The 5 Recipes Everyone's Pinning Like Crazy
This healthy and vibrant carrot-ginger soup with cashew cream and spiced chickpeas prominently features one of the hottest (though not necessarily the spiciest—as it's more mellow-tasting) ingredients on Pinterest right now: turmeric, which doubled in popularity this past year. Pacific Northwest farmer and food blogger Andrea Bemis posted her stunning recipe for this nourishing soup after harvesting a beautiful bunch of root veggies in early 2015. Since then, it's been a runaway hit.
Get the recipe: Nourishing Carrot Ginger + Turmeric Soup with Cashew Cream & Spiced Chickpeas
2. The Morning Caribbean Getaway
As recipes with tropical twists surge on Pinterest, coconut and pineapple have risen to the top of the heap. One dish that's taken the category by storm is coconut pancakes from She Wears Many Hats blogger Amy Johnson—and with good reason. The thick batter (made with coconut milk and shredded coconut) turns out superfluffy cakes that are great no matter how you eat them: with the usual maple syrup, with a dollop of whipped cream or even with an unexpected but lovely sprinkling of lime zest.
Get the recipe: Coconut Pancakes
3. A New Way to Do Pizza Night
The secret is out on chickpea flour, a nutritious ingredient made by grinding raw chickpeas. Not only is it a godsend for anyone who's gluten-free—it also happens to produce surprisingly delicious baked goods. Case in point: this in-demand recipe for chickpea-flour flatbread with thinly sliced potatoes on top. It's from blogger and author Lindsey S. Love (check out her other amazing chickpea-flour recipes on Oprah.com) and gives traditional pizza a run for its money. Garlic-smeared flatbread with slightly sweet-tasting potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, onions and some toasted pine nuts make for a winning combination.
Get the recipe: Chickpea Flour Flatbread with New Potatoes + Fresh Basil
4. The Cucumber Salad with Endless Possibilities
There might be a pin for every which way there is to eat this unique cucumber salad. (Okay, slight exaggeration—the recipe has thousands of pins and counting, so there aren't quite that many uses for it—but you get where we're going.) With fresh cilantro and zippy lime, it's a natural for Mexican meals, whether you want to use it as a replacement for lettuce on tacos, put it in a burrito bowl, garnish tortilla soup with cool crunch or serve it as a side dish to enchiladas, tamales or carnitas.
Get the recipe: Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad
5. Your New Favorite Dessert Dip
Those with an impatient sweet tooth flocked to this Italian treat-inspired recipe, and it's easy to see why. Chelsea Kelso, of the blog Port and Fin, swears it's as simple as dumping mascarpone cheese, cream, sugar and Kahlúa (or other coffee liqueur) into a mixing bowl and beating the mixture for a few minutes until it thickens. She serves it with a heavy dusting of cocoa powder and ladyfingers, on the side, for dipping. The recipe confirms that quick plus delicious equals surefire success.
Get the recipe: 5-Minute Tiramisu Dip