Looking for the best recipes that have been making waves in kitchens recently? We’ve handpicked the top 15 dishes from January that are both easy to make and packed with flavor. From innovative air fryer snacks to hearty slow cooker meals, each recipe in this list has been a hit for its simplicity and great taste. Add these to your must-make list if they’re not already on it!

Beef and broccoli stir fry served with white rice on a white plate.
Shaved Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Air Fryer Ribeye

Air fryer ribeye on a plate with potatoes and butter.
Air Fryer Ribeye. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Making ribeye in the air fryer is a breeze and a must-try for a classic dinner. You get tender, juicy steak with just the right seasonings in no time.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Ribeye

Air Fryer Okra Fries

Spiced air fryer okra fries served with a yogurt dip on a plate with fresh parsley.
Air Fryer Okra Fries. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Air fryer okra fries are changing the game, giving okra a crispy makeover that everyone’s loving. They’re easy to whip up, seasoned just right, and bring a fun crunch that makes them a hit for snacking or jazzing up your side dish game.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Okra Fries

Air Fryer Skirt Steak

Air fryer skirt steak sliced on a cutting board.
Air Fryer Skirt Steak. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Air fryer skirt steak is a lifesaver, especially when you can’t grill. It’s super quick and easy, and you’ll get juicy, flavorful steak every time. It’s been a big hit for serving up a hearty meal without the fuss.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Skirt Steak

Crispy Air Fryer Eggplant

Crispy cubed eggplant roasted in the air fryer on a plate with a serving spoon.
Crispy Air Fryer Eggplant. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Crispy air fryer eggplant is shaking up side dishes. Easy to prepare and super crisp, it’s a winner for anyone. This versatile recipe pairs well with all sorts of mains and has been a highlight for its simplicity and great taste.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Eggplant

Mini Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pies

Mini ham and cheese spinach breakfast pies on a baking sheet.
Mini Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Mini ham and cheese breakfast pies are perfect for on-the-go mornings or a quirky dinner option. Filled with tasty ham, cheese, and spinach, they’ve been a hit for their convenience and deliciousness.
Get the Recipe: Mini Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pies

Shaved Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef and broccoli stir fry served with white rice on a white plate.
Shaved Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Shaved beef and broccoli stir fry is the quick dinner solution you’ve been looking for. With thinly sliced beef in a killer sauce, it’s ready in minutes. This stir fry has been a go-to for its speedy prep and fantastic flavor.
Get the Recipe: Shaved Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Roasted Buttercup Squash

Roasted buttercup squash on a baking sheet.
Roasted Buttercup Squash. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Roasted buttercup squash is a simple, yet totally yummy way to enjoy this veggie. Roasting it brings out a sweet, caramelized flavor that makes it a tender and appealing side. It’s been a great choice for adding a touch of natural sweetness to meals.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Buttercup Squash

Roasted Purple Sweet Potatoes

Smashed roasted purple sweet potatoes on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Roasted Purple Sweet Potatoes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Roasted purple sweet potatoes are a showstopper with their vibrant color and taste. They’re smashed, buttered, and roasted until crispy, making them a top pick for their impressive look and equally awesome flavor.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Purple Sweet Potatoes

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Lion's mane mushrooms in a pan with a wooden spoon.
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Lion’s mane mushrooms are all the rage for their awesome meaty texture. This simple recipe really brings out their unique flavor, making them a cool addition to any meal. They’ve been a big hit for anyone looking to try something new and delicious.
Get the Recipe: Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey garlic chicken in a bowl served over rice.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Forget takeout, this slow cooker honey garlic chicken is where it’s at. With a sticky, sweet sauce and pineapple pieces, it’s an easy recipe that’ll become a family fave.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

Two crispy air fryer hasselback potatoes with chives, garlic and butter on a white plate.
Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These air fryer hasselback potatoes are a dream side dish. Golden brown and crispy with buttery edges, seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, and chives, they’re an easy match for almost any meal.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

Fermented Vegetables

A mason jar with vegetables in it.
Fermented Vegetables. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Fermented vegetables are your new go-to for adding some zing to meals. This easy DIY guide shows you how to ferment veggies in a jar, making it super simple to get in on the fermentation trend. They’re not just tasty, but also super healthy – a real crowd-pleaser.
Get the Recipe: Fermented Vegetables

Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Ground beef cabbage stir fry in a bowl with chopsticks.
Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This ground beef and cabbage skillet is a quick, tasty dinner inspired by Asian stir fry. It’s full of texture, aromatic spices, and a light savory sauce – a real winner for a 30-minute meal.
Get the Recipe: Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Chinese Boneless Spare Ribs

Homemade Chinese spare ribs with broccoli and rice on a white plate.
Chinese Boneless Spare Ribs. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Chinese boneless spare ribs are your homemade answer to takeout cravings. They’re easy to make with a sticky sweetness and perfect crisp edges. This recipe’s been a favorite for bringing that takeout vibe right into your kitchen.
Get the Recipe: Chinese Boneless Spare Ribs

Grilled Venison Backstrap

Venison sliced on a cutting board with a sauce on it.
Grilled Venison Backstrap. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Grilled venison backstrap is a real treat, marinated overnight and grilled to juicy perfection. It’s an easy recipe that results in a succulent meal, making it a top choice for an impressive yet manageable dinner.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Venison Backstrap

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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