How often do you search for recipes? I’m constantly trying to figure out new ways to use up the ingredients that are in my fridge and pantry. Google keeps track of every search on its engine, and each year it releases the top 10 searches for various categories. Google just released 2014’s A Year in Search, and among the United States top 10 lists is trending recipes for the year.
Here are the top recipe search terms — and it just so happens we have recipes for all of them.
This makes perfect sense to me that chicken is the most searched-for term. Who isn’t looking for inspiration to turn boring chicken breasts into something more appetizing?
- Chicken Pot Pie Filling on Fluffy Biscuits: Quicker than a chicken pot pie but just as satisfying.
- Creamy Chicken Bake: Simple, suitable for company, and can be assembled way ahead of time.
- Pear with Port & Stilton Cream Chicken: A delicious pairing of pears and blue cheese on top of chicken.
- Apple and Herb Roast Chicken: A whole chicken that comes out with crispy skin and herb-infused meat.
It took me years to find a meatloaf recipe that my whole family likes, so I’m not surprised that this is a highly searched-for term. It’s one of those dishes that you keep trying variations of until you get it just right for everyone in the house.
- Meatloaf: A classic version of the recipe with no surprise ingredients.
- 21 meatloaf recipes for every kind of eater: Traditional, poultry, lamb and even vegetarian choices made this long list of loaves.
I’m surprised this is so high on the list, but I suppose it says that collectively, we let a lot of bananas go brown. At least we’re looking for a way to use them up instead of throwing them in the trash!
- Healthy Banana Blueberry Bread: This vegan version uses whole wheat flour.
- Banana Nut Bread: Walnuts give this bread a bit of a crunch.
Pancakes rule. My boys are always thrilled when I make them, and if I make them for dinner because there’s nothing else in the house and I desperately need to go grocery shopping, they think it’s a treat.
- Eggnog Pancakes with Bourbon-Maple Syrup: Leave the bourbon out of the syrup for the kids.
- Flax Pancakes and Blueberry Compote: Flax seeds and blueberries add some super foods to the dish.
There are countless versions of chili, and many people will argue that their chili is the best. But, if you haven't found your best version yet, here are a few suggestions.
- Spicy Three-Bean Chipotle Chili: Chili doesn’t have to include meat. This vegan version is satisfying without.
- Black Bean and Beef Chili: Takes only 45 minutes to cook and is a great way to use all those spices you have on your rack.
- Chasen’s Chili: A decadent chili that was Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite. It uses both ground beef and pork, beans, lots of freshly chopped peppers, plus a whole stick of butter.
Crock Pot isn’t a food; it’s a brand of slow cooker. But, it made the top 10 for a good reason: Slow cookers are awesome. I use the three slow cookers I have all the time. (There are meatballs simmering on my countertop in one right now).
- Slow Cooker White Beans: Makes several meals worth of perfectly cooked, flavorful beans for a main or side dish.
- Slow Cooker Tuscan Beef and Bean Stew: An Italian version of stew that doesn’t use potatoes, so feel free to make a big batch of mashed potatoes on the side.
- Slow Cooker White Bean and Kielbasa Stew: A budget-friendly recipe that makes enough stew for two meals and uses only one pound of meat.
- Slow Cooker Pork Loin in Applesauce, Mustard and Thyme: One large pork loin makes dinner and several other meals.
Lasagna is a favorite winter comfort food, and it’s a wonderful dish for guests because it feeds a lot of people.
- Roasted Vegetable Lasagna: Flavorful roasted vegetables. Lots of gooey cheese. Yum.
- Spinach Mushroom Lasagna: Meaty mushrooms replace the beef and sausage in this vegetarian version.
I’m surprised this is on the list too. French toast is simple, but, there are plenty of variations, and I suppose if a cook was trying to impress someone, he wants to do something more than dip a couple of slices of white bread in egg and pan fry.
- Banana and Coconut French Toast: No eggs or milk in this vegan version that uses coconut milk and pureed bananas to dredge the bread.
- Overnight Christmas French Toast: French toast in a casserole that feeds a group.
- Homemade French Toast Sticks: Make, freeze and pull out a few at a time as needed.
I didn’t know how easy guacamole was to make until just a few years ago. I’m sure when people search for a recipe and see how easy it is, they’ll realize they should have been making it all along, just like I did.
- World’s Best Vegan Guacamole: Pickled jalapenos, the “hot” variety give this version an extra kick.
- Basic Guacamole: No frills. Just a crowd-pleasing batch of fresh guac.
- Asparagus Guacamole: When asparagus is in season, skip the avocados.
Like chicken, pork chops aren't particularly exciting. It takes a good recipe to make them appealing and people are searching for ideas.
- Grilled Maple-Brined Pork Chops: These juicy pork chops are infused with flavor during the brining process.