Top Social Media Recipes to Try
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic many of us have become self-declared top chefs. Being stuck at home with the shut down of our favorite restaurants and food delivery services has been a tough pill to swallow, but to ease our pain, thankfully came trending foods and recipes on all of our favorite social media platforms.
Whether you're an avid scroller or just haven't been online to explore, these recipes will have you leaping off the couch and into the kitchen to create your own foodie chef post.
Technology has impacted all of our lives even more so than normal during the coronavirus shutdowns - there's even a surprising correlation between home insurance and social media. But for now, break out your favorite Pintreset-approved cooking supplies because these recipes will be sure to turn your home into your new favorite restaurant.
It's only natural to start here in the unprecedented times of stress. This year has been messy for most of us and just because things may seem to be getting back to normal doesn't mean the anxiety, stress, and frustrations of having to deal with the events of this year have gone away. Sometimes we need a break, and honey, we all deserve it.
Before we jump in to these trending recipes, here's our breakdown of difficulty levels:
- 1 Spoon - Beginner Skill Level
- 2 Spoons - Easy
- 3 Spoons - Average Skill Level
- 4 Spoons - Difficult
- 5 Spoons - Amatur Chefs
Mac & Cheese Donuts: Difficulty Rating - 1 Spoon
The mac and cheese donut is simply mac and cheese breaded and fried in the shape of a donut. Foodie, one of the most popular food lovers Tik Tok accounts, was one of the first to make this trend go viral with over a hundred thousand views on their Tik Tok.
This recipe looks cool and is an easy kid-pleaser for both making and eating. And the best part is that this recipe is extremely cheap. Whether you choose to make your mac and cheese from scratch or from your favorite box brand, the average cost averages between $5-$12.
Focaccia Bread: Difficulty Rating - 3 Spoons
In need of an artistic outlet, but you're also hungry? Try your hand at making a beautiful and tasty dish featuring focaccia bread. With almost 60,000 posts and growing on Instagram finding inspiration for what to put on this type of bread and how to present it is easy.
Typically focaccia bread is topped with herbs and veggies which are colorfully delicious but increase the comfort level by adding cheeses or eating with chilis, soups, or my personal favorite comfort food shakshuka.
Most ingredients for making this recipe are probably already in your pantry, but if not, making it will cost roughly around $10-$20.
Breakfast and Desserts
Eaten first thing in the morning, in the middle of a zoom meeting, or during your nightly Netflix-binge, breakfast recipes have been reeling in the likes on all platforms. It only took about two days for the first and last meals of the days to officially meet and become everyone's favorite couple.
Check out these favorite combinations of the sweet and savory flavors that make up both breakfast and desserts.
Dalgona / Whipped Coffee: Difficulty Rating - 1 Spoon
We have South Korea and India to thank for bringing one of the most popular food trends of 2020 to life. Even for non-coffee fanatics, this has been a crowd favorite for its simplicity and Instagram-worthy looks.
Whipping up some dalgona-style coffee feels somewhat like a science experiment, and watching the hot water turn tiny, grainy-looking beans into clouds of energizing bliss is mesmerizing.
Another fun way to enjoy this trend is by using whipped coffee to make homemade tiramisu.
Create a simple, light, and airy dessert by putting an Asian spin on the Italian classic. For an extra twist, you can even replace the hot water with your favorite rum, cognac, or coffee-flavored liquor, but use caution when heating to not disturb the natural flavors of the liquor.
No matter how you enjoy it, this trend will have you wanting your coffee whipped every morning. For a good morning treat or a crowd-pleasing way to end a meal, this trend will only cost between $9-$30 to enjoy.
Just a note - this pricing includes ingredients for coffee and dessert, alcohol cost not considered.
Eating to Stay Fit
At this rate, staying fit is just a smart way to prepare for the impending zombie apocalypse. Even though in movies zombies are made out to be slow-moving monsters, there's no way to know for sure.
Try out these tasty yet healthy recipes to not only stay on trend but to stay prepared.
Sushi Bake: Difficulty Rating - 4 Spoons
Sushi bakes might have been the lowkey trend that deserved a brighter spotlight. Close your eyes, and imagine enough sushi to eat like chips and dip. And just when you think you'll have to wake up from a heavenly dream, here comes sushi bake.
If you didn't get a chance to try this yet, it is never too late, and if you're like me, you won't want to share.
You can make just about any sushi roll with a sushi bake, but California rolls are a great starting point. Sushi bake is a fun dinner you can enjoy to switch things up and make as healthy or unhealthy as you like.
This dish can widely vary in price due to the ingredients but if you're starting from scratch, plan on leaving your local grocery store with $20-$40 less in your pocket.
New World Tacos: Difficulty Rating - 2 Spoons
Tacos are a meal that's easy to make and even easier to enjoy. So, of course, it's only natural for this food to become a trend when cooking at home is mandatory. Tacos can be easily made keto, paleo, or vegan simply by trying out new veggies and faux meat brands.
Healthy living is a trend that is thankfully on the rise, and the growing popularity of vegan meat brands is making all of our dinner dish favorites obtainable while keeping a healthy diet. Also swapping out the ground chuck for a plant-based alternative is a penny's difference, averaging for roughly $10.99/lb.
Scrollers Belong in the Kitchen
Quarantine cooking trends continue to connect us through this trying pandemic just like making and sharing food does in any difficult time. But there's something special about the way the love of food has connected the world in this time.
The best part about all of these recipes is that you can try them again and again while making each one your own until you get it - or the pictures - just right.
Stay home. Stay safe. Stay cooking.
Danielle Beck-Hunter writes and researches for the insurance comparison site, USInsuranceAgents.com. Danielle is a home cook that loves combing cooking with her passion for creating content.