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11 Foods That Kelly Clarkson Absolutely Loves

Texas native (and current Tennessee resident) Kelly Clarkson loves healthy food but has a soft spot for Southern staples.

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Kelly Clarkson performs at the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New YorkGreg Allen/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Since winning the debut season of American Idol in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has been a powerhouse! She’s won three Grammy Awards and in 2018, became one of the coaches on The Voice. Here are a few of Kelly’s favorite foods whether she’s in the studio, on the road or at home in L.A. or Tennessee.

(See what Kelly has in common with her idol Aretha Franklin.)

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Leafy Green Salad

In an interview with NBC’s Today Show, Kelly revealed she lost 37 pounds following the diet described in the book The Plant Paradox. The in-season grilled fruit, organic dairy and fresh greens are A-OK on her diet.
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“I grew up in Texas: I didn’t even know sushi existed. Now I love [it],” Kelly said in an interview with Food & Wine magazine. This California roll with cucumber, avocado and crabmeat is one of the easiest sushi recipes to make.
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Thai Lettuce Cups

Kelly also loves the flavors of Thai cuisine. Because she avoids eating grains, these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a great noodle-free alternative.
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Red Velvet Cake

When asked about her go-to flavor of cake on Twitter, Kelly responded, “Definitely red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Mama don’t mess around y’all.” Love her sass!
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Almond Milk

Kelly makes her own vanilla almond milk from scratch. We bet she’d love using it in this dairy-free hot cocoa recipe.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Kelly also loves the flavors of Indian cuisine. This Indian-style chicken masala recipe has bold flavors like garam masala, cumin and ginger—a great dish to try at home.
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Gluten-Free Pasta

Kelly took cooking lessons to learn how to cook for her son and daughter. One of the family’s favorites is a gluten-free pasta primavera, made with vegetables from their own greenhouse.
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Country-Fried Steak

Kelly often talks about growing up in Texas and she remembers the meals made by her best friend’s mom. Among her childhood favorites is country-fried steak, a classic Southern comfort dish.
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Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is the perfect refreshing beverage on a hot and humid Southern day. This recipe for sweet tea concentrate makes enough for a crowd—and we bet Kelly would love to serve a pitcher at her home in Tennessee.

See what Southern recipes Dolly Parton loves.

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Fried Chicken

Kelly is devoted to her new healthy lifestyle but she admits to leaving room for fried chicken in her diet. (It’s even better with waffles.)

Don’t miss the rest of our best fried chicken recipes!

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

On an episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Kelly was blown away by Trisha Yearwood’s recipe for peanut butter pretzel bars. What’s not to love about the flavor combo of pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate?

Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.