Foodie fortune tellers have predicted the hottest food trends of 2015. To keep us all on trend, I’ve rounded up healthy recipes featuring nine of next year’s highly anticipated ingredients. At the end of this roundup, you’ll have 28 new recipes and some serious street cred.
Trend 1: Matcha:
What it is: A powdered Japanese green tea traditionally used in tea ceremonies. Matcha is made by finely grinding the entire leaf, and has triple the amount of the tumor-fighting antioxidant EGCg found in most green teas. The high concentrations of antioxidants in green teas have been linked to the prevention of cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Peppermint Mocha Matcha Latte – The Organic Dietitian
Matcha-Dusted Caramel Almonds – Food & Wine
Matcha Shortbread Cookies – Chocolate & Zucchini
Trend 2: Fermented Foods
What they are: Fermentation produces Lactobacillus, a bacteria that makes B-vitamins, magnesium and zinc easier for your body to digest. It may also create chemicals that act like antioxidants, protecting cells from damage, and improve digestive health. Acidic foods have a lower glycemic index, which can aid in blood sugar control.
Raw Pickled Ginger Carrots – Fermented Food Lab
How to Build a Perfect Grain Bowl – An Avocado a Day
Lacto-Fermented Mixed Pickles – The Kitchn
Trend 3: Smoke
Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili – What’s Gaby Cooking
Katie’s Chili – Prevention RD
Trend 4: “New” Ancient Grains: Kaniwa and Teff
What they are: Kaniwa is quinoa’s smaller, crunchier cousin. It’s also a high protein, gluten-free seed (widely thought of as a grain), but it doesn’t have quinoa’s bitter saponin coating that requires rinsing before use.
Tiny, quick-cooking teff has more calcium than all of the other grains, and is high in resistant starch, a type of undigested fiber that’s been linked to improved blood sugar control and weight management. It’s also gluten free.
Blueberry Kaniwa Muffins (gluten free) – Zocalo Gourmet
Simple Kaniwa Salad – Bon Appetit
Banana Almond Teff Porridge – Eating Bird Food
Teff Porridge with Apples, Dates and Pecans – Kitchen Vignettes, PBS Food
Trend 5: Kalettes
What they are: Kalettes are a new vegetable: a cross between kale and brussels sprouts. They look like little cabbage flowers and have a sweet, nutty flavor. They’re on the shelf at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
Tomato Feta Kalettes – Kalettes
Oven Roasted Kalettes – Shape
Trend 6: Creative Multicultural Flavor Combinations
Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice – The Sriracha Cookbook
Maple Sriracha Baked Chicken Wings – Taste, Love and Nourish
Salmon with Sriracha and Lime Sauce – Self (recipe courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen)
Za’atar Pita Chips with Yogurt Dip – The Kitchn
Trend 7: Flavored Nuts
Honey Chipotle Pecans – littleturtle for Food.com
Fig and Walnut Cookies – Giada De Laurentiis
Trend 8: Tea
Turmeric Tea – Nutrition Stripped
Tea Glazed Gingerbread Loaf – Running to the Kitchen
Trend 9: Middle Eastern Mezze
Red Beet & White Bean Hummus – Weelicious
Beet and White Bean Hummus – Two Lazy Gourmets
Techina (Tahini Dip) – Saveur
Honey Roasted Carrots with Tahini Yogurt – Yotam Ottolenghi in The Guardian (scroll down the page to the recipe)Sources:
- Fine Dining Lovers 2015 Food Trends: https://www.finedininglovers.com/blog/news-trends/food-trends-2015-kara-nielsen/
- Food Navigator 2015 Flavor Trend Predictions: http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Trends/Trendspotter/Comax-flavors-predicts-top-flavor-trends-for-2015
- Food Navigator 8 Flavor Trends to Watch in 2015: http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Suppliers2/McCormick-flavor-forecast-8-flavor-trends-to-watch-in-2015?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright
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- Medicinal benefits of green tea: Part I. Review of noncancer health benefits. J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Jun;11(3):521-8.
- Benefit of drinking green tea: The proof is in — drinking tea is healthy, says Harvard Women’s Health Watch – Harvard School of Public Health
- The 3 R’s of Glycemic Index: Recommendations, Research, and the Real World – American Diabetes Association, Clinical Diabetes.
- Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter: Discover the Digestive Benefits of Fermented Foods. February 2014.
- Meet Kaniwa, The New Quinoa. Epicurious. 2013.
- Teff and Millet – November Grains of the Month. Whole Grains Council.
- About Kalettes. Kalettes.com
- Za’atar. The Spice House.