Easy Dinners, Vegetarian Eats, and One-Bowl Cakes – Our Most Popular Recipes of 2021

Easy Dinners, Vegetarian Eats, and One-Bowl Cakes – Our Most Popular Recipes of 2021

Want to add some delicious recipes to your rotation?

Get inspired by our 10 most popular recipes of 2021.

It’s a tasty combination of baked dinners and vegetarian meals, with a couple of easy cakes and puddings.

Let’s count them:

An individual chocolate pudding with a melted chocolate center topped with cocoa powder, an easy dessert to make at home.
Make ahead and put puddings in the fridge until it’s time to bake.(ABC Every Day: Thalia Ho)

Sometimes it is good to have a delicious dessert that only feeds two. Thalia Ho shared an easy recipe for mini chocolate fondants, which can be whipped in 10 minutes or so.

A lemon poppy seed loaf with a sour cream frosting with two slices cut out of the cake, a perfect afternoon tea in winter.
A nostalgic loaf cake with school cake stand vibes.(ABC Every Day: Annika Kafcaloudis)

This is a one-bowl cake from Julia Busuttil Nishimura that is simple, sunny, and spicy. Sprinkle with icing sugar or mix in a delicious sour cream frosting.

Saffron chicken and rice are baked in a skillet and served with toasted walnuts and parsley, an easy dinner.
Serve with toasted walnuts, parsley, and your favorite greens.(ABC Every Day: Lina Jebeile)

Chicken and rice are a classic dinner combo, and this baked recipe is a favorite in the Lina Jebeile family. Cooking rice in the oven is a foolproof method that is worth trying.

Two bowls of potatoes, haloumi, and veggies are baked on the baking sheet that was used to make this vegetarian dinner.
A warm potato salad that is easy to make.(ABC Every Day: Heidi Sze)

By Heidi Sze, this veggie pan bake is great for busy days. Chopped potatoes and haloumi chunks are roasted in the oven and served with arugula, mint and shallots.


Hetty McKinnon’s scrolls are a tribute to classic Australian bakery goodies. You won’t need a stand mixer to make this soft, cushiony dough, just a bowl, a wooden spoon, and your hands.

Potato salad bowl with chives and shallot, a summer salad to take to the holidays.
A classic salad, only without mayonnaise.(ABC Every Day: Heidi Sze)

Heidi Sze’s Potato Salad has lots of herbs and a simple dressing. It’s what he likes best to bring to summer gatherings, and a simple dinner for hot summer nights.

Woman holds freshly baked sourdough bread in her Adelaide kitchen, making sourdough at home.
Making sourdough at home doesn’t have to take all day.(ABC Every Day: Mary Grace Quigley)

Making sourdough seems intimidating, but Mary Grace Quigley breaks it down for anyone trying it for the first time. Learn how the dough changes over time and also learn how to make a sourdough starter.


You won’t need a cake tin to make this freeform cake. Julia Busuttil Nishimua uses prepared filo dough for this vegetarian cheesecake. It’s delicious served warm, at room temperature, and even fresh out of the fridge.

Two bowls of delicious lemon topped with cream, with the baked lemon pudding and cream to serve alongside.
Serve this lemon pudding warm with a generous helping of cream.(ABC Every Day: Annika Kafcaloudis)

If you’ve never made a delicious lemon before, try this one from Julia Busuttil Nishimura. The batter breaks apart while the pudding is baking, creating a light lemon sponge that sits on a warm base of lemon curd.


The most popular recipe of 2021 is for Alice Zaslavsky’s Golden Zucchini Fritters, made with just six ingredients. They also happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, making them quite friendly to just about everyone who enjoys a donut.

Sonya Gee is an associate editor for ABC Everyday. She orders our weekly recipes and loves to make time to cook and eat each and every one.

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