What are the food trends for 2021?
Now that we've said farewell to 2020, hopefully the new year will be a better one! At least we can guarantee the 2021 food trend predictions are good! During Corona times, there has been an increased interest in cooking and products that are good for health and well-being. And that is reflected in these predictions we are sharing with you.
This year we were forced to spend a lot of time at home. The advantage of this was that we had more time to prepare meals. Take breakfast as an example. Think smoothie bowls, pancakes, or banana bread. Breakfast will continue to be a valued time of day in 2021 with even more indulgent breakfast recipes and ingredients. For example, coffee will play a bigger role. We will not only continue to drink it but will use it to flavour such things as yoghurt and granola! Other trendy breakfasts for 2021 include sous vide egg bites, perfectly prepared eggs, and nutritious harvest bowls, which you can make from all your leftovers. If you are seeking inspiration, Love My Salad has a whole page of vegetable recipes for delicious and nutritious breakfasts!
Chances are you've experimented with Mediterranean, Asian, or Arabic cuisine. But African cuisine is one that's not so well known. That is set to change in 2021! We will see more African recipes from west African countries such as Senegal and Nigeria for dishes such as hearty soups and tasty stews. The rich South African cuisine will also grow in popularity. African cuisine is generally known for simple and unprocessed food, combined with lots of tasty vegetables. Another plus: African dishes are often gluten-free and contain a lot of vegetable protein, which dovetails well with other food trends! Check out this South African Chakalaka Salad for inspiration.
Reducing food waste has been an important movement in the food sector for a number of years. A new trend is the use of parts that are normally thrown away. Fruit and vegetable scraps, such as the stem of cauliflower and broccoli, are often carelessly thrown away. Instead, they could be put to good use in upcycled foods. There are also companies that use flesh from oranges in chips! These types of 'scraps' are often nutritious and upcycling them prevents food waste. Win-win! In 2021, we will see more of these upcycled foods. You will be surprised how many fruit and vegetable scraps can be put to good use!
Everyone knows the classic baby food available in the supermarket. Broccoli, carrot, pumpkin, and beans. It's not an exciting selection. But there will be a more culinary take on baby food in 2021, with new flavours and variations. For example, sweet potato and rosemary or apple-pumpkin puree with turmeric. This enables you to introduce your child to a greater array of tastes while still providing healthy options. Look out for the rise of organic products. There’s no shortage of choice! Tip: make these delicious purees and flavour combinations yourself. No jars or squeeze bags necessary. Fresh vegetables and a food processor or hand blender are all you need. Take your inspiration from the new baby food flavour combinations on offer ;-).
Sustainable and conscious eating
Fancy home cooking
Are you also excited about these food trends? Let us know which one you like best! Keep an eye out for recipes on Love My Salad that are totally in line with these cool food trends. And, last but not least, we wish you a happy New Year!