Top 10 Healthy Delicious Recipes of 2018

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A collection of the most popular recipes on Healthy Delicious in 2018

Best Healthy Recipes of 2018

Can we say good riddance to 2018? Without getting into a ton of detail, it really wasn’t a great year for me and I’m happy to put it behind me and start with a clean slate for 2019. If there was something that could have gone wrong this year, it pretty much did – right down to my laptop dying on me and my camera giving me issues. As you can imagine, it’s kind of hard to keep up with a blog when you don’t have a reliable laptop or camera! I already have a few great new recipes lined up that I can’t wait to share with you, but it didn’t seem right to dive right in to 2019 without doing my trditional year-end lookback. 

Despite it being a lackluster year, I still managed to share 112 new posts here on Healthy Delicious. Not all of them were recipes – it turns out some of my most popular posts were actually roundups (you all really like healthy sheet pan dinners and make-ahead breakfast ideas, so I’ll be sure to share lots of those in 2019!)

That’s not to say good things didn’t happen in 2018. I went to a ton of great concerts (and saw Taylor Swift twice!), hung out with my friends in Dallas and Washington, DC, went to New York City about a million times (it’s so close but it’s one of my favorite places and we don’t go nearly often enough), and went on an incredible trip to Costa Rica. Oh, and I wrote a book. More about that soon! 

Food wise, I stuck to paleo/clean eating pretty well until March, but then life got in the way and that got derailed. I picked it back up in the summer, but summer and fall were also super crazy for me so it was hard to stick with it. My gym routine also fell to the wayside this fall when things got busy at work and with the book. I’m really excited to get back into both of those habits in the new year, because I feel so much better when I stick with it! 

Without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular Healthy Delicious recipes of 2018. Did your favorite make the cut? Leave a comment or send me an email to let me know what it was!

(Here are my most popular recipes from 20172016, 2015, 2014201320122011, and 2010.)


Lightened up Stuffed Pepper Soup paleo whole 30

Stuffed Pepper Soup. This was one of my personal favorite recipes of the year, so I was really excited to see that it made the cut! This soup is so great for this time of year, and it’s super easy to adapt it to be Whole 30.

pineapple Ginger Immunity Smoothie

Pineapple Ginger Immunity Smoothies. This is another great recipe to help ward off winter colds. The combination of ginger, turmeric, and fresh citrus can’t be beat! (This post was sponsored by NutriBullet and, yes, I still love that blender and recommend it to everyone who asks. It’s great for smoothies, salad dressings, nut butters, and oat flour.)

Paleo Catfish Nuggets Recipe

Air Fried Catfish Nuggets. I fell in love with my air fryer this year, and this was one of the first recipes I posted for it. The nuggets are great, but the recipe is worth it just for the Greek yogurt remoulade that I served them with. It’s absolutely dreamy.  

Cauliflower Rice "Risotto" with Peas and Asparagus

Cauliflower Rice Risotto. I was really impressed with how well risotto came out using cauliflower rice! This is a great, easy side dish that will complement pretty much any meal. Top it off with a runny egg and it can even be a meal itself!

Old Bay Shrimp Foil Packs - Quick and Easy!

Old Bay Shrimp Foil Packets. I was obsessed with foil pack recipes this summer! They’re so easy to make, cleanup is a breeze, and they can be really tasty. I posted a bunch of recpes, but this Old Bay Shrimp was the most popular. 

Marinated Artichoke and Olive Salad

Olive and Artichoke Appetizer. It makes me laugh that this recipe made it into the Top 10 because it’s so simple. The popularity probably has a lot to do with the photo (which I love.) It is tasty though, and an easy snack to put out if you have surprise guests or just need something to nosh on. 

Foil Pack Chicken Fajitas (Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Foil Pack Chicken Fajitas. This is another great foil back recipe, and I love how easy it is to adapt to accommodate a variety of dietary needs. 

Sheet Pan Spanish Style Potatoes with Chorizo (Whole 30)

Spanish Style Chorizo and Potatoes. This is one of my favorite recipes of all time! It’s a sheet pan recipe, so it’s super easy and it’s a great one to keep in your back pocket for when you don’t know what to make. 

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

Paleo Banana Bread. I honestly completely forgot about this recipe, but now I have the urge to run into the kitchen and make a batch. It’s so good! 

Honey-Sweetened Frozen Lemonade [Paleo, Dairy Free]

Frozen Lemonade. This frozen lemonade was THE drink of summer 2018. It’s naturally sweetened with honey instead of sugar, and it’s oh-so-good. I can’t wait for summer to roll back around so I can start making it again. 

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2019 filled with good food, good friends, and lots of laughter.

xoxo, Lauren. 


Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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