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The Top 10 Food Trends from the Past Decade

Forget about fashion trends. These are the most popular food trends that took the country by storm between 2010 and 2020.

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Instant Pot pressure cooker on kitchen counter with beans and rice.Stephanie Frey/Shutterstock

Instant Pot Cooking

Ten years ago, the Instant Pot hadn’t even been invented yet. This 7-in-1 pressure-cooking gadget debuted in 2010, and it’s a household name today thanks to its versatility. Use it to make Pressure-Cooked Mesquite Ribs or dozens of other delicious Instant Pot recipes.

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Buddha bowl salad with baked sweet potatoes, chickpeas, broccoli, tomatoes, greens, avocado, pea sprouts on light blue background with napkin.Jukov studio/Shutterstock

Plant-Based Meals

Interest in veganism increased significantly between 2014 and 2019, according to The Vegan Society and today, there are tons of amazing plant-based recipes that everyone can enjoy. Discover vegan recipes even meat eaters will love.

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Zucchini noodles with cucumber, feta cheese and arugula, rustic background; Shutterstock ID 1220659900; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): Taste of HomeOleksandra Naumenko/Shutterstock

Zoodles and Other Veggie Noodles

On a similar note, “zoodles” or zucchini noodles became a popular alternative to regular pasta over the past decade. Learn how to make zoodles if you haven’t been doing it already. Thanks to all the affordable spiralizers available today, you can turn just about any vegetable into noodles. Try out this trend with our recipe for Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini Noodles.

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Gluten-Free Diets

Millions of people—both with and without celiac disease—have adopted gluten-free diets over the last 10 years, leading to an influx of gluten-free products, menu items and recipes. You won’t even be able to tell that these delicious recipes are gluten-free.

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A discerning consumer chooses a case of White Claw brand hard seltzer among other brands in a cooler in a supermarketrblfmr/Shutterstock

Hard Seltzers

Technically Zima was the first of its kind in 1993, introduced by Coors before they joined forces with Miller. Now these spiked seltzers are a full-on craze. We tested the top 10 spiked seltzer brands to find out which one is the best.

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Colorful bagels with cheese and sprinkles and coffee on a wooden tableetorres/Shutterstock

Eating for Instagram

As the social media site Instagram gained traction, wild and wacky “Insta-worthy” foods started popping up everywhere. We’re talking about rainbow bagels, charcoal ice cream, specialty doughnuts and all sorts of unicorn-inspired foods. See the most crazy-delicious Insta-worthy milkshakes we’ve discovered.

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Avocado sandwich with green vegan burger, roast yellow pepper and pickled red cabbageMagdanatka/Shutterstock

Avocado Everything

Avocados have definitely been enjoying their time in the limelight. In addition to classic avocado toast, these green goddesses have been used in salads, dips and even as vegan burger buns. There are so many ways to enjoy avocados.

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Almond milk in glass with almondsLookerStudio/Shutterstock

Non-Dairy Milk

Cow’s milk has quite a bit of competition these days. It’s common to see all sorts of non-dairy milks in the grocery store, including almond, coconut, hemp, oat and soy. Sample this hot cocoa with almond milk recipe to see what all the fuss is about.

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Pumpkin Spice Everywhere

Starbucks launched its iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte is 2003, and it started a craze that’s carried over into this decade. Today, you can find all sorts of pumpkin spice foods in the fall, like Pumpkin Spice Cookies, classic Pumpkin Spice Bread and even pumpkin spice marshmallows.

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Home-made french fries in modern airfryerBeer5020/Shutterstock

Air-Fried Foods

Air fryers are another kitchen appliance that have surged in popularity. These cool countertop cookers let you create crunchy fried foods without a ton of oil. Check out our Air Fryer Cooking Guide to learn how to become an air fryer wizard.

Camryn Rabideau
Camryn Rabideau is freelance writer specializing in fashion, beauty, home, smart technology and general lifestyle content. She holds a degree in fashion merchandising from the University of Rhode Island and jumps at any opportunity to combine her love for fashion and writing. Despite pressure from her peers, she remains on team #NoOxfordComma.
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