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Round Up! Top 15 Food Trends from 2020

We can all agree: 2020 was quite a year. With unprecedented changes to the way we live our lives, 2020 was unlike anything we've experienced before. So amidst all the chaos 2020 brought to us, what kinds of foods we looking for to comfort us and fill our bellies with goodness? Keep reading to find out! 

We took a look back at hundreds of our most popular recipes from 2020 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 unique food trends specific to 2020, too! Read on to discover exactly what readers like you were clicking on and searching for in 2020, 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 2020'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 2020, 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-versatile 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 2020, 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 2021.

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 Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars recipe for a bite of your favorite dessert from 2020. 

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, 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 2020. 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 Old-Fashioned Potato Soup, are the best way to say "soup's on!" in your house. 

Trend Alert: Italian Food!

In 2020, 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--including your top favorite from this past year: Slow Cooker Baked Ziti!

Trend Alert: Bread Recipes!

Ok, this one is probably no surprise--we all know that homemade bread saw an incredible surge in popularity during 2020, so of course it made it onto our list of trends! Thankfully, we have plenty of easy bread recipes to make at home to offer. Whether you're looking for the perfect banana bread recipe, a simple white bread recipe, or something else entirely, we know you'll agree that these simple breads are so much more exciting than anything you'd pick up at your local grocery store. If you haven't tried making your own bread yet, start out with our Easy Homemade Bread (with self-rising flour!) for a ridiculously-simple way to start. 

Trend Alert: Skillet Recipes!

Since we all spent a lot more time cooking at home during 2020, and a lot less time eating out, it makes sense that something like easy skillet meals made it onto the list of top food trends from last year! Of course, our readers always love the simplicity of quick skillet recipes, but they definitely soared in popularity in the past 12 months. And since we don't expect that popularity to drop off any time soon, we've got plenty of recipes to offer, from skillet recipes for chicken to skillet pork chops and everything in between. If you haven't tried it yet, be sure to start out with our most popular skillet recipe of the year: All-in-One Sausage Dinner

Trend Alert: Slow Cooker Recipes!

Another way folks eased the burden of all the home cooking we did during 2020 was by calling on a classic short cut: slow cooker recipes! All you have to do to create a delicious meal is "set it and forget it" when you're using your slow cooker. And if you think slow cooker meals are boring, or all the same, think again! We've got tons of options on our site, but start out by checking out our collection of easy slow cooker recipes. Also, be sure to check out our most popular slow cooker recipe from 2020: Hillbilly Baked Beans!

Trend Alert: Pork!

Pork has been a popular protein with our readers for many years, but in 2020, you really showed increased interest in it. We think this is probably because folks were craving variety from beef and chicken and looking to expand their home cooking horizons with more main dish options. Since pork is an excellent staple ingredient because it can be served in so many ways, our readers were definitely on the hunt for easy pork recipes. Your top favorite from 2020 was our always-good Pork Chop Casserole, but we have plenty of pork recipes to choose from, so don't miss out!

Trend Alert: Seafood!

We have to admit: this trend surprised us a little bit! Our readers often prefer to stick to classic proteins like chicken and beef, but this year, you really craved variety! Similar to an increase in demand for pork recipes, we saw more and more people looking for easy shrimp recipes, simple fish recipes, and seafood recipes of all kinds during 2020. The most popular seafood recipe was our Louisiana Shrimp Bake, and we have plenty more delicious options where that came from! Be sure to check out our collection of recipes for seafood. 

Trend Alert: Deli Salads!

Last in our list of food trends from 2020, but certainly not least, are deli salads. Our readers tend to love deli salads pretty much year 'round, but they've never made our list of top food trends before. We think they gained some popularity in 2020 because folks were looking for ways to eat balanced, healthy meal options while stuck at home, without indulging in too much heavy food or junk food. Deli salads are just the right kind of recipe to fill you up but not weigh you down, so we think that their popularity from 2020 should continue into 2021! Check out our most popular deli salad of all time to get you started: Basic Macaroni Salad

Did we miss any major food trends from 2020 that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments below!

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