Throughout 2018, certain ingredients popped up as more popular than ever before, and we were loving them! From oats to grain-free pasta and everywhere in between, we gathered up these recipes from the Food Monster App that showcase trending ingredients that everyone was enjoying. Get with the trends by trying some of these out!

1. Oats

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Oats have been a super popular ingredient throughout 2018, possibly because they can be used in so many different ways: oat flour like is used in these Oaty Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Cinnamon Nut Butter Spread from Tori Cooper, oat desserts (check out these Almond Shortbread Butterscotch Cookies from Karen Kitto, classic oatmeal like this Coconut Golden Chai Oatmeal from Anarki “AJ” Tjon Affo, and more! One of the most popular ways to use oats throughout 2018 has been the convenient breakfast solution of overnight oats! These Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats from Danielle Joy are a great example of why this breakfast staple has become so well-loved.

2. Tahini

Tahini Dark Chocolate Chunk Blondies With Caramelized Ginger and Figs [Vegan]

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Tahini has commonly been used in a recipe that most people are crazy about: hummus! Hummus is always a great staple, like this Creamy Avocado Hummus from Christina Bedetta. Tahini also makes a great base for other sauces and dressings, like in this Tomato Salad with Tahini Dressing from Mary Callan. However, 2018 brought us so many tahini recipes that are different than what you would normally expect from this delicious ingredient. Tahini is way more versatile than you may have expected, and we’re excited to find even more ways to use it in 2019! These Tahini Dark Chocolate Chunk Blondies With Caramelized Ginger and Figs from Courtney West have us inspired.

3. Ginger

Warm Ginger Turmeric Milk

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Ginger is a food that has been incorporated more into healthy diets in 2018 than ever before. It’s nutrition and anti-inflammatory properties are renowned, not to mention the delicious warming spiciness that makes any recipe even better. It’s especially comforting in the cold months, and is a great addition to wintery soups like this Carrot Ginger Soup with Curried Raisin Relish from Nikki and Zuzana. Many like it in healthy juices like this Liver-Protecting Fennel Juice from Olivia Budgen. We recommend trying it (if you haven’t already!) in this Warm Ginger Turmeric Milk from Caroline Doucet! And speaking of turmeric recipes…

4. Turmeric

Mango Turmeric Chia Oats

Image Source: Turmeric, Mango and Chia Oats

Turmeric, similarly to ginger, is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient that has the added bonus of a bright color that makes any dish more vibrant. Turmeric can be added to a wide variety of different dishes, and its versatility contributes to why people love it so much! For example, it can be used in breakfasts, dinners, and juices among other things! For breakfast, try out these Turmeric, Mango and Chia Oats from Judy Moosmueller. Dinner will be better than ever with this Turmeric Polenta with Roasted Beets and Greens from Claire Ragozzino. Make your very own impressive health juice with Celeste Meredith‘s Healing Turmeric Golden Juice!

5. Kimchi

Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With White Kimchi [Vegan]

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Kimchi is a Korean side dish that is made by fermenting cabbage, and it has been gaining more love throughout 2018. It is not only delicious on its own, but as a side dish it can be combined with a wide variety of foods and even dishes from other cultures, as can be seen in these Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With Kimchi from Maikki Vasala. You can also make a more traditional kimchi dish, like this Korean Style Tofu Stew from Alexandra V Jones, or get adventurous with Kimchi Potato Pancakes from Hyeon Jeong Yoon.

6. Bitter Greens

Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Salad

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Bitter greens are packed full of nutrients, and they make delicious salads, sides and more. They’re as tasty as they are healthy! Try out this Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Salad from Elsa Brobbey or this Hearty Superfood Salad With Arugula, Kale, and Beets from Linda Wagner for awesome bitter greens-based dinners. If you’re not a salad fan, you can still get your share of greens – try this Herbed Radicchio from Simona Malerba.

7. Ube

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Image Source: Raw Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Ube, or purple sweet potato, has been growing in popularity, which is likely due to its awesome color in addition to its flavor. It brightens up any dish, like this Raw Purple Sweet Potato Pie from Emily Spain. You’ll want to take plenty of pictures of your Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi from Petra Vogel, and make the prettiest dessert around with these Purple Sweet Potato Mousse Shooters from Emma D’Alessandro.

