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Round Up! Top 12 Food Trends from 2018

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2018 has come and gone, and with it some notable food trends for the year. We took a look back at hundreds of our most popular recipes from 2018 and identified some top food trends that characterized the year for our readers. For the most part, these recipe trends represent things our readers have always loved and come to to find--quick and easy recipes and simple staples like chicken, beef, and casseroles. But there were a few surprising food trends from 2018 in here, too! Read on to discover exactly what readers like you were clicking on and searching for in 2018, and don't forget to test out any recipes you may have missed!

Trend Alert: Chicken!

This past year, you went crazy for chicken! And it's no wonder it ended up being the first of 2018's top food trends. Quick chicken recipes for dinner are always a favorite! After all, there are so many easy chicken recipes to choose from! Whether it's a 30-minute chicken dish or something tasty that will really impress company, Mr. Food has the answer with one of these fantastically trendy and deliciously easy chicken recipes. Our favorite this year? Try our ! Quick-as-a-Wink Greek Chicken!

Trend Alert: Casseroles!

All year you've been really excited about casseroles! And we can understand why! If you're lookin' for a hearty meal that'll taste great and warm you up in the dead of winter, these Top 10 Cozy Casseroles are the answer. From amazingly delicious pasta casserole recipes to quick and easy ground beef casserole recipes, these kickin' casseroles will warm you up right down to your inner soul. Our favorite this year was this Hawaiian Chicken and Rice Casserole! Just goes to show you, there's a casserole for everyone. 

Trend Alert: Old-Fashioned Recipes!

In 2018, cooking came with a heaping helping of nostalgia! There was something about these good old-fashioned recipes, like this Stylish Beef Stroganoff that really hit the spot. So don't bother taking a leaf out of Grandma's cookbook, 'cause we've got the perfect collection of old-fashioned recipes you're gonna keep coming back to again and again. This is a complete guide to making meals like you remember eating growing up, from old fashioned dinner recipes to vintage dessert recipesand everything in between. These classic dishes are sure to become staples in your household! 

Trend Alert: Cakes!

Our top food trends are buzzing with talk of tasty cakes. Well, we've got one thing to say: "welcome to our own version of dessert heaven!" These fantastically easy cake recipes are sure to be a hit! From moist chocolate cakes to melt-in-your-mouth carrot cakes and everything in between, you're sure to be baking up something tasty all year-long! Plus, with these quick cake recipes, you won't have to wait long to satisfy those late night cravings! Your favorite cake this year was our always classic Bee Sting Cake

Trend Alert: Beef!

Our next top food trend is a favorite for everyone!  You guessed it, beef. What's not to like about this always juicy, super versitile ingredient? You seemed to be asking the same questions. Recipes for roasts, steaks, and hamburgers! This collection of your all time favorites is your ticket to a super fast dinner that will always satisfy. Plus, check out our FREE eCookbook Ground Beef Recipes: 25 Quick & Easy Recipes for Ground Beef!

Trend Alert: Chocolate!

We're diving headfirst into chocolate heaven with our collection of 30 of our best chocolate recipes of all time. Chocolate was a huge part of your top food trends of 2018, so we'd be silly not to! From chocolate cake recipes to chocolate candy recipes to the best chocolate cookie recipes, these desserts with chocolate will have your mouth watering just thinking about them. For all of you chocolate lovers out there, this selection of chocolate dessert recipes just can't be beat! Don't miss out on our Cherry Cola Brownies

Trend Alert: Goulash!

From American Goulash to Hungarian Goulash, and all sorts of variations in between, you declared goulash a top food trend in 2018! Luckily, we've got it all in this collection of easy goulash recipes. With several options of meaty hamburger goodness, the only trouble you'll have is deciding which one you're going to make first! Effortless to prepare and budget-friendly, goulash is loaded with flavor and makes a satisfying dinner any day of the week. For an easy dinner recipe that the whole gang can chow down on, try our Italian Goulash Skillet!

Trend Alert: Cabbage!

Unexpected Top Food Trend of 2018: Cabbage. Didn't see that coming? It's really no surpruse; meals made with cabbage are a perfect healthy dinner option to rotate into your family's meal plans. Whether you're watching what you eat or just looking for things to do with cabbage, the benefits of this veggie in your diet are endless! These are some of our best cabbage recipes, so you know there's plenty here to love. Just choose one of these cabbage dishes that suits your fancy and head for the kitchen! We recommend our Texas Slaw

Trend Alert: Soup!

Want a hot tip? Easy soup recipes don't have to begin and end with a package of Ramen noodles. Thank goodness because,as a top food trend, soup is more popular than ever before! We've got you covered. Our collection of 33 Sensational Soup Recipes includes hearty soups, creamy soups, healthy soup recipes, and chilled soups for any occasion! These satisfying recipes, like our Creamy Potato & Cheese Soup, are a great way to say "soup's on!" in your house. 

Hillbilly Trend Alert: Country-Style Recipes!

For good old-fashioned Southern comfort, it doesn't get much better than hearty portions of homestyle favorites. This top food trend was alive and well in 2018 and we're eager to meet your demands! We're servin' up plenty of country cooking recipes in our collection of 48 Best-Loved Southern Comfort Recipes, including country chicken recipes and Southern dessert recipes. These down-home favorites will bring the country right into your kitchen! If you're feeling like a real Hillbilly, try our popular Hillbilly Ribs!

Trend Alert: "Quick" Recipes!

This year you were really in to saving time! Trust us, we understand; sometimes life is hectic and it's hard to eat well. For those days, we all look to easier ways of getting dinner on the table. That's why we decided to put together a list of 30-minute meals that are perfect for busy weeknights. From easy chicken dinner recipes to the best vegetarian dinner recipes you've ever tasted, you're sure to find some easy and delicious. Plus, don't miss our easy to make dessert favorites like our Sweet Cherry Thing, or our collection of Dessert Salads: Cherry Fluff, Pineapple Fluff, and More Fluff Recipes

Trend Alert: Italian Food!

You were really feeling the love for classic Italian cuisine. That's why it's finishing our list of the top food trends in 2018! Everyday Italian recipes are family staples - they're quick, hearty, and everyone loves 'em! For easy Italian recipes you will make again and again, we've compiled this collection of 40 No-Fail Italian Favorites, Plus 10 Classic Sauces you can make at home! From Italian meatball recipes to Italian pasta dish recipes, they're all here - so dig in and "mangia"! Be sure to start your feast of with our Basil Pesto Focaccia!

Did we miss any major food trends from 2018 that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments below!

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