A collage of the most popular healthy recipes of 2020

It’s time for one of my favorite posts of the year, a tribute to YOUR Favorite (new!) Healthy Recipes of 2020! These recipes stood out from the crowd and earned a spot on many of your tables this year.

In a year unlike any other, comfort food and easy, healthy sides reigned supreme. I suspect many of us (myself included) were looking for nutritious recipes that still satisfied our increased need for comfort and a delicious escape.

I know many of you also found yourself learning to work with pantry staples and whatever ingredients were left on grocery shelves (hello, cabbage!).

This year, we all cooked at home, day in and day out, night after night (after night), in a way we never have before.

I feel incredibly lucky and profoundly humbled that so many Well Plated recipes found a place on your menu. I hope they brought you a few moments of reprieve—if only in between rounds of washing dishes.

Whatever you cooked (or didn’t!) this year APPLAUSE TO YOU. We’ve made it to the end of 2020. Like many of you, I’m looking towards 2021 with (cautious) optimism.

In addition to the tasty favorites you see listed here, 2020 did have some bright spots.

  • First of all The Well Plated Cookbook!! I spent more than four years bringing this book to life, and it feels so wonderful to have it land in your hands at last. I LOVE seeing your photos and hearing what you think about the recipes!
  • One of my favorite places to see your photos is in our Well Plated Community Facebook Group, which was started in early 2020. This group has been a positive, helpful, and fun place for both me and 2,800+ (!!) of you!
  • The wellplated.com website also got a fancy new facelift this year! My goal was to make it even easier to navigate, share tips and tricks, and find what you’re looking for. I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have.

You’ll continue to see many more healthy, delicious, and easy recipes from me in 2021!

To make sure you don’t miss any of the new recipes I share in the coming year, you can sign up here to have them emailed to you when they’re published. It’s 100% FREE.

Now, let’s find out what your favorite recipes of 2020 were!

(Pssst! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow. I’ll be sharing my personal 2020 picks.)


Most Popular Recipes of 2020

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry topped with green onions

11. Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry.

“This is a great recipe. The sauce is not overly salty and provided a wonderful spice in part due to the fresh ginger. Will definitely make this again.” – Lindy


10. Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

“These are super easy to make but so dang good! Tasty and beautiful dishes are my favorite and these fit the bill! My husband asks for these all the time and even my four kids enjoy them.” – Andrea

Two bowls of healthy lentil soup

9. Crockpot Lentil Soup

“Hands down the best lentil soup recipe, slow cooker or otherwise, that I’ve ever made. So flavorful!” – Robin

A bowl filled with shredded Mexican chicken made in the slow cooker

8. Crockpot Mexican Chicken

“I make this over and over again – it’s one of the tastiest and most versatile chicken recipes ever!” – MarySue

Mexican casserole in a baking dish with cheese

7. Mexican Casserole

“If I could give this recipe 10 stars, I certainly would! My husband enjoyed it so much, he asked me to make it TWICE in the same week!” – Jeanne

6. Cabbage Steaks

“Definitely 5 stars! Easy prep too. I’m not a big fan of cooked cabbage, but roasting it this way took it to a whole new level.” – Kathleen

Jamaican curry chicken with rice in a bowl

5. Jamaican Curry Chicken

“Wow!! Erin, this is my favorite recipe of yours (and I love a lot of them). This is a seriously delicious and very spicy curry for true spice lovers. It definitely tastes like a Jamaican curry.” – Jess

4. Roasted Frozen Broccoli

“This is such a game changer! I’ve tried this a handful of times, and to be honest, I like it even more than using fresh florets. Thank you for sharing this invaluable tip!” – Angie

A sheet pan of brown and crispy roasted frozen brussels sprouts

3. Roasted Frozen Brussels Sprouts

“This recipe was just perfect for dinner. A great way to use my frozen Brussels sprouts. The extra ingredients made them taste delicious!” – Jenni

Stuffed Pepper Casserole with cheese, meat, bell peppers, and tomatoes in a skillet with cheese on top.

2. Stuffed Pepper Casserole

“This was a win for my family! So simple since it’s made all in one pan! And so delicious! All my kids loved it! Definitely will keep making this!” – Sabrina

A cool, creamy Greek yogurt smoothie

1. Greek Yogurt Smoothie

“This smoothie is my absolute favorite! Great flavor and very filling.” – Vanessa


A Look Back—Reader Favorites from Prior Years

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Wow! Your recipes are on my table in steady rotation (easily 3-4 times a week), and I haven’t made ANY of these recipes. Guess how I’ll be starting 2021!?

    Thanks, Erin!!