By now you’ve probably seen people posting their #Best9 on Instagram, sharing their year-end book lists and Spotify 2018 Wrapped playlists, or writing long Twitter threads keeping tabs on all their big 2018 career accomplishments. (That’s basically the last week of December on social media in a nutshell.)
Well, consider this Well+Good’s more delicious take on a year-end list. We put together the top ten most popular recipes on the site so you can start the new year with some legit-good ideas in your back pocket. Some are from celebs, some are from our favorite wellness influencers, and all of them are full of good-for-you ingredients. Bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you need a little meal-prep inspo.
Keep reading for the 10 most popular healthy recipes on Well+Good this year.
Ah, the Meghan Markle effect. The Duchess is well-known for her love of healthy eating (anti-inflammatory banana bread, anyone?), and after her healthy pasta sauce recipe resurfaced online, everyone wanted to know how to make it. And good news: it’s just as easy to make as Markle’s go-to comfy shoes are to wear.
Can we bust the myth once and for all that you don’t have to give up dessert to lower inflammation? Health coach and recipe creator Jenny Carr’s lemon bars are made with all clean ingredients and no added sugar. Oh, and they’re gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. Talk about a crowd-pleaser.
Chrissy Teigen is the queen of mouth-watering dinner creations, but she also loves a good shortcut in the kitchen. She shared on Twitter that she became “fascinated by” sheet pan cooking—where you throw everything together on a sheet pan and bake in the oven—after having her son Miles this year. Her healthy one sheet-pan recipe with chicken, chickpeas, cumin, and turmeric (via the New York Times) became a weeknight dinner go-to in lots of homes this year after she shared it with her fans.
Chrissy Teigen’s one-pan meal wasn’t the only dinner hack that started trending this year. The Avant-Garde Vegan aka Gary Yourofsky’s bake-in-a-bag veggie recipe was a hit, too. Inspired by his travels through Morocco, it stars eggplant and butternut squash, and is loaded with spices.
Yeah sure, the ketogenic diet was everywhere in 2018, but Always Hungry author, endocrinologist David Ludwig, MD, PhD, is actually more of a fan of a modified version of it (allowing for 25 grams of “perfect carbs” per day versus keto’s strict 5 percent), with non-tropical fruits, legumes, and lots of non-starchy vegetables on the table. Think of it as “keto light.” One way to try it is with this quinoa enchilada casserole, packed with flavor and protein.
It wouldn’t be a W+G recipe roundup without turmeric. This wellness tonic pulls double duty, fighting off inflammation and boosting energy. And as if that’s not enough bragging rights for one drink, it also supports your immune system thanks to the inclusion of ginger, honey, and hot tea.
Looking to fill your glass with something a little more, well, boozy? Check out our top cocktail recipe of the year, made with wine spritzer, tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit. Top it off with some sparkling water for extra fizz.
When you’re sick, there’s nothing you want more than for someone you love to make you a warm bowl of soup. And in case chicken noodle isn’t cutting it, this vegan recipe is full of vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory all-stars. Simply Vibrant author and Golubka Kitchen blogger Anya Kassof swears by it.
PSA: Kombucha isn’t the only wellness beverage loaded with probiotics. Water kefir (which is made by fermenting kefir grains in water or coconut water) actually has even more of the good bacteria. This recipe combines it with rose water and cinnamon for a refreshing gut-healthy boost.
Even with all these healthy drink and dinner recipes, sometimes you just want dessert. And that’s where this healthy take on Twix bars comes in. The secret to keeping it low-sugar is using vanilla, maple syrup, and dates instead of the processed, white stuff. Don’t worry, you won’t miss it.
Now that you’ve taken a look back, look forward and get schooled on the wellness trends that will be everywhere in 2019, including oat milk—we’re calling it.