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Round Up! Top 12 Food Trends from 2019

2019 has come and gone, and with it some notable food trends for the year. We took a look back at hundreds of our most popular recipes from 2019 and identified some top food trends that characterized the year for our readers. For the most part, these recipe trends represent things our readers have always loved and come to to find--quick and easy recipes and simple staples like chicken, beef, and casseroles. But there were a few surprising food trends from 2019 in here, too! Read on to discover exactly what readers like you were clicking on and searching for in 2019, and don't forget to test out any recipes you may have missed!

Trend Alert: Chicken!

This past year, you went crazy for chicken! And it's no wonder it ended up being the first of 2019's top food trends. Quick chicken recipes for dinner are always a favorite! After all, there are so many easy chicken recipes to choose from! Whether it's a 30-minute chicken dish or something tasty that will really impress company, Mr. Food has the answer with one of these fantastically trendy and deliciously easy chicken recipes. Our favorite this year? Baked Crispy Chicken!

Trend Alert: Casseroles!

All year you've been really excited about casseroles, and we can understand why! If you're lookin' for a hearty meal that'll taste great and warm you up in the dead of winter, our easy casserole recipes are the answer. From amazingly delicious pasta casserole recipes to quick and easy ground beef casserole recipes, these kickin' casseroles will warm you up right down to your toes. Our favorite this year was this Unforgettable Chicken Casserole!

Trend Alert: Old-Fashioned Recipes!

In 2019, cooking came with a heaping helping of nostalgia! There was something about these good old-fashioned recipes, like this Old-Fashioned Stuffed Cabbage, that really hit the spot. You just kept coming back to these recipes again and again, and we don't blame you! Here's our complete guide to making meals like you remember eating growing up, from old fashioned dinner recipes to vintage dessert recipes and everything in between.

Trend Alert: Beef!

Our next top food trend is a favorite for everyone...beef! What's not to like about this always-juicy, super-versitile staple ingredient? You definitely loved all kinds of beef this year, from brisket, to meat loaf, to easy ground beef casseroles. Here, we're treating you to our collection of super quick ground beef recipes. This collection has some of your all-time favorites, so you won't wanna miss these easy beef recipes! And if you haven't tried it yet, you should make this year's top beef recipe: Dad's Meat Loaf.

Trend Alert: Cakes!

When it came to desserts in 2019, cakes were your go-to option--luckily, we have hundreds of easy cake recipes for you to choose from! From quick no-bake cakes to luscious chocolate cake recipes, our readers loved cake in all its forms, but your favorite cake this year was our Cold Fudge Cake! If you haven't made this delicious cake recipe yet, you really should! Plus, here are some of our most beloved cake recipes for you to enjoy in 2020.

Trend Alert: Desserts Galore!

Aside from cakes, our readers loved a huge variety of desserts this year. From easy pastry recipes to delicious cookies to quick pie recipes, your tastes were all over the map when it came to desserts! And to be honest, who can blame you? Desserts are fantastic no matter what form they take! So check out this collection of easy dessert recipes to get a taste of the kinds of treats our readers were loving this year. Plus, don't forget to try our Almond Bear Claw recipe for a bite of your favorite dessert from 2019. 

Trend Alert: Pasta!

Another one of your go-to staple ingredients this year was pasta. Our readers loved pasta in all kinds of recipes, from delicious Smoked Mac 'n' Cheese to our always-popular Basic Macaroni Salad to everyday classics like Mom's Weeknight Goulash. Pasta can be dressed up in so many ways, so we're really not surprised that it made it onto the list of top food trends for 2019. For even more amazing ways to serve up your favorite noodles, take a look at our guide to easy pasta recipes!

Trend Alert: Soup!

Want a hot tip? Easy soup recipes don't have to begin and end with a package of Ramen noodles. Thank goodness because, as a top food trend, soup is more popular than ever before! Our collection of homemade soup recipes includes hearty soups, creamy soups, healthy soup recipes, and even chilled soups--basically, we've got soups for any occasion! These satisfying recipes, like our most popular Worth-the-Wait Cabbage Soup, are the best way to say "soup's on!" in your house. 

Trend Alert: Country-Style Recipes!

For good old-fashioned Southern comfort, it doesn't get much better than hearty portions of homestyle favorites. This top food trend was alive and well in 2019 and we're eager to meet your demands! We're servin' up plenty of Southern flavor in our collection of beloved country cooking recipes, including country chicken recipes and Southern dessert recipes. These down-home favorites will bring the country right into your kitchen! If you can't wait for a taste of that down home flavor, start our with a serving of our Hillbilly Baked Beans.

Trend Alert: Italian Food!

In 2019, you were really feeling the love for classic Italian cuisine. That's why it found its way onto our list of top food trends of the year! Everyday Italian recipes are family staples because they're quick, hearty, and packed with flavor, so we understand why they were so popular! For easy Italian recipes you will make again and again, we've compiled this collection of 40 No-Fail Italian Favorites, Plus 10 Classic Sauces you can make at home! From Italian meatball recipes to Italian pasta dish recipes, they're all here--just be sure finish off your feast with Nonna's Cannoli Poke Cake, our most popular Italian recipe from this year.

Trend Alert: Sheet Pan Recipes!

2019 was a busy year for everyone, which is why sheet pan recipes made it onto our list: they're easy, fast, and involve minimal clean up--what could be better on a busy day? 2020 is shaping up to be another whopper of a year, so we expect easy sheet pan recipes to continue rising in popularity. With that in mind, we're sharing some of our best sheet pan recipes to keep you well fed while you're on the go this year. Start with our Sausage Sheet Pan Supper if you've never tried a sheet pan dinner before!

Trend Alert: Vegetables!

Last but not least on our list of top food trends of 2019 are vegetables! This food trend took us by surprise, but we're so glad it made it onto the list because eating your vegetables doesn't have to be a chore when you have delicious vegetable recipes at your fingertips. We've provided a collection of some easy vegetable recipes to try out in 2020, but you should really start with our Zucchini Squares: our most popular vegetable recipe of the year!

Did we miss any major food trends from 2019 that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments below!

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