The year is coming to a close, and while we’re still mourning the end of summer, we’re ready for this year to be o-v-e-r. One thing we’re not done with, however, is good-for-you food. And you’re not either! While you have a few minutes of rest before the start of a busy new year, why not take some time to remake your favorites?
We combed through our most popular recipe roundups from 2016—wow, did we get hungry—to bring what you like most front and center. The verdicts? You love breakfast, (especially when it’s healthy and fast!). You’re all about Paleo and Whole30-approved meals… and you’re also really into (yep, you guessed it!) chicken breast.
While we hope you’re willing to expand your palate a little in 2017 (hellllllo, Indian spices, ratatouille, and not-just-chicken-breast dinners), we know you’ll also want more killer recipes like our 15 most popular of 2016.
It's no surprise avocado showed up in our No. 1 fan fave, along with a cauliflower-crust pizza and an ooey-gooey egg yolk. We’d place a high bet that everyone who made this pizza Instagrammed the crap out of it (be sure to tag all your Greatist-inspired eats with #healthyish in 2017!).
We assumed avocado toast would show up somewhere on this list, but nope. Turns out sunbutter is having a moment. We’re not *really* that surprised though—peanut butter was old news this year, letting alternative nut and seed butters take center stage. And of course, it wouldn’t be a popular 2016 recipe if it didn’t have chia seeds somewhere, even if just sprinkled on top.
OK, you guys must really like ramen—your No. 4 fave was a 10-minute recipe
for the soupy noodles, this time with sweet butternut squash, rice noodles, and tofu.
Whether you’re cooking for a group of friends or just you, survey says y’all are way into chicken breast recipes
. And while we might broaden your horizons next year with other parts of the chicken, we’d never say no to No. 5: this tart, herby, seared chicken recipe. Extra points for the butter sauce, because butter is better.
We knew a chia pudding recipe
would have to hit your top ten, and here one is in spot No. 6. This pretty-in-pink raspberry recipe is one we’ll scoop up for breakfast or dessert… though we’re pretty into chocolate chia jars too.
Not-so-spoiler: You love smoothies
. Whether you chug 'em from a cup on your way out of the gym or pour one into a bowl and spoon it up from bed, you’re way into tasting the rainbow, smoothie edition. This protein-packed recipe has kale, hemp powder, chia seeds, and flax—whew.
When faced with the question of going out for Japanese food on your date tonight or making a better-for-you dinner for two
at home, you guys were way into the latter. The year's No. 8 favorite roundup winner was this super-simple teriyaki chicken and broccoli.
Whole30 is always a winner in your eyes, and when it’s a Whole30-approved breakfast
, you can’t contain your joy. The No. 9 selection was a riff on the classic oatmeal breakfast—a banana-egg porridge with almond butter, green apple, and coconut flakes.
Right behind Whole30 comes the Paleo breakfast recipe
at No. 10, and this chocolate chunk banana bread really got your attention. We get it—just look at that melted chocolate.
Looks like “the quicker the meal, the better,” was your motto in 2016. Sometimes that even meant less than 12 minutes
(who knew that was even a thing!), like these zucchini noodles with cashew pesto, a.k.a. No. 11.
Paleo and Whole30 totally won 2016. Moving onto caveman lunch for No. 13, you guys loved these chipotle chicken lettuce wraps, which make a pretty slammin’ Paleo dinner as well.
may have been more of a 2015 healthy food trend, but your No. 14 pick shows us you’re not ready to part ways with this veg quite yet. This sweet and spicy spaghetti squash makes just as satisfying a breakfast as it does dinner—we recommend drizzling with hot sauce for those into a little more heat.
Your No. 15 favorite roundup was microwavable recipes (s/o to that dorm and office life!), but even if you have access to a stove, we bet you were way into this strawberry breakfast bowl, which is half-gluten-free cake, half-porridge, and wholly delicious.