber toast spread, this roundup features a hummus recipe for every occasion!
Making lunch doesn’t have to be a chore—or a bore! Readers kept coming back to this roundup for inspiration on cooking with the kids and how to make meal prep a more collaborative effort. Get fresh, kid-friendly lunch ideas and see how a healthy DIY lunch packing station can make lunches more fun.
Top 4 Articles & Activities of 2020
Committing to a healthy diet and lifestyle goes beyond delicious recipes. We provide our readers with articles, insights, and activities to learn more about the benefits of sprouting—and to help keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained. Even when you’re stuck at home. Check out our top trending articles and activities of 2020:
Our Why Sprouted page has always been popular, so it comes as no surprise that this article was a hit again in 2020. This year, completely rewrote, redesigned, and relaunched our Why Sprouted page to address the most commonly asked questions we get about sprouted bread, so we to make it even more valuable to our readers! You can learn more about why sprouting is a healthy choice for you and your family in our FREE 3-Part Why Sprouted Handbook. Head to the page to sign up now!
An answer to, “Mom! What’s for breakfast/lunch/dinner!?” Fans favourited this infographic, which shares eight vegan recipes you can make from one humble loaf of sprouted whole grain bread. Which will you dig into: an eggless-egg sandwich or coconut-crusted French toast?
This year, we all spent more time at home during the pandemic. Our readers made an effort to take fewer trips to the store and got their kids engaged with remote learning. We’re delighted this activity made our Top 20 of 2020 list! Our first-ever post of its kind, our Bread Bag Bloom Craft is a terrific way to get creative with materials found around the house, keep kids entertained, and stay safe at home. This giftable craft is a constructive way to keep the kids busy any time of year.
Like the Bread Bag Bloom Craft, our Make at Home Parachute is an at-home STEM and STEAM activity for kids that was a hit with our readers this year. Once again repurposing materials found around the house, this fun parachute can be launched from a stairwell if you’re stuck inside!
Top 6 Influencer Posts of 2020
Our friends and partners inspire us with their passion for healthy, plant-based food, and the delicious recipes they create using Silver Hills’ sprouted whole grain products. This year, their posts and creations inspired our readers, too! To wrap up our Top 20 of 2020 list, here are the most popular influencer posts of the year:
Desiree Nielsen, Plant-based Registered Dietitian and Vancouver-based author, TV Host, speaker and Mama helped us kick off our first live Instagram takeover series, #SimplySprouted! We learned so much from her easy-to-follow cook-along in her Instagram Live video, featuring this delicious Caramelized Banana and Walnut French Toast recipe! Made with our high-fibre Squirrelly Bread, this light breakfast is a sweet treat you won’t feel guilty indulging in. (You can also read the written recipe on Desiree’s blog).
Speaking of our summer #SimplySprouted series, Catherine—the Plant-based Registered Dietitian and blogger behind Plant Based RD—shared this mouth-watering TLT Sandwich. This saucy, smoky tempeh treat is hand-held comfort food, sandwiched between two slices of our naturally, lightly-sweetened Steady Eddie bread. See her Instagram photo caption for the full recipe!
Leanne with Leanne Lives Healthy is a Toronto-based foodie, passionate about promoting a healthy, happy, and balanced life. University student, book worm, and healthy recipe creator, Leanne gave us all an Easy Avocado Toast recipe to drool over this year, served on a thick slice of Silver Hills sprouted whole grain bread. See the ingredients in her Instagram photo caption!
Beth, the Holistic Nutritionist, food stylist, photographer, and content creator behind Foody First flaunted the colours of summer with this beautiful, plant-based sandwich recipe. Using fresh ingredients with lots of texture, Beth layered ingredients between our Sprouted Burger Buns. Our readers love the fresh taste of this sandwich, so much so that we’re all in agreement that this recipe should be enjoyed all year long!
Readers who favourited Hannah’s chia jam recipe also favourited her simple Veggie Sandwich. Stacked with colourful greens, seasoned with garlic spread, and served on our sprouted whole grain bread, this sandwich is a perfect way to get your greens in a delicious weekday lunch.
We used our curiosity and the wonders of technology to learn what you love, but our Top 20 of 2020 is more than just an excuse to wrap up a rough year by looking back on ideas that brought a little well-deserved joy. We’ll use this insight to create better, more useful, and more relevant articles, recipes and more for you in 2021.
What themes, topics, and types of content would you like to see more of from Silver Hills Bakery in 2021? Let us know! Send us your special requests and share your thoughts on our Facebook page or tag us @SilverHillsBakery on Instagram or comment on our Top 20 of 2020 post on your favourite social platform.