2018 sure has been a year of absolutely beautiful, delicious and eye-catching recipes. Our bloggers pulled out all the stops in 2018, and shared some incredible dishes from breakfast to midnight snacks and everything in between! It’s so hard to choose our favorites (we love them all!) so we checked out which recipes were the most popular among readers for the year. Without further ado, our most popular recipes that were shared on the Food Monster App in 2018!
1. Mushroom Stroganoff
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This Mushroom Stroganoff from Molly Patrick is a classic comfort food dish that pairs perfectly with a cracking fire and snow falling outside your window. After you’ve made it once, you will quickly add it to your weekly dinner rotations until tank top season, at which point, you only might give it a rest.
2. Crispy Tofu Nuggets
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These Crispy Tofu Nuggets from Attila Hildmann are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite and beat the fast food variety any day. If you don’t want to deep fry them, you can also fry them in a skillet until golden brown. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish. It also goes great with your morning tofu scramble eggs!
3. Sliceable Cashew Cheese
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If you’re vegan and you’re craving cheese, you gotta try this Sliceable Cashew Cheese from Charanya Ramakrishnan. Super simple, can be whisked under an hour. Set to perfection, you can slice this, grate it, melt this, there is no oil in this and made from all natural ingredients. 7 ingredients (without counting water in) Best part of all, completely soy-free.
4. Super Simple Potato Curry
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It takes about 5 minutes to prepare this Super Simple Potato Curry from Jennifer Harmon and then you just have to wait 20 minutes for it all to get hot and the potatoes to get soft. Basically, you cut the potatoes and then dump everything in a large sauce pan and simmer. Not quite as simple as throwing a pizza in the oven, but pretty damn close. This recipe is also extremely cheap to make and can feed the masses.
5. Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez
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Creamy, garlicky, and irresistible smeared on crackers or toasted bagels, this cashew-based “cheese” might just remind you of herbed Boursin. Try out this Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez from Annie Oliverio!
6. Potato Gnocchi
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We love how filling this Potato Gnocchi dish from Josephine Watmore is and how it’s honestly not that hard to make at all. Serve with your favorite pasta sauces like marinara, pesto or even a vegan alfredo. The sky is the limit with these pillow soft and totally comforting dumplings of joy.
7. Chickpea Flour Quiche
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These little gems are like a chickpea flour omelet in a snackable portable form. These Chickpea Flour Quiches from Chrysta Hiser are ridiculously filling, yet surprisingly light, and you’ll be pretty content after just one.
8. Tahini-Roasted Cauliflower With Lemony Herb Oil
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Dinners, in the traditional sense, are usually centered around one main dish. For a stunning centerpiece that looks as amazing as it tastes, you have to try this Tahini-Roasted Cauliflower With Lemony Herb Oil from Maikki Vasala. Along with being absolutely gorgeous, it is craftily spiced, rubbed down with a nutty tahini coating, drizzled with lemony herbs, and eventually garnished with roasted almonds.
9. Cauliflower Chickpea Patties
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You might polish off the entire recipe of these Cauliflower Chickpea Patties from Dora Daily, they’re that good. They are super tasty and are a great topping for salads, on veggie scrambles for breakfast, or just eaten as a quick snack. They would also be tasty on a bun like a burger.
10. Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger
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We can assure you that this Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger from Renee Press is indeed foolproof. If you’re tired of mushy veggie burgers that fall apart, dry ones that taste like cardboard, or expensive store-bought ones with too many ingredients, then give this one a shot. You do need a food processor for this, but not much else. So satisfying and nutritious, these protein-packed burgers are made with cooked lentils, brown rice, sweet potato, and onion; so it’s basically an entire meal in veggie burger form!
11. Colombian Black Bean Stew
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Not only is this Colombian Black Bean Stew from Kimberly Espinel super easy to make and utterly delicious, but it’s also extremely healthy, full of plant-based protein and fiber. It’s proof that healthy plant-based food does not need to be complicated or expensive. It uses inexpensive foods like black beans, onion, and garlic to make a hearty meal, especially when served with a side of grains and topped with sliced avocado.
12. Mushroom Butter Masala
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If you’ve been to an Indian restaurant, chances are you’ve seen butter masala on the menu. It’s a rich and delicious gravy curry with a sauce made creamy through the addition of milk or cream and butter. This vegan Mushroom Butter Masala from Kushi is a spicy, creamy and a delicious dish that is the perfect accompaniment for steamed rice, flatbread, or even dosas.
13. Crispy Air Fryer Tofu
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We’re all a little guilty of loving fried food. Well, if you use an air fryer, you get the delicious taste of deep fried things without as much oil (or guilt)! This simple recipe for Crispy Air Fryer Tofu from Kimmy Murphy is a perfect introduction into the world of using an air fryer. It’s marinated in a cheesy, umami sauce, then sprinkled with brown rice flour and air fried until perfectly crispy. Serve this dish with whatever veggies and grains you like best.