8. Chickpeas

Image Source: Chickpea Crust Pizza With Walnut Pesto


Chickpeas have been trending before 2018, but this year we’ve gotten more creative with what you can create with them. Chickpeas can be transformed into many different things while adding nutrients, like in this Chickpea Crust Pizza With Walnut Pesto from Jess Hoffman. You can even have chickpeas for breakfast in this Chickpea Flour Quiche from Chrysta Hiser. For a chickpea snack, these Oven Roasted Chickpeas from Christina Bedetta are the perfect crunchy treat.

9. Cumin

Image Source: Tofu Veggie Enchiladas With Spicy Chili Sauce and Avocado Crema

Spicing up your meals with cumin has become more and more popular throughout the year of 2018. The flavor is simply unforgettable, and we can understand why everyone wants more and more of it! Cumin is popular in the food of many cultures, and adds dimension to lots of amazing recipes like these Tofu Veggie Enchiladas With Spicy Chili Sauce and Avocado Crema from Maya Sozer. Cumin helps create the perfect side with this Cumin, Cauliflower and Carrot Mash from Jessica Sepel. Did you know you can also have cumin in bread? Check it out with this Cumin Flatbread from True Foods Blog!

10. Plant-Based Ice Cream

Malawi Coffee Ice Cream With Salted Caramel

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Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s a widely loved favorite food, and for good reason – it’s delicious, refreshing, and can be made in a wide variety of flavors. While ice cream is typically made with dairy, that doesn’t mean you can’t eat it if you follow a plant-based diet! Try it out with dairy-free Coffee Ice Cream With Salted Caramel from Kimberly Espinel, or 4-Ingredient Pistachio Nice Cream from Aryane Héroux-Blais. You can also have an amazing take on an ice cream sandwich with this Stracciatella Ice Cream Biscuit from Simona Malerba!

11. Curry

Image Source: Instant Pot Tofu Mango Curry

There’s nothing quite like a great curry that warms and nourishes, especially during the colder months. Curry is definitely a favorite, and there are so many different ways to eat it and variations of ingredients you can include. Get started with this Instant Pot Tofu Mango Curry from Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot! You can get some extra protein with this Green Curry Lentil Soup from Kristina Humphreys, or have it with noodles in this Curried Almond Noodle Salad from Olivia Budgen!

12. Matcha

Matcha cream shortbread cookies

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Matcha is a wonderful ingredient that is not only good for you, but also adds a lovely color to your dishes. It can be incorporated into many meals and drinks, like desserts, breakfasts and lattes. Check out these Matcha-Cream Shortbread Cookies from Marie Reginato for a matcha dessert. To start off the day with a matcha breakfast, make these Baked Chocolate Covered Matcha Mini Doughnuts from Sara Alisson, or have a drink like this Mint Matcha Latte from Caroline Doucet.

13. Grain-Free Pasta

Image Source: Garlicky Cauliflower Lentil Pasta

Everyone loves pasta, but if you eat grain-free and plant-based it can be hard to find pasta options that really satisfy your craving. However, in 2018 there were so many options created for grain-free pasta. Just look at this Garlicky Cauliflower Lentil Pasta from Megha Suchak! Veggie noodles have also been so popular in 2018, like this Cauliflower Zucchini Noodle Alfredo from Marina Yanay-Triner or this Carrot Tagliatelle Bolognese from Magdalena Pienkos.

14. Plant-Based Milks, Creams and Condiments

Image Source: 3-Ingredient Coconut Brandy Cream

2018 has been a great year for plant-based dairy alternatives like milk, cream, and more dairy condiments! There’s been no shortage of creativity and deliciousness with these ideas for delicious non-dairy recipes. Check out this 3-Ingredient Coconut Brandy Cream from Rachel Clarke. If you’re tired of almond or soy milk, branch out and make some Sesame Seed Milk from Larice Feuerstein. Make the most of chili night and top it with Holly Bertone‘s Easy Sour Cream!

15. Plant-Based Meats

Vegan pineapple baked ham

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Eating plant-based doesn’t mean you can’t have recipes in the style of classic meat dishes, and 2018 showed us some great ideas like this Pineapple Baked Ham from Plant-Based Meats by Robin Asbell. There’s nothing quite like a great hearty veggie burger, like this Sweet Potato Seitan Burger with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce from True Foods Blog! To really step up your pasta dinner, add some of Rhea ParsonsHomemade Spicy Italian Sausage!

For more ingredients and recipes that people have been loving in 2018, check out our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes.

Lead Image Source: Pineapple Baked Ham