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The Top 5 Recipe Trends Our Readers Loved In 2023

December 14, 2023

Another year has come and gone, and here at Clean Plates, we love to celebrate in a few ways; make delicious food, sip on some of our favorite healthy cocktails, and reflect on all of the incredible stories we are fortunate to make for our readers throughout the year. And while there are so many to choose from, we can’t help but take a closer look at the recipe trends our readers particularly loved this year. In 2023, it seems our readers were all about keeping this healthy and high-protein (surprise, surprise!), and we couldn’t agree more. Here are some of the recipe trends you guys loved this year, from breakfast to desserts and everything in between.

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1. Cottage Cheese Recipes

tomatoes on cottage cheese toast


With the rise of popular recipes like cottage cheese cookie dough and cottage cheese ice cream, this high-protein food because quite the hot commodity this year. (Thanks, TikTok!) We couldn’t help but roundup some of our favorite recipes to make with cottage cheese including breakfast recipes, dinner recipes, and even some of our favorite dips! And it seems our readers love these recipes just as much as us.

2. Mediterranean Diet Recipes

whole grain pita with chickpea and veggies and tahini


With the Mediterranean Diet being the most effective diet for longevity, and continually rated as the best overall diet to follow, it only makes sense that our healthy-foodie readers love all things Mediterranean diet. You particularly loved learning ways how to follow a vegetarian Mediterranean diet, dinner recipes you can easily make in 30 minutes, and of course, dessert.

3. Slow Cooker Soups & Stews

bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup


Raise your hand if you’re a sucker for slow cooker soups and stews! Pretty much all of you should have your hands raised, especially since you all loved this slow cooker chicken noodle soup recipe, as well as this beef stew. It’s the perfect cozy meal to have on a blustery winter night, especially on a weeknight when the only effort you have for making dinner requires you to just dump-and-go.

4. Gut-Healthy Snacks

woman holding a jar of chia seed pudding with fruit


Our gut is so important when it comes to our overall health, so it only makes sense that you’re all about finding ways to feed and take care of it. These gut-healthy snacks were an all-time favorite recipe roundup this year, with our readers loving finding ways to feed their gut during the day without having to take special supplements to keep that gut healthy and happy.

5. Make-Ahead Salads

greek salad


Anyone else hate a soggy salad? We get it; salad isn’t so pleasant to eat when it’s soggy, especially if you’re prepping it for lunch. Instead, these make-ahead salad recipes stay crisp and delicious without getting soggy, making them the ideal meals to prep for lunches this year.

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