Top 10 Recipes of 2022


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The top 10 recipes on Downshiftology this year centered around quick-and-easy recipes. Who doesn’t love a one-pan meal or an easy air-fryer dinner? Plus, I launched my first cookbook this year and it became a national bestseller!

Top recipes of 2022

Top 10 Recipes of 2022

Even though I posted fewer new recipes in 2022, it was nonetheless a very busy year for Downshiftology. And that’s because I launched my first cookbook!

After working on my cookbook for the last three years (holy smokes, the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken!) it was incredible to finally see it in your homes and hands. I knew Downshiftology was a global community, but the grand scale of this phenomenal community really set in when I saw your photos from around the world. To say it was humbling would be an understatement. Tears were definitely involved. And more tears followed when my Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook became a national bestseller – all thanks to you! What a way to cap off 2022.

And yet, even with fewer new recipes and videos in 2022, Downshiftology held strong. One thing I’m so grateful for with this business is how after more than eight years of hard work creating content (recipes, videos, and posts) growth simply sustains year after year. The community gets stronger and bigger, and that compounds when you share my recipes with your friends and family!

The content on this website was viewed more than 80 million times (a slight decrease from last year’s 87 million, though stay-at-home orders made 2021 a gangbuster website traffic year). And my YouTube channel gained over 400K new subscribers to end the year at 2.42 million subscribers.

Meal prep was a theme that definitely took center stage this year. Not only with the cookbook launch, but also with my Budget Meal Prep video that you loved (it got over a million views!). My roundup of 40+ best meal prep recipes was also a top post. And perennial favorites like guacamole, hollandaise sauce, overnight oats, and deviled eggs continued to be top-ranking recipes.

Alright, so which new recipes were most popular this year? Well, it should come as no surprise that the number one most-viewed new recipe aligned with the meal prep theme – simple chicken marinades! Simple and easy recipes (which, you know are my forte) continued to reign supreme. I mean, who can resist one-pan meals and the air-fryer for easy dinners? Beef tenderloin was also a holiday favorite along with my homemade horseradish sauce (fun fact: I never like horseradish sauce until I made it at home).

So what’s coming in 2023? Deep breaths and more vacations – ha! I feel like I did not embody “downshifting” very well this year with my cookbook launch. So while I have big plans for Downshiftology in 2023 (I am a Virgo after all) with new projects like subscription boxes and branded products, I might even plan some retreats or trips… for a little balance. Does anyone want to come with me?

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for all your support in 2022. Cheers to 2023 friends – let’s welcome the new year with open arms!

Top 10 Most Viewed New Recipes in 2022

1. 6 Simple Chicken Marinades

Chicken dinners became even more flavorful in 2022 with these simple chicken marinade recipes. From Greek lemon to honey mustard and cilantro lime, these marinades were a hands-down reader favorite.

Chicken marinades in bags with a sharpie

2. Air Fryer Salmon

This air fryer salmon is extra moist with a spiced Dijon mustard topping. But the best part? It gets a healthy dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes.

Air fryer salmon filets on a plate

3. Beef Tenderloin Roast

While this beef tenderloin was posted at the very end of 2021, I’m including it in this year’s list because that’s when it really had time to rank. And rank it did! It became your favorite holiday main, along with prime rib.

Slices of beef tenderloin on a plate.

4. Shrimp Salad

This classic shrimp salad was a summer recipe winner. And that’s because it’s hard to resist a bowl of chilled shrimp tossed with crisp celery, red onion, and a refreshing, herby dressing.

Shrimp salad in a large white bowl

5. Tuscan Chicken

A Mediterranean-inspired weeknight dinner favorite. Juicy chicken breasts are simmered in the most luxurious cream sauce filled with parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and spinach.

A skillet of tuscan chicken

6. Horseradish Sauce

Posted at the end of 2021 along with the beef tenderloin recipe, it’s no surprise this homemade horseradish sauce became a top ranking recipe – it’s a must-make accompaniment to beef tenderloin, prime rib, and steak in general.

Horseradish sauce in a small bowl with a spoon

7. Shrimp Fried Rice

This shrimp fried rice is my quick-and-easy version of a Chinese takeout favorite. Made with rice, shrimp, veggies, and egg, plus savory Asian flavors, it’s the best shrimp stir fry recipe ever!

A pan with shrimp fried rice with a serving spoon.

8. Butter Chicken

This Indian butter chicken is a comfort food favorite. Juicy chicken thighs are marinated in a luxuriously creamy, curry-spiced yogurt sauce. Serve it up with basmati rice for an amazingly good dinner.

Butter chicken with rice in a bowl.

9. Chia Seed Water

Chia seed water definitely had a moment in 2022 as people realized the health benefits of these amazing little seeds. And it’s a personal favorite of mine to keep my digestion moving along when traveling!

A mason jar of chia seed water

10. How to Make an Omelette

Making the perfect omelette is easy with my simple, no-fuss method. It works every time! And then all you have to do is fill it up with your favorite filling ingredients for an impressive and healthy breakfast.

A plate with an omelette and a fork

While these were the top 10 recipes of 2022, here’s a quick list of my all-time most popular recipes and posts:

As the years go on, it’ll be interesting to see how the all-time rankings change as this blog and lovely community of Downshifters continues to grow! Best wishes to all of you for a healthy, happy, and safe New Year!

xo, Lisa

PS – if you’re keeping track, here were the top recipes of 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. As I was looking over your latest email, I decided I am going to make your cookbook into a binder and then I can add all the recipes you include in your emails. It will be good to have them in the same

  2. Hi Lisa! your recipes are so good and easy to follow. I have tried many of them and always love them!
    I also bought your cookbook, and it is awesome! Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your recipes : )

  3. I actually started following you because of the how to poach an egg video! You always have the best recipes!

  4. I love every recipe because they’re made with a minimum of ingredients and accurate spices and cooking techniques. 

  5. Lisa, I purchased your book and am very happy with it. Thank you so much for the valuable information. It sure helps to not waste food and save money. Storing fresh herbs as is mentioned in your book, Works!
    I also tried the spiced pear soufle. My husband enjoyed it so much that I think I just need to mention your name and much happiness will arise in his heart going forward. :) Thanks so much!

    1. Happy to hear you’re loving the cookbook and recipes across the site! Wishing you and your husband the best year :)