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.

1. Chicken

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?

2. Meatloaf

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.

3. Banana Bread

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!

4. Pancakes

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.

5. Chili

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.
6. Crock Pot

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).

7. Lasagna

Lasagna is a favorite winter comfort food, and it’s a wonderful dish for guests because it feeds a lot of people.

8. French Toast

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.

9. Guacamole

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.

10. Pork Chops

Like chicken, pork chops aren't particularly exciting. It takes a good recipe to make them appealing and people are searching for ideas.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

We're all searching for a better chicken recipe
Google revealed the top recipe searches for 2014. To no one's surprise, chicken came up first. What recipe searches rounded out the top ten?