14. Cleansing Detox Soup
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This Cleansing Detox Soup from Shannon Leparski is packed with all the good stuff! Even though it’s oil-free, it’s full-flavored, thanks to fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, bright turmeric, balancing cinnamon, and a touch of spicy cayenne. The soup’s leafy greens, broccoli, celery, and carrots will nourish you and make you feel whole. Enjoy this soup as a light lunch with a salad on the side.
15. Roasted Red Pepper, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry
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This Roasted Red Pepper, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry from Sonja Trurnit is to die for! Chickpeas and spinach are blanketed in a rich, red pepper and coconut sauce. Not only is it spicy and fragrant, it is also good for you. If you’re looking for something that is rich in iron, look no further. What more could you want for dinner?This curry is to die for! Chickpeas and spinach are blanketed in a rich, red pepper and coconut sauce. What more could you want for dinner?
16. Life-Changing Cheese Sauce
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Sometimes all a recipe needs is to be smothered in cheese sauce. Baked potato? Put some cheese sauce on it. Roasted broccoli? Pretty much meant to be eaten with cheese sauce. This Life-Changing Cheese Sauce from Gin Butters is your new secret weapon in the kitchen. You won’t believe how authentically cheesy it tastes! And get this — it’s super easy!
17. Apple Loaf Cake
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This Apple Loaf Cake from Dora Daily is sweet and moist and full of apple goodness. If you have any apples that are getting a little soft, feel free to use them up in this recipe. The ingredients call for apple butter which you can make yourself or you can use store bought. You can also use applesauce if that’s what you can find. Top a piece with some vegan butter for a snack any time, or go crazy and top with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream!
18. Walnut Taco Meat
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100% Raw, Gluten-Free Tacos! The “meat” is made from a walnut base and is absolutely incredible. Put it on tortillas with some homemade salsa, cashew sour cream and guacamole or make it an entirely raw meal and serve it on leave of cabbage or lettuce. This Walnut Taco Meat from Christa Clark is AWESOME.
19. Cashew Mozzarella That Melts
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This recipe for Cashew Mozzarella That Melts from Azucena Noriega is fantastic because it is so simple – you only need five ingredients. All you need is a little patience and you will have delicious gooey mozzarella that will taste like it’s fresh from the countryside of Italy.
20. Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto
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Have you ever had risotto? It’s so creamy and smooth and decadent you’d swear it was covered in butter or cheese (and it often is!) – but did you know it’s really easy to make yourself and doesn’t need any dairy at all? True! This Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto recipe from Jessica Verma doesn’t even have much fat in it, aside from any you use to saute the onions. All it really takes is a little bit of patience to stir the rice every once in a while, but it’s not especially difficult and the whole thing is done in maybe 30-45 minutes.
22. Creamy Scalloped Potatoes With Thyme
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These Creamy Scalloped Potatoes With Thyme from Lisa Lotts are simple, but they deliver. Homey and comforting, this dish is made by layering thinly sliced potatoes and onions, adding plenty of bechamél (non-dairy, in this case) and seasoning with mustard, salt, and thyme. The result is a warm, flavorful, and tender dish that goes perfectly with any main.
23. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
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This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake from Kelly Williams is as easy as can be, especially if you cook the brown rice in advance. Lots of broccoli-rice dishes require pre-blanching the broccoli or sautéing garlic and onions, but this dish is just about as simple as it gets! You pretty much just mix brown rice and broccoli in a casserole dish and stir it up with a basic cheesy sauce. Easy peasy.
23. Banana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks
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There’s something about banana and peanut butter that just tastes so amazing, no matter what kind of recipe! In this healthy Banana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks recipe from Hayley Canning, the banana and peanut butter are blended together along with maple syrup to form a mixture. Then this is mixed with oats, which results in an amazingly healthy sweet, soft and chewy satisfying snack or breakfast on-the-go!
24. Coconut Flan With Caramel Sauce
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This creamy, dreamy Coconut Flan With Caramel Sauce from Travis Piper, served with a drizzle of sweet caramel sauce, is the perfect dessert for the holidays! Traditional flan is made from eggs and gelatin but in this recipe, it is made from coconut milk, tofu, and agar agar powder. Making the flan might seem like a science, but it’s a simple process that can be mastered by anyone.
25. Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower
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These Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower bites from Renee Press have an addictive crunch and flavor that’ll tempt you to eat it all. The secret to their addictive crispiness and flavor is frying them in a blend of spices and just a little bit of potato starch. They’re so easy to make and so versatile, you’ll find yourself using this recipe again and again.
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